The Orchestra and Its Instruments

The Orchestra and Its Instruments was a British television programme that aired in 1937 on the BBC. It was one of the earliest documentary series produced for British television.

The Orchestra debuted on 5 January, 1937,[1] hosted by Philip Thornton. The series discussed the different instruments of a symphony orchestra. It aired in a 20-minute time-slot.

The series is lost, as it aired live, and methods to record live television did not exist until late 1947, and were used very rarely by the BBC until the mid-1950s.


  1. ^ "Radio Times 1923 - 2009, Listings". BBC. Retrieved 10 October 2016.

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