24 November 2016

The Emmerdale Studio Experience

I might as well get the confession out of the way at the start of the post - but I don't really know very much about Emmerdale. I've never really watched it, don't know any of the characters, can't tell you any of the storylines. But I was still really excited to be invited on the studio tour!

The first reason is because of my mum. My mum is a massive Emmerdale fan, she's watched it for as long as I can remember. She's also a very difficult lady to buy presents for. So a trip to the Emmerdale Studio Experience around the time of her birthday was a great way to make her smile and to earn top daughter points!

Also, I grew up just up the road from the (then called) National Museum of Film, Photography and Television and spent my childhood running round their mock sets, setting lighting and camera shots for pretend shows and learning about editing. I was interested in seeing how it all worked in a real show!

The tours take place in small groups, led by a friendly and well-informed tour guide. We were taken through the many different departments, from the writers offices where we could see all the storyboards, to the make up and costume departments.

It was here I realised I must know a little more about Emmerdale than I first thought, as even I recognised some of these iconic items!

That pink suit is something quite special, don't you think?

We also got to play with a couple of the props used I the show - they're all great to look at but it's strange to realise that if you see someone get hit over the head with a brick in Emmerdale, that brick probably weighs less than a pair of socks!

When we got to look around the sets, it became apparent how much has changed since my youth at the museum - the lights are all controlled by ipad! This is certainly a simpler and more user-friendly way of doing things, even if it did make me feel a little old!

The exterior shots on the show are not filmed at the studios but on a special location elsewhere, so I didn't expect to see those (semi) familiar buildings (I'm not an Emmerdale expert but I do know pubs!) - so I was thrilled when we were led to a delightful scale model village. This was one of my favourite parts of the tour!

Another highlight of the tour though was of course finishing up in The Woolpack with a drink and some tasty nibbles! 

There was plenty more to see and learn on the tour but I don't want to give away all the fun little secrets now, do I? If you are at all interested in learning more about Emmerdale, or about creating TV shows in general then I definitely recommend you take the tour for yourself!

More information about the tours offered and how to book can be found on the Emmerdale Studio Experience website.

*I was invited to experience the tour free of charge.


  1. It looks brilliant! I'm very lucky that one of my closest friends writes for a soap magazine so I've had sneaky special tours of Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Home & Away - so interesting!

  2. This looks fab. I was so sad to have not been invited, although, like you, I'm not at all clued up on Emmerdale, but know a little and thought it would of been a great experience and good to learn something Yorkshire. :)



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