BBC TV Coverage.

Domesday LogoAs the domesday project was a joint project with the BBC, schools and colleges across the nation, as a result there are a number of TV programmes featuring the Domesday Project.

The programme information is listed below.

28th November 1984 - BREAKFAST TIME
First broadcast on BBC1 @ 06:29 - 08:59

Believed to be the first TV covarge of the Domesday Project. Martin Tasker reports from a village school at Clyft St George near Exeter, on the then BBC pilot project to compile a 1986 Domesday Book. Small children are shown inside a church, performing a reenactment of William Conqueror's Domesday enquiry. Children are also shown inputing data onto a computer and interviewing an elderly couple about local history. "The Domesday Project" on laserdisc is introduced where Martin Tasker is shown with a laserdisc. Professor Ted Wragg, Chairman of the BBC Schools Broadcast Council is interviewed, where he says "using a computer is an easy way of processing vast amounts of information, which is very accessable".

26th April 1985 - THE DOMESDAY PROJECT
First broadcast on BBC1 @ 19:33 - 20:11

Presented by Sarah Greene & Michael Wood, this programme traces the history of the Domesday Book, shows how the laserdiscs are being compiled & demonstrate their uses. The original book is compared with the computer version and the people's database is demonstrated. A BBC Computer and Laserdisc equipment is shown to give an idea of the equipment required. The interface showing a map of the British Isles is shown and an explaination is given on how it is divided into areas. An example is given on how the Domeday Book could be used by schools to plan outings with a simulated walk along a Cornish beach.

26th March 1986 - BREAKFAST TIME
First broadcast on BBC1 @ 06:49 - 09:19

A slot on the regular morning programme "Breakfast Time" hosted by Frank Bough & Selina Scott. An interview with historian Michael Wood about the Domesday project. Where Michael Wood talks about the original Domesday book, about the handwriting, and about how he used the book when making his documentary "The Domesday Project". He also discusses the BBC's involment in the Domesday project. The historical significance of Westminster Abbey is also mentioned. Finally the article diuscusses what the Domesday project should reveal to us.

16th June 1986 - Zig Zag
First broadcast on BBC2 @ 11:00 - 11:19

Zig Zag is a Schools programme. Sheelagh Gilbey gives an update report on the Domesday Videodisc.

27th November 1986 - TOMORROW'S WORLD
First broadcast on BBC1 @ 20:00 - 20:29

Howard Stableford & Maggie Philbin demonstrate the Domesday Video Laser Disc Technology with a live phone-in. A demo of Domesday on the village of Longborough showing a screen display of info. Maggie Philbin demonstrates the interactive disc.

1st - 19th December 1986 - DOMESDAY DETECTIVES
First broadcast on BBC1 @ 12:26 - 12:59

With the Domesday project now complete a seris of 15 programmes called "Domesday Detectives" was run from the 1st through to the 19th of December. Hosted by Paul Coia, the progeramme took the form of a quiz that is based on information contained on the Domesday Discs.

First Broadcast on BBC2 @ 11:00 - 11:39

This programme celebrates the completion of the project. Showcasing work done by schools, scouts, guides, Women's Institutes & members of the public who helped gather information for the Domesday Project.