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My dear friends,

Iíve just now happened on the extremely distressing news that Teddington Studios has been demolished! For almost one hundred years, films and later, television programs (including The Benny Hill Show and many, many others) have been made there - but now, a century of British film and television history has been eradicated, so that the greedy corporate owners could make a few quid. Shame on them!

http://londonist.com/2015/11/goodnig...ington-studios

I feel full of rage and sadness that this act of cultural vandalism, which ISIS themselves would have been proud to perpetrate, could have possibly been allowed to happen - and that no company or agency (such as English Heritage or the National Trust) or the British government was willing or able to prevent it.

I won't tell Sue, at least for awhile yet. She's not feeling well (nothing too serious, just a bad cold), and given all the happy memories she has of working there with Benny, I'm sure the news would be a terrible blow to her.

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I am so sorry to hear this and my heart goes out to Sue. I certainly don't understand why it was allowed to happen.
According to my contact:

"It's the march of progress I'm afraid, Erik. The studios had not been profitable for many years and the site is a prime riverside location."

All of which is undeniably true; the last production there wrapped almost exactly one year ago, and the studio stood on twenty acres, right on the Thames, in the western fringe of London.

A group of Thames Television alumni, collectively known as ARTS (Association of Reunited Thames Staff) knew about the pending demolition, which had been in the works for the past ten months. They did their best to stand in the way - but the problem with David-and-Goliath stories is that IRL, Goliath wins about 99% of the time.

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