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Happy Birthday BBC Two Episode 1 of 4

Stars and programme-makers look back at the early years of BBC Two in a programme first transmitted in 2004 to commemorate the channel's 40th birthday.

After a disastrous power failure on the opening night, long-running series including Playschool and Match of the Day made their debuts and the channel became the first in the UK to broadcast in colour, with groundbreaking programmes including Kenneth Clark's documentary series Civilisation and the adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius.

Other series shown on the channel in its first decade include The Likely Lads, The Forsyth Saga, Pot Black, The Goodies and The Old Grey Whistle Test.

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30 minutes

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Wed 16 Apr 2014 22:00

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Role Contributor
NarratorLorraine Ashbourne
ParticipantMichael Peacock
ParticipantMichael Appleton
ParticipantDenis Tuohy
ParticipantIan La Frenais
ParticipantDick Clement
ParticipantRodney Bewes
ParticipantJoan Bakewell
ParticipantDavid Attenborough
ParticipantJoe McGrath
ParticipantEsther Rantzen
ParticipantMartin Jarvis
ParticipantSusan Hampshire
ParticipantPeter Montagnon
ParticipantAA Gill
ParticipantSimon Schama
ParticipantTed Lowe
ParticipantDennis Taylor
ParticipantBob Harris
ParticipantSiân Phillips
ParticipantPatrick Stewart
ProducerLucy Kenwright
ProducerClaire Finnett
ProducerMark Turnbull
Executive ProducerCaroline Wright

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