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Cultural highlights of 1955

Television: UK
New shows
The Adventures of Robin Hood (Sapphire Films/ITC Entertainment for ITV, from 25 September). Adventure series, shot at Nettlefold Studios on 35mm, intended for export as well as UK screening. In Canada the first episode was shown on CBLT in Toronto and CKCO in Kitchener on 22 September; in the US on 26 September.
The Brains Trust (BBC from 4 September). Viewers questions answered by artists, intellectuals and boffins.
Crackerjack (BBC from 14 September). Children's entertainment.
Dixon of Dock Green (BBC from 25 June). Local community police drama series.
Life with the Lyons (BBC from 29 June). Sitcom with real-life show-biz family: Americans Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels with their more English children.
Quatermass II (BBC from 22 October). Six-part science-fiction drama, later filmed.
Sooty (BBC, from 16 January). Children's glove puppet, with Harry Corbett.
Sunday Night at the London Palladium (ATV from 25 September). Variety, hosted by Tommy Trinder, with the 'Beat the Clock' competition during the middle section.
This is Your Life (BBC, from 29 July).

Television: US
New shows
$64,000 Question (CBS, from 7 June). Quiz.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (CBS, from 2 October). Suspense drama, start of a 10-year run.
The Bob Cummings Show (NBC, from 2 January).
Captain Kangaroo (CBS, from 3 October). Children's morning series that runs until 1993.
Gunsmoke (CBS, from 10 September). Western. Runs for the next 20 years to 1975; 640 episodes are produced.
Honeymooners (from 1 October). Sitcom starring Jackie Gleeson.
The Lawrence Welk Show (ABC, from July 2). Music/variety.
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp . Western. Runs until 1961.
The Millionaire (CBS, from 19 January).
Queen for a Day (NBC, from 1 January). The most successful daytime TV programme in US history, transferred from radio.
Rawhide. Western (with a young Clint Eastwood).
You'll Never Get Rich (The Phil Silvers Show) (Nat Hiken for CBS). Military comedy with Sergeant Bilko.
The Mickey Mouse Club (Walt Disney for ABC, from 3 October). Children's series that runs until 1959.

Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway, from 24 March).
Arthur Miller: A View from the Bridge (Coronet Theatre, New York, from 29 September).

Print media
Guinness Book of Records. First edition.

Howl, the poem by Allan Ginsburg ('I have seen the finest minds of my generation...') first read by the author at the North Beach Six Gallery, 3119 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.

Chronomedia 1955




Page updated 14 October 2008
David Fisher