Night in London Studios (Waterloo)

Tuesday 10th April 2012: I finally got tickets to see a live show!  I signed up to SROAudiences where you register yourself to be on the audience list for your chosen shows (and get some if you’re lucky!).  Anyone remotely interested in TV should do this, it gives a fantastic insight into show production and it’s free!  I’ve been to a few now including The Apprentice: You’re Fired, The Friday Night Project and TNT Show).

Due to high demand, you could be waiting a while though, which is why I was very excited to recieve a confirmation email that I’d won two tickets to see The Graham Norton Show!

The guests included – Cate Blanchett, Ewan McGregor, Michael Sheen, Matt Lucas and Keane.  This isn’t relevant but Ewan looked soooooo good!

Graham is a great host, he came out pretty soon after the audience were finally seated and warmed up by comedian Joe Bor.  With a wine in hand and full of his usual charmy wit, Graham informed the audience about where to look when he’s doing his “news” at the start of the show (at the tv screens for the post production visuals).

All in all it was a great show and all very well executed, although it NEVER finishes when they say it will!


  • Insight into TV production
  • Be in the same room (well, huge studio) as some amazing stars
  • It’s free!


  • You have to get to the queue very early…it is first-come, first-served.
  • Make sure your party is there with you as they don’t give you all of your tickets if your friends aren’t there yet (they have to re-queue, which is a huge pain).
  • You’re seated in ticket number order  (hence why it’s a pain if your friends aren’t there at the same time).
  • You queue outside (on the day I went, we had terrential rain, thunder and lightning…not fun).
  • There is a lot of waiting around, (if you get there at 5pm, you wait for around 3 hours before you’re seated and the show starts).
  • You feel like a bit of a performing, clapping seal when you have to clap on demand at re-takes etc!
  • If you get there too late you might miss out on your tickets (but you will get priority tickets to another show).

So, there are definitely more cons to the pros BUT I still highly recommend it, as I’m sure Graham would agree, some great things take a while to achieve, (like getting your own chat show!) and it’s not all glamour and glitz, but the results can be oh SO worth it!

(Pic: Happy dog, used in the show in the “internet section”)


About Hayles

Living in and loving London, I like to cram in as much as possible. I have a lot of different hobbies which I start on a whim and most of the time abandon for something else! My current interests include film, TV, music, comedy, art, photography, theatre and finding new yummy food establishments. Mostly I just love to experience the many joys and wonders that London offers. I started this blog to help me remember what I've actually done at the end of each year, but now I actually really enjoy writing and sharing what I hope is funny and/or useful information.
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