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This experimental catalogue database holds over 900,000 entries. It is a sub-set of the data from the internal BBC database created and maintained by the BBC’s Information and Archives department. This public version is updated daily as new records are added and updated in the main catalogue. This figure is so high because, for example, each TV news story now has an individual entry in the catalogue.

Now here is a project most broadcasters around the world will only be able to aspire towards. A BBC programming catalogue, spanning the last 75 years, consisting of some 946,614 radio and TV programmes. Six months in the making Tom Loosemore tells the project story here. Having checked out some old gems like Troubleshooter and Whickers World along with their respective hosts Sir John Harvey-Jones and Alan Whicker it works a treat. Via Ben Hammersley.


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