It may have got off to a shaky start when, on the night of 20 April 1964, a power cut delayed its launch by several hours, but five decades on BBC2 has a lot to celebrate.
As the channel turns 50, we’re asking you which are your favourite homegrown shows from its half-century of broadcasting. Are you a fan of classic comedies like Fawlty Towers and The Office, groundbreaking dramas ranging from This Life to The Line of Duty or imaginative new formats like The Great British Bake Off and Dragons’ Den? Or maybe there are some lesser-known gems you think deserve remembering.
Whatever your favourites, make your case in the comments box below.
And just to get those juices flowing, here’s a reminder of some more BBC2 shows from down the years:
The Apprentice, Coupling, The Day Today, Edge of Darkness, Extras, The Fast Show, The Great Egg Race, Have I Got News For You, The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, Horizon, I’m Alan Partridge, Later Live… with Jools Holland, The League of Gentlemen, The Likely Lads, Miranda, Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Newsnight, The Old Grey Whistle Test, Our Friends in the North, QI, Red Dwarf, Rev,Robot Wars, The Shadow Line, Shooting Stars, The Thick of It, This Life, Top Gear,Top of the Lake, The Trip, Yes Minister, The Young Ones…