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Ex crab, so obviously not savvy enough to post a linky thingy but there is a whole raft of Army related programmes going back several years on :-

Well worth a look. Apologies if already posted.
Are they not supposed to be putting stuff like this on the iplayer?


I think the Iplayer is only licenced to show programs that are relatively new due to the acting unions deal with the BBC over residual payments.


THe explanation for making this stuff available is found here BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Archiving the Army with BBC Four and I think the releavant part to teh question is this bit --

What's different now is that the channel has an official remit to extend its
knowledge and passion for the archive into the internet age. As
reported here in February
, the channel's Service
has been amended to allow it to curate and publish archive content
permanently online, alongside and complementing its broadcast output. It means
that from now on BBC Four's major seasons - the products of many months or even
years of planning and preparation - will have the chance to leave a lasting
legacy on the web for future audiences to explore and enjoy.

In the case of Army:
A Very British Institution
that means a chance to bring back to modern
viewers some remarkable programme content, much of it observational documentary
footage which hasn't seen the light of day since first broadcast. There's far
more there than we could ever fit into a linear schedule - but for anyone with a
personal or family interest in the regimental life of the Army over the past
fifty years this is a unique resource. See
Urban's introduction
for a taste of what's included, and what it tells us
about how army life has changed over many decades.

Of course, the BBC archive is vast, and for every programme we make available
there will be hundreds that we haven't. One of the factors we have to take into
consideration when we decide what to release is what rights we own - not every
programme belongs to the BBC in its entirety for all time. Often a decision will
have been taken at the time to acquire rights to broadcast a programme for a
more limited time, at a lower cost to the licence fee payer. In that spirit,
focusing on the wealth of programmes we do own offers the best value.

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