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Looking and Seeing

1 9 5 7 (UK)
8 x 30 minute episodes

Looking and Seeing was the very first schools’ television programme to be broadcast in Britain. It was a hastily conceived, experimental series on the subjects of art and science, and resulted from the initiative of Paul Adorian, the Managing Director of Associated-Rediffusion.

It aimed to encourage children to look more attentively at the art, architecture and natural beauty around them. Eighty schools were involved in the initial broadcast.

There were eight episodes – introduced by Redvers Kyle – and they were only shown once, on Monday afternoons, in the summer term of 1957 on ATV.


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