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Cultural highlights of 1959

Television: Australia
New shows
• Six O'Clock Rock (ABC). Popular music, with Johnny O'Keeffe. Runs until 1962.
• World of Sport (HSV-7, still running on Nine Network). Hosted by Ron Casey (still with the show in 1986).

Television: UK
New shows
• Danger Man (ITV). Spy thriller.
• Dr Finlay's Casebook (BBC). Medical drama.
• Face to Face (BBC, from 4 January). Probing interviews.
• Juke Box Jury (BBC, from 1 June). Pop record celebrity assessments. Runs for eight years.
• Whicker's World (BBC, from 21 March). Travel-based documentaries, presented by Alan Whicker.

Television: US
New shows
• Bonanza (NBC, from 12 September). Western. First one-hour series in colour.
• Rawhide (CBS, from 9 January). Western, featuring Clint Eastwood.
• The Twilight Zone (Cayuga Productions for CBS, from 2 October). Mystery and supernatural stories, first of 154 episodes over five years, produced and introduced by Rod Serling.
• The Untouchables (Desilu for ABC, from 10 October). Prohibition era crime series

Television: Sweden
Single productions
• Den skalliga primadonnan (La Cantatrice chauve, The Bald Prima Donna) (SVT, 30 January). Theatre of the absurd.

• Ben Hur, biblical epic has its New York premiere (18 November)

Other media: books
• Zazie dans le Mιtro by Raymond Queneau.

Other media: stage
• The Sound of Music, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, opens on Broadway (16 November).

Chronomedia 1959

Page updated 13 June 2009
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