150+ reasons and counting: Why we need to save the BBC

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I could go on about securing a universal unbiased worldwide service. I could go on about a Murdoch favouring Tory government determined to dismantle one of this country’s finest institutions. But instead when it comes to saving the BBC there are only these reasons for me. Reasons I grew up with. Reasons that inspire me, humour me, educate me, amaze me. These many, many reasons.

Play School. The Good Life. The Honourable Woman. Grange Hill. Question Time. Swap Shop. In Our Name. Nuremberg: Nazi’s On Trial. Camberwick Green. Borgen. Pride. The Joy Of Disco. Twenty Twelve. Dr Who. Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe. Desert Island Discs. The Thick Of It.  Match Of The Day. Dad’s Army. BBC World Service. The Magic Roundabout. Our Friends in the North. The Story of Women and Art. The Blue Room. Notes On A Scandal. Gimme Gimme Gimme. Newsnight. State Of Play. Have I Got News For You. Gardeners World. The Royle Family. The Road to Coronation Street. John Peel. Meet The Romans with Mary Beard. The Killing. Outnumbered. Essential Mix. Happy Valley.  Life on Mars. Reggie Yates Gay & Under Attack. The Street. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Spike Island. Think Of A Number. Not the Nine O’Clock News. Timewatch. The Wombles. iLL Manors. Call The Midwife. We’ll Take Manhattan. Gardeners Question Time. The Outcast. Torchwood. The Archers. Truly, Madly, Deeply. Sherlock. Eastenders. Alan Partridge. QI. Regeneration. FA Cup. Fantabulosa. Last Tango in Halifax. Annie Nightingale. Test Match Special. The History Boys. Oranges Are Not the Only FruitHorizon. Line of Duty. Talking Heads. Victoria Wood… As Seen On TV. Absolutely Fabulous. Threads. Pride and Prejudice. Ivor The Engine. The Power of Nightmares. The Damned United. Any Questions. Civilisation. Annie Mac. Boys From The Blackstuff. This Life. Arena. Round the Horne. Dinner Ladies. The Monocled Mutineer. Ashes to Ashes. Steptoe & Son. Wimbledon. Omagh. Yes Minister. Iris. The Nazis – A Warning From History. Stephen Nolan. To The Manor Born. The entire output of BBC4. The Lady in the Van. Alistar Cookes’ America. Clocking Off. We Need To Talk About Kevin. House Of Cards. Mrs Brown. Are You Being Served? Louis Theroux. 6Music. The Men Who Stare At Goats. The World At One. Made In Dagenham. Blackadder. Hectors House. My Week With Marilyn. Wallander. The Fast Show. Yes Prime Minister. A Room For Romeo Brass. Deadringers. Vietnam: The Camera At War. Morecambe & Wise. Shooting Stars. Crackerjack. In The Loop. Porridge. Galapagos -The Islands That Changed the World. Fawlty Towers. Billy Elliot. Blue Peter. Nighty Night. The Young Ones. The Olympics. Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain, The Vicar Of Dibly. Trumpton. Hancock’s Half Hour. The Death of Yugoslavia. Butterflies. Anything with David Attenborough in it. Putin, Russia and the West. Glastonbury. Andy Pandy. Jackanory. Bagpuss. The Supersizers. Great British Bake Off. PM. Pete Tong. Gaytime TV. The Flumps. Peoples Century. John Cravens Newsround. Fingerbobs. The News Quiz. Playaway. W1A. Vision On. The Clangers. 5Live. Essential Mix. Happy Valley.  Life on Mars. Reggie Yates Gay & Under Attack. The Street. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Spike Island. Think Of A Number. Not the Nine O’Clock News. Timewatch. The Wombles. iLL Manors. Call The Midwife. We’ll Take Manhattan. Gardeners Question Time. The Outcast. Torchwood. The Archers. Truly, Madly, Deeply. Sherlock. Eastenders. Alan Partridge. QI. Regeneration. FA Cup. Fantabulosa. Last Tango in Halifax. Annie Nightingale. Test Match Special. The History Boys. Oranges Are Not the Only FruitHorizon. Line of Duty. Talking Heads. Victoria Wood… As Seen On TV. Absolutely Fabulous. Threads. Pride and Prejudice. Ivor The Engine. The Power of Nightmares. The Damned United. Any Questions. Civilisation. Annie Mac. Boys From The Blackstuff. This Life. Arena. Round the Horne. Dinner Ladies. The Monocled Mutineer. Ashes to Ashes. Steptoe & Son. Wimbledon. Omagh. Yes Minister. Iris. The Nazis – A Warning From History. Stephen Nolan. To The Manor Born. The entire output of BBC4. The Lady in the Van. Alistar Cookes’ America. Clocking Off. We Need To Talk About Kevin. House Of Cards. Brighton Out The Closet. Mrs Brown. Are You Being Served? Louis Theroux. 6Music. The Men Who Stare At Goats. The World At One. Made In Dagenham. Blackadder. Hectors House. My Week With Marilyn. Wallander. The Fast Show. Yes Prime Minister. A Room For Romeo Brass. Deadringers. Vietnam: The Camera At War. Morecambe & Wise. Shooting Stars. Crackerjack. In The Loop. Porridge. Galapagos -The Islands That Changed the World. Fawlty Towers. Billy Elliot. Blue Peter. Nighty Night. The Young Ones. The Olympics. Andrew Marr’s The Making of Modern Britain, The Vicar Of Dibly. Trumpton. Hancock’s Half Hour. The Death of Yugoslavia. Butterflies. Anything with David Attenborough in it. Putin, Russia and the West. Glastonbury. Andy Pandy. Jackanory. Bagpuss. The Supersizers. Great British Bake Off. PM. Pete Tong. Gaytime TV. The Flumps. Peoples Century. John Cravens Newsround. Fingerbobs. The News Quiz. Playaway. W1A. Vision On. The Clangers. 5Live.

The list could go on…and on…and on. BBC Films, Television and Radio*. The soundtrack, the backdrop, the education, the laughter, the connections, the breadth of choice that contributed to making me who I am, who we are. Sure its just a box in the corner broadcasting images and sounds. But thanks to the BBC its a box that makes a difference. Don’t tell me there is nothing on this list you don’t cherish. Nothing that’s inspired you, that’s changed the way you see the world, the way you see others. Don’t let the Tories take that away. Don’t let them dismantle yet another universal service, replacing it with subscription fees, news coverage that never challenges, satire with no teeth, entertainment with no heart, and broadcasting that daren’t reach out beyond our borders. Save our BBC.

* All for the cost of £145.50 a year – the equivalent of £12.13 per month or just under 40p per day.

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