BBC Television Centre – end of an era!

Author Muddy Funkster - Last updated: 06.04.2013

A follower on my FB page recently mailed me to ask if I wanted to do a shoot at his offices. When I asked where he worked he informed me ‘BBC Television Centre at Wood Lane’. ‘Yes please’ was my quick response.
Again I asked the question about group size but alas he said I would only be able to bring one other person with me.

A few pics I’ve processed so far from the trip. Will add some more once I have them.
Hopefully Mark (MDE) will add some of his own beneath as well.

Broadcasting from TVC.

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Due to the planned closure and redevelopment of the buildings he managed to get us in just before the final day of production at the site. Under strict instructions not to photograph or talk to any of the celebs we would be seeing inside we followed our host past empty offices and famous landmarks. (I only ended up seeing the one celeb in the end, Miranda Hart and was slightly disappointed that she didn’t fall over)

Archive storage

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The site has a strange mood hanging over it, almost like the building knows it has reached the end of its life as a centre for TV broadcasting. Many of the signage plaques have been removed from the walls by staff looking for mementos of the years they’ve spent working there.

Radio sound desk

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It was a quick visit (3.5 hours) and we could have quite literally spent all day in there, would have also been good to properly explore the site unrestricted but with shooting in two of the studios still taking place could have also been a bit dangerous. I have a feeling that once all staff have finally left the site, it’s going to become a bit of a UE hotspot!

Empty shelving

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The two studios we went into blew me away, I knew we would see lighting rigs hanging from above inside but nothing prepared me for the sheer amount of equipment that hangs down.

The vast Studio 6

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Thanks for looking peeps!

3 comments

#1Derelict-UKApril 11, 2013, 8:46 pm

What was security like and was there CCTV inside the building (plans trip).

Excellent pics, I loved Central TV Studios before it was stripped and it was a fraction of the size of TV Centre, still had HUGE studios though!

I have an idea how people are going to get in but they are still leasing studios (back to BBC programs!!!) So it wont be too easy. Just rock up in a suit lol

#2Denis O’DonovanApril 12, 2013, 12:13 pm

Brilliant set. Reckon you could spend a week in there and not see it all.

#3PAUL WAugust 13, 2015, 7:57 pm

Studio 6 looks absolutely fantastic in the photo, but that is down to the camera angle, because it was only a medium sized studio, with a 32ft height, which was ideal for the situation comedies and game shows, that were mostly recorded in there.
Sadly, Studio 6 is one of the five studios at Television Centre, which are now being stripped and demolished in August 2015.
A great loss, for a studio with so much history, the first BBC studio to use colour cameras etc.

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