Wide Wide World (1955–1958)

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Using 40 cameras and 12 mobile vans, this live Sunday afternoon programme broadcast events in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. The show alternated with other programs during its run... See full summary »

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1958   1957   1956  
Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Dave Garroway ...
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Using 40 cameras and 12 mobile vans, this live Sunday afternoon programme broadcast events in North America, the Caribbean and Europe. The show alternated with other programs during its run. Among it's many segments were live broadcasts from Havana, Cuba, Bimini, London and the first live shots of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Written by Anonymous

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16 October 1955 (USA)  »

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A priceless time capsule
14 July 2006 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Along with Omnibus, one of the gems of TV's Golden Age. Pat Weaver (Sigorney's dad), the pioneer who invented the Today Show, plucked its host Dave Garroway to host this weekly Sunday special. As the description says, NBC made available crews to span the continent in search of interesting subjects and venues - live of course. The result, irreplaceable documents of America, it's culture, society and landscape (pre-interstate-highway). It also waxed philosophical, with Garroway's signature "Peace" preceded by the opening lines of Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Renascence" - probably over the heads of today's audience, dumbed down by a medium which during Wide Wide World's era sought to edify its audience rather than corrupt it.

The originals were superb quality; unfortunately, in those pre-tape days live broadcasts were recorded by the dreadful kinescope process, which consisted of a film camera pointing at a TV monitor. Nevertheless, even in this degraded form, a show like Wide Wide World (and Omnibus) highly deserves distribution. It's not only a priceless artifact in its own right but a wonderful document of an era.


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