Elstree Studios

The home of EastEnders

Elstree Studios, situated north of London in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire were opened in 1914, originally as Neptune Studios, and quickly became a cornerstone of the British film industry.

Over the years many films were made there before ATV bought them in 1961, producing long-running television series such as The Saint, The Persuaders and The Muppets. ATV became Central TV and moved its operations entirely to Birmingham. The BBC bought the site in 1983, now known as BBC Elstree Centre, and the studios became the base for many of the BBC's most popular shows, including Grange Hill, Top of The Pops and Kilroy.

Elstree is best known today as the home of the BBC's soap opera EastEnders and Studio D at the site is used for large studio productions such as Children in Need and the BBC's election coverage. Across the road in Borehamwood is another site known as Elstree Studios, leased by BBC Studioworks since the closure of Television Centre. This is used for recording the BBC's flagship entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing.