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1937 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1937.
January 19 –
BBC Television broadcasts The Underground Murder Mystery by J. Bissell Thomas from its London station, the first play written for television.  February 6 – The BBC Television service discontinues the
Baird system in favour of the Marconi- EMI 405 lines system. March 9 – Experimental broadcasting from Shabolovka Ulitsa television center, in Moscow (USSR).
Gilbert Seldes becomes the first television critic, with his magazine article, the "Errors of Television". Atlantic Monthly May 12 – The BBC use their
outside broadcast unit for the first time, to televise the coronation of George VI. A fragment of this broadcast is one of the earliest surviving examples of British television – filmed off-screen at home by an engineer with an 8 mm cine camera. A brief section of this footage was used in a programme during the week of the 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II, and this latter programme survives in the BBC's archives. May 14 – The BBC broadcasts a thirty-minute excerpt of
, the first known instance of a Twelfth Night Shakespeare play televised. Among the cast are Peggy Ashcroft and Greer Garson. May 15 –
RCA demonstrates projection television, with images enlarged to 8 by 10 feet, at the Institute of Radio Engineers convention. June 21 –
Wimbledon Championships ( tennis) first televised by the BBC. July 10 – High definition television with 455 lines is first shown in France at the International Exposition, Paris.
September – High definition television broadcasts are sent from a new 30 kW (peak power) transmitter below the
Eiffel Tower in Paris. November 9 –
Bell Telephone Laboratories transmits television signal of 800 kHz bandwidth on a coaxial cable laid between New York and Philadelphia. November 11 (
Armistice Day) – BBC Television devotes the evening to a broadcast of by Journey's End R. C. Sherriff (1928, set on the Western Front (World War I) in 1918), the first full-length television adaptation of a stage play. Reginald Tate plays the lead, Stanhope, a rôle he has performed extensively in the theatre.   December 31 – By this time, 2,121 television sets have been sold in England.
CBS announces their efforts to develop television broadcasts.
Television shows [ edit ]
January 11 -
Felix Silla, Italian-born actor, The Addams Family January 25 -
Gregory Sierra, actor, , Sanford and Son Barney Miller February 1 –
Garrett Morris, actor and comedian, Saturday Night Live February 2 -
Tom Smothers, comedian, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour April 1 -
Jordan Charney, actor April 19 -
Elinor Donahue, actress, Father Knows Best April 20 -
George Takei, actor, Star Trek April 22 –
Jack Nicholson, actor May 13 -
Beverly Owen, actress, The Munsters May 30 -
Deanna Lund, actress, Land of the Giants June 1 –
Morgan Freeman, actor, The Electric Company June 2 –
Sally Kellerman, actress June 3 –
Edward Winter, American actor and director (died 2001) July 2 -
Polly Holliday, actress, , Alice Flo July 6 -
Ned Beatty, actor July 12 –
Bill Cosby, actor and comedian, , Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids The Cosby Show August 8 –
Dustin Hoffman, actor October 5 -
Linda Lavin, actress, Alice November 4 -
Loretta Swit, actress, M*A*S*H November 21
December 21 –
Jane Fonda, actress December 29 –
Barbara Steele, actress
References [ edit ]
^ Fisher, David (2011-12-30). "1937". Chronomedia. Terra Media . Retrieved . 2014-01-13
^ "Televised Drama – Journey's End". . London. 1937-11-12. p. 14. The Times
^ Vahimagi, Tise (1994). British Television: An Illustrated Guide. Oxford University Press; British Film Institute. p. 8. ISBN 0-19-818336-4.