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Dagenham Civic Centre plays host to the BBC One Show 

The Dagenham Girl Pipers, gymnasts and a 16 year old who scored higher than Professor Stephen Hawkins and Albert Eienstein on MENSA joined hosts Matt Baker and Alex James for a live broadcast of the BBC’s One Show programme from the Civic Centre.

The episode which was screened on Wednesday 6 March from 7pm to 8pm was a celebration of the achievements of a number of local people including a teacher, gymnast and a member of the Girl Pipers for the extended 60-minute Wednesday format.

The show was broadcast from the Chamber at Dagenham Civic Centre - an imposing Grade 11 Listed 1930s art deco building designed by Ernest Berry Webber, one of the finest examples of 1930s architecture.

As a facility for hire, the building has been used to film documentaries, dramas, films and music videos including: ‘Absolute Power’, Maxwell, BBC’s Hustle, Eastenders and was converted into a Shanghai bank for an episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Councillor Liam Smith, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council said: “Our Council like most across the country is being hit hard by the coalition Government’s public spending squeeze. But we are determined to protect frontline services and the most vulnerable in our communities.

“We need money for more social housing, more school places; to improve our public transport infrastructure; more jobs; more inward investment. Using our assets to bring money into the Council is one of the ways we are hoping to bring in money and other investment.”

For further information about the Film Barking & Dagenham offer please call 07875 397 748 or visit the Film Barking & Dagenham web page.