The Isle of Man Post Office are issuing a set of twelve stamps marking 100 years of the BBC, including the TARDIS in pride of place
The Isle of Man Post Office have issued a special set of twelve stamps to celebrate the BBC’s centenary. Each stamp represents a different BBC program, covering the organisation’s wide mandate to inform, educate and entertain. The new set mixes a dedication to including ten decades of past service while using a fresh contemporary look to represent the BBC’s continuing vitality into the future to come. Doctor Who is one of only three fiction shows celebrated in the set. It once again underlines its ongoing importance to the BBC’s heritage.
Including the Doctor Who stamp, there are twelve stamps in the BBC 100 set:
The TARDIS represents the longest running sci-fi series in the world, along with the acronym “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.”
Strictly Come Dancing
The Glitterball trophy from the celebrity dance competition, together with the catchphrase that closes every show, “Keep Dancing!”
The Blue Peter badge from the longest-running children’s show in the world, with its famous instruction “Here’s one I made earlier.”
The BBC News globe, symbol of international communication, with its on air announcement “Here is the News from the BBC.”
Match of the Day
The football ident from the much-loved BBC Sport programme, together with the memorable World Cup 1966 commentary: “They think it’s all over… it is now.”
A bird of paradise from the BBC’s natural history programming, championed by Sir David Attenborough. The stamp also includes Attenborough’s important global message “The future of life on Earth depends on us now”.
A ruff wearing adder evoking the Blackadder II titles’ uncooperative serpent, along with the show’s most famous catchphrase – “I have a cunning plan!”
The bust of Queen Victoria from the Queen Vic pub in Albert Square, as featured in the nation’s favourite soap. It’s also accompanied by the iconic cliffhanger ‘doof doofs’: “Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof-Doof!”
The BBC Proms
A violin as a musical symbol of the largest classical music festival in the world, with its open-hearted message: “Welcome to the BBC Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.”
Desert Islands Discs
A vinyl record representing the eight records guests must choose in the program recently voted the best radio show ever. Also includes the immortal instruction: “Eight tracks, a book and a luxury.”
The BBC Bitesize logo, celebrating the groundbreaking education service for young people, linked to the words of the BBC mission: “Inform, educate, entertain!”
The Sky at Night
Sir Patrick Moore, as seen in Doctor Who’s The Eleventh Hour, and the only one personally represented on these stamps, depicted silhouetted against the moon, with the words: “World’s longest running TV show with the same presenter”.
The BBC 100 Stamps are available as standard stamp sheets as well as deluxe collector sets suitable for framing
The set of stamps is available in four different packages to suit various fan’s price ranges. These start from £9.49 for First Day Cover sheets, with the sheet of stamps presented in a specially designed BBC 100 envelope and also stamped with the date of issue. Then £9.51 for an edition which also includes a four page full colour booklet; sheet sets for £35.05; and finally a special collectors pack with the stamps mounted suitable for framing for £20.00.
You can order your set now from the Isle of Man Post Office.