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The BBC at 100: TV takes off in the 1950s

In the latest instalment of our series marking the BBC’s centenary, David Hendy explores the rise of television in the 1950s

Published: April 25, 2022 at 12:04 pm

In the latest episode of our monthly series marking the centenary of the BBC, media historian David Hendy speaks to Matt Elton about the rise of television during the 1950s – and how the decade saw the BBC increasingly clash with the political world.


David Hendy is the author of The BBC: A People’s History (Profile Books, 2022)


Elinor EvansDigital editor

Elinor Evans is digital editor of HistoryExtra.com. She commissions and writes history articles for the website, and regularly interviews historians for the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast


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