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Tuesday, 4 April, 2000, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
BBC magic moments showcased
Morecambe and Wise
Morecambe and Wise: One of many classic BBC moments
Doctor Who, Bill and Ben, Rowan Atkinson and Morecambe and Wise are among dozens of stars highlighted in a new exhibition from the BBC.

The BBC Sight and Sound 1950-2000 takes visitors through 50 years of BBC radio and TV programmes and news events.

Bill and Ben
Bill and Ben: Pioneers in children's TV
It focuses around four specially-compiled films featuring many of the best-loved names and programmes in the corporation's history.

The films also highlight some of the key news and sporting events covered by half a century of BBC News.

Matthew Bannister, Director of Marketing and Communications, opened BBC Sight and Sound as part of BBC Experience - the permanent public display at Broadcasting House.

He said: "With such a wealth of outstanding material from the BBC's past and present archives, this is a great new BBC experience for every age and interest.

"As well as renowned comedy, drama, factual, sport and children's classics, visitors will recapture some of the most memorable events of the past 50 years, as recorded by the BBC."

Absolutely Fabulous goes into history as a recent BBC comedy success
The four films - one for radio and three for television - are shown in four "rooms". Each room reflects different decades through the use of period television sets, radios and artefacts from each era.

Other classic BBC programmes revisited by BBC Sight and Sound include comedy favourites Hancock's Half Hour from 1956 and Dad's Army, which started in 1968.

From the 1980s and 1990s, Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder and Goodness Gracious Me are highlighted.

Recent memorable drama series selected for the exhibition include the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice
Colin Firth set a standard for period drama heart-throbs
The 1966 World Cup is one of the jewels of the BBC's sporting back catalogue. While news events from the Queen's Coronation to the millennium celebrations are also featured.

BBC Experience was opened by the Queen in 1997 and currently attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year.

It was recently voted best small attraction of the Year by readers of top travel trade magazine, Group Travel Organiser.

Consumer magazine Holiday Which? ranked it top in its group of indoor visitor attractions, awarding it four stars.

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