BBC: 15 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know (Part 2)

The BBC (British Broadcasting Company) is not your ordinary news network. Recently we brought you the first part of the list, and now we’re back with the second. Check it out below!

Number Eight: The Decreased Gravity Claim

This is another April Fool’s day prank conducted by the BBC. In 1976, they told their listeners that a unique planetary alignment was going to decrease gravity on our planet. They received a flood of phone calls from people purporting to feel the effects of this.

Number Seven: The Lost Dr. Who Tapes

More than 100 Doctor Who episodes were recorded over by the BBC immediately after being aired and are most likely gone for good. Unless someone can find old VHS recordings of them, somewhere.

Number Six: The British Broadcasting Company Banned a Song

“Deep in the Heart of Texas” was prohibited during work hours out of fear of factory workers losing focus on the job due to clapping. Crazy, isn’t it?

Number Five: They Had to Change Their Style in the 60s

Pirate Radio boats started playing modern pop and rock music to countless listeners. As a result of this, the BBC had to re-evaluate their broadcast choices and alter them to fit the demand for these new styles.

Number Four: The BBC Asked Rage Against the Machine Not to Curse on Live Television

Politely, of course, the company requested that the band censor their lyrics to “Killing in the Name”. As a response to this, Rage Against the Machine Cursed on air anyway.

Number Three: George Orwell Worked for Them

The famous author of 1984 was a contributor for this network. Unfortunately, no audio recordings of his voice exist.

Number Two: They Re-Aired Doctor Who After the JFK Assassination

They figured a lot of viewers would have missed the all important first episode of the series due to the widespread coverage of the murder of the US president. They re-aired the episode one week later, just in case.

Number One: BBC Crew Went on Screen High

In the 1960s and 1970s, it was not uncommon for people at the headquarters to smoke marijuana in the corporate office. They went on screen after this a few times. We hope you enjoyed part two of this article.