It was not until 1949 that the BBC acquired a site for the creation of BBC Television Centre, the first non-commercial public service television production centre in the world. Built on the site of the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908, the building opened, eventually, in 1960. Over the years the 'Centre' has played host to thousands of hours of output, from Monty Python to Strictly, not to mention television and radio news. Now its life as a television factory is at an end, after more than fifty years service. Enjoy our look back at an iconic building.