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.
Site chosen for proposed Studio
Site sold to TVS
Number 73 Promo
TVS Quad Split
TVS opening with Margaret Thatcher
Shows filmed such as Art Attack, Finders Keepers & Catchphrase which since returned in 2014
1985 - 1992
New owners rebrand as family channel
How 2 & Others
Re-branded as Flextech TV
Shows filmed such as Trisha, Basil Brush, Ministry of Mayhem and Art Attack
1996 - 2002
Bought by Geoff and Rowland (current owners) and branded as The Maidstone Studios
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
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
2005 - to date
Soysambu Conservancy UK charity set up – Rowlands invested personally into the charity
Foley Suite Refurbishment and Viewing Suite/ Cinema build
Maidstone Studios Re-brand