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Cultural highlights of 1952

Television: UK
New shows
All Your Own (BBC from 7 December). Children's magazine based on showing their interests and talents. Presented by Huw Wheldon.
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? (BBC from 1 December). Archaeology quiz programme.
Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men (BBC from 18 December). Puppet show for young children. Flubadub.
For Deaf Children (BBC, from 13 June). Name changed to Vision On in 1964, runs until 1976.
Science Review (BBC from 12 March). Science review.
Interludes are used by the BBC for the first time from 7 February to fill gaps in the schedule or when programmes break down, as an alternative to the 'Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible' caption.

Radio: US
New shows
Bob and Ray (NBC, from 2 July). Comedy; Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding (previously on WHDH Radio, Boston).
Whispering Streets (ABC, from 3 March). Soap. It runs until 25 November 1960.

Television: US
New shows
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. It runs until 1966.
The Bob Hope Show (from October). Variety.
Dragnet (NBC from 3 January). Crime series, which runs until September 1959.
The Guiding Light (CBS, from 30 June). Soap, transferred from radio. 
I've Got a Secret (CBS, from 19 June). Celebrity panel game.
Omnibus (CBS, from 9 November). Culture, hosted by Alistair Cooke, funded by the Ford Foundation.
Today (NBC, from 14 January). Early morning news magazine, hosted by Dave Garroway.
Continuing shows
I Love Lucy (CBS, from 15 October at 9pm), sponsored by Philip Morris, becomes the highest rated show (67.3 per cent) of the 1952/53 season and for three of the next five seasons.

Film
In a British Film Institute poll, film critics vote Vitorio De Sica's Bicycle Thieves the best film of all time. Charlie Chaplin's City Lights and The Gold Rush are in second and third places, followed by Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin, with D W Griffith's Intolerance and Robert Flaherty's Louisiana Story in joint fifth place. See the full list here.

Drama
Eugene Ionesco: The Chairs.
Terence Rattigan: The Deep Blue Sea.

Print media
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (Pulitzer Prize, 1953).
Mary Norton: The Borrowers.
Mad Magazine
(USA, October)

Other media
Francis Bacon: Study for the Head of a Screaming Pope.
Jackson Pollock: Number One.

 


Chronomedia 1952

Page updated 14 October 2008
David Fisher