Approximately in chronological
Department's Predecessors, by "L.G." Smith
Going right back to the start of the BBC, this article
describes arrangements for designing equipment up until 1947.
Reminiscences of S N Watson and T Worswick
Transcript of a tape recording made at Television Centre on 22 February
1971, as a contribution to the important book "BBC Engineering".
The first colour
television from London to Moscow, by David Savage
Pioneering developments in 1964.
Notes on the BBC's 1964/5
demonstrations of NTSC in Moscow, by Peter Tingey
This contribution gives a flavour of the practical problems
encountered during the tests.
Some incidents at Western House, by
By Peter Tingey
Nine short stories.
Early days of Designs Department, by Gordon Parker
This article gives an excellent flavour of the pioneering
work that was done to develop the BBC's television service. It covers
the distribution of 405 line television throughout the UK, the introduction of
colour and the first electronic standards converter. Gordon subsequently
became Head of Designs Department.
First Steps in Designs Department, by David Savage
David explains how, on returning to the BBC after National Service, he became
involved with television transmission engineering. As well as giving a
view of life in the Department, this article highlights an important aspect of
television engineering that is often overlooked.
- The Virtue of a Goniometer, by
My First Steps into Designs Department,
by Neale Davison
A glimpse of the atmosphere in Designs Department from the perspective of
a new recruit in 1966.
Memories of Designs Department from 1970 to 1985, by
this article to get the ball rolling and encourage other people to contribute
to the web site.
My Career in the BBC: Part 1, by Richard Russell
Richard's career in Designs Department included several high profile projects
such as the BBC Microcomputer and the first fully-electronic Network Clock
displayed on BBC1 and BBC2. As a result, this article gives a very good
illustration of the pioneering work done by engineers in the Department.
Snook's BBC career, including Equipment Department, Management Services
Group and Designs Department.
clocks: Dave Jeffery's Flash Files (external link)
This site includes a Flash file version of the BBC's first
electronically generated clock, as originally designed in 1979 by
- Embarrassing "Dippings", by Peter Tingey
Third time lucky
– how I came to
join Designs Department, by David Birt
gives an interesting perspective from the viewpoint of an accomplished engineer
who joined DD fairly late in his career. The article also has links to
pages recalling fascinating aspects of his pre-BBC career.
My Career in the BBC: Part 2, by
This article follows on from Part 1 (see No. 11 above) and covers the rest of
Richard's BBC career. It is listed here, on a Designs Department page in
order to keep the two parts together but, as Richard explains, both he and the
Department moved on as a result of organisational changes. Richard's achievements were spectacular and represent BBC engineering
at its best.
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