Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born is a Documentary programme.


Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born

In a unique experiment, Dallas Campbell, Professor Danielle George and Dr Hugh Hunt join forces in an attempt to re-stage the very first official broadcast on British television, exactly 80 years after it made history. The very first official broadcast came from Alexandra Palace on 2nd November 1936 - but there are no surviving recordings. To find out just what went on, this 21st-century team attempts to piece back together and recreate every aspect of the show from scratch - from the variety acts to the cameras - using the original technology and filming techniques to capture the excitement of the day. The team uncovers the mixed influences of high-minded radio and bawdy variety shows on early TV, at a time when it was still a science experiment and not a mass medium. Dallas learns how much harder his job would have been 80 years ago, when the first television announcer Leslie Mitchell was plastered in bizarre make-up and given a cue for 'action' that bordered on physical assault.

Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

When is Television's Opening Night: How the Box Was Born next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 November 2nd, 9:00pm and on BBC 4 November 3rd, 2:30am. See more...