As part of the BBC2 50th anniversary celebrations comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse were commissioned to produce this spoof history of the channel. It parodies the channel, its content and the history documentary.
It’s 1964. The BBC, or Auntie Beeb as she was known, is 45 years old.
This is the BBC – we’re all communists, aren’t we?
We started playing football, so we started playing football, so we did now, so we did.
Is the Government right about everything?
Good evening. I’m Gerald Manley Paxman.
MUSIC: Theme to “The Forsyte Saga”
no-one at the BBC had ever dreamt there was laughter.
Education was still a Northerner’s dream.
His replacement – David Attenborough.
Sir Hubert Tuft, if I were naughty, would you cane me?
HE TRUMPETS THEME TO “University Challenge”
Hello. I’m Professor Bill Borderline-Spectrum.
COMMENTATOR: And in goes the darkish-grey ball,
And there was none more grand than Jacob Bronowski’s epic series…
“I’m not going to do any more Monty Python,
They put these testicles where my vagina used to be,
Can we have a vibrant, happening, groovy show for BBC Two,”
Frank, what is a paedophile?
And BBC Two drama was to reflect the new puritanism.
-All right, mate, go on, gizza job, mate.
Boys From The Blackstuff was the right stuff for the viewer,
I think BBC Two had an ambivalence towards Mrs Thatcher.
I’d like to buy a dead parrot, please.
Stephen, of course, invented adult humour.
This is my new totty, Mrs Simpson. She’s a bloomin’ yank!
LEEDS ACCENT: It’s snowing again.
How’s the five-year plan going?
The Cold War ended, the Wall came down,
Orson! Oh, Orson! Yentob Orson friend.
Yentob brought in this ghastly new head of comedy, Paul Someone.
Yentob was successful in his quest
to beat Channel 4 at its own moronic game.
-Same thing. Why weren’t you in The Fast Show?
-Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson were in your show.
Is it Boris Johnson, tousle-haired shagger?
And the Germans won on penalties.