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Greenlit: Goodbye Television Centre, BBC4

Goodbye Television Centre (1 x 120′) – Documentary to celebrate 53 years of history behind the iconic BBC building. Some of the biggest BBC stars of all time will gather together for one last time to bid the old building a fond farewell. 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.

Former BBC Chairman Michael Grade will 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.

The BBC guest stars will recount stories as they reminisce about the times they spent at the BBC’s flagship studios. What did they do when there was a power cut on the launch night of BBC Two, and why did everyone blame Michael Bentine for the 1965 armed robbery? All of them will be giving us a personal insight into their experiences at TVC.

Viewers will gain an exciting vision into some of our most loved BBC shows, all produced in the great Television Centre. Roving reporter Victoria Coren will also take the viewers on a special tour of the BBC – from the studios that housed Monty Python’s Parrot sketch, Del Boy’s Living Room and Miranda’s shop, to the path Alan Partridge took while running through the building with some stolen Stilton!

Joining him on the sofa will be a whole host of legendary faces:

  • Sir David Attenborough
  • Penelope Keith
  • Ronnie Corbett
  • Sir Michael Parkinson
  • Jeremy Paxman
  • Noel Edmonds
  • Sir Terry Wogan
  • Mark Lawson
  • Richard Briers
  • Sir David Jason
  • Zoe Ball
  • Philip Schofield
  • Gary Lineker
  • Chris Hollins
  • Bob Harris
  • Fiona Bruce

VT Guests confirmed:

  • Barry Cryer
  • Brian Blessed
  • Alan Yentob

The famed building has brought us decades of programming and has created treasured household names. Goodbye Television Centre will look at the nostalgic history created by the stars of the small screen, both on and off camera, since the 1960s. Comedy shows, talk shows, entertainment shows, children’s television, music and drama – they were all born from the famous Television Centre.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC

TX: March 2013

Source: BBC press release

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