On This Day: The First Science-Fiction Television Program

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  1. Sandy Bratzel says:


  2. mike weber says:

    …and, of course, the title "RUR" stands for "Rossum's Universal Robots"

  3. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Shira, Karel Capek was a man. The term "sci-fi" was firsr used in 1949.

  4. Derek Johnston says:

    Actually, the BBC production was an adaptation of the whole of the narrative of "R.U.R.", just compressed into half an hour in Jan Bussell's script. It included a superimposition effect to multiply the number of robots on screen, which was commented on in the review of the piece in "The Times". And it was preceded the week before by a five-minute trailer which was, like the play, performed live from the television studio twice in one day. The second full science fiction production on the BBC was ten years later in 1948. It was produced and adapted by Jan Bussell, ran over an hour, and was a version of "R.U.R."! This one featured a certain Patrick Troughton as the lead robot …