Television in 1949

Television in 1949 was still in its infancy and there was only the one channel and that broadcast for approximately three hours a day.

On Sundays there were programmes from 5-6pm for children primarily including the strand “For The Children” featured Muffin the Mule and then in the evening around 8-8.30 they had an original play each Sunday which was repeated the following Thursday evening, and then a news broadcast between 10 and 10-.30. However this was sound only

Throughout the week programming began at 3pm with an hour for younger viewers, or for woman, and saw such things as short films, cartoons, puppet shows, demonstration programmes such as “Making a blouse”, “The Home Toolbox where Joan Cooper shows the tools she keeps at home and explains how she uses them”, cookery programs, a programme strand called “For The Housewife”, and “Designed for Women.”

I guess back in those days the men were expected to be in work with the women and the children being the only ones at home, even if that probably was not always the case.

In the weekday evenings programming began around 8.15pm to 8.30pm. These programms were a mixture of entertainment for the adults including musical review shows, documentary programmes, talks, sports programmes from amateur boxing, ice hockey, regular strands such as Picture Page broadcast on a Wednesday evening, a play usually on a Tuesday and ocassionally operas and ballets.

On Saturdays they started at around 2.40 for football in the season, rugby, racing, cricket, tennis and returned at 8.30pm for musical entertainment and original series or serials.

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