Tele­vi­sion’s Open­ing Night: How The Box Was Born

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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.

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