The BBC Micro family were spawned out of a BBC Computer Literacy project, and were actually manufactured by a British company called Acorn.
I first touched a BBC Model B at the age of about 8 in Junior School. I remember the thrill of excitement when I was finally chosen as part of a small group of 4-5 pupils to be taken off to the Library for some quality time on this new fangled gadget with the Headteacher, as the entire school was vieing for time on the single solitary Computer the establishment could afford.
I don’t remember much more about it other than the first experiences where we played some simple early games, the “I’m thinking of a number, can you work it out in 8 guesses?” type thing.
It took until my 2nd/3rd years of Secondary School to really fire my interest. I’d of course had an Electron at home (mostly for games) by then. I’d somehow developed an interest in Meteorology, and had gotten involved with a team that took the Weather readings (Temperature, Humidity, Wind Speed, Rainfall, Pressure, etc) at the school, and the Teacher in charge came to me one day in an extremely excited state. Apparently we’d applied to borrow some equipment from the County Council that would allow us to receive Sattelite Pictures, and we’d have it for a month or two to play with. It used a BBC Model B and a specifc ROM and Software combination, with of course a Dish etc, but I do remember being in the Computer rooms at School every Lunchtime and Evening as I fought with the interested Sixth Formers for time on the machine to download sattelite imagery at the times the Sattelites were in range. (I still remember having to do *SATPIC even now!)
Of course when the equipment was returned, I was bitten by the BEEB Bug, and to coin an overused phrase…. “The rest as they say is History!”
So the BBC Model B used “BBC Basic”, and was equipped with 32k of RAM, and were driven by a 6502 Processor. If you want full details of the technical specifications, I can recommend reading the excellent Wiki page here.