Dock10 (television facility)

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Coordinates: 53°28′21″N 2°17′58″W / 53.472553°N 2.299439°W / 53.472553; -2.299439

IndustryMedia & production
FoundedJune 18, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-06-18)[1]
HeadquartersMediaCityUK, ,
Key people
  • Mark Senior (chief executive)
  • Andrew Culley (CEO)
Revenue£25.5m[2] (2018)
£0.8m[2] (2018)
Total assets£2.89[2] (2018)
OwnerPeel Media Studios Limited[1]
Number of employees
167[2] (2018)
  • CREATE at dock10
  • The Studios

Dock10 is a television facility owner and media services company, located in the City of Salford, Greater Manchester, England. Dock10 offers a number of services, but its two most notable is post production and The Studios.

Its studio filming facility is the best-known part of the company, often referred to as The Studios. It was built as a major part of MediaCityUK, a development in Salford, Greater Manchester. The move saw a number of major productions leave London for the first time and head north to Manchester. The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 all relocated the filming of various shows to The Studios. This included established British shows, Match of the Day and Countdown.

Dock10 also offers other media services, such as post production. Their post-production shows include Match of the Day, Blue Peter and Who Wants to be a Millionaire.


BBC One show Pitch Battle is filmed at Dock10

The idea for MediaCityUK began as early as 2004, when the BBC announced they were interested in moving hundreds of jobs away from London to another UK city.[3] The Peel Group were involved from the early stages of this move, which resulted in announcing the construction of a 200-acre development in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. The BBC and The Peel Group announced in 2007 that the construction would begin on the media-based development.[4]

At the heart of the MediaCityUK project, was the idea of producing BBC shows outside of London. A studio was then proposed at the site, which was constructed in time for the BBC move in 2011. The new £22 million studio was originally known as MediaCityUK studios, before becoming The Studios. The BBC became the first major tenant of The Studios.[5] The Studios and the media infrastructure was rebranded in 2012 and Dock10 was formed.[6]

In 2013, Dock10 signed their first production deal with ITV.[7] The deal was to use dock10 to record and produce a number of ITV Studios shows and was extended in 2016 to run until 2018.[8]

By 2016, Dock10 had grown into a major production provider to British-based TV shows. In March 2016, Dock10 announced that they had acquired Edit 19, a Manchester-based visual effects and editing company.[9] Later that year, they announced that they were expanding their post-production facility, offering many services gained from the acquisition of Edit 19.[10]

In May 2017, Dock10 opened a new studio, HQ8, suitable for small sets and green screens. HQ8 was designed to meet the demands from creative agencies and digital content creators wanting to use professional facilities.[11]

Dock10 announced in November 2017 that they had secured a creative contract with BBC Creative. This would mean some BBC promos and branding work would be produced outside of London.[12]

Since the revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2018, the show has been filmed at dock10. It was previously filmed at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.[13]

In early 2019, ITV Studios announced plans to remain at Dock10 until at least 2021. The extended contract meant the company's shows would continue to be filmed and produced on site, which included shows such as Judge Rinder and (as of May 2019, cancelled) The Jeremy Kyle Show.[14]

The post-production facilities at Dock10 were expanded in 2019. It is part of a wider £5 million investment to meet the increased demand of companies relocating to MediaCityUK. The expansion of the facilities included a new creative production space called The Second Floor, which provides additional space for production companies. The new facilities also include 14 edit suites, audio tracklay, and dubbing suites.[15]

dock10 have recently completed full post production and delivery of 10 x 3-minute animated music videos for Sky Kids show Labuntina. The Studios provided voice recording facilities, music mixing, sound FX and final audio mixing. For the visuals, dock10 provided After FX compositing, Flame online finishing, and QC and AS-11 deliverables to Sky.[16]

Studio facilities[edit]

The studios are owned and managed by Dock10. The company has two major divisions: studios, and post-production. The studios feature eight conventional TV studios, two audio studios, two unique spaces used for television production, digital post-production, and cloud media management services.

Many major productions such as The Voice UK are filmed in HQ1, which is the UK's biggest multi-camera TV studio that can hold live audiences up to 1,000 people. HQ2, HQ3, and HQ4 are the other three large or medium-sized studios on site, with shows such as Match of the Day, The Voice UK, Football Focus, Countdown, Judge Rinder and University Challenge filmed in the four studios.

