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Programmes from the University have been broadcast on all of the BBC's TV channels and BBC radio. Each channel attracts a different section of the audience, so by having a varied presence we ensure that the University is indeed "open to all".

The BBC has been linked with the OU since its earliest days, when politicians were proposing a 'University of the Air'. Television was the first in a long line of new technologies which the OU has used to support its students, but also to bring education to the widest possible audience of non-formal learners.

Over the years the emphasis has shifted away from broadcasting programmes related to single OU courses, which can now be supplied to students more effectively in DVD or electronic format, towards programmes that will inspire viewers to participate in lifelong learning.

Current OU / BBC programmes

Details of latest programmes, and supporting materials, can be found at


Each year we produce a showreel about the OU / BBC partnership, view the 2019 showreel: