BBC Micro was basically “an early home computer, designed and built by Acorn Computers Ltd for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).” Videos after the jump.
As with Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum, also released around that time, demand greatly exceeded supply. For some months, there were long delays before customers received the machines they had ordered. A brief attempt to market the machine in the United States failed, due largely to the predominance of the highly similar Apple II family. The success of the machine in the UK was largely due to its acceptance as an “educational” computer