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Over the years the BBC has regularly sent out catalogues of their products to customers who were insterested. In fact originally you could only get BBC Records (like the OP language series) by purchasing them direct! In the day I used to contact the BBC for a new catalogue, I would need to call them up giving my name and address, the BBC then sent me their latest catalogue. Below is a list of BBC catalogues I have retained from those times or have been able to purchase since.

Some of the ones below were included in other releases, particularly the DVD ones below. Others I have also included below is where a BBC record had a special inner paper sleeve as they have a similar function - sell more records!

If you have any others not listed that you would like to sell, please contact me!

In the meantime, I have added some of the record generic sleeves as an optional extra!

BBC records catalogues

The entries here contain the main catalogue the BBC would send out to requestors. The picture on the front often featured something the BBC thought at the time would help to sell their records, often something that would pull in the crowds.

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1970.
1970
BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1972.
1972

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1973.
1973
BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1979.
1979

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1981.
1981
BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1982.
1982

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1983.
1983
Child's play catalogue
Child's play catalogue 1984.
1984

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1986.
1986
Classics in digital stereo catalogue
Classics in digital stereo catalogue 1987.
1987

BBC Records catalogue
BBC Records catalogue 1987 onwards.
1987 onwards

BBC album inner sleeves

These inner sleeves only got printed in 1976 to celebrate the BBC's 40th anniversary.

Side a
Side a 1972.
1972
Side b
Side b 1972.
1972

Side a
Side a 1972.
1972
Side b
Side b 1972.
1972

BBC single paper sleeves

These paper single sleeves were used when either no picture sleeve was printed, or where more vinyl records were produced that the sleeve, maybe due to the vinyl being reissued.

Version 1
Version 1 1970.
1970
Version 2
Version 2 1970.
1970

Version 3
Version 3 1972.
1972
Version 4
Version 4 1984.
1984

BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves

These sleeves were never issued to the general public, they have a inner sleeve attached to the outer sleeve to try to keep the record as clean as possible between uses.

single
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves single .
10''
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves 10'' .

78
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves 78 .
Album version 1
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves Album version 1 1950-1972.
1950-1972

Album version 2
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves Album version 2 1972-1977.
1972-1977
Album version 3
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves Album version 3 1972-1991.
1972-1991

Album version 3 reverse
BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves Album version 3 reverse 1977-1991.
1977-1991

BBC Radio Collection and BBC Audiobooks catalogues

Like the main catalogues above, these were printed to try to sell more. They were originally for BBC cassettes (often two in one pack) but later also included the CD's.

BBC Radio Collection catalogue
BBC Radio Collection catalogue 1990.
1990
BBC Radio Collection catalogue
BBC Radio Collection catalogue 1993/4.
1993/4

BBC Radio Collection catalogue
BBC Radio Collection catalogue 1998/9.
1998/9
BBC Audiobooks catalogue
BBC Audiobooks catalogue 2002/3.
2002/3

BBC Sound Effects catalogues

The first one in this set is a bit more unusual as the records listed were also contained in the main catalogues. I guess the BBC thought that having separate one would help to sell in a more niche market of home video production? The other two relate to CD's.

BBC sound effects catalogue
BBC sound effects catalogue 1982.
1982
BBC sound effects catalogue
BBC sound effects catalogue 1988.
1988

BBC sound effects catalogue
BBC sound effects catalogue 1991.
1991

BBC Sound Effects cardboard and plastic sleeves

These were never released to the general public. Many of the card sleeves were never kept when the BBC moved to digital media for the sound effects. The BBC plastic single covers are much more common.

Outer 7" card
Outer 7
Mono plastic 7'' cover
Mono plastic 7'' cover .

Stereo plastic 7'' cover
Stereo plastic 7'' cover .

BBC Video catalogues

Never included in the main catalogue above, it makes sense for the BBC to have a separate videos one as often they were for different people.

BBC Video catalogue
BBC Video catalogue 1985.
1985
BBC Video catalogue
BBC Video catalogue 1988.
1988

BBC Doctor Who catalogues

Another (some might say) niche market only for Doctor Who fans.

Doctor Who 30th anniversary - The complete BBC Video and BBC radio collection catalogue
Doctor Who 30th anniversary - The complete BBC Video and BBC radio collection catalogue 1993.
1993
Doctor Who 40th catalogue
Doctor Who 40th catalogue 2003.
2003

Doctor Who soundtracks catalogue
Doctor Who soundtracks catalogue Unknown.
Unknown
BBC Doctor Who audio adventures catalogue
BBC Doctor Who audio adventures catalogue Unknown.
Unknown

Doctor Who DVD's catalogue
Doctor Who DVD's catalogue Unknown.
Unknown

BBC film catalogues

I haven't seen any others of these catalogues, it allowed private groups and others to rent the films to show from what I can see.

BBC film catalogue
BBC film catalogue 1975/6.
1975/6