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Happy Birthday BBC2


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From its humble beginnings, when its launch night was marred by a power cut that left viewers with just a news bulletin and the message" BBC2 will start shortly" to watch, through to its glory days, the channel celebrates its 40th anniversary by looking back over the people and programmes that have contributed to its success, as programme-makers reveal behind-the-scenes stories about popular shows.
Many of those featured - including The Likely Lads; Arena; The Old Grey Whistle Test; I, Claudius; Edge of Darkness; Boys from the Blackstuff; Not the Nine o 'Clock News; Top Gear; and Little Britain - demonstrate the channel's success with diverse projects, but it has also seen its fair share of failures, such as The Borgias.
Throughout the retrospective, the Dead Ringers team perform topical sketches, and excerpts from letters written by readers of Radio Times shed light on the channel's effect on the viewing public over the years.
Producers Lucy Kenwright. Clare Finnett and Mark Turnbull
BBC2's finest moments: page 14


Producers: Lucy Kenwright.
Producers: Clare Finnett
Producers: Mark Turnbull

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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