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The Big Bang Theory set designer would sneak gifts from fans into the show

The Big Bang Theory would often sneak gifts sent from fans into the show so they could feature in the series.

According to the show’s set designer Ann Shea, avid watchers of the Jim Parsons sitcom would treat the creators to some thoughtful gifts that would then find their way onto the show.

Speaking exclusively to, Ann revealed that two or three items would be used per season.

‘Fans sent us really cool stuff and we’d use them on the show,’ she recalled.

‘Two items I remember vividly included a Star Trek Spock oven mitt and a knitted Rubix cube tissue box. They were so cool!’

Ann added that The Big Bang Theory writers would also request specific items to use on the show, including the iconic Game Of Thrones Longclaw replica, which appeared in the fifth season of the show.

‘The writers would ask for all this cool stuff like the Longclaw,’ she said. ‘They requested things and we kept them in the whole time.’

Ann also revealed that every prop on The Big Bang Theory was microchipped so Warner Brothers could keep track of their location.

‘Warner Brothers was so strict,’ she continued. ‘Normally heads of department would have access to the stage so we can go work on the weekends, but they closed the stages down months in advance on the weekend and they microchipped every single item on all of the sets and made sure they could track it.

‘We were instructed to give everything we had for archives and so we did. It took months and months of packing and logging.’

Ann told us: ‘Warner Brothers doesn’t typically give away stuff to the actors, so if the actors did get anything, all I can say is they dealt with Warner Brothers directly.’

The Big Bang Theory is available to stream on Netflix in the US.

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