BBC Television Centre: The Final Visit.
Today was a bit different, I went on a little road trip – if you can call it that, seeing as I only travelled about 27 miles from my doorstep.
Yep, it was my final journey to that relic of a once great televisual age, the iconic building known across the globe to many as the bastion of British culture and the showcase home of the talented individuals who once wove the magic that went in to making such wonderful programmes of which we can all be proud.
It’s a pity that it has all come to this; a seemingly deliberate knife to the heart, that the BBC management has so foolishly decided to inflict upon us all – the abandonment of good old BBC Television Centre.
There were three of us on this farewell trip today, my self, Exterminator and Andy (ex-Visual Effects).
And this is what we saw…
That well known looming facade of the main building, now looking empty and utterly soul-less.
The magic had definitely gone.
Here’s the fountain, inside the doughnut. I’ve never seen this working. To make matters worse, all the plants and trees have been ripped up – for what reason is anyone’s guess.
It did cross our minds to try and recreate that world record tap dancing troop formation, but seeing as there were only three of us, it seemed a bit pointless and slightly underwhelming.
Inside we saw such amazing things as;
Abandoned photocopiers stacked up in an empty corridor.
An amazingly empty stairwell.
Lifts and more corridors not being used by a multitude of busy people. Anything and everything that made this place special has either departed or been ripped out. Now it could just be any old office building, anywhere in the country.
One day, *they* will realise what a mistake this has been.
Outside, two blokes are ‘Avin’ it LARGE!
Ever wondered what was under that big yellow, smiley head of mine? Well, now you know.
Look at that toothy, shit eating grin I have. It’s no wonder that I feel the need to cover myself up when out in public.
A quick shot of the head in the day light.
I discovered that the eyes light up pretty damned well, not so well in direct sunlight though.
Ooh look, it’s that “Space Tortoise” – some tender loving care will be coming his way soon.
And his insides.
It didn’t take Exterminator and myself too long to decipher the wiring and better still, it looks pretty much all intact, though I suspect that a servo and receiver were once in this to control the tail function. It’s obviously long gone, but to be honest, it’s not really needed and so it’ll not be replaced.
So there you are then. Despite what the day marked for me personally, there was a happy little ending to go out on. Lovely.
UPDATE: 8th August, 2013:
I finally remembered the name of the programme that the space tortoise came from, it was Earth Warp… part of the “Look and Read” schools series.
For your delectation, here’s a video. 1m 20s is when the probe “Charlie” first appears.
Try not to garrote yourself after hearing the theme tune.
It’s our planet, it’s our place, we must save the human race – Eaaaarrrtttthhh Waaaaarrrrrppppp! We must save the world…