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Cultural highlights of 1947

Television: UK
New shows

Last Night of the Proms (BBC, 13 September). Popular classical music concert, televised annually hereafter.

Television: US
New shows

Howdy Doody Show (NBC, from 27 December). One-hour children's show, aka Puppet Playhouse. It runs for 2,543 episodes from NBC studio 3-K at Rockefeller Plaza until 30 September 1960. It quickly becomes a lucrative merchandising franchise.
Kraft Television Theatre (NBC, from 7 May). Series of one-off one-hour dramas at 19:30 on Wednesdays, the first to be regularly scheduled on US network television. In January 1948 it moves to 21:00 on Wednesdays and continues through 650 episodes until 1 October 1958
Kukla, Fran & Ollie (locally in Chicago, from 13 October). Children's.
Meet the Press (NBC, from 20 November). Current affairs (still running in 2008).
News from Washington (DuMont network, from 16 June). First regular network news.

Radio: UK
New shows
How Does Your Garden Grow (BBC Home Service, from 9 April). Audience questions on location. Later called Gardener's Question Time and still running in 2009.
Much Binding in the Marsh (BBC Light Programme, from 2 January). Comedy, starring Kenneth Horne and Richard Murdoch .
Twenty Questions (BBC, from 28 February). Panel game adopting an American format of 1946.
Round Britain Quiz (BBC, from 2 November). Quiz (still running in 2010).

Radio: US
New shows
The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. Crime thriller.
Candid Microphone (Allen Funt for ABC). Practical jokes. It transfers to television a year later as Candid Camera.
Family Theatre (Mutual, from 13 February). Single dramas.
You Bet Your Life (ABC, from 27 October). Quiz, compered by Groucho Marx.


Chronomedia 1947

Page updated 15 June 2009
David Fisher