Murder in the Cathedral (1936b)

UK, 7 December
broadcast live, black and white, 5:4
mono, English

A British 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 .

Plot Summary

A drama in verse detailing the last days of Thomas Becket before his at Canterbury.


Presentation by: George More O'Ferrall
Theatre Producer: E. Martin Browne
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)
Gerik R. Schjelderup (second tempter and knight)
Norman Chidgey (third tempter and knight)
E. Martin Browne (fourth tempter and knight)

See also
Murder in the Cathedral (1936a)
Murder in the Cathedral (1936c)
Theatre Parade: Murder in the Cathedral (1937)



  • Radio Times 4 December 1936 p.82 – listing
  • Radio Times 19 March 1937 p.5 – article (The Televising of Drama by George More O'Ferrall)


  • The Times 7 December 1936 p.21 – note (Broadcasting: The First Act of Julia)


  • Adventure in Vision: The First Twenty-Five Years of Television by John Swift p.50 – note
  • BBC Programme Records: 1936 pp. 287, 289