- Details of 946,614 BBC radio & TV programmes, dating back 75 years
- 503,193 subject categories, from Pig Farming to Pirate Radio
- 1,182,424 contributors, from Bruce Forsyth to Imelda Marcos
This is a gigantic searchable database – there aren’t any programmes themselves online.
Writing about it yesterday, project director Tom Loosemore says:
[…] This experimental prototype is rather rough and ready. It may fall over. The search is crude. The design is basic. There are mistakes aplenty. These were conscious compromises for which I apologise. We just wanted to set free this amazing store of culture as soon as was humanly possible. We hope you enjoy it.
Note Tom Loosemore‘s job title: “Project Director, BBC 2.0”.
It’s a terrific resource and, on a quick try, works well. For example, search for Charles Clarke (Home Secretary and a major part of very hot political news in the UK at the moment) and you’ll get a page with links to everything about him that the BBC has ever broadcast. The page also links to search results about him elsewhere on the BBC website and to a Wikipedia entry.
And as Tom Loosemore said, you can subscribe to a feed (Atom) of a search result so you can get updates as they’re added to the database. Very useful to complement other resources you use to track something you’re interested in.