Home TV by Decade TV Shows - 1950s Kaleidoscope


1 9 4 6 – 1 9 5 3 (UK)
104 x 30/60 minute episodes

This fortnightly comedy and variety show from the BBC was hosted by McDonald Hobley and transmitted live from the BBC’s studios at Alexandra Palace.

Regular features included ‘Collector’s Corner’ with antiques expert Iris Brooke; ‘Puzzle Corner’; the ‘Memory Man’ (Leslie Welch); Mr Pastry (Richard Hearne, pictured at left); ‘Be Your Own Detective’ (a series of short thrillers designed to test the viewers’ powers of observation); and a charades game called ‘Word Play’ performed by young actors and actresses from the Rank Organisation’s “Charm School”.

Tony Hancock had his first regular television role on the programme, appearing for four episodes in 1951. Other guests included Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Valentine Dyall, Bernard Braden, Richard Dimbleby, Petula Clark, Christopher Lee (in his first TV appearance), Julie Andrews, The Beverley Sisters, Anthea Askey, Lionel Blair, Jerry Desmonde and Betty Driver.