History of the BBC

History of the BBC

75 years of Television

Alexandra Palace transmitter
Celebrating the world's first ever television service

On 2 November 1936, the BBC launched the first ever high definition TV service in the world, from Alexandra Palace. BBC History celebrates this momentous anniversary with a wide range of activity on and off air, involving cultural organisations, museums, schools and colleges. Importantly, we'd like to hear from you too - about your great TV moments: click onto Memoryshare and tell us your story.

100 Voices

100 Voices

As part of a new partnership with the British Library, we are revealing the secret life of the BBC across four themes of leadership, creativity, culture and technology. Over the coming weeks we’ll be hearing from engineers who innovated new technology, producers who created new formats, directors who led the organisation, and people who shifted the culture. Watch this space!

Video mashups


The story of TV in just one minute from Westminster media students!
Coming soon in November.


Flash mob

Those hummableTV theme tunes have defined our lives. Flash choirs around the UK got singing.

Radio Times

Radio Times

'The official organ of the BBC', and now in its 88th year. Here's a gallery of decade-defining covers.


National Media Museum

Don't miss out on a visit to the National Media Museum, for the real story behind our TV screens.


Bush TV

The story of TV revealed in the objects that made it. From a TV camera to a Blue Peter badge.

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