UK, 19 October 1936
broadcast live, black and white, 5:4
Series: Theatre Parade (1936-1938)
A British fantasy television play. It was the first of four live presentation of the same performance from three different London theatres. Though presented live, all four presentations employed early superimposition techniques to represent ghosts. This broadcast was the first drama produced by BBC television.
A drama in verse detailing the last days of Thomas Becket before his murder in the cathedral at Canterbury.
Presentation by: George More O'Ferrall
Play Produced by: E. Martin Browne
Poem: T.S. Eliot
From the Duchess Theatre (by arrangement with J. P. Mitchelhill)
Robert Speaight (Thomas Beckett)
Guy Spaull (first tempter and knight)
G.R. Schjelderup (second tempter and knight)
Norman Chidgey (third tempter and knight)
E. Martin Browne (fourth tempter and knight)