21 May 1950. Lime Grove. The BBC opens new studios in West London, meant to provide a temporary home for the TV service while the much bigger, purpose-built Television Centre is planned and built round the corner. Inevitably, it was 42 years before Lime Grove was closed (the last live show was on 13 June 1991) and it became home to dozens of the biggest shows of the era, including Steptoe and Son, Doctor Who and daily magazine show Nationwide. More important, Lime Grove is still home to fictional TV news programme The Hour.
The top picture was taken on the day Lime Grove was opened. In the studio: Lady Attlee. The other pictures were taken on various dates during the 1950s.