Leeds Dock’s pop-up bar to become TV studio

A view looking down Leeds Dock. A cental tower block and lower rise apartment blocks on each side are reflected in the still water of the dock. There are barges moored to the right hand side.

Channel 4 has announced that its new daytime show, The Steph Show, is to be filmed at Leeds Dock in Hunslet. The daily programme, presented by Steph McGovern, will be broadcast live from the former Dock 29 pop-up bar close to the Royal Armouries museum.

Allied London, who manage Leeds Dock, are promising to create a new dockside bar for residents and visitors, although no details are available currently.

Set to launch this Spring at the heart of Channel 4’s daytime schedule, the show will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and feature a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and light current affairs with a variety of guests from the worlds of showbiz, politics and beyond.

Steph McGovern said: “We’ve chosen a brilliant location for our studio in Leeds. We’ve got a lush view over the canal and we’ll be able to have a good nosey at all the people out and about round the Docks. Given it’s a live show who knows what might happen! I’m really chuffed, it’s a cracking spot and I can’t wait to welcome my guests to the studio, not to mention the studio audience and viewers at home. Not long to go now!”

Rebecca Papworth, executive producer, added: “Leeds Dock is an amazing location for The Steph Show. It’s an iconic and stunning waterfront and it’s going to feel incredible to be live from the Dock… get that water taxi ready!”

Ben Wicks, executive producer, commented: “As a proud Yorkshireman who had to schlep to London for work, I’m thrilled we’re opening a studio with the best view in Britain for the exclusive use of Channel 4’s The Steph Show. Our view will take in the stunning Leeds Dock, parts of the city’s skyline, the water taxi, and, most impressively of all, the people of mighty Leeds – perfect for a show that is for the people and starring the people, inside the studio and out.”

Elizabeth Peckett, asset director of Allied London, landlords of Leeds Dock, said: “We’re delighted Leeds Dock is going to be the home of The Steph Show. It’s a really exciting opportunity for us, as not only will a live Channel 4 show bring more jobs to the area, there will be more footfall, too. We’re an ever-evolving village: we have an independent coffee shop and bakehouse, work spaces for media and tech businesses, yoga studio, gym, hotel, museum and open spaces. The increasing buzz will see us continuing to thrive as we develop new work and events spaces, as well as launching a new dockside bar.”

The Steph Show is produced by Expectation in partnership with West Yorkshire-based Can Can Productions. The executive producers are Rebecca Papworth for Can Can Productions and Ben Wicks for Expectation.


This post is based on a press release issued by Channel 4

Photo by Tim Green via Creative Commons