100 years of the BBC


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24 May 2022
The Isle of Man has issued a set of twelve stamps marking 100 years of the BBC. Designed in collaboration with BBC Studios, the stamps  celebrate many of the BBC’s iconic programmes – from Doctor Who and Match of the Day to Blue Peter and Strictly Come Dancing.

The British Broadcasting Company was formed on 18 October 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi. Manxman Sir Frank Gill played a vital role in the formation of the BBC, convincing six organisations to form under the British Broadcasting Corporation entity.

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Daily broadcasting by the BBC began in Marconi’s London studio on 14 November 1922. It is now the world’s longest running, continuous public service broadcaster, and the first to mark its centenary. 

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The topics were selected by Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History and Glazier Design following research into the programmes most popular with Manx residents. They represent a diverse anthology of the BBC’s broadcasting with each stamp featuring a brief caption, and include the TARDIS from Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi series in the world; the glitter ball trophy from the light entertainment series Strictly Come Dancing, together with Bruce Forsyth’s immortal catchphrase: Keep Dancing!; and a Match of the Day logo from the much-loved BBC Sport programme, together with the memorable World Cup 1966 commentary: ‘They think it’s all over... it is now!’

The Beeb’s greatest hits also include a nod to comedy Blackadder, Eastenders – accompanied by its cliff-hanger theme tune: ‘Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof!’ – and Desert Islands Discs, the Radio 4 show recently voted the best radio show of all time.

Robert Seatter, Head of BBC History said: ‘The BBC is delighted to be marking one hundred years of the BBC with this special set of anniversary stamps for the Isle of Man. Selecting just twelve moments was extremely hard, but we hope we have captured something for everyone – across radio, television and online, and connecting with the range of genres from news and factual programming to comedy, children’s, and entertainment.’

Issue date: 24 May 2022