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ITV bids farewall to the South Bank with special tribute show


ITV is to mark its departure from London's South Bank after nearly half a century with a one-off special tribute.

The broadcaster closed its |London Studios earlier this year, ending 46 years of light entertainment and daytime programming from the site, which was originally built for London Weekend Television (LWT).

Dickie Davies, Paul O’Grady, Michael Aspel, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are amongst the array of stars who will pay tribute on Saturday 29th December 2018 at 8:00pm on ITV, STV and UTV.

Hosted by Dermot O’Leary, the programme will take viewers on a trip down memory lane, revisiting some of the best-loved shows filmed at the famous studios. The programme celebrates some of the biggest shows made over the last 46 years, including footage from classic shows like Blind Date, Metal Mickey, World of Sport, Aspel and Company, Upstairs Downstairs, On The Buses, Father Ted, Lillie, Saturday Scene as well as more recent shows such as Lorraine, This Morning and Good Morning Britain.

Other special guests sharing their personal memories include Andi Peters, Ben Elton, Bradley Walsh, Clive Anderson, Danny Baker, Davina McCall, Eamonn Holmes, Francesca Annis, Hale and Pace, Gloria Hunniford, Jonathan Ross, Lorraine Kelly, Ruth Langsford, Sally James, Stephen Mulhern and Susanna Reid.

Host Dermot O’Leary said: 
"For one last time, we explore The London Studios, a magical place that has given us hit-after-hit and has been home to many of the biggest stars we’ve ever seen. We are going to give this famous building the send-off it deserves.”

ITV originally announced it would return to the site after a refurbishment programme, albeit only daytime shows would be broadcast from the South Bank. However, high property prices in London have enticed ITV to sell up completely. Some of ITV's output previously based at the South Bank is now broadcast from rented studios at Television Centre in West London, the former BBC HQ.