Landing on centenary day (well, 100 years aince the BBCompany was formed), episode 55 is the tale of the first Bard on the Beeb.

Dr Andrea Smith joins us to talk us through the first broadcast Shakespeare - but it's only part 1, as on Feb 16th 1923, it's just excerpts: scenes from Julius Caesar and Othello. Andrea will return for the first full-length play, when we reach May 1923 in our podcast timeline.

Plus as the BBC finally turns 100, we consider some BBC100 celebration programming, including the redicovered Hancock's Half Hour episode - so Steve Arnold of the Radio Circle tells us the how and the why when it comes to finding and preserving such lost episodes.



- More info on the Radio Circle, of which Steve Arnold is part, who rescue 'lost' programmes:

- Hear Dr Andrea Smith on BBC Radio 3's The Essay - The Bard and the Beeb, in late October 2022:

- The last dates of my tour of The First Broadcast live show are at

- My novel Auntie and Uncles is now up for ebook pre-order, with paperback pre-order to follow when I can work out the buttons:

- Support us on to keep us afloat and in return get extra writings, videos and ample more! Thanks to all who support us there. 

- We're on, where our Newspaper Detective Andrew Barker is chronicling newspapers on this day 100 years ago.

- Follow us on, where I'll keep you updated with some TV/radio spots I'm doing to talk about the Beeb's birth tales - inc. BBC's Songs of Praise, BBC Breakfast and Radio 4's The Media Show.

Next time: the centenary specials! 100 Years in 100 Minutes...

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Happy Birthday, Auntie!

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