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MEMORABLE SHOWS OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS

A RICH HERITAGE OF MEMORABLE EVENTS

The Maidstone Studios site was chosen as the proposed studio site in 1979 and holds a rich heritage of memorable events. Since, its first transmission in the autumn of 1982, the Studios have produced thousands of hours of programming.

Current owners, Rowland Kinch & Geoff Miles purchased the site in 2002, and envisaged “a self-sustaining studio and media production centre, supporting creative development with local, national and worldwide potential in the new millennium and digital era” a goal they have more than accomplished.

The studios will always be known as the home to the popular children’s shows including Ministry of Mayhem, Mister Maker and Holly and Stephen’s Saturday Showdown. Today, the studios are as busy as they’ve ever been, producing hours of quality programming in state-of-the-art studios with a talented team of staff and technicians. Maidstone Studios is most definitely achieving the mission it set out to.

Maidstone Studios is most definitely achieving the mission it set out to.

Timeline

  • 1979
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1982
  • 1982
  • 1984
  • 1985 - 1992
  • 1993
  • 1993
  • 1996
  • 1996 - 2002
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2005 - to date
  • 2014
  • 2016
  • 2017

1979

Site chosen for proposed Studio

1981

Site sold to TVS

1982

1st transmission

1982

Number 73 Promo

1982

TVS Quad Split

1984

TVS opening with Margaret Thatcher

1985 - 1992

Shows filmed such as Art Attack, Finders Keepers & Catchphrase which since returned in 2014

1993

New owners rebrand as family channel

1993

How 2 & Others

1996

Re-branded as Flextech TV

1996 - 2002

Shows filmed such as Trisha, Basil Brush, Ministry of Mayhem and Art Attack

2002

Bought by Geoff and Rowland (current owners) and branded as The Maidstone Studios

Bought by Geoff and Rowland (current owners) and branded as The Maidstone Studios

2005

Studio 1 was built which is one of the biggest floor spaces available in the UK. Home to the popular ITV Take Me Out entertainment show and BBC’s Later with Jools Holland music show

2005 - to date

Shows filmed such as Super Market Sweep, Mr Maker, Catch Phrase, Later with Jools Holland, Bang on the Money, Hetty Feather, Take Me Out and more

2014

Soysambu Conservancy UK charity set up – Rowlands invested personally into the charity

2016

Foley Suite Refurbishment and Viewing Suite/ Cinema build

2017

Maidstone Studios Re-brand

Maidstone Studios Re-brand

Key

  • Film
  • TV
  • Sport