Six of 2015's best television inspired experiences

This year has seen a number of brands and event companies devise immersive experiences inspired by popular television programs. Event takes a look at six of the most creative.

Comedy Central's FriendsFest experience proved popular with fans
Comedy Central's FriendsFest experience proved popular with fans

FriendsFest by Comedy Central UK 

Fans of US sitcom Friends descened on east London’s Old Truman Brewery in September to peruse an installation inspired by the show.

Ticketholders could take a walk through Monica’s apartment, as well as snap photographs of themselves in front of the fountain from the opening credits, the Central Perk coffee shop and its iconic orange couch, and Joey and Chandler’s living room. There were even opportunities for attendees to have their hair styled in the ‘Rachel’ do.

A similar experience by Australian streaming service Stan visited Sydney’s Hyde Park in October.

Twin Peaks' birthday celebrations

Events company Lemonade and Laughing Gas devised The Owls Are Not What They Seem, an immersive experience centered around Twin Peaks in August. The event showcased characters and sets, and guests were treated to a three-course meal by Blanch & Shock Food Design, inspired by the program.

The experience sought to celebrate 25 years since the first episode was broadcast, as well as generate excitement around the program’s return in 2017.

The Big Brother experience

Chillisauce introduced the ongoing Big Brother Live experience in October, offering members of the public the chance to hire the space for parties, private meetings and team-building days comprising up to 200 people.

Four packages are available for interested individuals depending on the size and type of their event. Activities include 21 Seconds To Go, where participants have just 21 seconds to find a podium and perform a dance, and an assault course known as Fast and Furious.

The Great British Bake Off Live 

The Great British Bake Off teamed up with Media 10 event The Cake & Bake Show to deliver a live version of the program in London and Edinburgh in October, and Manchester in November.

Fans of the show had the chance to meet contestants from former series’ as well as those from the 2015 installment. Individuals including John Whaite, Jo Wheatley and Brendan Lynch offered baking tips and recipes, and viewers were invited to bring their masterpieces in for the stars to try. 

(Image: @SeinfeldTV)

Hulu’s Seinfeld: The Apartment

To celebrate its acquisition of the Seinfeld back catalogue, online video service Hulu re-created Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment in New York.

Open from 24-28 June, the interactive fan experience was complete with a memorabilia gallery, props and scripts. Visitors could also take part in famous scenes from the 1990s program. 

One to watch: Theme Traders’ Breaking Mad experience

While it is yet to take place, if Theme Traders' Breaking Bad event for industry professionals in January is anything to go by, Breaking Mad is set to deliver an experience to remember. 

The event production company’s SecretParty TT division has teamed up with Shout About London to devise the immersive event, which is to take place over eight days, from 1-3 and 7-11 December. 

Taking place at The Old Truman Brewery in east London, each two-and-a-half hour experience will see guests experience key elements of the program’s world, and bartenders will be creating cocktails that reflect the theme. 

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