That Was The Week That Was began on 24 November 1962. The late-night satirical show took aim at the establishment in a way that had never been seen on the BBC before, inspired by the success of the stage review Beyond the Fringe. TW3 - as it was known for the sake of convenience - was produced by Ned Sherrin, and presented live by David Frost.
Pudsey is the official mascot of BBC Children in Need. The BBC's first broadcast appeal for children took place in 1927, in the form of a five-minute radio broadcast on Christmas Day. The first televised appeal took place in 1955 and was called the Children's Hour Christmas Appeal. But it was not until the first televised appeal under the Children in Need banner in 1980 that it became a household name. The charity has raised over £1 billion to date.
Gardening on the BBC
Gardening programmes on the BBC have enjoyed an ongoing appeal for countless generations.
BBC - The Dancing Years
Today’s ever-popular Strictly traces its origins to one special night in September 1950. BBC History looks back at the greatest moments of TV dancing history.
BBC Broadcasting Moments
One of the world’s earliest transmitters has been preserved by the Science Museum, and is now on display in London. National Science and Media Museum Curator Elinor Groom takes a closer look at this piece of kit from the 1920s.
BBC History - Partnering
Using the hook of some of our recent anniversaries, here are new and original poems, news reports and comedy shorts created by the writers, reporters and dramatists of the future, in partnership with BBC History.
BBC Heritage Trail
Find out more about the buildings and the interesting roles they’ve played in the BBC’s history. Our interactive map will help you plan your journey around the BBC Heritage Trail blue plaque scheme.
BBC Buildings Collection: Building of the Week
For over thirty years the Ealing film studios were the home of filmed productions at the BBC. The BBC acquired the site in 1955
BBC Art Collection: Sculpture of the Week
This bronze bust of Sir Henry Wood (1869-1944) used to be on permanent display at BBC Henry Wood House. It is now on show in Broadcasting House reception. The sculptor is unknown.
BBC Technology Collection: Item of the Week
Two matching microphones in sombre wood veneer were provided by the BBC for the outgoing King's broadcast to the nation from Windsor Castle in 1936.
BBC Props Collection: Prop of the Week
Part of the Eastenders set, these signs are dotted around the film lot at BBC Elstree. The once fictional E20 postcode now exists at the Olympic Park, London.
History of LGBTQ+ and the BBC
The UK’s LGBTQ+ community rarely got a mention on air in the early years of the BBC – hostility and prejudice was rife. Today LGBTQ+ lives are featured on BBC programmes like any other community, and to mark UK Pride Month 2020, BBC History traces how the broadcaster has understood its LGBTQ+ audience over the years.
History of BAME at the BBC
In June 1948, Britain began the process of becoming multi-cultural and post-Imperial. How did the BBC respond?
History of Children at the BBC
Since Children's Hour in 1922, children's programmes have always been at the heart of the BBC's public service remit.
History of Women at the BBC
A fresh and surprising story about the changing status of women and their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.
BBC Research Blog
Research articles on the BBC Blog
Connected Histories of the BBC
A University of Sussex-AHRC research project
Hand-picked and popular selections from the BBC archives.
BBC Memory Bank
Giving longstanding and retired staff the opportunity to write their part of the unofficial history of the BBC.
British Entertainment History Project
The UK's largest oral history collection of interviews with professionals from across the film, television, radio and theatre industries.