Archive for November, 2011

Happy birthday to BBC television

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

It’s 75 years ago today since the BBC began transmitting the world’s first regular public television service from London’s Alexandra Palace on 2nd November 1936.

I was on television once. Just local, not national. It was quite a while ago when I used to work as a volunteer in the local Oxfam shop. I did an afternoon shift, and not long after I’d come on duty, a well known local presenter, a camera man and a sound man came in to the shop and started telling us what they wanted us to do.

We didn’t know what was going on, but they assured us they’d checked it all out. But they’d agreed it with the people on the morning shift, and we knew nothing about it!

I can’t remember why they wanted to film now. It was some sort of special promotion, I think. So we agreed to let them film us as we served customers.

It was quite exciting seeing myself on the local news that evening!