Elstree Studios celebrate a successful year

A special sculpture of filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock

The Borehamwood based Elstree Studios are celebrating another successful year of production at the iconic movie and television hub.

“The industry needs more production space. Elstree Studios has re-established itself as one of the top UK Studios attracting work from across the Film and Television industry including many major Hollywood productions.  This new development at our site will allow the studios to take advantage of an expanding market. Over the past few years, Elstree has managed to capture many of the major television productions in the UK and a number of major international feature films. We look forward to having more space to meet our client’s needs in the years ahead.” – Managing Director, Roger Morris

The studios are basking in celebrated glory with a range of popular productions in Light Entertainment such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice with the BBC to reality shows such as Big Brother for Channel 5 and game shows such as the BBC’s Pointless and ITV’s The Chase to high end drama with Grantchester, Humans and new major series The Crown.  Recent feature films include Suffragette, Grimsby and Tom Hooper’s, The Danish Girl.

A record year with studio utilisation at 98%. The new backlot is, Elstree Studios note, also now in use and plans are afoot for a new super studio for Film and TV with more workshops and production offices.

This year Elstree celebrates its 90th year birthday along with her majesty the queen, so it is ironic that the new series The Crown is based at Elstree Studios.

In addition, Roger Morris and Chairman Morris Bright are producing a series of live events and TV shows at the studios to celebrate its illustrious history and place in British Film and TV culture. Recorded interviews with stars such as Sylvia Syms, Madeline Smith and Nannette Newman are being made by Elstree and show on new film channel Talking Pictures TV.

Live events include a special On The Buses Day, evenings with a variety of stars, a special showing of School for Scoundrels, a George Lucas presentation, A The Saint homage, plus a new book has been published by the Studios and written by Morris Bright documenting the history of Elstree Studios.

Aimi Macdonald and the original The Saint car

Pictured Top: Elstree Studios’ Roger Morris presenting a bust of legendary film-maker Alfred Hitchcock to Amanda Nevill, chief executive of British Film Institute. Pictured Bottom: Aimi Macdonald and the original The Saint car at Elstree Studios