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BBC opens up archive of classic shows on iPlayer

Tuesday, September 26th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

The BBC is giving viewers access to hundreds of classic shows via the iPlayer.

A new category – ‘From the Archive’ – launched yesterday and currently contains 450 programmes from the BBC’s vast archive.

It’s good news for documentary fans as episodes from Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekend series, Leaving The Cult from the Storyville strand and the full series of Killing For Love are all included.

Horizon and Imagine documentaries also feature in the new category.

Viewers can enjoy some of Sir David Attenborough’s early work from the 1950s and 60s, flashbacks to how the BBC looked when it returned after the Second World War and programmes from legendary presenters Parkinson, Frost and Wogan.

There are also classic interviews with Muhammad Ali, Alex Higgins, Henry Moore and Salvador Dali as well as profiles on historical figures including Martin Luther King, Orson Welles and Paul Getty.

Featured programmes date from 1946 to the present day and some haven’t been shown since they were first broadcast.

Some shows were previously available on the BBC website but their inclusion on the iPlayer means viewers can watch on connected TVs, computers, tablets or mobile phones via the iPlayer app.

Dan McGolpin, controller, programming and daytime, said: “For millions of people, BBC iPlayer is a reliable place for finding something good to watch whenever they choose to look.

“It will now provide an even richer choice of quality BBC programmes with this new category, From The Archive, making available hundreds of gems from the past including some historic documentary series and interviews with cultural and sporting icons.”

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