Did You Know?


The Blue Peter logo was designed by a young artist working for the BBC. The artist, Tony Hart, later went on to present Vision On, Take Hart and its various spin offs and introduce Morph to the world.
In 1936-39 the BBC used Big Ben to provide time checks - except that it wasn't Big Ben! They actually used a 5ft scale model with a camera in front.
The official opening of BBC 2 on April 20th 1964 was postponed at the last moment due to a power failure at Battersea Power Station, which blacked out the whole of Television Centre. Instead of the grand opening gala, the first programme actually broadcast was Play School, at 11am the next morning.
In some ways the power failure was a mixed blessing. In the rush to get BBC2 on air, the opening shot of the BBC 2 clock would have looked pretty silly as someone had forgotten to fit the hands!
Sticking with BBC2, the station had its own mascot. Hullabaloo and Custard were two kangaroos and were meant to represent BBC Television, from whom the new baby "BBC2" was about to leap from the pouch.
The EMI-Marconi 405 line television system, which entered permanent service at the BBC in February 1937, was finally decommissioned on January 3rd 1985.
George Hersee had two daughters, both of whom "auditioned" for the part. Carole was chosen as she had lighter hair.
Early designs of Test Card D had to be scrapped as they showed up too many faults that existed on television sets of that period.
BBC Trade Test Transmissions ended in May 1983, since when sample pages from Ceefax have been shown when there are no programmes.
Channel 4, or ITA-2 as it was then known, was planned in the early 1960s. It didn't actually appear until 1982.

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