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Broadcaster plans to turn part of the site into a virtual attraction where visitors can see how their favourite shows are made

BBC Television Centre closed its doors on Sunday but the corporation has ambitious plans to return to it after redevelopment with a virtual attraction, allowing visitors to experience the creation of their favourite shows, including Top Gear, EastEnders and Radio 4's Today.

After a series of farewell events stretching out over several weeks, the last of more than 5,000 BBC staff left the Wood Lane site at the weekend, ending nearly 53 years of occupancy.

The move has been a decade in the planning, as part of a strategic rationalisation of the BBC's property portfolio, including the £1bn redevelopment of Broadcasting House in central London and the World Service leaving nearby Bush House.

By coincidence, the timing of the move allows the corporation to put some distance between TV Centre »

- John Plunkett, Tara Conlan

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