We all enjoy watching our favourite television shows from home. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of the studio audience? To see how the shows are put together, the gaffes that are edited out later? The list below covers a number of shows currently being taped around Sydney. All of them are free and will get you out of the house without causing you to miss out on those crucial TV moments.
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If you're looking for a fun, family experience, Australia's Funniest Home Videos is your best bet. Hosted by Shelley Craft, the show is usually recorded on Tuesdays in Willoughby and welcomes everyone above four-years-old.
The Footy Show The Footy Show (NRL) is also lot of fun, but it's off limits to anyone under 16. Come down to Willoughby and watch Fatty and his co-hosts discuss the latest NRL news and matches, along with the usual segments Stuff You May Have Missed, Small Talk with the Big Man, Beau Knows and more. The programme is taped live on Thursday nights and tickets become available at 9 am the Monday before each show.
Australia is definitely caught up in the phenomenon of The Voice, but you can take your fandom to the next level by actually attending a recording at Moore Park. You'll get to experience the kind of quality voices and performances that you would have to pay a lot for anywhere else.
X Factor Australia If you're not sick of singing and talent shows, you could also attend the Sydney X Factor auditions, which with take place on Thursday 17th May and Friday 18th May, beginning at 11 am at Sydney Entertainment Theatre. Judges Mel B, Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastion are all returning for the 2012 series, along with host Luke Jacobz.
The Living Room You may not have heard of The Living Room yet, but I'm sure you'll notice the ads soon. It's a new lifestyle programme focusing on travel, food, the home and more, which will begin airing soon on Channel 10. It will be hosted by Amanda Keller, with the support of Chris Brown, Barry DuBois and Miguel Maestre, and it is looking for audience members over 15. The Price is Right If you're feeling a bit nostalgic, consider this: The Price is Right is returning to television soon, with Larry Edmur back as host. The show is currently looking for audience members for its June tapings. And the great thing about being in the audience for this show is the chance to be called down to win some money!
First Tuesday Book Club If you're less interested in game shows and competitions and more interested in literature, you should attend a taping of First Tuesday Book Club. It is hosted by Jennifer Byrne, who is joined by Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and weekly guests on the last Friday afternoon of each month at the ABC TV studios in Ultimo. Remember to check the website for details on the books to be reviewed so you can read them beforehand.
Difference of Opinion Attending the recording of Difference of Opinion will allow you to be part of a debate on a range of issues. But you will have to complete a questionnaire when applying for tickets to allow ABC to bring together a mix of people. This audience is exclusively for adults.
Insight Insight is another debate programme, this time from the SBS. Each week a topic is explored by host Jenny Brockie and a variety of guests. But like Difference of Opinion, this programme seeks to create a diverse studio audience, so there is another mini questionnaire to fill out and no guarantee you will be included in the final cut.
Can of Worms Can of Worms returns with a new host - Logie winner and mother of two, Chrissie Swan. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, Can of Worms features a panel of three celebrity guests who discuss various everyday topics honestly and candidly. Can of Worms airs on Channel Ten but is recorded at ABC Studios.
After attending the recording of any of these shows, you will never watch them in the same way again. I attended a recording of So You Think You Can Dance years ago and clearly remember being lectured on the need to always look cheerful and enthusiastic. The audience stood around the stage for this show and when the camera panned around during the dances no-one wanted to see bored faces. Why not add to your TV experience and attend the recording of one of your own favourite programmes?