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BBC’s 1st feature film on TV

BBC's 1st feature film on TV

The British Broadcasting Company, known as BBC, played a key role in British life and culture since its inception in 1922. No doubt, this oldest national broadcaster and the largest broadcaster in the world was the one to pioneer full-length feature films on TV. On 14th August 1938, BBC transmitted its first feature film on TV, The Student Of Prague (Ger 1935) starring Anton Walbrook and Dorothea Wieck. Movie businesses considered television competition and didn’t want their films to be shown on TV. But, surprisingly, BBC managed to show an MGM feature film the same year. Rumours are that the film didn’t do well at the box office and MGM was desperate to get the money back.

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