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. The BBC bought the site when it became available in 1983 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 most popular drama programmes such as EastEnders and Strictly Come Dancing.