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

    Below is a list of companies offering free TV show tickets. Some recordings have age restrictions, so be sure to check before requesting tickets if you plan to go with kids.

    • SRO Audiences – One of the largest free ticket providers. Expect to find tickets throughout the year for shows such as The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Have I Got News for You, Loose Women, and The Graham Norton Show.

    • Applause Store – Another biggie. Shows on its books include Big Brother, Michael McIntyre's Big ShowAnt & Dec’s Limitless Win, Family Fortunes, and BBC New Comedy Awards 2023.

    • Lost in TV – You can find tickets for shows such as Out of Order, Rob Beckett's Smart TV, The Masked Singer, and BBC Songs of Praise. You can also apply to participate in shows via Lost in TV.

    • BBC Shows – The Beeb has a section on its website where you can apply for tickets. Shows include Breaking the News, Brain of Britain, The Kitchen Cabinet, and 5 Live Boxing with Steve Bunce.

    A lot of shows overbook, so make sure you arrive at least an hour early 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. You'll need to make sure you bring photo ID with you on the day.

    Always make sure you check out these free ticket show sites first – don't pay money for them on eBay or other ticket sites.

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