Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | National Programme
RECORDED | circa May 1936
DURATION | 41 seconds
On New Year's Eve, 1923, BBC engineer AG Dryland climbed onto a roof opposite the Houses of Parliament with a microphone to record the chimes of Big Ben. The sound he captured has been broadcast on BBC radio ever since. This is an extract from the 'Scrapbook for 1924' radio programme.
In 1967, the head of the Home Service, Gerard Mansell, proposed that Big Ben be dropped from the start of the 'Ten O'Clock News' when the channel was reformed as Radio 4. However, this was at the time when 'ITV News at Ten' had started to use the bongs and the idea was immediately rejected by producers.
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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