BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) to allow a number of its popular programmes and characters to be “brought to life” in a new £2 billion theme park
The property developer has signed an agreement with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation, to feature the BBC’s intellectual property in the multi-billion pound London Paramount Entertainment resort, due to open in Kent in 2020.
BBC characters and programmes will feature in the theme park alongside Paramount properties, but it is not yet known which shows will be included.
The £2 billion theme park, which is due to be built on brownfield land on the Swanscombe Peninsula in north Kent, is set to have a broad international appeal for tourists coming to London.
The world's weirdest theme parks
The world's weirdest theme parks
1/11 Love Land, South Korea
This outdoor sculpture park in Jeju Island is dedicated to sex, featuring 140 sculptures representing humans in various sexual positions. It describes itself as 'a place where love oriented art and eroticism meet'
2/11 The Kingdom of Little People, Kunming, China
Opened in 2009, The Kingdom of Little People employs a number of dwarfs to perform variety shows for punters
3/11 Shijingshan Amusement Park, Beijing, China
A poor man's imitation of Disneyworld, this Beijing theme park has a fake Sleeping Beauty Castle and various characters which look similar to Disney's trademarked own
4/11 The Holy Land Experience, Orlando, Florida
Set in Orlando Florida, the home to theme parks, The Holy Land Experience recreates scenes from the Bible, with architecture modelled on the ancient city of Jerusalem
5/11 Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Dolly Parton's very own theme park features thrill rides and traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area
6/11 Dubailand, Dubai, UAE
The theme park promised to be the most ambitious in the world, with a budget of $64.3 billion. But the project was put on hold at the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008
7/11 Dickens World, Chatham, Kent
Although Dickens was only a brief resident of Chatham as a child, the theme park features buildings, places and people of the Medway Towns which the writer drew inspiration from
8/11 Diggerland, England
Billed as the 'ultimate adventure park experience', Diggerland allows children and adults to drive full-size construction machinery
9/11 Harmonyland, Japan
Essentially a Hello Kitty theme park, Harmonyland offers family-friendly rides adorned with plenty of Hello Kitty memorabilia
10/11 Nurburgring Roller Coaster, Germany
If going on a rollercoaster wasn't dangerous enough, try this one directly next motorsports compex Nurburgring
11/11 Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
Where else but the capital of bling would you find Ferrari World, 'the largest indoor amusement park in the world'. The park also claims to host the world's fastest rollercoaster, Formula Rossa
It is thought that the BBC’s most popular programmes will feature in the theme park, including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Top Gear.
Stephen Davies, director of live events at BBC Worldwide, said: “We’re always looking for opportunities to extend fans’ enjoyment of their favourite shows and the idea behind the resort is a really exciting way of celebrating the very special place the BBC has in British culture.”
David Testa, director of LRCH, said: “We are delighted to bring the world’s leading public service broadcaster on board this project.
“The BBC has played an instrumental role in shaping the British entertainment industry for nearly a century, creating some of the most iconic and cherished characters on TV and radio.
“It seems only right therefore that its programmes will be present at the new London Paramount Entertainment Resort, which will combine the glamour of Hollywood with the best of British culture.”Reuse content