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The missing episodes, dating from 1965 and 1967 and starring William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton respectively in the title role, were bought at a village fete in southern England in the mid-1980s, the film institute said.

The copies are thought to have originated from the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The British Film Institute said the copies had been in the private collection of a former TV engineer. They now have been given to the BBC archives.

“Doctor Who,” which ran from 1963 to 1989 and was revived in 2005, is one of BBC television’s top entertainment programs.

More than 100 episodes dating from 1964 to 1969 are missing from the BBC archives because of a tape-wiping policy in place for much of the 1960s and 1970s.

Videotape was expensive at the time, so transmission tapes were wiped in order to be reused.

“Doctor Who” was sold around the world during the 1960s. Top BBC programs were transferred onto film for foreign broadcasters, the corporation said, and the British Film Institute sometimes manages to recover these copies.

CBS expanding Sunday talk show to an hour

The CBS Sunday political talk show “Face the Nation” will soon match its rivals in length.

Anchor Bob Schieffer said Sunday that the show will become an hour long in April. It currently airs for a half-hour.

Its main competitors, NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week,” are already an hour in length. CBS is making the change while “Face the Nation” is doing well in the ratings.

Mr. Schieffer didn’t mention it, but it’s not certain that the change will be permanent. CBS News President David Rhodes says the extended length will last at least through the political conventions next summer, and then be evaluated.

Ernie, Cindy claim big prize on ‘Race’

“The Amazing Race” took its final three teams on a frantic scramble through Atlanta during Sunday’s conclusion of the CBS competition show.

In the end, it was Ernie Halvorsen and his fiancee, Cindy Chiang, both from Chicago, who crossed the finish line at Atlanta’s historic Swan House to win the $1 million prize.

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