BBC opens online archive

The BBC is making thousands of clips from its archive available to watch on a new website, which is also not geoblocked.

More than 1,700 newly published videos are being made available, creating a rich social history of Britain in the television era.

The Arts & Entertainment section features clips from Parkinson, Doctor Who, Morcambe & Wise and clips with Kermit & Fozzy, Trump & Dame Edna, Max Headroom, Quentin Crisp, Billy Connolly, Val Lehman & Amanda Muggleton.

It also contains curated collections of programmes and clips from the BBC archive, themed around everything from the outbreak of World War Two to the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

There’s even 1950s interludes such as the famous potter’s wheel or a kitten playing with a ball of wool. Slow TV, 60 years ahead of its time.

Peter Rippon, BBC Archive executive editor, says: “The site is the beginning of a journey into the BBC’s most cherished asset. Social history, and what it reveals about who we are, is proving especially popular, so we’ve created collections of hundreds of items that give a glimpse of what the archive contains. We are planning to open up the archive much more as the BBC prepares to mark its Centenary in 2022. This is an important step on that journey.”

The new site can be found online at:


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