Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 20 April 1967
DURATION | 2 minutes 44 seconds
In answer to letters from viewers requesting ideas for places to visit in London, 'Blue Peter' recommends Big Ben. Valerie Singleton provides a quick overview of its origins, including how the 13-ton Great Bell was transported to the top of the tower.
The hour bell weighs more than 13 tons (11,800 kg). The name Big Ben actually refers to this bell, but over time it has become associated with the whole clock tower.
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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