LIFE at BBC Television Centre is coming to an end after 53 years of entertaining and informing the Great British public.

Pop legends Madness are due to perform a farewell gig Friday night in the car park of its iconic home in Wood Lane, White City, where Top of the Pops was born.

The halls of the dream factory which once recorded Fawlty Towers, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Blue Peter and more recently Strictly Come Dancing are now eerily empty.

Staff have been relocating to a new base, New Broadcasting House, in Oxford Circus, since October and the centre is due to close at the end of the month.

Developer Stanhope, which bought the 14-acre site for £200million last summer, hopes to open up the doughnut-shaped 1960s building to the public for the first time with a complex of shops, restaurants, a cinema, hotel and 1,000 new homes.

BBC Worldwide will move into three refurbished studios in January next year.

A final planning application for the site could be submitted by April.

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