Television Centre


This section takes a look at the one of the most iconic TV studios in the world, Television Centre. From 1960 until its closure in 2013 it was the home of BBC Television with most departments based there. It was also the home to BBC Radio 5 Live. The site has changed since and ITV has a prescence in the building having sold off their London studios.

 

The history of Television will be added soon

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - 1960s

These shots of Maida Vale come from a documentary about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop which we will come onto shortly

 

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  BBC Television Centre
1960s
BBC Television

 

 

Z CARS - 1960s

An episode of Z Cars being transmitted, for many years drama's such as Z Cars would have been transmitted live as the availability of tape was limited due to the huge expense involved. Z Cars continued to be transmitted live for a considerable time after other shows were recorded and therefore much of the series is missing from the BBC's archives.

 

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  Z Cars Recording at BBC Television Centre
1960s
BBC Television

 

 

RECORDING AT TELEVISION CENTRE -  EARLY 1970s

Here are some shots from the early 1970s where filming is taking place at Television Centre

 

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  Filming At Television Centre
1970s
BBC Television

 

FILM CUTTING - 1970s

 

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  Film Cutting - Television Centre
1960s
BBC Television

 

CONTROL ROOM STUDIO 2 - 1970s

The control room for Studio 2 in the 1970s

 

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  Control Room - Studio 2
1970s
BBC Television

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - LATE 1970s

Television Centre towards the end of the 1970s

 

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  Television Centre
Late 1970s
BBC Television

 

BBC TELEVISION LETTERHEAD - 1984

A letterhead from Television Centre

 

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  Television Centre
1984
BBC Television

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - 1987

These images were from the mockumentary "The Making of Acorn Antiques" which was taking a look at the spoof soap

 

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  Television Centre
1987
BBC Television

 

BBC NEWS - 1994

Various shots from a documentary about the training of BBC Journalists

 

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  BBC News Trainees
1994
BBC Television
 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - 1995

Various shots of Television Centre, this is from an episode of Challenge Anneka where she goes there to get airs a promo about blood donation as part of one of her challenge (she failed to meet the challenge sadly)

 

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  BBC Televiison Centre
1995
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - NETWORK CONTROL - 1995

Various shots of Television Centre, this is from an episode of Challenge Anneka where she goes there to get airs a promo about blood donation as part of one of her challenge (she failed to meet the challenge sadly)Network Control Television Centre, this is from an episode of Challenge Anneka where she goes there to get airs a promo about blood donation as part of one of her challenge (she failed to meet the challenge sadly)

 

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  BBC Television Centre - Network Control Room
1995
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - 1997

These are from the comedy series I'm Alan Partridge where Alan goes to Teevision Centre to meet the controller of BBC Television, Tony Hares, and being told he wasn't getting a second series

 

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  BBC Television Centre
1997
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - TELECINE  2002

Andy Pawliszyn talking about the work undertaken to restore a found episode of Dad's Army

 

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  BBC Television Centre - Telecine
2002
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE -  2003

These are from the comedy series Little Britain where one of the Wombles was trying to get into the centre

 

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  BBC Television Centre
2003
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - THE DOUGHNUT  2008

One of the most recognisable features of Television Centre is referred to as The Doughnut, this part of the building is a ring and contained studios and offices

 

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  BBC Television Centre - The Doughnut
2008
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE - STUDIO 8 -   2008

Studio 8 is where a large number of comedy programmes were shot, sadly as part of the work on the site following the BBC leaving this studio has been demolished

 

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  BBC Television Centre - Studio 8
2008
BBC Television
 

 

BBC TELEVISION CENTRE -   2008

Television Centre in 2008

 

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  BBC Television Centre
2008
BBC Television
 

 

GALLERY - TC2  - 2009

The gallery overlooking Studio 2 in 2009, Mike Catherwood and Barry Letts are in there discussing changes in the way television has changed over the years

 

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  Gallery - TC2
2009
BBC Television
 

 

TELEVISION CENTRE -  2018

Here are some photos of Television Centre I took when I was on a visit to London in 2018. Since the BBC mostly moved out in 2013 (they still have a prescence in what was Stage 6 of the building where the former newsroom was but now houses BBC Worldwide) the site has changed massivly with a large part of the site rebuilt into appartments and a hotel.

Television Centre now has only three studios and is also the home to ITV's Good Morning Britain programme.

 

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  Television Centre
2018
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TELEVISION CENTRE - THE SPUR - 2018

Here are some photos of Television Centre I took when I was on a visit to London in 2018. This area of the site is new, there was a similar looking building connecting the main studios 1,2 and 3 to the stage 6 part but this was demolished as parrt of the redevelopment of the site. The original building housed various studios and other facilities including an audience area and BBC Shop which I remember fondly.

 

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  Television Centre - The Spur
2018
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TELEVISION CENTRE - BBC WORLDWIDE - 2018

Here are some photos of Television Centre I took when I was on a visit to London in 2018. This part of Television Centre was originally Stage 6, the final part of the build and housed the BBC newsroom and was also the main entrance. Upon closure the inside of the building was transformed and now houses BBC Worldwide, the commerical arm of the corporation. Allthough internally it is very different (unfortunately I do not currently have any pictures of this) externally it looks much the same now as it did in 2013.

 

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  Television Centre - BBC Worldwide
2008
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TELEVISION CENTRE - EXTERIOR OF STUDIO 1 - 2018

Here are some photos of Television Centre I took when I was on a visit to London in 2018. This is the exterior of Studio 1, the biggest of the studios at Television Centre. The look of the building has changed very little since the BBC left as it a listed feature, in fact the only thing that has changed is the removal of the BBC letters, the rest is as it was in 2013.

 

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  Television Centre - Exterior Studio 1
2018
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TELEVISION CENTRE - THE DOUGHNUT - 2018

Here are some photos of Television Centre I took when I was on a visit to London in 2018. This is the Doughnut where many BBC offices used to be. Much of this part of the site is now appartments but it also houses the television studios and supporting services. Much of this part of Television Centre such as the Doughnut itself, the tiles and the statue of Helios are listed so had to remain. This area was once fenced off from the public but now you can come into this area.

 

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  BBC Television Centre - The Doughnut
2018
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