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As the on-demand and live online TV and video service goes from strength to strength with contemporary content, the BBC is to open a new iPlayer category, From The Archive.

bbcarchive 25sep2017The new category will include a wide range of programmes from 1946 to present day. Until now, many of these programmes were only available to watch on the BBC’s website and the launch brings them to viewers on computers, the BBC iPlayer mobile and tablet apps, and on connected TVs.

At launch, 450 programmes from the BBC’s archive will be available. The archive will feature footage which hasn't been shown since first broadcast, including collections such as the Great War Interviews, a series of interviews with World War One veterans and civilians filmed in the 1960s. BBC documentary strands including Horizon, Storyville and Imagine will be available, alongside popular classics and programmes from legendary BBC stars including Parkinson, Frost, Attenborough and Wogan. It will also include interviews from sport icons and artists such as Muhammad Ali, Alex Higgins, Henry Moore and Salvador Dali to profiles on figures including Martin Luther King, Orson Welles and Paul Getty.

Other content includes Louis Theroux’s UFOs from his Weird Weekend series, Leaving The Cult from the Storyville strand and the full series of Killing For Love. The BBC also plans to add more titles in the coming years.

“For millions of people, BBC iPlayer is a reliable place for finding something good to watch whenever they choose to look,” commented Dan McGolpin, BBC controller, programming & daytime. “It will now provide an even richer choice of quality BBC programmes with this new category, From The Archive, making available hundreds of gems from the past including some historic documentary series and interviews with cultural and sporting icons.”