Big Ben | Celebrating the world-famous clock tower
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 19 March 1988
DURATION | 5 minutes 49 seconds
Jimmy Savile fixes it for an 11-year-old girl to climb to the top of the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster and hear Big Ben's chimes. On the way, she gets to look behind the clock face, see the machinery that makes the clock work and get a stunning view of London.
Big Ben's iconic good looks have often made it a star of the big screen. Some of the more quirky films to use it, or models of the clock tower, are 'Queen Kong' (1976), a spoof in which the giant gorilla hangs from Big Ben rather than the Empire State Building, and the Jackie Chan action comedy 'Shanghai Knights' (2003), in which a sword fight takes place around the 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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