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Waldegrave suite

Katherine Jenkins interviews Prof Peter Tyler in the Waldegrave Drawing Room during the filming of Songs of Praise
Songs of Praise (BBC)
Still from a scene of BBC's Appletree Yard filmed in the Senior Common Room
Appletree Yard (BBC)
Sir Mo Farah accepting his BBC Sports Personality of the Year award from the Waldegrave Drawing Room
Sports Personality of the Year (BBC)

The Grade 1 listed Waldegrave Suite at St Mary’s University offers an opulent setting for filming and photography, with its ornate high ceilings and chandeliers. 

The wood-panelled Senior Common Room has doubled as the House of Commons for BBC drama Appletree Yard, and other previous filming projects include Silent Witness, Lewis, ITV’s Endeavour, The Martin Lewis Money Show and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Sport facilities

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry with Nick Knowles on the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track filming for BBC's Mind Over Matter
Mind Over Matter (BBC)
Stoffel Vandoorne performing tests in our sport science labs, as shown on Amazon Prime's GRAND PRIX Driver
GRAND PRIX Driver (Amazon Prime)
Still from a scene in Josh Widdecombe's BBC sitcom filmed in the St Mary's gym
Josh (BBC)
BBC's 'The Truth About Getting Fit' being filmed on the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track
The Truth About Getting Fit (BBC)
A Nike advert being filmed on the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track
Advert (Nike)
BBC iWonder documentary being filmed in the Performance Hall
What's it like to face a 90mph fast bowler? (BBC iWonder)

St Mary’s University campus benefits from a wide range of world-class sporting facilities that are available for hire for filming and photo shoots, including grass and artificial rugby and football pitches, three indoor tennis courts and a large multi-use Performance Hall. 

Two state of the art gyms and the Sir Mo Farah Athletics Track, alongside High-Performance Laboratories are also available to hire.

Previous productions shot at Sport St Mary’s include TV adverts for Nike, Adidas and BUPA, Idents for Sky Sports and a full episode of BBC comedy ‘Josh’. The documentary ‘Mind Over Marathon’ featuring high profile guests TRH Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was also shot on campus.

Around the University

Price Harry, Duke of Sussex, being interviewed in the Dolce Vita cafe as part of BBC's 'Mind Over Matter'
Mind Over Matter (BBC)
BBC's 'Songs of Praise' being filmed from outside the Chapel in the Woods
Songs of Praise (BBC)

Also available for hire are a range of other rooms, buildings and facilities. This includes:

  • Classrooms
  • Corridors
  • Two libraries
  • Canteen
  • Drama studios

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