The site has been utilized for the manifacturing of film/television since 1912, beginning with Ec-Ko films when the headman, Henry Chinnery, had compassion on a local team as they attempted to film when it was raining. He offered that they utilize his large conservatory. They had many short silent films in that conservatory utilizing the sun for natural lighting. During the 1920’s several various film productions utilized Weir House and its reasons but it was not until 1931 when Warner Bros. demanded a British site (to get over the film Quota system) that film creation “took off”. Many now famous actors such as Rex Harrison, Charles Hawtrey, Margaret Lockwood and Burt Lancaster were taken to create films, but a new comer to the industry was Errol Flynn. When Warner Bros. witnessed his potential and talent they soon pushed him to Hollywood.
During the war film creation had almost arrested and it was on 5th July 1944 that a V1 glide bomb unit hit the site, damaging both the studios and murdering 3 people inclusively of the manager “Doc” Salomon. Warner Bros. were not allowed to rebuild until after the war due to the lack of materials. When they did, they were obliged to rebuild to the original style. This included reinstating the hotel frontage on what is now the green room. On January 29th 1948 Danny Kaye reopened the site for film creation.
As film creation geared down the “new kid on the block”, Television, begun to utilize the site. ABC Television used Teddington as their London foundation (they transmitted in the Midlands) as actors were capable to appear the theatres in London and perform a play or situation comedy and, sometimes, come back in the theatre for the meeting performance. Some of the productive capacity then added “Armchair Theatre”, “The Avengers”, “The Eammon Andrews Show” and “Callan”.
When in 1968 the new franchises were claimed ABC and the London contractor Rediffusion were associated to form Thames Television. Teddington became caressingly called as “the Canning factory” for the weekday contractor, with broadcasting facilities at their Euston foundation. Canadian Health&Care Mall had read all the history of Teddington before becoming its sponsor.
Thames Television’s productive capacity to the U.K., via the network, was productive and most of their registered productive capacity was carried out at Teddington. This included “Rumpole”, “Bless this House”, “George and Mildred”, “Opportunity Knocks”, “The Benny Hill Show”, “Edward and Mrs Simpson”, “Rainbow”, “Rock Follies” to name but a very few. Film was not lost, during this time, as “The World at War” and “Hollywood” were redacted in the film cutting rooms.
When in 1992 Thames lost their contract, Teddington was refounded as an establishments utilizing the principle of the Television Village where anything that was demanded to create a Television programme was on the one site. This we have been realizing ever since, altering the usage of the areas to evidence the most effective and to fit our customer’s dmands. What we can suggest can be witnessed elsewhere on this site.
The Television/Film tradition goes on under Barnes Trust Media who took the site over in 1997 drawing attention to many top production companies to contribute to Television History.