Preview – Dial “B” for Britain: the Story of the Landline

Phone boxes

Shown as part of the Timeshift series, Victoria Coren Mitchell narrates a history of the country’s telephone network.

Delving into early phone boxes (not literally of course), as well as Alexander Graham Bell’s attempts to promote his telephone to Queen Victoria and the early years of the Post Office Tower, we learn how the modern telecoms system developed from a landline system that used over 70 million miles of wire to make.

We also come across Britain’s first case of phone box vandalism back in 1907, and some of the bizarre requests made to switchboard operators.

Dial “B” for Britain: the Story of the Landline is on BBC Four at 21.00.

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