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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 the more popular shows – may even need to queue!

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

    • Applause Store – one of the largest free ticket providers. Shows on its books include Britain's Got Talent - The Ultimate Magician, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, QI and A League of Their Own.
    • SRO Audiences – another biggie. Expect to find tickets for shows such as The Martin Lewis Money Show Live, The Graham Norton Show, The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice, Loose Women, Have I Got News For You, Mock The Week and The Last Leg.
    • Lost in TV – has tickets for shows such as Top GearWho Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Celebrity Juice and Michael McIntyre's The Wheel.
    • BBC Shows – BBC has a section on its website where you can apply for tickets. You'll need to make sure you bring photo ID with you on the day. Shows include Question of Sport and Strictly Come Dancing.

    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.

    And 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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