#On This Day – TV history

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

#OnThisDay

John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and “father” of television, was born 14 August 1888. Just think where we would be without our historical costume dramas…no Poldark on a Sunday evening, no Wolf Hall, no Gentleman Jack, no Downton Abbey, no Jamestown! Thank goodness for TV history!

But did you know that the unexpected history of TV history is actually all about: knowledge and dissemination, centralisation and bureaucracy, agenda and agency, controversy and integrity, popularisation and emotion, leather jackets and staring moodily off into the distnace – oh, ok, maybe not the last two…

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