BBC North bids farewell to its Manchester studios to move into its new home in
Salford, Tess Daly takes a nostalgic look back at some of the classic
television programmes that have come out of Oxford Road over the last 35
years. She is joined by a host of stars as they recall their favourite TV
moments and celebrate the distinctly Northern flavour of shows ranging from
very first Top Of The Pops and It's A Knockout to Dragons'
Den and A Question Of Sport.
In 1973 the BBC decided to build new studios on Oxford Road in
Manchester. The Prime Minister James Callaghan opened New Broadcasting House
on 18 June 1976. Some of the most innovative TV shows of the last three
decades have been produced at this facility.
It's A Knockout was also broadcast from Manchester
before the BBC moved into Oxford Road. Presenter Stuart Hall, who describes
It's A Knockout as "the Olympic Games with custard pies", reminisces about
the early days. He recalls the quick work of the set and costume designers.
Other stars, including Stuart Maconie, Debbie McGee and Juliet Morris give
their take on the show's huge impact as they remember the giant costumes, the
famous Penguin Game and Stuart Hall's infectious laugh.
As Auntie's Northern Soul celebrates the classic television
shows made in the North West, it is clear that the BBC has come a long way
since its days of studios in converted churches. This year BBC North is moving
to a new home at MediaCityUK in Salford for an exciting new chapter in
(Adapted from BBC Press Office PR)