Panorama is a British investigative journalism programme, produced by the BBC. They have a reputation for drawing attention to important issues such as the side effects of the anti-depressant Seroxat and problems for those with mentally handicapped children in the childcare system. They have had numerous successes in this field.

The programme started in 1953, with the first programme being broadcast at 8:15pm on 11th November. Poor reviews led to the programme being given a swift revamp, and it returned a month later with a new presenter. The programme was relaunched again in 1955, with BBC funeralist-in-chief Richard Dimbleby as presenter, giving a heavyweight feel to the programme. The infamous hoax, where for an April Fools prank an item was broadcast about spaghetti harvesting from Swiss trees, did little to dent this image-despite triggering an assault on BBC switchboards.

In 1961, Panorama became the first programme to interview a member of the Royal Family, after they broadcast an interview with the Duke of Edinburgh-he would not be the last royal to be interviewed, though. They also managed interviews with the then-prime-minister Harold Wilson.

In true BBC style, the programme angered governments around the world, from the Iranian government (who threw out a BBC correspondent who had nothing to do with Panorama at all in response) to the British government at home, after a programme was broadcast about the Falklands War.

In 1995 Panorama pulled an amazing coup, as Martin Bashir interviewed Princess Diana for the programme. This one interview pulled in 22.8 million people, around half of the total television viewing populace. At the present time of writing the programme regularly garners 3 million viewers, despite having been shunted into the "graveyard slot" at 10:15pm.

Pan`o*ra"ma (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. , , all + that which is seen, a view, fr. to see. See Pan-, and Wary.]

1.

A complete view in every direction.

2.

A picture presenting a view of objects in every direction, as from a central point.

3.

A picture representing scenes too extended to be beheld at once, and so exhibited a part at a time, by being unrolled, and made to pass continuously before the spectator.

 

© Webster 1913.

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