Cardiff is set to see an increase in accidents and emergencies as Saturday-night staple Casualty is leaving its Bristol base for a purpose-built studio and backlot set at the BBC Roath Lock Studios.
But Holby City Hospital isn’t the only icon of British TV to have been relocated. Many more of our long-running favourites have also moved or are about to be based in pastures new:
The Review Show
As part of the BBC’s commitment to moving programmes out of London, Newsnight Review aired its final London-based edition in December 2009. From 2010, production switched to Scotland and the arts discussion series became The Review Show.
The BBC’s new facilities in Salford have become the new home for Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood. The first transmission from the North West was on 26 September 2011 and was marked with a new title sequence and a daredevil race between the presenters.
April 2012 is the date that the morning news programme travels from London’s Television Centre to Salford Quays. Back in March of this year, the BBC announced that co-host Sian Williams and sports presenter Chris Hollins would not be making the move.
Media City in Salford also beckons for the ITV1 soap, which is currently based in central Manchester. Work is expected to be completed on a new 7.7-acre studio and production facility by spring 2013. And you thought the tram crash was an upheaval.
For seven series, the secondary-school drama has been set in a Rochdale comprehensive. Series eight, however, will see a shift to Scotland and a new set at the former Greenock Academy school, 25 miles outside Glasgow. Fifty new episodes have been commissioned with filming due to begin in April 2012.
A notable feature of the BBC’s flagship political discussion is its peripatetic nature, but production has always been based in London. When BBC executives announced plans to move to Glasgow, presenter David Dimbleby made this comment to The Guardian: “Question Time looks simple enough on air, but actually it’s the result of a great deal of work behind the scenes – at Westminster.”
Probably the most famous case of a show getting a new home, the daytime magazine – originally broadcast from Liverpool’s Albert Docks – got a fresh base at the London Studios in 1996. Presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan remained part of the inventory until 2001 when they departed for Channel 4.