Saluting the grand old Television Centre – the setting for some of the most memorable moments in Doctor Who’s history – the BBC Four have announced a one-off two-hour programme to celebrate 53 years of this iconic building.
Airing in March, Goodbye Television Centre will see Sir Michael Grade invite an exciting array of people from the worlds of sport, acting, journalism, music and entertainment to assemble in the BBC’s Studio One in front of a studio audience, where they will talk about their favourite Television Centre memories.
Joining him on the sofa to share their memories will be: Sir David Attenborough, Penelope Keith, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jeremy Paxman, Noel Edmonds, Sir Terry Wogan and many more – including Brian Blessed.
Roving reporter Victoria Coren will also take the viewers on a special tour of the BBC – the studios where untold classic Doctor Who moments were filmed such as TC6 where parts of Pyramids of Mars were shot right up to The Happiness Patrol in TC8.
Richard Klein, Controller of BBC Four, commented:
TVC is quite simply the greatest television stage on Earth and BBC Four is going to celebrate all that is wonderful about it in a whole night of programming in March. What was made at TVC – the dramas, the sit-coms, the music shows, the glitzy dance and entertainment extravaganzas, the comedies, the news – everything – form part of Britain’s collective history. These shows, from The Two Ronnies to The Old Grey Whistle Test, from Newsnight to Grandstand, from Strictly Come Dancing to Morecambe and Wise – are lodged in our memories and Four intends to salute the passing of this era with a fond and uplifting farewell night.
London’s TVC has been a hub of creativity from the moment it opened its doors on 29 June 1960, to the moment it will close them on 31 March 2013.
So join BBC Four in saying, Goodbye Television Centre.
(Thanks to Gareth)