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BBC Two is 50: Share your memories and thoughts

BBC Two is 50 - the British Broadcasting Corporation's second eldest child hits the half-century mark this Sunday (April 20) and, in those five decades, has delivered some phenomenally popular and powerful programming.

Kim Shillinglaw has a lot to live up to - with every channel controller from the very first, Michael Peacock, to the most recent, Janice Hadlow, serving up a range of diverse, entertaining and even groundbreaking shows.

Since 1964, BBC Two has become renowned as a home for great comedy - from the surreal The League of Gentlemen and Shooting Stars, to much-loved classics like The Likely Lads and The Goodies and modern favourites such as The Trip and The Wrong Mans.

But there's a tradition of fine drama too - running from the original The Forsyte Saga (1967) to Line of Duty (2012-present) and taking in such iconic series as I, Claudius (1976) and Edge of Darkness (1985).

Meanwhile, popular entertainment and
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Article about the Michael Peacock trial, the Obscene Publications Act, and what it means for cinema

Obscene scenes

Is the UK film industry about to see the implementation of new, liberal classification standards – and the removal of some of the last taboos from film-making. Or is the acquittal of Michael Peacock last Friday, on charges of distributing obscene DVDs depicting a range of allegedly nasty stuff (including fisting, erotic urination and heavy-duty sado-masochistic activity) no more than a false dawn? A setback for our more moralistic censors – but in reality no more than a temporary blip?

Police, Crown Prosecution Service and the BBFC have acknowledged that...
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Sir David Attenborough's TV life: the BBC looks back

Retrospective expected to be aired next year will mark 60 years since the naturalist joined the corporation in 1952

The BBC is planning a TV retrospective of the work of Sir David Attenborough next year in a move that may signal the twilight of the naturalist's career.

The series, which has the working title Life Stories from a series of Radio 4 lectures he has been giving since 2009, will look back on his life's work to mark 60 years since he joined the BBC in 1952. According to a senior BBC natural history source, the project, due to be formally approved soon, indicates that the 84-year-old may soon be calling it a day.

Attenborough is due to return to the BBC this autumn with a seven-part series called Frozen Planet, following the cycle of the polar seasons, which took three years to film and saw him film at the north pole for the first time.
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Kinsale Shark Awards Launch September 11

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The Kinsale Shark Awards launch tomorrow, 11 September, in the town of Kinsale, Co. Cork. Once again the awards will seek to reward advertising agencies who are seen to pride creativity above all else. This will be done through several categories including Worldwinners, Print, Digital, Broadcasts, Promo, New Directors and the Baby Shark award presented to new creative talent. All award recipients, including the winners of prestigious Grand Prix Shark Award and the Agency of the Year Shark Award, will be chosen by a panel of six judges. These judges are all people who are currently responsible for leading creative work throughout the world. This year's judging panel will feature Simon Collins, Roger Kennedy, Alan Kelly, Marco Mehrwald, John Peacock and Jeff Kling.
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