Madness say goodbye to BBC TV Centre

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Madness last night kick-started a fond farewell to BBC Television Centre with an hour-long, rain-battered concert celebrating the building’s 53-year history.

The band’s performance outside the west London grade II-listed building, nine days before Television Centre closes, was the last live event there, the BBC has ­announced.

Hundreds of people braved the pouring rain to watch the band belt out hits including Baggy Trousers, Our House and One Step Beyond.

Frontman Suggs told the crowd and staff watching from office windows and balconies: “Goodbye Television Centre. I’m going to miss you.”

The live concert was broadcast on BBC4 followed by Goodbye Television Centre which was filmed on Monday.