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BBC One

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It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tends to broadcast more "highbrow" programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One. British television at the time of BBC2's launch consisted of two channels: the BBC Television Service and the ITV network made up of smaller regional companies.
It was renamed BBC TV in 1960, using this name until the launch of the second BBC channel BBC2 in 1964, whereupon the BBC TV channel became known as BBC1, with the current spelling adopted in 1997.

ITV (TV network)

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British television at the time of BBC2's launch consisted of two channels: the BBC Television Service and the ITV network made up of smaller regional companies.
Since the passing of the Broadcasting Act 1990, its legal name has been Channel 3, to distinguish it from the other analogue channels at the time, namely BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4.

BBC Four

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It was envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming, and while this tendency has continued to date, most special-interest programmes of a kind previously broadcast on BBC Two, for example the BBC Proms, now tend to appear on BBC Four instead.
On 20 January 2016, Kim Shillinglaw announced that she had decided to leave the BBC as the Controller of BBC Two & BBC Four.

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BBC Two (or BBC2 and BBC 2) is the second flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
As a result of the Pilkington Committee report of 1962, in which the BBC was praised for the quality and range of its output, and ITV was very heavily criticised for not providing enough quality programming, the decision was taken to award the BBC a second television channel, BBC2, in 1964, renaming the existing service BBC1.

Trade test colour films

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Prior to, and several years after, the channel's formal launch, the channel broadcast "Trade Test Transmissions", short films made externally by companies such as Shell and BP, which served to enable engineers to test reception, but became cult viewing.
Trade test colour films were broadcast by the television network BBC2 in the early days of colour television in Britain during intervals when no regular programming had been scheduled.

The Alberts

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The channel was scheduled to begin at 19:20 on 20 April 1964, showing an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts, a performance from Soviet comedian Arkady Raikin, and a production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, culminating with a fireworks display.
They intended to inaugurate the fledgling BBC2 on 20 April 1964, but a power failure delayed the launch until the following day.

The Proms

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It was envisaged as a home for less mainstream and more ambitious programming, and while this tendency has continued to date, most special-interest programmes of a kind previously broadcast on BBC Two, for example the BBC Proms, now tend to appear on BBC Four instead.
In the UK, all concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, an increasing number are televised on BBC Four with some also shown on BBC One and BBC Two.

The Forsyte Saga (1967 TV series)

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The production chosen was The Forsyte Saga (1967), a no-expense-spared adaptation of the novels by John Galsworthy, featuring well-established actors Kenneth More and Eric Porter.
It was adapted for television and produced by Donald Wilson and was originally shown in twenty-six episodes on Saturday evenings between 7 January and 1 July 1967 on BBC2, at a time when only a small proportion of the population had television sets able to receive the channel.

Civilisation (TV series)

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The thirteen part series Civilisation (1969) was created as a celebration of two millennia of western art and culture to showpiece the new colour technology.
The series was produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC2.

David Attenborough

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He is a former senior manager at the BBC, having served as controller of BBC Two and director of programming for BBC Television in the 1960s and 1970s.

BBC Two 'Computer Generated 2' ident

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In 1979, the station adopted the first computer-generated channel identification (ident) in Britain, with its use of the double striped, orange '2' logo.
The Computer Generated 2 was an ident used by BBC Two between June 1979 and 30 March 1986.

Battersea Power Station

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However, at around 18:45 a huge power failure, originating from a fire at Battersea Power Station, caused Television Centre, and indeed much of west London, to lose all power.
On 20 April 1964, the power station was the site of a fire that caused power failures throughout London, including at the BBC Television Centre, which was due to launch BBC Two that night.

Michael Peacock (television executive)

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Ian Michael Peacock (born 14 September 1929) is a British former television executive, who from 1963 until the spring of 1965 was the first Controller of BBC2, the Corporation's second television channel.

Robin Scott (BBC controller)

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He was the launch controller of BBC Radio 1 in 1967, and controller of BBC2 television from 1969 to 1974.

Jane Root

As Controller of BBC Two (1999 to 2004), she was the first woman to be a channel controller for the BBC, and was later President of Discovery Networks in the United States.

Michael Jackson (television executive)

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He is notable for being one of only three people to have been Controller of both BBC1 and BBC2, the main television channels of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and for being the first media studies graduate to reach a senior level in the British media.

Analogue terrestrial television in the United Kingdom

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As the switch to digital-only terrestrial transmission progressed, BBC Two was (in each region in turn) the first analogue TV channel to be replaced with the BBC multiplex, at first four, then two weeks ahead of the other four channels.
Since 1964 the BBC have provided two analogue television services, BBC One and BBC Two.

Boys from the Blackstuff

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Over its first thirty or so years the channel developed a reputation for screening highly praised and prestigious drama series, among these Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) or 1996's, critically acclaimed Our Friends in the North.
Boys from the Blackstuff is a British television drama series of five episodes, originally transmitted from 10 October to 7 November 1982 on BBC2.

BBC HD

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A high-definition simulcast of BBC Two began broadcasting on 26 March 2013, replacing the standalone BBC HD channel.
The channel was replaced by an HD simulcast of BBC Two, partly as a result of budget cuts affecting the entire corporation.

Isle of Man

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BBC Two (or BBC2 and BBC 2) is the second flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
The Isle of Man is served by BBC North West for BBC One and BBC Two television services, and ITV Granada for ITV.

1967 Wimbledon Championships

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On 1 July 1967, during the Wimbledon Championships, BBC2 became the first channel in Europe to begin regular broadcasts in colour, using the PAL system.
The first colour television broadcast in the UK, as well as in Europe, took place on 1 July 1967, the first Saturday of the Championships, when, starting at 2pm, four hours of live coverage of the Championships was shown on BBC2 presented by David Vine and with commentary from Keith Fordyce.

Our Friends in the North

Over its first thirty or so years the channel developed a reputation for screening highly praised and prestigious drama series, among these Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) or 1996's, critically acclaimed Our Friends in the North.
It was originally broadcast in nine episodes on BBC Two in early 1996.

Brian Wenham

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Brian George Wenham (9 February 1937 – 8 May 1997) was the controller of BBC2 from 1978 until 1982.

Gerald Priestland

As the BBC's news centre at Alexandra Palace was unaffected, they did in fact broadcast brief bulletins on BBC2 that evening, beginning with an announcement by the newsreader Gerald Priestland at around 19:25.
Possibly Priestland's best known news broadcast occurred on the opening night of the BBC2 channel (Monday 20 April 1964).

The Culture Show

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Since 2004 there have been some signs of an attempt to return closer to parts of BBC Two's earlier output with the arts strand The Culture Show.
The Culture Show is a weekly BBC Two arts magazine programme, focusing on the best of the week's arts and culture news, covering books, art, film, architecture, music, visual fashion and the performing arts.