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Duration: 30 minutes

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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Credits

Narrator
Lorraine Ashbourne
Participant
Michael Peacock
Participant
Michael Appleton
Participant
Denis Tuohy
Participant
Ian La Frenais
Participant
Dick Clement
Participant
Rodney Bewes
Participant
Joan Bakewell
Participant
David Attenborough
Participant
Joe McGrath
Participant
Esther Rantzen
Participant
Martin Jarvis
Participant
Susan Hampshire
Participant
Peter Montagnon
Participant
AA Gill
Participant
Simon Schama
Participant
Ted Lowe
Participant
Dennis Taylor
Participant
Bob Harris
Participant
Sian Phillips
Participant
Patrick Stewart
Producer
Lucy Kenwright
Producer
Claire Finnett
Producer
Mark Turnbull
Executive Producer
Caroline Wright

Broadcasts

Celebrating 50 Years of BBC Two

BBC Two

New programmes and archive shows looking back at five unforgettable decades of BBC Two.

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