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Landmark BBC children's programme transmits last London show as production prepares for move to MediaCityUK in Salford

At teatime on Tuesday, one of the BBC's most famous grownup children took one last look around a hallowed, if unlovely, patch of west London before finally leaving home at the age of 53.

There were no incontinent elephants, no sticky-back plastic gags and not even a sad, spectral bark from Shep to mark its departure. But then the world – real and televisual – has moved on a little since Blue Peter first stumbled around BBC television centre as an innocent, black-and-white toddler in 1958.

And the final show before the move from Shepherd's Bush to Salford was a 21st century affair.

Cameras followed the show's trio of presenters dashing around the centre, accompanied not by the familiar jaunty tune but by a soundtrack of Leftfield, Lily Allen, Kelly Rowland and Kesha.

Besides the montage of studio appearances featuring helicopters, »

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