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Goodbye Television Centre

22 Mar

The iconic BBC Television Centre in London’s White City – the world’s first purpose-built TV studios back in 1960 – makes its final broadcasts today before being taken over by property developers. Home to many thousands of classic programmes – from children’s TV (Play SchoolJackanoryBlue PeterSwap Shop); comedy (Morecambe & Wise, The Two Ronnies, Fawlty Towers, The Good Life, Only Fools & Horses, Black Adder); music (Top Of The Pops, Old Grey Whistle Test); drama, news and so much more, this evening’s nostalgia fest is a sad reminder of over fifty years of great TV history & the ghosts of so many fine performers.

I well remember being fascinated by the behind-the-scenes activities on a tour when in primary school. Since then I’ve queued outside many times to attend recordings & sat through hours of retakes to see the thrill of live performances; been a quiz show contestant & even participated in a bomb drill there. Take a tour round with Google Street View.

So here’s a uke clip of The Lumberjack Song, from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, another major comedy from the BBC’s heydays, by Alex Holmes:

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