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So they want to vajazzle Television Centre? I'd rather they just knocked it down | Charlie Brooker

19 June 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Rather than tart up the BBC's Television Centre with a load of unimaginative 'creative renewal space', it would be much better to demolish it and flog the bricks on eBay

As buildings go, it's not even very nice to look at. A dowdy doughnut-shaped complex of studios and offices, with the utilitarian air of an unrefurbished school or a motorway service station from the 70s. It sits on Wood Lane in London, opposite an Esso garage and the Westfield Shopping Centre, with Wormwood Scrubs to the north and Shepherd's Bush to the south. No one, really, ought to give a shit. But last week's announcement that the BBC is putting Television Centre up for sale immediately prompted an angry, anguished howl from some, followed by a gentle mutter of bemusement from others.

I was one of the howlers. Tvc, as it is known, was opened in 1960, 11 years before I was born. »

- Charlie Brooker

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Is the UK trying too hard for America’s love?

12 May 2011 6:20 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

For many years, the only way you could see British programming in America was on Public Television. Wgbh in Boston was one of the first stations that set out to culture we savages, by bringing us comedy programs like Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Are You Being Served?, and well as dramas, and established programs like Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! PBS helped establish my long love of Doctor Who, and made me a fan of a whole new slew of actors that my contemporaries had never heard of (although now, many of those actors are quite popular with Americans). I soon found myself laughing at Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in Jeeves and Wooster, and then in A Bit of Fry and Laurie, as well as loving them with Rowan Atkinson in the various Blackadder series. A small group of my friends started watching these imported shows, and soon »

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