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“So sad its going”

BBC Television Centre
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US$37.29*
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Ranked #570 of 1,615 things to do in London
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Owner description: A backstage tour of the most famous television centre in the world.
Maldon, United Kingdom
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“So sad its going”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

Loved the tour - loved the sights and loved seeing Richard Hammond in the canteen!!

So sad that we were some of the last people to see it in its original state it should not be closed

Visited February 2013
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York, United Kingdom
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“Informative and really interesting”
Reviewed 24 February 2013

Really enjoyed this tour which was full of facts and stories about the BBC, its a pity it was the last tour of this iconic building.

Visited February 2013
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Bournemouth
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“BBC White City Tour”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

We went on this tour today and like one or two other reviewers was a little disappointed. Obviously not much is going on as it is closing down and moving over to Regent Street and Salford. The tour guides were very pleasant, but we didn't really learn too much. There was only a chance for one or two people to do a weather forecast and read the news, it would have been nice for more people to have had the chance to take a photo at least. I hope the new tour at New Broadcasting House is a little more interesting.

Visited February 2013
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Southampton
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“One of the last tours of the centre”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

The BBC has sold the TV centre for redevelopment and it will be closing in 2013. As a result I thought a tour would be in order before it shut, I had a look in Dec and the only one which suited us was one on the last week of tours (they finish on the 22nd Feb 2013).

We arrived at 1200 for a 1230 tour but were accommodated on the 1215 as there were a few spaces. Our guides were Laura and Rachel, who I have to say made the tour fun and entertaining with their relaxed and funny style. As the BBC website states it is a working building so tours have to be adapted to whats going on in the building, not sure why there are reviews of people moaning that they couldn't see x or y, you pay your money and take your choice. On our tour they were actually filming a drama about the BBC which meant that the reception had been transformed back to the 1960's when the centre opened. Our guides managed to negotiate that we got to see that area in it's staged glory now thats a benefit of it being a working building!

It's a shame the building is shutting as it has a lot of history to it, the Top of the Pops studio, the studio where Only Fools and Horses and Faulty Towers were recorded are being demolished. The most interesting fact for me was that as Del boys flat was a set in a studio and the cameras need a smooth floor to operate the carpet had to be hand painted on the floor! Now thats dedication.

For the price we paid £11 odd it was a good value, the tour was just over 2hrs and it seemed like 30 mins.

Visited February 2013
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Seaford, United Kingdom
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“perhaps the new location will be better for tours”
Reviewed 19 February 2013

BBC television Centre Wood Green on one of the last tours, was a little disappointed with the whole thing.Tour guides very informative and helpful. Didnt realy see much except people busy in offices,how the weather is produced,couple of studios.Would have liked to see where Strictly and Children in Need was broadcasted but didnt although the studio was empty.Think the most iconic thing was the front of the building.Not good if you are disabled as I am .Getting up the steps was difficult but there where lifts inside.No good in my opinion for wheelchairs.Maybe the new studios have that facility and space.

Visited February 2013
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