The growing pains of BBC Two

Technical disasters and dull programming beset the early years of Britain's third TV channel, which launched 50 years ago this month. Joe Moran chronicles its difficult birth – and subsequent success.

American actor and singer Howard Keel records 'Kiss Me Kate' with his co-star Patricia Morrison, 1964. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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