23 March 2013 - 2:29pm | posted by | 1 comment

1.4 million tune in to BBC Four to bid farewell to the Television Centre

1.4 million tune in to BBC Four to bid farewell to the Television Centre 1.4 million tune in to BBC Four to bid farewell to the Television

An average of 1.4 million people watched Goodbye Television Centre, a special programme marking the closure of the historic building which aired last night (March 22)

The two hour programme kicked off at 8.30pm and was hosted on BBC Four. Audience figures peaked at 10pm with nearly 2 million viewers (6.8 per cent of total across all channels)

The live hour-long Madness special pulled in 792,000 (3.4 per cent) as the band played hits such as Baggy Trousers and Our House as well as material from their new album.

The programme also featured interviews with the likes of Sir David Attenborough, Penelope Keith, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Terry Wogan and Sir David Jason.

The building in west London, which once aired shows like Top of the Pops and Blue Peter, was sold for £200 million.

It officially closes on 31 March and will be redeveloped into a hotel, flats, a cinema and office space.

The main television studios will be retained and refurbished for leasing out to production companies, including the BBC, from 2014.

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24 Mar 2013 - 23:18
Force-7's picture

Bye bye, massive telly building. Great to hear that it's still going to remain in place though, especially as flats. Imagine having your fridge where Noel Edmonds once stood. You could open it each day as if you're on Deal Or No Deal, then swear under your breath when you find a Post-it note with "50p" written on it stuck to a cucumber. Fun times!

(Yeah, yeah. We know that DOND is on Channel 4, but Edmonds used to host TOTP on the BBC, and would you really say no to such an opportunity?)

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