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Interesting facts about BBC Two channel
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    BBC Two, a free-to-air TV channel, is officially the third TV channel launched in Britain back in 1964 and the first European channel to start regular broadcasting in color.

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    As a branch of the BBC network, BBC Two was conceived as a platform for more profound and sophisticated programming and ranks third globally in terms of quality of content.

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    The delay of the formal launch of the channel was as grand as its following reputation: due to the huge fire at Battersea Power Station, half of London including the TV studio was out of power on the night of the widely anticipated premiere. The launch was rescheduled for the next day, and as a tongue-in-cheek joke, a presenter casually blew out the lit candle before starting the programme.

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    BBC Two was the first TV channel to use a computer-generated logo (ident), the orange β€˜2’ over two stripes, in 1979, and it was the start of the era of computer-generated idents worldwide.

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    To watch BBC Two TV channel is to watch the finest and the most lavish series and dramas created in Britain. The count was opened with the splendid and expensive series The Forsyte Saga (1967), and some of the most famous productions were Boys from the Blackstuff, The Men's Room, Middlemarch, and Our Friends in the North.

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    The channel programming focuses mostly on serious and informative content often related to British history, culture, and identity, including plenty of documentary series of various kinds, political debates, concerts, and art programmes.

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    A portion of air time was and remains dedicated to educational purposes, from Open University lectures to BBC Schools programmes that were subsequently moved to BBC Learning Zone in 2010.

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    BBC Two also aims to attract wider audiences with purely entertainment content, the most popular shows being the signature Top Gear and The Great British Bake Off. The channel also ran such iconic shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and The League of Gentlemen.

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    BBC Two had a separate production unit for community television, where ordinary people could get resources and support for making a short film on the topics important to them. These half-hour films were then broadcast as Video Diaries and later Video Nation.

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    It’s easy to watch BBC Two online because it keeps up with technical advances and is accessible digitally in several networks and in apps. Audio-only content, subtitles, and sign language translation have also become available.