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BBC2 Listings 1964-66

LONDON & SOUTH EAST

BBC-2
from April 1964

Crystal Palace

BBC-2 OPENING NIGHT Crystal Palace - 20 April 1964 - a bit wrecked out by a major power failure!

RADIO TIMES related issue
Issue 2110- Apr 16, 1964 (18-24) (London and South-East)
BBC-2 opens this week
with a cover design by Victor Reinganum of television sets

Other editions were slimmer by 8 pages
and had a different cover:
SHAKESPEARE’S 400th BIRTHDAY with cover illustration by Eric Fraser.
Covers the OPENING OF BBC-2

BBCtv renamed BBC-1

MIDLANDS & EAST ANGLIA

BBC-2 
from April 1965

TWO MIDLAND EDITIONS

  • Midland BBC-2
  • Midlands and East Anglia (with only BBC-1 listings)

Because the Sutton Coldfield transmitter
initially could not relay BBC-2 beyond an area around Birmingham,
reception to the Midlands region was staggered,
thus two editions were produced.

WALES

BBC-2 
from Sept 1965

RADIO TIMES related issue
Issue 2183- Sep 9, 1965 (Sep 11-17) [Welsh regional cover]
BBC CYMRU WALES – BBC-2 is Here
Cover design (by Victor Reinganum) of TV sets.
(Inside: 1-page related feature—mainly photographs)

NORTH OF ENGLAND

BBC-2 
from Oct 1965

TWO NORTH EDITIONS

  • North of England BBC-2
  • North of England (with only BBC-1 listings)

First transmissions were from Winter Hill
and only covered an area west of the Pennines
and so, again, two editions were produced.

RADIO TIMES related issue
Issue 2190- Oct 28, 1965 (Oct 30-Nov 5) [North of England BBC-2 regional cover]
BBC2 comes to The North - with cover photo of Ken Dodd

SOUTH AND WEST

BBC-2 
from Nov 1965

AND NOW THERE WERE THREE EXTRA EDITIONS
BBC-2 had started to creep into the west - and ten editions were coming off the presses

  • London and South-East (with BBC-2)
  • Midlands and East Anglia
  • Midland BBC-2
  • Northern Ireland
  • North of England
  • North of England BBC-2
  • Scottish
  • South and West
  • South and West BBC-2
  • Wales

NORTHERN IRELAND

BBC-2
from June 1966

RADIO TIMES related issue
Issue 2222- Jun 9, 1966 (Jun 11-17) (Northern Ireland - with BBC-2)
THIS IS PETULA CLARK with cover photo
Inside: ‘From this week BBC-2 programmes will be printed in all editions of Radio Times’.
(Inside - pages 2 & 3 - The Spread of BBC-2 - A progress report on the network BBC-2 coming to NORTHERN IRELAND
‘Test transmissions from the Divis UHF transmitter will begin later this year’.
Includes full page UK map of ‘stations in operation’, ‘under construction’ and ‘planned’ for England, Scotland and Wales + map of DIVIS reception area)

SCOTLAND

BBC-2
from July 1966

Saturday June 11, 1966
Test transmissions from UHF transmitter, Black Hill, Lanarkshire

Saturday July 9 1966
Official opening of BBC-2 in Scotland

RADIO TIMES related issue
Issue 2219 - May 19, 1966 (21-27) (Scottish BBC-2 Edition)
TO THE SOUTH POLE WITH PETER SCOTT (BBC-1)
The son of the great Antarctic pioneer makes a modern journey to the Pole.
With cover photo of Peter Scott.
(Inside - A Special Four-page Pullout Supplement - This is BBC-2 - by David Attenborough, Controller BBC-2)

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