Armchair Nation: An intimate history of Britain in front of by Joe Moran

By Joe Moran

Yet what does your furnishings aspect at?' asks the nature Joey within the sitcom associates on listening to an acquaintance has no television. It's a great query: considering that its beginnings in the course of WW2, tv has assumed a crucial function in our homes and our lives, simply as satellite tv for pc dishes and aerials became good points of city skylines. tv (or 'the idiot's lantern', looking on your emotions approximately it) has created controversy, introduced coronations and global Cups into residing rooms, allowed us entry to 24hr information and media and supplied one thousand dialog starters. As indicates come and move in recognition, the heritage of tv indicates us how our society has changed.

Armchair Nation finds the attention-grabbing, lyrical and occasionally awesome background of television tube, from the 1st demonstration of tv via John Logie Baird (in Selfridges) to the terror and pleasure that greeted its arrival in families (some audience anxious it may possibly regulate their thoughts), the controversies of Mary Whitehouse's 'Clean Up TV' crusade and what JG Ballard thought of large Brother. through journeys down reminiscence lane with Morecambe and clever, Richard Dimbleby, David Frost, Blue Peter and Coronation road, you could flick among attention-grabbing nuggets from the unusual aspect of television: what occurred after a chimpanzee referred to as 'Fred J. Muggs' interrupted American photos of the Queen's marriage ceremony, and why extraterrestrial beings will be tuning in to The Benny Hill express.

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19 July: Muhammad Ali lights the torch at the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. 8 January: A wave of reality shows begins with the immediate popularity of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? BET is sold to Viacom for nearly $3 billion. Oxygen Network is launched. 31 May: Survivor, a reality show in which contestants are forced to live together on a remote island, makes its debut and begins the craze of reality shows in which one contestant is eliminated by other contestants each week.

ACADEMY AWARD SONGS (NBC, March 15, 1960). Nat “King” Cole was one of the popular singers performing songs that won the coveted Oscar Award for best song in this one-hour special. Others were The Four Aces, Gogi Grant, Elsa Lancaster, Kay Starr, and Tex Ritter. ADVENTURES OF MUHAMMAD ALI, THE (NBC, 1977–1978). Ali provided the voice for this animated series about a heroic character who traveled the world helping others and battling evildoers. AESOP’S FABLES (CBS, October 31, 1971). Bill Cosby starred as Aesop in this half-hour live and animated fantasy story.

The Wayne Brady Show (2002–2004) was a talk-variety series syndicated in daytime. Chappelle’s Show, mostly comedy with a bit of music, was a huge hit on Comedy Central and on DVD; it also won an Emmy nomination in 2004. Sensational news stories dominated newscasts. Among them were entertainer Michael Jackson accused of child molestation and basketball star Kobe Bryant accused of rape. LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD It is important to remember when examining television past, present, and future that it is a business first and an art in a very secondary way.

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