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LONDON – A poll of British television views to pick the top ten moments that changed British television forever includes the launch of Big Brother in 2000, the appearance of James Bond and Her Majesty The Queen at the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony and the moon landing in 1969.
The top 10 moments have been revealed on the eve of the launch by TV legend Joanna Lumley (Ab Fab) of YouView, the long-gestating free-to-air and Internet-connected television service backed by a lineup of Britain’s free-to-air broadcasters.
Commissioned by YouView partner the Internet and telecom provider TalkTalk, the poll asked the British public to choose the moments that have changed television forever – so far.
The top 10 was topped by the appearance of the Queen and Daniel Craig as James Bond at the start of the Olympics.
Television historian Professor Jonathan Bignell said what made the television moment so iconic was the juxtaposition of the Queen and James Bond together.
“Viewers gazed in wonder and puzzlement, pride and laughter: is this really the Queen? The moment beautifully broke the boundaries between fact and fiction, and in doing so made its mark worldwide,” Bignell said.
YouView is a major partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva and Internet suppliers British Telecom and TalkTalk.
Lumley is scheduled to be on hand at a pop up breakfast retrospective in London’s Soho Sept. 27 to launch YouView.
The top ten in full:
1: James Bond and Her Majesty the Queen at the Olympic opening ceremony, 2012
2: The wrong chandelier, Only Fools and Horses, 1992
3: Basil Fawlty’s car thrashing tantrum, Fawlty Towers, 1975
4: London winning the Olympic bid, 2005
5: The Moon Landing, 1969
6: The first Big Brother, 2000
7: Live Aid and Bob Geldof’s leadership, 1985
8: Emu attacks Michael Parkinson, 1976
9: The dead parrot sketch, Monty Python, 1969
10: Den serving Angie with divorce papers at Christmas, EastEnders, 1986
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