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There is an established formula for television commemoration, which can turn into a deluge of shows – but in the case of JFK and Doctor Who, the attention is justified

The position in literary history of the writers of The Chronicles of Narnia and Brave New World has always been slightly overshadowed by a morbid coincidence. Cs Lewis (1898-1963) and Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) both had the misfortune to die of natural causes on the day that President John F Kennedy was unnaturally killed, meaning that first their obituaries and then their death anniversaries have been drowned out in the media by JFK's.

At the time, it seemed equally bad luck for a fictional TV character to be born into disrupted schedules the day after Kennedy died, but, 50 years on, the schedules have impressively stretched to accommodate lavish tributes for today's 50th anniversary of JFK's end and tomorrow's marking of »

- Mark Lawson

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