Everyone feels some nostalgia for the TV programmes that they
watched when very young, so here we attempt to bring back to you
some of the flavour of television in the Fifties.
introduction and the bits in between
An introduction to TV in the
Fifties, testcards, the BBC Clock and the major
milestones of TV progress in the '50s feature in
this section. A few video clips are included to
illustrate how it all worked.
|Next, the interludes and the
The Potter's Wheel, London to
Brighton in Four Minutes and those Announcers
with the BBC accents like MacDonald Hobley and
the important bit, viewing the programmes!
Use the Contents
menu over on the left. Open the folders
to reveal the programmes and categories. This is
the main section and is split into children's
programmes and those for the not so young. You
can also use the A to Z index and the search
button at the top of the page.
|And to view some
old commercials, Click Here!
The first commercial shown on ITV
was for toothpaste. Find out which brand and also
see some video clips of other popular
|Read the nostalgic memories
of a television kid of the '50s
Gerry George is an actor who was in
his teens in those early days of television. In
this section, he records for us his memories of
the performers, programmes and events of the
decade. So grab a cuppa, sit down comfortably and
click on the elephant.
visit our companion 1950's radio programme
Here we present information about
radio programmes such as Take it from Here,
Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh, The Goon Show and lots
of other programmes of the period.
Visit the Whirligig 1950's British TV
and Radio Message Board
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Definitive DVD Collection of the celebrated BBC
a bygone era with this incredible collection of
programmes from the BBC's much loved TV series
BFI have released two
vintage Enid Blyton Famous Five film serials on
more information or to order DVDs, click on the
The Whirligig Snippets pages hold
information which is not always specific to a
particular programme but is of general interest,
or perhaps anecdotes from those involved in
broadcasting during the '50s. So if you have any
snippets to contribute,
please send them
classic TV video and DVD suppliers
If you have any
or further information of interest,
please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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