Elstree Studios has submitted plans to fill the vacant Big Brother site with two new super stages.

The studios in Borehamwood has been left with an empty site after Channel 5 pulled the plug on the reality TV show which had been running for 18 years.

The two new stages are proposed to be similar to the existing George Lucas stages which has become popular with film and television companies.

The plans will be considered by Hertsmere Borough Council - which owns the studios.

Elstree Studios managing director Roger Morris said: "The building of the new stages is to fulfil client demand at Elstree Studios. We already have a number of clients who have confirmed interest in hiring the stages once they are built.

"Elstree Studios is currently home to Strictly Come Dancing, The Crown and BBC Studioworks. The studios have enjoyed great success in the last ten years and the freeing up of the Big Brother space has opened up great opportunity.

"The stages will be suitable for both film and high-end television use. We have plans to build more stages at the Elstree Studios site as space becomes available."

If plans are approved, the new stages are scheduled to be ready next year.