On 1 April 1957 a news segment was broadcast about the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest with footage of Swiss peasants harvesting spaghetti strands from spaghetti trees. Many viewers were taken in and phoned in asking how to grow their own spaghetti trees where they received the reply "place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best." Considered one of the best April Fools' hoaxes of all time.
Has been the UK's longest running TV programme since 1995, when "Come Dancing" (1949) was axed.
The dramatizations of Tony and Cherie Blair were imaginary dialogues but using their actual public statements
Cherie Blair was approached to be interviewed about civil liberties in the UK. When she declined, the film-makers decided to dramatize her actual words with a look-alike
This documentary coincided with Sir Terry Pratchett's BBC Dimbleby lecture about his readiness to test Britain's assisted suicide law. This film went out the same evening on BBC One, 1 February 2010.
Winner of the Royal Television Society award of the Home Current Affairs category in 2002.
The famous theme tune, originally written for the film " Un homme et une femme (1966) " by Francis Lai, was reworked for this episode into an 80's disco version by Paul A. Jackson and Adam Dineen.