To mark 100 years of the BBC in, the BBC will air a special week of programming, beginning on Saturday 22 October.
STRICTLY COME DANCING
Celebrating 100 years of the BBC, the fun-filled new themed episode will see each of the couples take to the Strictly ballroom floor, either dancing to a theme tune from an iconic BBC programme or in tribute to one of the BBC’s most loved services.
There will also be two dazzling professional routines, one dedicated to the BBC’s natural history programming and another that will see our professional dancers “crashing” some of the BBC’s flagship shows.
DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DOCTOR
The blockbuster 90-minute special will be the final outing for Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor. The Doctor faces the ultimate battle for survival as she confronts the Daleks, Cybermen and The Master (Sacha Dhawan).
Also starring in the special are the Doctor's friends Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) alongside former companions Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Ace (Sophie Aldred). Who is attacking a bullet train on the edge of a distant galaxy?
THE LOVE BOX IN YOUR LIVING ROOM
Examined through the eyes of "Adam Adamant Curtis" and his brother "Richard Dimbleby Curtis", comedy The Love Box In Your Living Room, “charts the intertwined socio-litical history of the British and their BBC since its quasi-religious birth on that great day in 1922”.
Mixing contemporary footage with “genuinely authentic made-up stuff”. The Love Box In Your Living Room is faithfully concocted by Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse.
KID'S TV: THE SURPRISING STORY
From the very first radio broadcast of Children’s Hour in 1922, via the iconic Magic Roundabout and the chaotic fun of Tiswas, right through to Saturday morning megahits such as Going Live and SMTV, Here’s One I Made Earlier promises to treat viewers to the ultimate story of one of the most important TV genres.
Blue Peter’s longest serving female presenter, Konnie Huq, will guide viewers through this extraordinary cultural and historical adventure, featuring not only nostalgic highlights from the past century, but also showcasing how Children’s TV has been at the forefront of change, social progression and inclusivity.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES: BBC's BIG BIRTHDAY BONANZA
On Auntie’s Big Birthday, Horrible Histories celebrates the Corporation’s past century packed with fascinating facts and jokes. The first Director General, Lord Reith, reveals why he needed a postman’s help with his job application.
We find out why the Queen’s Coronation made you the most popular house on the street if you had a TV, and how the launch night of BBC Two went awry, with not only a power cut, but also an escaped kangaroo!
Radio announcer Wilfred Pickles confounds Britain’s enemies with his Yorkshire accent, and how the creators of Doctor Who thought they were making a history programme. And from Bill and Ben to Tracy Beaker, Swap Shop to Blue Peter, how the BBC’s Children’s department has inspired the imagination of generations of kids.
THE BBC's FIRST 50 YEARS
In two feature-length documentaries The BBC’s first 50 years will explore how the challenges and triumphs of today’s BBC have their roots in the corporation’s first half century.
Ever since John Reith launched BBC Radio in 1922, the rapid pace of technological change has driven editorial priorities and opened up fresh opportunities – and the changing shape of British society has fuelled the debate over whether the national broadcaster should lead or follow new social attitudes.
At the same time, the BBC’s international broadcasting has exported British values, while giving domestic audiences a window on the world.
UNA MARSON: OUR LOST CARIBBEAN VOICE
This is the extraordinary story of Una Marson - trailblazing poet, playwright and campaigner, and the first black producer and broadcaster at the BBC. A Caribbean woman born in the early 1900s, Una Marson defied the limits society placed on her.
Joining the BBC’s Empire Service during World War II, she was the first broadcaster to give voice to Caribbean writers and intellectuals, bringing their stories and culture to a global audience accustomed to hearing only English accents.
In a special show to celebrate the BBC’s 100th birthday, two teams of famous faces go head to head at an antiques fair in Newark. On the red team are broadcasting legends Tony Blackburn and Gyles Brandreth.
THE ONE SHOW
The One Show will be rebranded The One Hundred Show between 24th – 28th October and will run a daily BBC 100 show highlighting the BBC’s dedication to unearthing and nurturing talent, with plenty of special guests.
Morning Live returns to our screens on the 24th October ready to celebrate 100 years of the BBC. As well as delving into the archive, we’ll be showing what the BBC offers us all today with our team of experts. From health to money, pets to gardening, we’ll have something for everyone, just like the BBC!
Saturday Kitchen Live will broadcast a special episode on 29th October to honour the BBC’s centenary year, celebrating the Corporation’s achievements in food broadcasting. Since the first TV chef, Marcel Boulestin, appeared on our screens in 1937, the BBC has created an abundance of iconic culinary stars, from Marguerite Patten to Ken Hom, Delia Smith to Madhur Jaffrey.
THE REPAIR SHOP
Jay Blades and the expert team of The Repair Shop craftspeople meet up with HRH The Prince of Wales (before his accession to the Throne) back in Autumn 2021 to explore their shared passion of preserving heritage craft skills.
Jay Blades and ceramics expert, Kirsten Ramsay; horologist Steve Fletcher; and furniture restorer, Will Kirk are invited to Dumfries House in Scotland to meet The Prince and learn about The Prince’s Foundation’s work to train the next generation of craftspeople.