Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 05 December 1986
DURATION | 2 minutes 21 seconds
Engineers rush to fix Big Ben's chimes when one of the bells in the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster stops working due to the severely cold weather. Top facts about the famous bell are given alongside terrible puns about clocks, bells and time-keeping.
Cold weather has affected the clock mechanism of Big Ben before. In 1962, a heavy fall of snow that settled on the hands of the clock made the chimes at midnight 10 minutes late.
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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