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Applause Store logoFree audience tix to your favourite TV showRegister online and turn up early

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In order to avoid the dreaded 'canned laughter', TV companies regularly offer free tickets to see popular TV shows. In return, you're expected to listen to direction, shout when asked to and generally be enthusiastic. Although you could also potentially have to sit around for long periods without breaks and for the more popular shows - queue!

A lot of shows overbook, so make sure you arrive at least an hour early is due to start to ensure you get a seat. Often, if you are refused entry due to overbooking, organisers will try to arrange for you to get priority seating for another time.

Firms which offer TV show tickets include:

  • Applause Store is one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Q.I, X Factor and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
  • TV Recordings offers tickets for shows like Russell Howard's Good News.
  • SRO Audiences is another biggie - expect to find tickets for shows like The Graham Norton Show, Live at the Apollo, The Voice and Mock The Week.
  • Lost in TV covers shows like The Cube The Clare Balding show and Derren Brown.

Always make sure you check out the above lists for these free ticket shows, so you never end up paying money for them on eBay or other ticket sites. Depending on availability, you should always be able to get them for free.

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SRO Audiences logoFree audience tickets to GBBO: An Extra SliceRegister online for spin-off show. Limited spaces

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The Great British Bake Off is now in full swing, and although there's no opportunity to enter the 'tent of dreams', you can get free tickets to the spin-off show 'An Extra Slice' until Sun 9 Oct.

The firm that distributes the tickets, SRO Audiences, told us the studio holds 300 people and the show records every Sunday at The ITV London Studios on the South Bank, London.

How do I get tickets?

Go to the SRO Audiences website and click on 'Current Shows'. Scroll down to An Extra Slice and click 'Tickets & Info', which will take you to the application page.

Successful applicants are chosen randomly and if you've been selected, your tickets will be emailed to you. 

Am I guaranteed to get in?

Even with a ticket, you are not guaranteed entry to the 'An Extra Slice' studio as extra tickets are given out to account for no-shows to prevent empty seats.

This means it's important to arrive well ahead of the 'arrive by' time that's written on your ticket. SRO Audiences told us this is a 'longer than average' recording, which starts at 3.15pm and could last until 8.30pm. These shows are extremely popular, so even arriving early may not guarantee a seat. Our best advice is to get there an hour or so early, and be prepared to queue. You may be asked for your ID instead of your actual ticket, so make sure to bring both with you.

SRO Audiences told us that if you're turned away, an organiser will take your details and arrange for you to have 'priority tickets' to another recording. A priority tickets entitles you to enter the studio first, so you should be guaranteed to get in. 

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