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Broadcasting Britain: 100 Years of the BBC

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Natasha also dips into the BBC archive as she takes a journey through 100 years of memorable moments, starting from its radio launch way back in 1922. It is how we remember where we come from and who we are – from the Moon Landing to the 9/11 attacks, from Monty Python to EastEnders, from Live Aid to London 2012.

In my seventies, its entertaining and nostalgic to pick through the names some of whom you remember, many of whom you will not.Barry Humphries says: “In this three-part series, I’m celebrating the centenary of the BBC, an institution that’s older even than me! Explore 10 years of British History through key broadcasting moments illuminated by images from the BBC archive.

I haven’t shied away from difficult topics either, such as government pressures, the clash with Mrs Thatcher, the scandal of Jimmy Savile… they’re all part of the story of the BBC: the challenges that helped define us. In a rapidly changing world, it is one of the few universal reference points for any given generation.

David Hendy has crowned his AHRC-funded Connected Histories project with a page-turner of a book, The BBC: A People’s History (2022). For example The Grove Family, the original radio soap surely merits a mention, while the controversial Till Death Us Do Part and the luminous Porridge are consigned to those miserly listings.

Our Non-Fiction Range includes: Academic, Photography, Audio books, Business, Cook Books, Craft Books, Health and Fitness Books, Mind, Body, Spirit (Tarot). My work as the AHRC BBC 100 history fellow focuses on the decade popularly thought to have marked a turning point for both broadcaster and nation. In this culturally thrilling vintage music show, the programmes celebrate the centenary of the BBC with Barry’s very own selection of thought-provoking and witty songs by artists who made their name during the earliest days of British broadcasting. Executive produced for Lion TV by Richard Bradley and Simon Welton, and for CBBC by Melissa Hardinge.As you can appreciate, it wasn’t easy to select what to include and even worse what to leave out, so the key criteria I used were to ask: what defined the decade? Created 100 years ago, on 18th October 1922, the BBC transformed people's lives at the turn of a dial, bringing voices out of the ether and conjuring the magic community of radio. Castaways include Noel Coward, Ravi Shankar, Margot Fonteyn, Sir Alec Guinness, Joan Bakewell, David Hockney, Bing Crosby, Dudley Moore and many more of the most celebrated eminent figures in their field. the creation of BBC online; the BBC was ahead of the curve with the move to converge media, transforming user into curator.

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