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The Small Screen in Britain (1951) …

The Small Screen in Britain  (1951)  …

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Murphy TV (1951)

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established in 1927 to develop radio broadcasting, and inevitably became involved in TV in 1936.

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Television caught on in the United Kingdom in 1947, but its expansion was slow. By 1951, with only 2 transmitters, near London and Birmingham, only 9 percent of British homes owned a TV. The United Kingdom was the first country to have a regular daily television schedule direct to homes and it was the first to have technical professions to work on TVs.

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Pye TV’s – 1951 brochure

Televisions were very expensive back in 1951. This Pye television with a 10×8 inch picture would have set you back 76 guineas. The average weekly wage was in the region £5.8s. That’s about 3 months wages! 

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Less expensive televisions were available such as those featured in Pye’s 1951 catalogue above. Each model had 2 choices pre-tuned to either London or the Midlands. They came with two ontrols: volume/on-off and picture contrast. Most had 14 valves which had to warm up before it worked.

BUT WHAT COULD I HAVE WATCHED ON THE BBC IN 1951 ?

Well … if you click on the link below you can find out the listings for every day in 1951. I was born on 20th November 1951. I suppose I could have watched Andy Pandy! (Note: using this link you can also see the BBC Broadcast Daily Schedules for 1936-1939 & 1945-1964.)

BBC TELEVISION – DAILY BROADCAST SCHEDULES – 1951

James Whale …

James Whale …

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James Whale (born 13 May 1951) is an English radio and television host. He is known for his plain-speaking, often acerbic and confrontational, broadcasting style; during phone-ins he frequently hangs up on callers he disagrees with or who do not make their point quickly enough – a tactic since copied by many presenters.

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Having beaten kidney cancer in the early noughties, James set up the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer which is now the leading UK kidney cancer charity.

www.jameswhalefund.org

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On 28 July 2016, Whale entered the Celebrity Big Brother house to compete as a housemate in its eighteenth series. He was the 6th housemate to be evicted.

Away from broadcasting James likes to spend his time target shooting with his favourite custom made English Long Bow. It’s one of his favourite pastimes along with a passion for Old English and Medieval crafts.

James’ autobiography Almost a Celebrity: A Lifetime of Night-Time was published in 2007.

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JAMES WHALE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Nikki Kelly

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Nicki Kelly is an English actress born in November 1951. She is best known for her role as the lovely Yellowcoat Sylvia Garnsey in the long running British sitcom Hi-de-Hi!

She was born in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire, and made an early television appearance in Dixon of Dock Green in 1975, and You’re Driving Me Crazy in 1978.