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Wicked Technical Services moves Blue Peter set to University of Sunderland
A NORTH-EAST transport firm, integral to the running of national theatre productions and music festivals, has moved a famous television set to the region.
Wicked Technical Services, based on Lingfield Point, Darlington, brought the BBC Blue Peter studio from London Television Centre to the University of Sunderland.
The set, bought for £2,400 at auction, was most recently used by presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood, and will now be used by university media production students to learn studio skills.
It was sold after the BBC moved recording from London to Media City, in Salford, Greater Manchester.
In its various different guises, the Blue Peter set has been used by 34 presenters, including Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Konnie Huq and BBC One Show host Matt Baker, from Easington, County Durham.
Wicked, which employs more than 20 workers and freelance staff, provides production management, equipment hire and crew and transport for the live UK entertainment industry.
Kevin Thwaites, founder and company director, was brought up in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and worked as a technical manager in London theatres.
He said: “We work on all sorts of interesting projects from theatre productions to large conferences, but the Blue Peter job was particularly special, and we were proud to bring such a great set to the North-East.”
Wicked, which only bought its first truck three years ago, has worked on music events such as Leeds and Reading Festivals and Stockton's Weekender.
It will bring the September in the Rain theatre show to Darlington Civic Theatre and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Live Radio Tour to Sunderland Empire.
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