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Cultural highlights of 1951

Radio: UK
New shows
Those Crazy People: The Goons (BBC, from 28 May). Anarchic comedy, later called The Goon Show.

Radio: US
New shows
Bob and Ray (NBC, from 2 July).
Roy Rogers Show (from 30 December). Cowboy adventures; 100 shows are produced to 1957.

What's My Line?Television: UK
New shows

What's My Line? (BBC, from 16 July). Panel game, hosted by Eamonn Andrews after the first show, which was chaired by regular panellist Gilbert Harding.

Television: US
New shows

Amos 'n' Andy (CBS, from 28 June). Comedy with all-black cast, transferred from radio.
Ernie in Kovacsland (NBC). Comedy.
Godfrey's Talent Scouts. Talent show. It has the highest rating of any show for the 1951/52 season (53.8 per cent).
Hallmark Hall of Fame (NBC, from 24 December). First show is Menotti's opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors. 
The Honeymooners (DuMont). Sitcom starring Jackie Gleeson included as a sketch on Cavalcade of Stars.
I Love Lucy (Desilu for CBS, from 15 October). Sitcom starring Lucille Ball. The first filmed series on US television. 
Omnibus. Culture, hosted by Alistair Cooke. Runs for five years, costs $8.5m, takes $5.5m in advertising.
Search for Tomorrow (CBS, from 3 September). Soap.
See It Now (CBS, from 18 November). Current affairs, presented by Edward R Murrow and produced by Fred Friendly.
Strike It Rich (CBS). Game show.
Watch Mr Wizard (NBC). Children's.

Print media
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger (published 16 July).


Chronomedia 1951

Page updated 13 October 2008
David Fisher