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The Black and White Minstrel Show 

Sing-along variety show with black-face performers.

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George Inns
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The Mitchell Minstrels The Mitchell Minstrels ...  Themselves - Performers 178 episodes, 1958-1978
The Television Toppers The Television Toppers ...  Themselves - Performers 178 episodes, 1958-1978
Dai Francis Dai Francis ...  Minstrel 136 episodes, 1959-1978
John Boulter John Boulter ...  Minstrel 121 episodes, 1959-1971
Margaret Savage Margaret Savage ...  Self 112 episodes, 1963-1978
Tony Mercer Tony Mercer ...  Minstrel 103 episodes, 1959-1969
Les Rawlings Les Rawlings ...  Minstrel 93 episodes, 1966-1978
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Sing-along variety show with black-face performers.

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UK

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English

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14 June 1958 (UK) See more »

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Black and White (1958-1967)| Color (1967-1978)
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Referenced in The Young Ones: Flood (1982) See more »

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Black & White Minstrel Show.
23 February 2006 | by faplockSee all my reviews

The Black and White Minstrel show may well have been hated and considered racist by the "liberal thinking elite" but there were 55 million people in this country during its near 30 years run and the vast majority of those that had TVs enjoyed it immensely (It began in 1957, so not everyone had a TV). It was always entertaining. It neither set out to be, nor was, racist. It simply copied that which started in America (probably in the speakeasies) where black singers entertained the customers. They were very popular there from prohibition onwards and when the BBC imported the idea to Britain they naturally "blacked up" to copy the genre more closely because they could not get famous black singers, after all, there weren't that many blacks in this country at the time. Don't forget, Al Jolson was white and loved equally by both blacks and whites - not because he "blacked up" but because he had a wonderful voice. Similarly, the BBC's Black and White Minstrel Show had singers with good voices. It may be off the air now but that is more because "variety acts" are out of favour generally than because the B&WMS was racist.


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