In its 100 years on air, the BBC has witnessed huge cultural change, reported on major political moments, and evolved alongside a digital revolution. Its broadcasting has acted as a mirror to British culture, politics and society and it has become a true national treasure.
BBC programming has also shaped domestic routines and united people in their homes and across great distances – especially at Christmas. From the royal address to iconic Christmas specials, BBC broadcasting has become a central part of the British Christmas experience.
At the RSA, broadcast historian, David Hendy, looks back on a hundred years of the BBC’s cultural impact, moral mission, and social significance. With Christmas celebrations on the horizon, we will also explore how BBC TV and radio have become such fixtures of the festive season and what this can reveal about the power of broadcasting to bring people together.
Want to watch this event at RSA House?
For those wishing to gather with friends or colleagues to watch in-person, this event will be live-streamed on The Steps in The Coffee House on the day of the event from 13:00.