Cookies are text files sent to your computer and used by your web browser to store information. The cookies we use allow your browser to remember whether you’ve visited our site before and what your preferences are.
Although the cookies we use on this website are quite harmless and do not reveal your identity, not everyone wishes to have text files downloaded onto their computer or mobile device. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functionality on this website.
There is also a very useful website explaining how to control your interaction with cookies – please visit this site for more information:
The BBC website also has a clear and comprehensive section explaining what they do and how they work. Please be aware that this section is aimed at users of their website, which employs more cookies than our own.
On this website we use only a small number of cookies. They are:
|Name||Owner||Lifespan||What does it do?|
|BC_BANDWIDTH||Third party||Session||This stores the bandwidth of a user’s computer or mobile device.|
|tcecookie||First party||6 months||This stores acknowledgement of cookies notification.|
|PREF||Third party||2 years||This stores a user’s basic preferences, such as that the user wants search results in English, no more than 10 results on a given page, or has implemented a SafeSearch setting to filter out content.|
|_tmid||Third party||10 years||Tracking from Brightcove video. This is used for user analytics. Identifies unique viewers and new viewers.|
|__utmv||Third party||2 years||This is used for user-custom variables in Google analytics.|
|__utma||Third party||2 years||This stores each user’s amount of visits and the time of the first visit, previous visit and current visit.|
|__utmb||Third party||2 years||This stores how long a user stays on the site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.|
|__utmc||Third party||Session||This stores how long a user stays on the site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.|
|__utmz||Third party||6 months||This stores where a visitor came from (e.g. search engine, search keyword, referral link).|