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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!

New pages for 2021, I have now added a new set of pages to give more details. I will be adding additional pictures when I get time to scan them.

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.








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BBC album inner sleeves

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



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BBC single paper sleeves

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




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BBC Transcription Disc cardboard sleeves

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





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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.



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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.



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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. The card sleeves allowed BBC employees to sign the record out for a particular programme and then return it when finished - just like you would have for a library book in the past.



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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.


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BBC Doctor Who catalogues

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




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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.


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