WITHIN a day or so of each other the BBC and French television opened up their archives on the internet, with differing degrees of success.
The BBC’s programme catalogue unfortunately only has written details of shows and news items, no actual clips to watch.
The Institut National de l'Audiovisuel has gone the whole hog and put programmes online from as far back as the 1920s, featuring Edith Piaf, Brigitte Bardot and countless others.
One of the most popular videos has been Yannick Noah’s victory in 1983 in the French Open, but with over 10,000 hours of radio and television available there is plenty to explore.
Naturally there has been great interest in France and the site has received over six million visits in the few days it has been up and running, so accessing clips can be difficult.