BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh

 You are in: Entertainment: TV and Radio
Front Page 
UK Politics 
TV and Radio 
New Media 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

Thursday, 8 November, 2001, 11:00 GMT
BBC recovers 'lost' classics
Dad's army
Dad's Army: One of the nation's all-time favourites
More than 100 "lost" BBC TV and Radio programmes have been recovered for the nation following a six-month appeal by BBC archivists.

The programmes, including two episodes of classic comedy series Dad's Army, had either never been recorded or had been wiped from the archives.

Click here to watch and listen to clips of the shows

Members of the public responded to the BBC's Treasure Hunt appeal by handing over personal recordings of the shows.

Using digital technology, the corporation copied the programmes for its archives.

The recovered programmes are made up of 100 radio shows and a dozen television shows.

The Beatles
An audio recording of The Beatles was among the finds

The BBC's head of information and archives, Paul Fiander, said: "We've had a great response to the Treasure Hunt appeal and some fantastic material has turned up.

"We always knew it was out there and this has brought back a gratifying number of programmes back to the BBC."

People who submitted copies came from all walks of life but included collectors, former producers and overseas broadcasters.

Among the most exciting finds were two missing Dad's Army episodes and an audio tape from The Beatles' appearance on Jukebox Jury.

The Dad's Army shows, from 1969, were recovered in June.

They turned up in a pile of rusting film cans handed into the BBC by a man who wished to remain anonymous.

One, called The Battle for Godfrey's Cottage, shows the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard reacting to an imagined German invasion.

The other, Operation Kilt, has the platoon taking on a crack Highland regiment in night manoeuvres - with the help of a pantomime cow.

The episodes were among 19 film cans pulled out of a skip at Elstree film studios in Hertfordshire in the 70s.

Other classics unearthed by the Treasure Hunt appeal include an episode of Benny Hill - Portrait Of A Bridegroom.

Also recovered is a 1931 radio adaptation of A Christmas Carol and the first edition of the long running panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue from 1972.

 Click here to watch a clip of The Battle for Godfrey's Cottage from Dad's Army

 Click here to watch a clip from Operation Kilt from Dad's Army

 Click here to listen to a clip of the recovered episode of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue

Click here to return

Discussing the issues:
Paul Flander of BBC Archives and Alan Simpson, one of Hancock's early writers
See also:

23 Jun 99 | Entertainment
Dad's Army tops comedy poll
31 Jul 98 | Entertainment
Dad's Army hits 30
01 Jun 01 | TV and Radio
Lost Dad's Army shows found
28 Sep 00 | Entertainment
Pop archives get digital airing
07 Jul 00 | Entertainment
Unique Beatles recording lost
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more TV and Radio stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more TV and Radio stories