BBC Motion Gallery

Millions of hours of footage.
Decades of coverage.
Endless possibilities.

This Motion Gallery area is operated by Getty Images under license from BBC Worldwide.

From the BBC’s first broadcast in 1922, up to yesterday’s news, BBC Motion Gallery gives you exclusive access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of unique motion imagery. Spanning news, sport, natural history, wildlife, locations, celebrities, culture, and more, there is a wealth of content just waiting to be discovered.

There are 100,000+ digitized clips available for online licensing, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Our text-based research tool puts the BBC Broadcast Archive at your fingertips. You can now easily and quickly explore over a million hours of footage that has defined the television industry as we know it.

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BBC Natural History

Award-winning Natural History content from every corner of the globe. Rare species, beautiful landscapes and natural wonders… it’s all captured here in stunning HD.

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BBC Stock Video

Browse our extensive and diverse collection of locations, concepts, cultures, and lifestyles. From iconic imagery to the weird and wonderful, we’ve got every angle covered.

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BBC News

BBC News provides definitive coverage of the events that shape our world. From global conflict and political change to influential figures and historic moments, our news footage has it covered.

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BBC Archival

Explore times gone by with our classic footage. Dynamic and captivating, these digitized archival clips cover a wide range of subjects including fashion, lifestyle, and news events.

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BBC Royals

Nobody covers the Royals like the BBC. From births to deaths and everything in between, the lives of the British Royal Family across the generations are documented here.

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BBC Broadcast Archive

The BBC Broadcast Archive contains millions of hours of broadcast material across all genres. Browse fantastic programming that has educated, informed and entertained for over 70 years. To access this great content, just follow the three simple steps below.

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Request a preview from the clip’s detail page, or from your Lightbox for multiple clips. Our expert sales team will contact you to discuss your project and get you the clip previews you need.

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License the clips you need by working with our sales team. They will complete approval checks, and deliver the digitized content in the format you require.

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Featured Showreels

See examples of our very best content displayed in our beautifully edited showreels.

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Featured BBC content

Search video compilations from world events


Looking for in-depth coverage on popular topics? We have over 30 compilations of pre-cleared BBC News content covering terrorism, conflict, environmental issues and more.

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Short programs

Our short program series contains informative and visually stunning segments that are the perfect length for a variety of media channels.

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