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  • BBC News
  • 2004-04-27T00:00:00Z
  • 42 mins
  • United Kingdom
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of BBC News on television, this is a fascinating series of programmes that look back on the past five decades. Each programme is a 30-minute segment covering a decade, beginning with the 1950s. Providing insight into how BBC News is reported, each segment is narrated by one of the following key news figures: Charles Wheeler, Michael Buerk, Kate Adie, John Simpson and Jeremy Bowen. Also includes three extra programmes from 1953, 1963 and 2004 about how the news is produced.

8 episodes

1x01 1954 - 1963

  • Series Premiere

    no air date — 42 mins

Michael Buerk looks back at the birth of BBC Television News and how it showed the post-war world taking shape: the black and white era of Winston Churchill, the death of John F Kennedy and the birth of the pill, the Beatles and the permissive society.

1x02 1964 - 1973

  • no air date — 42 mins

Charles Wheeler reflects on an age which saw America embroiled in the war in Vietnam, violent clashes over civil rights and Watergate; an age when 'mods' fought 'rockers' - and man landed on the moon.

1x03 1974 - 1983

  • no air date — 42 mins

Kate Adie remembers the three-day week, the IRA's mainland bombing campaign, Charles and Diana and the arrival of Britain's first woman Prime Minister, whole political fortunes were transformed when she took the country to war over the Falklands.

1x04 1984 - 1993

  • no air date — 42 mins

John Simpson looks at a decade of profound change. The Berlin Wall came down, while apartheid collapsed along with communism. Thatcher's Britain was transformed and tragedy came to Lockerbie, Enniskillen - and Ethiopia.

1x05 1994 - 2004

  • no air date — 42 mins

Jeremy Bowen introduces the age of 24-hour news, when the world watched the September 11th attacks live on television. Diana was killed in Paris; Concorde made its last flight; there were wars in Europe, Afghanistan and Iraq; and a new war - the War on Terror.