27 Facts About BBC Two


BBC Two is a British free-to-air public broadcast television network owned and operated by the BBC.

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Major global study by the polling organisation Populus for the BBC found that BBC Two is rated as the third highest quality television channel in the world, behind Brazil's TV Cultura and BBC One.

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BBC Two1 was able to continue broadcasting via its facilities at Alexandra Palace, but all attempts to show the scheduled programmes on the new channel failed.

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Critically for the future of the fledgling channel, the BBC Two's gamble was hugely successful, with an average of six million viewers tuning in per episode: a feat made more prominent by the fact that only 9 million were able to receive the channel at the time.

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On 1 July 1967, during the Wimbledon Championships, BBC Two2 became the first channel in Europe to begin regular broadcasts in colour, using the PAL system.

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The ident, created in-house by BBC Two engineers, lasted until March 1986 and heralded the start of computer-generated logos.

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High-definition simulcast of BBC Two began broadcasting on 26 March 2013, replacing the standalone BBC HD channel.

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From 2013, the Controller of BBC Two was given the expanded title Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, with ultimate oversight of the BBC Four service added to their duties .

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BBC Two's remit is to be a mixed-genre channel appealing to a broad adult audience with programmes of depth and substance.

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Much of BBC Two's output has previously or subsequently been shown on other channels.

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BBC Two is used as a testing ground for programmes prior to their moving to the flagship BBC One: such examples include Have I Got News for You and popular comedies Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, which moved to BBC One after success on Two.

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In January 2013, BBC Two ceased to show children's programmes and replaced the weekday morning schedule with repeats of the previous BBC One daytime schedule, children's programmes was returned in 2017 and 2022 in saturday morning.

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In 2014, BBC Two commissioned Britain's first transgender sitcom, Boy Meets Girl, which follows the developing relationship between Leo, a 26-year-old man, and Judy, a 40-year-old transgender woman.

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BBC Two is known for broadcasting some news and current affairs programmes.

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The channel stopped broadcasting the show after the 2019 edition due to the fact that the BBC Two opted for an internal selection in collaboration with BMG Rights Management.

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BBC Two is known for broadcasting some BBC One programmes in a change to the schedules when that channel is broadcasting a BBC News Special.

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At the time, BBC Two became the first BBC channel to feature a box logo.

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In 2007, BBC Two debuted the new theme, a "Window on the World", with the 2 numeral providing that view.

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BBC Two has regional variations in Wales and Northern Ireland, which occasionally opt out of the national BBC Two feed to air programmes of local interest.

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In November 2001, BBC Two Wales introduced a special opt-out service known as BBC Two 2W, which aired weekdays from 8.

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BBC Two Scotland operated until February 2019, when it was replaced by the national feed.

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Northern Irish version of BBC Two is widely available in the Republic of Ireland on satellite and cable, as well as being received directly in areas bordering Northern Ireland, or in coastal areas from Wales.

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The networked version of BBC Two is available on cable and IPTV in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco and Liechtenstein.

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BBC Two announced in May 2008 that it had achieved its aim for all programming to have subtitles for viewers with hearing difficulties.

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BBC Two offers audio description on some popular programmes for visually impaired-viewers as well as sign language interpretation on some of its programmes for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.

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Originally, programmes from BBC Two were shown in high definition on the dedicated BBC HD channel, alongside programmes from BBC Three and BBC Four, as well as some select series from CBBC and CBeebies.

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On 10 December 2013, BBC Two HD was swapped with the SD channel in England on Sky's EPG for HD subscribers.

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