Friday 25th April 2014

10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome: Tim Boon, Head of Research Science Museum


  • Jamie Medhurst, Aberystwith University, ”What a Hullabaloo!’ The BBC Television Service in 1936 and BBC2 in 1964: a comparison
  • Taylor Downing, Flashback TV, A New History for a New Channel- The Great War and the launch of BBC2
  • Adrian Burton, Lambie-Nairn, From ‘worthy but dull’ to ‘witty and engaging’: the strength of the BBC Two brand

12.00-12.30 Key note: Jean Seaton, University of Westminster: Hoggart, Pilkington and the politics of the BBC 2 Launch

12.30-13.30 Break for lunch


  • Ralph Desmarais, Kings College London, ‘Ascent of Man: Jacob Bronowski and Scientific Humanism’
  • Mary Irwin, Northumbria University, ‘BBC2 and the ‘Blockbuster’ Documentary’
  • Lez Cooke, Royal Holloway, University of London, ‘Drama on Two: Six and Five More

14.45-15.15 Break

15.15- 16.45

  • Stephen Lax, University of Leeds, ‘High definition pictures and stereophonic sound: launching new broadcasting services in the 1960s’
  • Iain Baird, National Media Museum, Science Museum Group Collections and the development of colour Television 1928-1967
  • Leah Panos, University of Reading, ‘BBC2 and the arrival of colour television’

18.15-19.45 Public lecture / and Screening with Joe Moran, Liverpool John Moores University

Followed by drinks reception in the Science Museum’s Energy Hall

Saturday 26th April 2014

10.00 Arrive

10.30-11.45 Science Programmes

  • Joe smith, Open University, ‘BBC2’s part in developing a global environmental imagination’
  • Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Science Museum, ‘David Attenborough and the establishment of natural history on BBC2’
  • Tim Boon, Science Museum, ‘Horizon as BBC2 Programme’

11.45-12.00 Break


  • Ieuan Franklin, BournemouthUniversity, ‘BBC-2 and World Cinema’
  • Amanda Wrigley, University of Westminster, ‘Higher education, public engagement: BBC-OpenUniversity co-productions of theatre plays in the 1970s’
  • Peter Waymark, Open University, ‘Minority need not mean highbrow: BBC2 under David Attenborough’

13.15-14.15 Lunch Break

14.15-15.45 Panel on the Community Programme Unit

Chair: Patricia Holland (Goldsmiths/Bournemouth)

  • Peter Lee-Wright, Goldsmiths University, The Community Programme Unit: Big Brother’s Little Pain in the Ass
  • Mandy Rose, University of West England, Public Service Media in an era of Making Publics – a challenge for the BBC
  • Giles Oakley, former Head of BBC Community & Disability Programmes, Dissent, diversity and the unheard voice: the Community Programme Unit’s contribution to democratic debate

15.45-16.00 Break


Plenary: John Ellis, Royal Holloway, University of London, Channel Launches: The Good the Bad and the Dodgy

17.00 Finish


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