Now Playing: BBC2 prides itself on a rich mix of innovative, entertaining and challenging programmes, including documentaries, the arts, current affairs, comedy, drama and history, bringing subjects to life in highly imaginative ways. BBC2 – TV Schedule (opens in new window).
BBC2 was the third TV channel to be launched in the UK and the first one to be transmitted primarily in colour. It was created to show more specialist TV than BBC one and this has remained the case today. It has a reputation for more intelligent and cultural programming but it has managed to still be accessible to the general population. The channel does not just transmit documentaries; it is home to a range of wild life series, game shows, Sport and comedy programmes however everything shown on BBC2 is classy – think Egg Heads not Take Me Out! BBCs sporting coverage is extensive in certain areas; it is home to the Snooker Masters and Ski Sunday for example. Current affairs top picks are Horizon, News night and Daily Politics and it also has some excellent entertainment broadcasts such as Dragons Den and QI. You will always find intelligence comedy included and a wealth of quality wildlife programming. Today when so much of TV seems to be aimed at the lowest common denominator – reality TV and celebrity news – BBC2 is a welcome and much needed breath of fresh air.