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Panorama is the longest-running current affairs documentary series in the world. Launched on 11 November 1953 on BBC Television, it focuses on investigative journalism. Daily Mail reporter Pat Murphy was the original presenter, who only lasted one episode after accidentally broadcasting a technical mishap. Max Robertson then took over for a year. The programme originally had a magazine format and included arts features. Richard Dimbleby took over in 1955 and presented it during the late 1950s and 1960s. His son, David Dimbleby, went on to present the programme in later years. Other past presenters include: Sir Robin Day, Sir Ludovic Kennedy and Sir Charles Wheeler. The programme is currently presented by Jeremy Vine.

Panorama set an example for the German magazine show of the same name, which is produced by NDR, and broadcast on Das Erste. Panorama started there in 1961 and is one of the leading political magazine shows.

The theme music is an adaptation of Francis Lai's Aujourd'Hui C'est Toi (Today It's You). This theme has run since 1971. Prior to this from 1968 to 1971 Rachmaninov's Symphony No.1 in D.Minor, 4th Movement. Then all through the 1960s the theme used was Robert Farnon's "Openings & Endings".

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