Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 15 February 1971
DURATION | 4 minutes 11 seconds
'The World at One' describes how Big Ben has been kept up to the mark as an accurate time-keeper since 1859. The people who maintain the clock describe its intricate workings, which have survived wartime bombing and extreme weather. However, there is a risk that the dearth of their traditional skills in the modern age could threaten to silence Big Ben. The report also includes a wartime recording by Robin Duff.
Robin Duff presented the first edition of 'BBC Radio Newsreel' at 3.30am on 8 July 1940. This news channel was founded by Peter Pooley and provided the means for war correspondents, including Robin Duff and Audrey Russell, (who is pictured in the Big Ben Image Gallery) to file their reports.
How the Big Ben chimes were first recorded for broadcast by the BBC.
Nancy Mitford and others comment on the sound of Big Ben.
Valerie Singleton outlines the history of the world famous clock.
'The World at One' reports on the maintenance of Big Ben.
Repairs to the great Westminster clock are completed.
Peter Duncan cleans the face of Big Ben.
A view inside Britain's world famous Houses of Parliament.
Frosty weather has a chilling effect on the bell chimes.
Big Ben has lost its bong.
A wish to see and hear Big Ben up close comes true.
Photographs of Big Ben dating back to the 1920s.
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