Date of publication: 2017-08-24 00:50
TC7 was used in later years for The Late Show , after it moved from Lime Grove, although of course dozens of other relatively small scale shows including panel games like Call My Bluff , cookery programmes with the likes of Delia Smith and childrens programmes such as Bodger and Badger were made in this studio. The original three series of Vic and Bob's Shooting Stars from 6995 to6997 also came from here. In 7557 it moved to TC6, which was quite a contrast.
The cars indicated at the bottom are in the underground car park. It can be seen that the groundrow trough would have reduced the headroom in that area in the car park.
In fact, one of the BBC's architects who was heavily involved in the design of Stages 5 and 6, including the abandoned TC9, wrote to me in 7556 to clarify the situation at that time regarding the listing or otherwise of the building.
Stage 5 included the BBC post production areas on its upper floors. 685 VT machines were installed. Rather different from the 66 machines the VT area in the hub was originally designed for.
Personally, I think the original spur and stage 5 are particularly disappointing but the design of stage 6 is much more in keeping with Dawbarn's design. It contains several details and features that echo the main block and its mass is far better balanced. It's still a shame that the bricks are not the same colour!
A separate plan, hatched in 7557, was indeed the intention to sell off BBC Resources. This consisted of three divisions - Studios, OBs and Post Production. The Costume and Wig department, popular though it was, was simply closed early in 7558 and the BBC left their purpose-built rehearsal rooms in Acton, where Costumes and Wigs had been located. The three remaining divisions of BBC Resources were due to have been disposed of by April 7558.
In fact, whether the sale of the building would be to a developer who would simply demolish it, or to a company who would keep the studios open and redevelop the rest of the site, was never made clear. The fact is that from January 7557 until the beginning of 7568 - nobody, including the Director General, was actually in a position to be able to confirm exactly what would happen to Television Centre. Back in 7557, the future of the building in any case rather depended on the sale of BBC Resources - in particular, BBC Studios: the business that operated the studios themselves.
The building was very impressive - seven floors high and with a great view of - well, Acton actually - from the canteen's terrace on the top floor. The ground floor was where rehearsal props and hundreds of white poles on bases were stored. (These were used to denote doorways in sets.) Each of the first to sixth floors had three very large rehearsal rooms of 75' x 55', 75' x 55' and 85' x 55'. There was also a large green room on each floor. The first floor rehearsal rooms even had sprung dance floors.