Television’s Opening Night: How The Box Was Born
Wednesday 2 November BBC FOUR
The first official live broadcast on British television took place on 2 November 1936. Eighty years on, the anniversary is celebrated by Dallas Campbell of Bang Goes
The Theory, Dr Hugh Hunt of Dambusters: Building The Bouncing Bomb and Professor Danielle George, as they attempt to recreate a broadcast of which, sadly, no recording has survived.
According to Robert Seatter, head of BBC History, one reason why the BBC aired what was essentially a glorified variety show, for all its subsequent historical importance, was geopolitical. Authorities were worried that Adolf Hitler was set to use TV for propaganda purposes.