Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 May 2015

Famous faces bid TV Centre farewell

Sir David Attenborough will be taking part in the programme
Sir David Attenborough will be taking part in the programme

Familiar faces will gather to say a fond farewell to BBC Television Centre for a two-hour TV special as the corporation leaves one of its most recognisable homes after more than half a century.

Sir David Attenborough, Penelope Keith, Ronnie Corbett, Sir Michael Parkinson and Jeremy Paxman are among the guests who will discuss their memories for the programme Goodbye Television Centre next month.

The building was sold last year for £200 million and is due to close its doors on March 31.

Noel Edmonds, Gary Lineker, Sir Terry Wogan and Sir David Jason will also be at the recording of the BBC4 programme on March 18, overseen by former BBC chairman Michael Grade.

Victoria Coren will act as a roving reporter to show viewers around the building, including the studios that housed Monty Python's Parrot sketch, Del Boy Trotter's living room, Miranda's shop and the path Alan Partridge took while running with some stolen stilton.

The building first opened on June 29, 1960, and has been the TV hub for much of the BBC's output ever since.

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