Shows with a smaller studio requirement, such as Newsround, Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up!, use HQ5, HQ6, HQ7 or HQ8. HQ9 and HQ10 are specialist audio studios. The final two studios are large spaces for more open productions. HQ11 is the only outdoor studio on site and with HQ12 is a mezzanine studio , often seen on Watchdog.

Dock10 recently invested in Leader LV7600 rasterising SDI/IP test instruments for its 4K/UHD and HDR capable grading and finishing areas.[17]

Studio Specifications[edit]

BBC Sport set at dock10 as seen in March 2019
HQ11 Outdoor Studio seen at night


The largest multi-camera TV studio in Britain,[18] HQ1 is 12,500 sq ft (1,160 m2) and has an audience capacity of 1,000. Shows filmed in HQ1 include Pitch Battle, World of Sport Wrestling, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (UK game show), The Voice UK, Still Open All Hours.


HQ2 is the second largest multi-camera TV studio on site at 7,650 sq ft (711 m2) with an audience capacity of 600.[18] Shows filmed in HQ2 include Are You Being Served, The £100K Drop, Naked Attraction, A Question of Sport.


HQ3 is a 4,800 sq ft (450 m2) television studio which can handle an audience of 200. Shows filmed in HQ3 include Frank Skinner's Opinionated, Match of the Day, Final Score, Justin's House.


HQ4 is another large multi-camera TV studio at 6,300 sq ft (590 m2), with an audience capacity of 300. Shows filmed in HQ4 include Judge Rinder, Countdown, University Challenge.

HQ5 and HQ6[edit]

A small multi-camera TV studio of 1,000 sq ft (93 m2).


HQ7 is slightly larger than HQ5 and HQ6 at 1,600 sq ft (150 m2). Shows filmed in HQ7 include Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up!.


HQ8 is a small green screen studio of 750 sq ft (70 m2). Behind the scenes segments of Pitch Battle and The Voice UK are filmed in HQ8.


HQ9 is the BBC Philharmonic's specialist orchestral studio at 6,400 sq ft (590 m2) with an audience capacity of 250 people.


HQ10 is a multi-purpose audio studio of 1,000 sq ft (93 m2), with an audience capacity of 100. Radio shows recorded here include: Daily Service, BBC Radio Drama and Woman's Hour

HQ11 Outdoor Studio[edit]

HQ11 is actually a large outdoor space in front of the studio complex, and is claimed to be 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) with an audience capacity of 5000.[18] Shows including Blue Peter, Sport Relief and The ITV Leaders Debate 2017 have all used the outdoor space.

HQ12 Open Centre Mezzanine[edit]

HQ12 is an indoor mezzanine space at the front of the complex, with external views over HQ11 and the rest of MediaCityUK. It is 4,500 sq ft (420 m2). Shows including Watchdog, The Voice UK and School Report have all used this mezzanine space.

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  7. ^ "ITV completes phase one of migration in to MediaCityUK". ITV. March 23, 2013.
  8. ^ Roue, Lucy (June 21, 2016). "dock10 and ITV studios extend contract until 2018". Manchester Evening News.
  9. ^ Begum, Shelina (March 31, 2016). "dock10 in deal to acquire Manchester visual effects business Edit19". Manchester Evening News.
  10. ^ Roue, Lucy (June 1, 2016). "Dock10 unveils boutique post-production facilities". Manchester Evening News.
  11. ^ Little Black Book (May 30, 2017). "dock10 opens up new studio HQ8". Little Black Book.
  12. ^ Strauss, Will (November 21, 2017). "Dock 10 wins BBC Creative contract". Broadcast.
  13. ^ Bley Griffiths, Eleanor (March 7, 2019). "When is the new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire on TV?". RadioTimes.
  14. ^ Bickerton, Jake (January 31, 2019). "Dock 10 and ITV Studios extend contract until 2021". BroadcastNow.
  15. ^ Priestley, Jenny (February 14, 2019). "dock10 expands post-production facilities". TVB Europe.
  16. ^ "dock10 Completes Animated Music Videos For Sky Kids". 4rfv. February 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Priestley, Jenny (February 19, 2019). "dock10 invests in 4K/UHD and HDR colour grading". TVBEurope.
  18. ^ a b c Dock10 (April 26, 2019). "The Studios Specifications". dock10.

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