102-108 Wharfside Street The Mailbox Birmingham B1 1RE 0121 567 6767
Ensconced within the swanky environs of the Mailbox (a welcome change after the lugubrious setting of Pebble Mill) the re-stationed BBC Birmingham now allows you a glimpse of the 'beeb' at work with regular tours. You get to see the cutting suites, radio and TV studios and the newsreaders' set – and it's not unusual for a radio presenter or newsreader to pop out and say hello. Fans of the Archers radio show have extra reason to get excited: tours often include a visit to their studio, and sometimes even present the opportunity to take part in a sketch. What's more, no two tours are alike, meaning it's always worth a re-visit.
BBC BIMINGHAM'S PUBLIC SPACE: Visit BBC Birmingham’s Public Space at The Mailbox and find out about broadcasting at the BBC. Try your hand at presenting the news or weather and take a touchscreen tour of the radio drama studio where The Archers is recorded. Use our viewing windows to take a peek into studios used by the Asian Network and BBC WM; as well as the production gallery which puts the news on air. Pose for a photo with our Doctor Who exhibits and then treat yourself in the BBC Shop or use one of our PCs to connect to a whole world of BBC online content.
BBC BIRMINGHAM TOURS: Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of broadcasting on the award-winning tour of BBC Birmingham. Our team of well-informed Guides will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of our state of the art studios – home to The Archers, BBC Midlands Today and BBC WM. You’ll get an insight into production processes and tricks of the trade and there’s a chance to have fun making your own radio drama complete with sound effects!
Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours. BBC Birmingham Tours are suitable for children aged nine and over. Please note: BBC Birmingham is a working building so we cannot guarantee who or what you will see on the day of your visit.
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