As the Christmas schedules are full of repeats, I have no qualms about sharing this old favourite, a Christmas cooking lesson from Vincent Price.
We return to Shepherd’s Bush Green for the shortest day of the year, and two on-screen views of the interior of the BBC Television Theatre, both from 1986. One is the opening to an edition of Wogan, while the other comes from Bob Monkhouse’s excellent BBC2 chat show. The sides of the dress circle were boxed in during the BBC’s ownership of the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Stage right was hospitality or ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, while stage left housed a lighting control room, although I am informed that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was on stage left until the extensive 1968 refurbishment work for colour.
From a TVS staff induction pack dated January 1989, here are plans of the Southampton and Maidstone studios.
If you’re going to be in the audience for a TV programme, taking a packed lunch is always a priority. These folk watching Bullseye being recorded know what’s what.
Today has been enhanced hugely by chancing across these wonderful pictures on Flickr, in About the BBC’s photostream. The first shows an exterior of the BB C TV Theatre at night, shortly after it reopened in 1957, following an extensive refurbishment. The second shows the stage area, with a couple of Marconi mk IIIs, one of them on a Mole-Richardson crane. According to figures from the 1978 edition of The A-Z of the BBC, the stage was 66 feet by 35 feet, with the apron (presumably referring to the camera ramp on stage left) measuring 48 feet by 19 feet.