Wheelbase (TV series)

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Wheelbase
Wheelbase title.jpg
Wheelbase title screen
Genre Motoring
Talk show
Presented by Gordon Wilkins
Cliff Michelmore
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 207[dubious ]
Production
Running time 30 mins
Release
Original network BBC2
Picture format PAL
Original release 1964 – 1975
Chronology
Followed by Top Gear

Wheelbase is a BBC television series circling about cars, that was broadcast on BBC2 between 1964 and 1975.[1]

Presenters[edit]

Amongst its presenters were Gordon Wilkins between 1964 and 1973[2] and Cliff Michelmore.[3] The show was the predecessor of Top Gear.[4]

History[edit]

Wheelbase was amongst the first programmes in the United Kingdom to be shown in colour during BBC2's "colour launching period".[5]

Wheelbase's coverage of Formula One motor racing in the late 1960s was repeated during 2007 on United Kingdom satellite channel ESPN Classic. The programmes were transmitted largely as originally broadcast, but with occasional captions to put period commentary into context.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Programme Catalogue: Wheelbase
  2. ^ "Gordon Wilkins Obituary". The Times. London: News Corporation. 2007-05-15. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  3. ^ Williams, Robert. "Telly Years: September 1972". TV & Radio Bits. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-06. Wheelbase presenter Cliff Michelmore's own driving skills were put to the test at Brands Hatch 
  4. ^ Williams, Robert. "Telly Years: October 1964". TV & Radio Bits. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  5. ^ Mathias PT. "BBC2 Colour Launching Programmes". British TV History. Archived from the original on 2008-01-06. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 

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