Working for the BBC in 2012 is no doubt a far removed experience from how it operated in yesteryear. Technology, money and ruthless businesspeople have changed what the BBC is and how it operated.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s a fine organisation that brings us The Best Show Ever Made all year round but ask anyone who worked there in its earlier incarnations and you’d be pushed to find too many similarities.
But all those dirty tales and hidden secrets that the BBC thought it had hidden long, long ago may just come up and breathe new life with a new documentary coming out this month, Tales of Television Centre. This documentary, featuring some very well-known BBC names including Barry Norman, David Attenborough, Jeremy Paxman and Esther Rantzen and Terry Wogan, will look at shenanigans going on behind the scenes in the BBC and will also offer some wonderful anecdotes from players who were there at the time.
The 90 minute documentary, Produced and Directed by Richard Marson, will also offer insight from Katy Manning, Louise Jameson and Janet Fielding as they recall their time on Doctor Who and “people bonking all over the BBC”.
The Documentary is getting some very strong reviews, it’s not just an expose on the BBC and how it was but also a loving tribute to the television centre and how it changed the lives of so many. Plus, if you want to find out why Barry Norman was nearly sacked one day for an incident involving his hair, you’ll have to watch to find out!
Tales of Television Centre will premiere at the BFI in South Bank, London on Tuesday 15th May and will then be shown on BBC Four on Thursday 17th May. Get you televisions at the ready now!