Have you ever watched a BBC television programme called “The One Show”? On weekday evenings at 7pm this show is broadcast live from a BBC studio in London.
Since 7th December, snow has been falling on the white trees behind the sofa where presenters Alex Jones and Matt Baker sit. What is causing this wintry weather?
Answer A: The studio is actually located in Helsinki, not London.
Or Answer B: The snow is produced by this machine outside the studio.
Yes, it’s answer B. The studio is, just as they claim, in Broadcasting House, a few hundred metres north of Oxford Circus in the middle of London. The studio window is visible in the next photo, under the flat glass roof projecting out on the right hand side of the picture.
The original Broadcasting House, completed in 1934, is on the left. It was extended in 2012 to create a horseshoe-shaped building curving round a piazza. The piazza is open to the public, which gives local residents like me the occasional glimpse behind the scenes at snow machines.
There is a Christmas tree in the piazza.
The BBC doesn’t have the best tree in London, but it does have the most effective lights.