This website is researched, written, illustrated and produced by me, Nick Jarman. I learnt to program in BASIC, then later 6502 assembler, on a BBC Microcomputer, before moving on to an Archimedes 410/1 and later a Risc PC 600 where I wrote software using ARM assembler and other high-level languages. If you look in the right corners of the World Wide Web, you can still find find some of my public domain software from that era.

My aims for this website are:

  • To show how many 8-bit BBC Computers were produced, when and by whom.
  • To describe how the computers differ according to age and manufacturer.
  • To show how they look in original unmodified form.

The estimates of production quantities and dates on this site have been derived from serial numbers and photographs posted in various places. The main sources are the ‘German Tank Problem’ tread on the StarDot forum, the extensive BeebMaster and Chris’s Acorns sites and ongoing auctions on eBay.


If you’d like to send feedback, correct an error, or comment on any aspect of what’s written and shown on this site, please get in touch via the Contact page.


Page layout and all graphs and charts are produced by my own custom software. In addition to this, the following apps and services have been essential in the making of this website:


There are no trackers to invade your privacy on this website.

All photographs, illustrations and graphics on this site (with the exception of the owl logo) are produced by me and I own the copyright. If you would like to use any part of this website in your own work, please get in touch to obtain permission first.

This website has no connection with the British Broadcasting Corporation.