As part of her Christmas present, I booked me & The Girl onto a tour of BBC Television Centre, and we went along on Sunday.
As probably everyone in the country knows, the BBC have sold this wonderful old iconic building, and have been distributing the teams across the country. Many up to Salford and many over to the new extension of Broadcasting House in Portland Place, so this really was the last chance to look round the place before it gets turned into a hotel or knocked down or something!
As almost all the teams have moved, there’s not really a lot going on in the building now – so we didn’t see any live action, but this really didn’t detract from the enjoyment.
The tour guides are specially trained, and there is still some interaction – luckily for The Girl (who wants to be a weather girl), the weather team are still currently based in the building, and so we saw a couple of them recording their broadcast – and even better, she got to have a go herself!
We went inside one of the studios too, and they explained the process of setting-up and filming etc, although I was rather dumbstruck by all the lights on the ceiling!
When we got to the end of the tour, they had a little room that had everything set up so that someone could be a newsreader (although everyone in our group was apparently too shy!) or for 3 people to do a quiz.
I volunteered for the quiz, whcih turned out to be on BBC show intros. I surprised myself for being quite quick on the buzzer. I got eastenders, and then Casualty, and then Last of the Summer Wine, at which point I decided I wouldn’t buzz, but the guide asked me whether i ever go out.
“I don’t even watch any of those shows!” I replied. “So how do you know the theme tunes so well?” “Well, they come on and I think “I’m not watching this rubbish!” and turn it over!” I answered!
I still won a pen, which The Girl happily took off of me 😉
If you get the chance, I highly recommend going round. At £11 / adult and £6 / child it was a very reasonable and enjoyable couple of hours – and you wont get another chance there. The last tour date is 8th Feb.
I will definitely be booking up for us to look round New Broadcasting House when they start the tours in April!