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BBC Television Centre

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BBC Television Centre
Shepherd's Bush, London, W12 7RJ

Opened in 1960, Television Centre is considered to be the home of BBC Television and Radio. Designed by Graham Dawbarn, the centre is a circular ("doughnut") arrangement of offices and studios, with a statue to the Greek god of the sun, Helios in its circular court. The central features and Studio 1 were given Grade II listed in 2008.

In 2007 the BBC announced that they would be selling off the Centre as part of streamlining the BBC (and reducing their funding deficit), moving departments to other BBC property (e.g. News to Broadcasting House), with a number of other departments moving to new premised in Salford. In 2010 Director of Vision Jana Bennett announced that operations would cease there in 2013, but the future of the site beyond that is uncertain.

Admission: Tour runs Mon-Sat (see links below), £9.50

How to get here from Hammersmith Park:

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Walk: Head north out of the park and turn right along South Africa Road. Then turn right onto Wood Lane and Television Centre is on the right. +

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General Directions to get to this location.

 

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Photograph taken: 22nd February 2011 by Chuck Foster

"A quick shot when being ushered into the studio for a programme recording, so not as sharp as I would have liked!"

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The Seeds of Doom (3)
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Filmed: 16 Dec 1975
The Doctor and Sarah leave the Ecology Bureau.

 

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«prev photo next photo»Photograph taken: 22nd February 2011 by Chuck Foster

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The Seeds of Doom (3)
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Filmed: 16 Dec 1975
The Doctor and Sarah are met by a chauffeur.

 

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Photograph taken: 20th December 2007 by Chuck Foster

"This was taken on my mobile in the evening, so isn't as clear as I would have liked!"

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The Seeds of Doom (5)
Screen Shot
Filmed: 16 Dec 1975
The Doctor hurries back to the Bureau

 

Where to walk to next?

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White City Central Line Station (The Chase). No route recorded to this location.

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Hammersmith Park (The Daleks' Master Plan). Head north on Wood Lane. Turn left into South Africa Road and the park is on the left once you pass the estate. on the left.

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Wood Lane Central Line Station (The Dalek Invasion of Earth). Walk south along Wood Lane, and the site of the station is on the other side, just past Ariel Way.

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Warehouse Lane (The Evil of the Daleks). Walk south along Wood Lane, past the car park. Turn right into MacFarlane Road and then walk through the railway arch - Warehouse Lane is on the left on the other side.

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Lime Grove Studios: 0.43 miles.

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Swancombe House (walkway) (The Silurians): 0.46 miles.

Filming Reports:

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11 Feb 2013: Album - Filming for An Adventure in Space and Time.

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3 Feb 2013: Album - Filming for An Adventure in Space and Time.

In the News:

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5 Feb 2013: BBC News - "BBC TV Centre to include hotel, flats and offices"

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5 Feb 2013: Evening Standard - BBC themed outlets the star attraction in £1bn development of White City TV site

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19 Jun 2011: Guardian - "So they want to vajazzle Television Centre? I'd rather they just knocked it down"

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13 Jun 2011: BBC Press Office - "BBC Television Centre goes to market"

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29 Nov 2010: Digital Spy - "BBC 'forges ahead with TVC sale plans'"

Further links about the location:

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Television Centre - official development website

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BBC Press Office - About the Television Centre.

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BBC - Tour information for the Television Centre.

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History of Television Studios - Development of BBC Television Centre.

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The Seeds of Doom [16 Dec 1975] (Entrance): Outside the World Ecology Bureau

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An Adventure in Space and Time

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