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This week in 1981, crime drama Bergerac was first broadcast. Forty years on, a collection of previously unseen photographs has been released by the BBC Archive.

#OnThisDay 1984: Terry Jones discussed dental hygiene in medieval Britain, anarchy, home brewing and TV scheduling, on Wogan.

#OnThisDay 1975: Bette Davis talked to Michael Parkinson about her life as a Hollywood legend and the origins of 'Oscar'...

#OnThisDay 1983: A new fortnightly magazine aimed at teenage girls, called ‘Just Seventeen’ was launched.

#OnThisDay 1972: Tomorrow's World reported on a newfangled way to pay for your shopping - the credit card.


#OnThisDay 1925: Doyen of drawing, Prince of painting, connoisseur of crafting, master of making and veritable virtuoso of the visual arts - Tony Hart was born. Here he is drawing with pastels.

“How come is everything white?” Muhammad Ali appeared on Parkinson in 1971.

#Onthisday 1970: Wendy Carlos demonstrated how to synthesise electronic noise into musical sound.

#OnthisDay 1979: Frank Prentice, an assistant purser on the Titanic, described how he survived the sinking of the ship. For more archive on the Titanic, you can visit -

#OnThisDay 1988: Ian McKellen spoke about Section 28 on Wogan.

Today is #InternetDay … To mark this auspicious occasion, here’s David Bowie speaking to Jeremy Paxman in 1999 about the "unimaginable" effects on society it was going to have.

"Tonight you'll watch Barcelona against Newcastle United in the European Super League." In this clip from 1994, Standing Room Only made some big predictions about the future of football in the year 2004. #SuperLeague 

How do you live with yourself, after killing another man? What would you have done in WWI? Visit to discover more.

#OnThisDay 1977: Thanks for the Memory - The Viewer's View asked people what they thought about television. This woman was likely approached for a snappy vox pop, but ended up delivering something closer to a dramatic monologue. Fantastic stuff.