The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, is a large state-owned public service broadcaster in the UK. It creates and airs programming for radio, internet, and television. It draws revenue from a TV license paid by households in the UK, and thus does not depend on either advertisers or shareholders. It is estimated that roughly 90% of UK citizens use BBC services on a weekly basis.
The BBC has been involved with several Muppet/Henson productions and appearances over the years. 45 of the 120 edited (without UK skits) episodes of The Muppet Show were shown from 8th February 1986 to 7th October 1987. Tale of the Bunny Picnic, The Secret Life of Toys, Me and My Monsters and That Puppet Game Show were produced in association with the BBC. Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy appeared on an installment of the interview show "Parkinson" on the BBC in 1979. In 2002, the BBC produced the documentary "I Love Muppets".
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together special aired on ABC on December 5, 1979. In the UK, it aired on BBC1 on December 15, 1979.
BBC's radio channels have also featured Muppet/Henson content on such series as The Chris Moyles Show (BBC Radio 1), BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, and The Film Programme (BBC Radio 4). In December 2008, Gideon Coe of BBC 6 Music played a song by The Electric Mayhem on his eponymous program. Elmo was a guest on Greg James in 2011.
- Many actors and puppeteers from Muppet productions have ties to BBC programming, including Timothy Bateson, Patrick Monckton, Nigel Lythgoe, and Susan Beattie.
Henson programming aired on BBC Channels
- A Muppet Family Christmas, Follow That Bird, I Love Muppets, Inside the Labyrinth, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Tale of the Bunny Picnic, Me and My Monsters, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Tonight, The Christmas Toy, The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show, The Muppet Babies, The Muppet Show, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Secret Life of Toys, The StoryTeller, Sesame Tree, That Puppet Game Show