This is the BBC Canteen. The big windows look down over the Blue Peter Garden where I did a previous FDT shot. I remember the place in its heyday when you could bump into the stars of British telly, catching a bite to eat before they headed back to their studios to record the next take. Now it’s a shadow of its former self, silent and empty. Sad times.
This week we visit TC8 from my Television Centre stash. It’s a bit wobbly as my camera was attached by my Gorillapod to the audience seating railings stowed away in the walls of TC8 – and just as I got up from taking this, it spun around and nearly fell off! I think it was beginning to slip when this was made. Oh well, can’t go back and do it again now!
One of the last few FDT shots from my 30th April BBC stash. This is the late-lamented Blue Peter Garden. After they had moved most of it to Salford along with the programme production, this is what was left at Television Centre. Thanks to my colleague and fellow photographer Marcus for taking this while I sniffed the hallowed turf!
The next FDT installment from my BBC Television Centre stash taken on 30th April. The Green Tea Bar used to serve an excellent cuppa. (Its name reflected the décor more than the type of tea served up.) But it closed at the end of March and the urn has not been on since. Sad times.
The next FDT from my BBC Television Centre stash taken on 30th April. This is what used to be Main Reception until they built the new extension on the front of TVC in the late 90’s. This bit has been known as Stage Door ever since then, but I still remember first setting foot in the place in about 1988 and the reception desk (which was in front of the stripy wooden wall) was manned by fearsome ladies who ruled the place with a rod of iron. The Silent Escalators are just off the LHS of the picture.