Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 25 September 1980
DURATION | 7 minutes 59 seconds
Death-defying Duncan sets a new standard for daring 'Blue Peter' missions when he takes on the role of steeplejack to clean the clock face of Big Ben. With very little evidence that Health and Safety were ever consulted, he and the cameramen take on the task.
The minimal safety equipment worn by Peter Duncan to clean the clock face of Big Ben was the same as that given to steeplejacks carrying out the task back in the 1950s. The height of the clock tower is 316 feet (96 metres).
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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