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BBC TV Listings and guides

The original television channel, the BBC has grown in diversity and then into the digital age, with both online and broadcasting on TV and radio.  See also the bbc radio section.


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BBC 1 London BBC 1 North BBC 1 North West BBC 1 North East
BBC 1 Midlands BBC 1 West BBC 1 East BBC 1 South
BBC 1 South West BBC 1 South East


BBC 2 BBC 2 Northern Ireland BBC 2 Northern Ireland (Digital) BBC 2 Scotland
BBC 2 Scotland (Digital) BBC 2 Wales BBC 2 Wales (Digital) BBC 2 London
BBC 2 North BBC 2 North West BBC 2 North East BBC 2 Midlands
BBC 2 West BBC 2 East BBC 2 South BBC 2 South West
BBC 2 South East

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History of BBC TV listings.

Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc
Starting in the 1920s, BBC was at the forefront of British Broadcasting, moving radio from being an amateur venture to a professional broadcasting medium. It wasn’t until the 1930s that the BBC broadcast its first regular TV programmes in 1936. Had we been around, our TV schedules would have looked a lot sparser, then!

During the 1940s, the BBC was responsible for much of the propaganda news to the world. Post war, children’s TV was started and the invention by BBC engineers of the ability to record live TV programmes meant that the influence of the BBC was able to spread wider.

The 1950s saw the explosion of TV usage in the UK, with the televising of the coronation, which pushed the purchase of TV sets.

The 1960s saw many technical and broadcasting innovations, including colour TV, Satellite broadcasts and the world-wide appeal of programmes such as Dr Who and The Forsyte Saga.

The 1970s was an era of some of the best new TV comedy series, such as the Morecambe and Wise Show and The Two Ronnies and saw much success for the BBC. TV listings at that time would have made for much more interesting reading than back in the 1940s!

The 1980s to date has seen a massive shift in broadcasting throughout the world. The 1980s continued to see BBC television broadcast pictures and commentary on world-changing events, cementing the BBC’s reputation for accurate and impartial news. The 2000s has seen a digital revolution, with the BBC moving online, as well as continuing to be a dominant TV broadcaster. Diversfication of the broadcasting media and regional TV and radio channels means that our TV guide now covers many BBC schedules and radio stations.


Last update: 22.09.2016