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9th September 2021

Mailbox Celebrates 17 Years With BBC Midlands

Home to many of the region’s favourite TV and radio shows, a national training academy, and studio tours, this week marks 17 years since Mailbox first welcomed the BBC to Level 3.

In addition to live daily broadcasts of Radio WM, the BBC Asian Network and the region’s flagship daily news programme, Midlands Today, the Mailbox is also the recording space for the world’s longest-running radio soap opera “The Archers” , which celebrated 70 years of transmission earlier this year.

Over the past 17 years, visitors to the Mailbox have been able to enjoy exclusive behind the scenes access to the studios of their favourite shows, as part of BBC Tours. A real-time experience where no two days in broadcasting are the same, visitors can see what goes on behind the camera, learn how the Broadcast Support Centre keeps local radio and regional TV on air, and have the chance to have a go at making their own radio play, present the weather in front of a green screen, or get up close and personal with Doctor Who’s Tardis.

Did You Know?

  • “The One Show” was piloted from a temporary Canalside studio at the Mailbox in 2016, before it became a major part of BBC1’s schedule.
  • Our very own Everyman Cinema hosted the season three premiere of the BBC’s Brummie-based show Peaky Blinders in 2016.
  • Occupying more than 100,000 sq. ft. of office, studio and production space, the BBC employs more than 700 people at the Mailbox alone.
  • To celebrate 60 years of Blue Peter, the Mailbox was the first destination to exhibit the accidentally-dug-up Blue Peter Millennium Time Capsule before it was stored in The National Archives.