Variety

Your Hit Parade

1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 9 (USA) Your Hit Parade had an eight-year run on NBC and then another year on CBS. Opening with the song Be Happy Go Lucky, the Hit Paraders (Snooky Lanson, Gisele MacKensie and Dorothy Collins among others) went on to sing the week’s Top 10 tunes as compiled in the(…)

Your Life In Their Hands

Your Life In Their Hands

1958 – 1964 (UK) 1980 – 1986 (UK) Before 1958, British television had confined its view of hospital to the romantic tales of Emergency – Ward 10 where the only gory red thing to be seen was when a nurse had overdone her lipstick. But in February 1958, the BBC took the revolutionary step of transporting their cameras into(…)

Your Show Of Shows

1 9 5 0 – 1 9 5 4 (USA) As television was coming of age in the 1950s, it was important for the networks to produce shows that entertained as many people as possible so they could build a loyal audience. The easiest way to do this was with variety shows – easily produced(…)

Zoo Quest

1 9 5 3 – 1 9 6 3 (UK)

Zoo Time

1 9 5 6 – 1 9 6 8 (UK) 500+ x 25 minute episodes With videotape and film expensive, and technology limited in television until the early 1960s, the bulk of this animal information programme came in the form of live outside broadcasts. This approach overcame the problems inherent in introducing large and uncooperative animals(…)

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