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20 April 2017 tbs.pm/10774

First shown on 20 April 1984 on BBC-2, this documentary features Ludovic Kennedy looking back on the ill-fated launch night of the channel in 1964. The opening “newsreel” of the powercut is faked for the documentary, by the way, so don’t write in.

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Alan Keeling 21 April 2017 at 3:31 pm

On BBC2’s first day of broadcasting, was the Test Card (not sure which one) & Play School at 11.00, by 7pm screens were totally blank due to the obvious power cut.

Russ J Graham 21 April 2017 at 4:52 pm

No: they came on air (or didn’t) at 7.20pm. The first edition of Play School was the next morning, as planned.

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