For more than 50 years the famous dotted wall at BBC Television Centre has proudly displayed the corporation's logo, signalling to the world that it is the home of some of television's biggest hits, from Fawlty Towers to Only Fools and Horses.
But on Saturday the corporation carefully removed the huge letters from the wall, turned off Television Centre's broadcast signal and officially handed over its former west London headquarters to developers six months ahead of schedule. It marked the end of an era for a building familiar to generations of television viewers.
After noticing that a few people are bemused in regards to how sad some people about the closure of BBC Television Centre, I decided I wanted to share with you some of the reasons why I'll be sad to see it go.
1. When I was little, I used to think all the newsreaders and TV show hosts lived in it, like a big sleepover. They all had sleeping bags and the CBBC broom cupboard was the best room to sleep in because it had all the toys. Now that it has officially been signed over, I'm concerned that some of the less well-remembered presenters might have been left behind (looking at you Toby Anstis).
2. The white atomic dots on the wall of TC1 will forever remind me of Children In Need thanks to endless panned shots of TVC during awkward filler moments in the mid-90s, and is there anything more BBC than Children In Need and a faltering Wogan-ologue about ‘phones ringing off the hook’? It was my childhood dream to climb those white dots like Spiderman.
3. Seeing the circular courtyard in the middle of a show - let’s say Noel’s House Party - always felt anarchistic and exciting, like when you were allowed to do your maths lesson outside on the grass.
4. It is instantly recognisable as the home of the BBC, and crumbling and old as it may be, it sums up British TV better than any other landmark (other than perhaps the foam map of the UK that used to float in Albert Dock for Granada Weather with Fred). For something so beige and utilitarian, it really has done an excellent job at becoming iconic. Now that it's being redeveloped, nobody is entirely sure exactly where the BBC is anymore.
5. Once, George Alagiah held a door open for me in the newsroom.