1 9 5 7 (UK)
32 x 25 minute programmes
The first national television programme for schools broadcast on BBC TV premiered on 24 September 1957 with an episode about Canada, entitled ‘The Land of the Younger Son’. It was introduced by Bernard Braden (originally from Vancouver) and reflected on life in British Columbia.
All the lessons were transmitted in the afternoons between 2.05 pm and 2.30 pm.
The experiment was a great success, and the BBC subsequently formed their Schools Television Service, broadcasting from Studio H in London’s Lime Grove Studios (the same complex where Doctor Who would be born six years later), producing programmes such as Science and Life, Young People at Work, Using Our Eyes, Looking at Britain, and For Sixth Forms.