Goodbye TV Centre
Thursday, 21 March 2013
Just to say, the little documentary films I made about BBC TV Centre (as mentioned on the news page) will be screened as part of a gala tribute programme tomorrow (Friday) evening on BBC Four. Starting around 7 or 8pm I think there’s a live Madness concert first, and then the two-hour tribute show with Michael Grade talking to some very major BBC stars, interspersed with a few little VT films from me (plus I joined Michael G for the last discussion at the end of the show).
I honestly don’t know how wide an appeal this programme will have. I think it’s very good and right that it was made and is being broadcast: the iconic TV Centre building is closing, and this should not happen without a bit of fanfare, sadness and nostalgia. Many say it should not happen “full stop”.
It may be that general viewers aren’t that interested in a retrospective of a building. But I remember watching The MultiColoured Swap Shop as a kid, imagining that magical spaceship-building it was being beamed from (I imagined it full of toys, waiting to be swapped), and it feels like a significant era-end to me.
Certainly, the number of big stars that crowded into the studio last week to pay tribute to this building, for a BBC Four show, is testament to how much it means to people who have worked there. I never really have. But I’m still awfully sorry to see it go.
If you watch, do look out for Brian Blessed’s interview. He was sort of hilarious… and then sort of heroic.