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Published on May 14, 2009
Television Comes To London was first shown on the opening night of the BBC Television Service, 2nd November 1936.
It was shot by Bill Barbrook, the film assistant', and showed activity behind the scenes in the year running up to the launch - including footage of the mast being erected on the south east tower at Alexandra Palace. It was edited down to 15 minutes, set to an excerpt from Dvorak's New World Symphony, and transmitted through a telecine machine.