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BBC television’s first drama: Murder in the Cathedral (1936)

I have been pleased to discover recently that we can add a new “first” to the early productions of theatre plays for television. According to a short report in the Manchester Guardian the BBC television service mounted scenes from T. S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral on 19 October 1936. A test broadcast some three weeks before official transmissions began, this production should, I think, be recognised as BBC television’s first identifiable drama. Not only that, it was apparently also the first studio broadcast in which scenery was used. Continue reading


Moving on

As our revised¬†introduction over on the right of this page suggests, we are starting the process of converting this blog to a site that acts as more of a resource for the continuing study of theatre plays on British television. The formal (and funded) part of our project has come to an end, but there … Continue reading

Emitron camera at Alexandra Palace