History of the age ratings symbols
|1913||Film||U - Universal||A - more suitable for adults (no film certified that was not clean and wholesome)||None|
|1921||Film||London County Council - no entrance to young people at A films, except with parent or guardian|
|1932||Film||H - stood for 'horrific', this indicated horror and was advisory|
|1951||Film||X - incorporated old H and limited audience to those over 16 years|
|1970||Film||U - Universal||A – Advisory, parents cautioned that film may be unsuitable for young children|
AA - admission to children of 14 years or over
X - raised from 16 to 18 years
|1982||Film||U - Universal||PG - Parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children|
15 - no person under the age of 15 to be admitted.
18 - no person under the age of 18 to be admitted.
R18 - for films containing more explicit sexual depictions
Uc -Universal particularly suitable for unsupervised children
U - Universal. Suitable for all
|PG - parental Guidance - general viewing but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children|
15 - suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.
18 - is suitable only for persons of 18 years and over.
R18 -restricted to distribution in licensed premises - no one under 18 to be admitted.
|1989||Film||12 - no person under the age of 12 to be admitted.|
|1994||Video||12 - suitable only for persons of twelve and over.|
|2002||Film||12A no-one younger than 12 may see a '12A' film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.|
Uc -Certificate is removed and
replaced with BBFCinsight which states where works are 'particularly suitable for pre-school children'