Television Centre returns with first live broadcasts for two years

Lights, camera, action! Television Centre is back in business, with the first live broadcasts from the iconic buildings in Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, for two years.

The old home of the BBC, currently being redeveloped with 950 flats, a 47-room hotel, offices and restaurants, will stage four theatre productions to be broadcast live on BBC4.

Live from Television Centre features performances by youth theatre companies, with the show popping up on telly on the evening of Sunday November 15.

A fifth show will be released on iPlayer on the same day.

The project is a collaboration between the Beeb, Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England.

Each play will be filmed in Studio 1 and the drama block at TV Centre – the question mark-shaped building which was the headquarters of public broadcasting from 1960 to 2013.

Alistair Shaw, managing director of TV Centre, said: “The BBC will be returning in 2017 to operate three refurbished studios, and will remain a large part of the Television Centre story.”

Cassian Harrison, editor of BBC Four, added: “It’s going to be surprising, moving and a lot of fun.”

The shows are: The Time of Your Life by the Gecko dance and theatre company; The Redux Project by Richard Dedomenici, an actor who will recreate memorable moments from 43 years of BBC productions, including sends-up of Eurovision Song Contests, Top of The Pops, Blue Peter and BBC News; Broadcast from Biscuit Land by Touretteshero, featuring artist Jess Thom; and No Guts, No Heart, No Glory by Common Wealth, devised in Bradford.

Brainstorm by Islington Community Theatre will be the show broadcast on iPlayer.

Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark will introduce each live drama.

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