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Ally Pally 80 years of TV

Celebrate 80 years since the first TV broadcast at Ally Pally tonight


Calling all telly-lovers! If you can bear to drag yourself off the sofa and away from the box this evening, Ally Pally is celebrating 80 years since the very first television broadcast – and you can still get your hands on tickets. 

The north-London landmark was responsible for the first ever television broadcast on November 2 1936. At 3pm that day the BBC Television Service launched and broadcast to just a few hundred viewers. Things kicked off with a speech from BBC chairman Mr RC Norman followed by a performance from West End star Adele Dixon. Not quite an episode of 'Stranger Things', but hey. 

Tonight's event will see comedy troupe Do Not Adjust Your Stage perform a night of improv shows inspired by TED talks about the history of television. Ticket-holders also get a 1930s-style cocktail and canapes on arrival. 

Tickets to the 80th Anniversary of Broadcast Television at Alexandra Palace are £25. More tickets are available on the door.

In other news, 'The Crown' star Matt Smith reckons there was equal pressure playing Doctor Who and Prince Phillip

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