The Magic Roundabout first aired on 18 October 1965, just before the teatime news. Eric Thompson's brilliant and witty reinvention of the French original - Le Manège Enchanté - combined with the timing of the programme to create an instant children's classic.
Monty Python at 50
‘Sick’, ‘tripe’ and ‘a delicious sense of the ridiculous’ .. 50 years ago Monty Python shocked and delighted BBC audiences in equal measure. BBC History digs deep inside BBC Archives and lifts the lid on how the series was commissioned, aspiring writers use Monty Python for new comic creations, and our gallery unearths some rarely seen images to mark a very special birthday.
Question Time at 40
Question Time has reached its 40th birthday - BBC History Manager John Escolme looks at what made a straightforward TV debate the hit that it is today.
One small step for man, one giant leap for BBC Television
Celebrating 50 years since man first set foot on the moon, how did the BBC cover "the greatest media event of all time"?
The BBC and World War Two
On 3 September 1939 Britain went to war with Hitler’s Germany - a nation united against Fascism. Eighty years ago the BBC swung behind the war effort, carving out a role as informant and morale-booster. This latest release from the BBC Oral History Collection sheds new light on how the BBC shaped the understanding of war, and how war changed the BBC.
100 Voices that made the BBC: Pioneering Women
Newly-released oral histories offer a fresh and surprising story about the changing status of women at the BBC and their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.
Homeless young Londoners interpret BBC Broadcasting House sculptures
How a group of homeless young Londoners collaborated with the BBC produced sculptures inspired by those at BBC Broadcasting House.
The Story of BBC Television Idents
The BBC's on-air look from 1936 to the present day.
Dance on BBC Television
Bob Lockyer looks back on dance on BBC TV and discovers there's more than just Strictly.
The origins of BBC Local Radio
Dr Matthew Linfoot explores the on-going story of the BBC at the local level.
Visit a BBC Exhibition
See the BBC’s collection of fascinating models, props, costumes and archive in curated exhibitions around the country.