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Month: December 2012

The LE Confidential advent calendar – day 21

The LE Confidential advent calendar – day 21

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…

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The LE Confidential advent calendar – day 15

The LE Confidential advent calendar – day 15

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…

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