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Cultural highlights of 1953

Television: UK
New shows
In Town Tonight (BBC, from October). Magazine programme, already popular on UK radio.
The Good Old Days (BBC from 20 July). Old-time music hall.
Panorama (BBC from 11 November). Weekly current affairs. Still running (2008).
The Quatermass Experiment (BBC, from 18 July)). Six-part half-hour science-fiction drama. Later filmed.The first of several series.
Rag, Tag and Bobtail (BBC from 10 September). Children's.

Television: US
New shows
Adventures of Superman (syndication, from 9 February).
The Danny Thomas Show. It runs until 1971.
General Electric Theatre (CBS from 1 February). Drama, hosted by Milton Berle.
Soupy's On (WXYZ-TV Detroit). Daily variety show featuring Soupy Sales with jazz musicians guesting. (The theme is Yardbird Suite by Charlie Parker.) It runs until 1959.
Tonight Show (WNBT-TV New York, from June). Late-night entertainment show that goes onto the network.
You Are There (CBS, from 1 February). Current affairs, hosted by Walter Cronkite.

Arthur Miller: The Crucible (Broadway from 22 January)

Print media
Playboy. Marilyn Monroe is the first centrefold and cover girl.
Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (Pulitzer Prize, awarded 4 May).

Chronomedia 1953

Page updated 14 October 2008
David Fisher