Today in 1963, the BBC aired the first part of An Unearthly Child, the first Doctor Who serial. It starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor. Although initial reception was mixed, it didn't stop Doctor Who from becoming the longest-running science-fiction television series in history. It originally ran from 1963-1989 and was picked up again in 2005, from when it is still airing. The series has a large and devout fanbase; even people who have never seen it are usually aware of it. Among the many unique aspects that make the show stand out, the two most recognizable are the Doctor himself (who is a…
Today in 1922, the British Broadcasting Company was formed by British and American electrical companies. The radio station ran for just over four years before it was dissolved and its assets transferred to the non-commercial British Broadcasting Corperation, which it has been since. The BBC is the oldest national broadcasting organization in the world and the largest by number of employees.
Today in 2001, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's The Office premiered on BBC Two. The mockumentary comedy ran for two series and a two-part Christmas special. It has since been regarded as one of the greatest British sitcoms of all time and has led to nine international versions, of which the longest-running is the (similarly beloved) American version at nine seasons. Time to de-gelatinize your stapler and awkwardly smile your way through another sit-down with David Brent. Image Credit: Ruthless Reviews
Today in 1963, the first home video recording device was demonstrated at BBC Studios in London. The Telcan was invented by Norman Rutherford and Michael Turner, and produced by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company. It cost £60 (roughly $650 today) and only recorded for around 20 minutes at a time, and only in black and white. Image Credit: Inventricity