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Cultural highlights of 1957

Television: UK
New shows
The Army Game (Granada for ITV network). Military comedy. It runs until 1962.
Emergency—Ward 10 (ATV for ITV network, from 19 February). Twice weekly hospital soap. It runs until 1967.
Six-Five Special, (BBC from 18 July). Pop music.
The Sky At Night, (BBC from 24 April). Astronomy magazine, presented by Patrick Moore. Still running in 2008, it is the longest-running programme on British television.
Tonight (BBC, from 18 February). Long-running early evening magazine programme from studio H at Lime Grove studios.
See also Chronomedia link April 1.

Radio: UK
Single productions
All That Fall by Samuel Beckett (BBC Third Programme, 13 January).
The Disagreeable Oyster by Giles Cooper (BBC Third Programme, 5 March).
The Dock Brief by John Mortimer (BBC Third Programme, 16 May). Winner of the Prix Italia.
New shows
Record Review (BBC Network Three, from 5 October). Classical music record releases, including 'Building a Library' segment.

Television: US
New shows
American Bandstand (Dick Clark for ABC, from 5 August). Popular music, artists miming to records, opening with The Crickets' That'll Be the Day. Shown locally on WFIL Philadelphia since 1952.
Bachelor Father (NBC, from 15 September). Family.
Blondie (NBC, from 4 January). Sitcom.
Leave It To Beaver (CBS, from 4 October).
Perry Mason (Paisano for CBS, from 21 September). Legal/investigation series. Runs until 1965 and is revived in 1985.
Tonight (NBC, from 29 July). Chat show hosted by Jack Paar (until 1962)
Wagon Train (Revue for NBC, from 18 September). Western.

Radio: US
CBS Radio Workshop (CBS, from 27 January). Drama; debuts with Aldous Huxley narrating a dramatisation of his Brave New World.

Other media: stage
West Side Story musical with book by Arthur Laurents from an idea by Jerome Robbins, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein opens in Washington DC (15 August) and on Broadway (26 September).

Print media
On the Road by Jack Kerouac published in US (5 September)


Chronomedia 1957

Page updated 14 October 2008
David Fisher