Television is one of the most successful inventions of the last century, and now millions of people watch their televisions every night. People bond over popular TV shows, and for many people, television is their number one source for news.
There are some things that most people don’t know about TV.
Below we will look at 10 interesting facts about our favourite pastime.
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10 Interesting Facts About TV
One of the first-ever TV shows was called “The Television Ghost”. Broadcast in 1931, it featured an actor who played a dead person talking about his murder. Creepy!
A man once stormed onto the Dr. Who set in a mask and said nonsense words before running off, and he was never caught!
The man who invented the television, Philo T Farnsworth, didn’t allow his children to watch it!
Richard Belzer has played the character John Munch on 10 different TV shows, including The Wire, Arrested Development, and The X-Files.
According to The Telegraph, most people just dream in colour, but people who were raised watching black and white television frequently dream in black and white.
When President Kennedy died in 1963, the television networks decided to air four days of coverage of his funeral without any adverts. Over 90 per cent of Americans watched the footage, meaning that the networks lost around $100 in advertising revenue.
You may be surprised to hear that scholar Stephen Fry holds the British record for saying the F-word the most times during a live show.
At its peak, Top Gear was the most-watched British television show, with an estimated 350 million viewers in 170 countries.
There have been some controversial TV shows before, and perhaps the worst ever was a 1995 documentary called “The Dying Rooms”. The documentary films rooms that contain young children who have been left to die of starvation or thirst as at the time it was only illegal to kill a child directly, not through neglect.
The first-ever interracial kiss on American television was set to happen on Star Trek, but Nichols and Shatner purposely fluffed every take with a kiss so that the directors would have to use a take without the kiss.