Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 27 October 1987
DURATION | 4 minutes 6 seconds
Cracks in the striking mechanism mean that Big Ben needs to be repaired before it will bong again. But how long will Westminster be without the renowned chimes?
Big Ben was silent for seven weeks during the summer of 2007, 20 years after this report, due to maintenance work. An electric system kept the clock functioning, but the Big Ben bell and the quarter bells were silent. This maintenance was carried out to get Big Ben in perfect working order for its 150th anniversary in 2009.
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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