On 1 July 1967, during the Wimbledon Championships, BBC2 became the first channel in Europe to begin regular broadcasts in colour, using the PAL system. The thirteen part series
Civilisation, was created as a celebration of two millennia of western art and culture, to showpiece the new colour technology. BBC Two originally screened programmes targeting
the arts, culture, some comedy and drama, and appealing to audiences not already served by BBC One or ITV. Over its first thirty years, the channel developed a reputation for screening highly praised & prestigious drama series and demanding documentaries of all types.