BBC honours its greatest stars by naming meeting rooms after them
MEETING rooms in the BBC's new headquarters will pay tribute to real and fictional stars, including Del Boy, Alan Partridge and Jill Dando.
The meeting rooms at the new-look BBC Broadcasting House will pay tribute to the stars of the corporation's 90-year history.
As part of the £1 billion overhaul of the BBC's headquarters, the Corporation has selected about 30 of its greatest icons, some of them real, many of them fictional, and named meeting rooms after them. A large semi-opaque image of each figure will be etched into the main glass wall of the room in question.
The names are linked to the part of the BBC's empire on the floor on which they appear. For example, on floors six and seven, home of BBC television, rooms are named after Captain Mainwaring, Dot Cotton, Del Boy, Doctor Who, Morecambe and Wise, Edina and Patsy (from Absolutely Fabulous), Alan Partridge, Basil Fawlty, Mr Darcy, and the Singing Detective.
Elsewhere, on the news and current affairs floor, Elizabeth Cowell and Jasmine Bligh, two of the BBC's original continuity announcers, and Jill Dando, the murdered Crimewatch presenter, have rooms named after them. The male figures on the same floor include Sir Huw Wheldon and Sir Robin Day.
The journalists honoured on the basement floor comprise Richard Dimbleby, Brian Hanrahan and Brian Barron. It was agreed that none of the real names honoured would be still alive, which probably explains the absence of a Sir David Attenborough room.