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Old Grey Whistle Test returns to Television Centre

1970s and 1980s show returns for one off-special

BBC Studioworks is facilitating the 30th anniversary show of Old Grey Whistle Test.

Produced by BBC Studios, the one-off special – Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only – will be broadcast live on 23rd February from BBC Studioworks’ TC1 studio at Television Centre.

Paying homage to the original production, the three-hour anniversary show, presented by Bob Harris, will feature music from Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson, and Albert Lee, who all performed on the original show. Other former presenters – including Annie Nightingale, Richard Williams, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw – will also feature, sharing stories of their time on the series. There will also be archive footage of some of the best-loved and rarest performances from the back catalogue.

The show will take advantage of BBC Studioworks’ recent technology investments at Television Centre including a Studer Vista X combined with Pyramix. The solution includes snapshot capabilities to assist with the handling of multiple acts performing different tracks, as well providing offline sound checks. Riedel talkback, with the latest Bolero handsets, allows for sophisticated communication for the smooth running of a complex broadcast.

It will also make use of BBC Studioworks’ EVS tapeless recording system.

“Old Grey Whistle Test is one of the most iconic British television programmes ever made and we’re delighted to be hosting the anniversary edition live from its original home at Television Centre,” said Meryl McLaren, commercial manager, BBC Studioworks.

“While both the show and its broadcast location are steeped in nostalgia, we’ll be providing cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities to truly bring this one-off special to life.”

The anniversary show will be aired on BBC Four.