Newscast from the Past

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PBS (ended 1984)

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Welcome to the Newscast from the Past guide at TV Tome. Fifteen years after Michael Palin and Terry Jones put out The Complete and Utter History of Britain for LWT, Gary Witt rediscovered this humorous concept and made it his own with Newscast from the Past. True, The Complete and Utter History of Britain was devised purely as a humor program with no educational intent. Gary Witt, however, saw the incredible potential of the format Terry Jones and Michael Palin had devised. Newscast from the Past was a mock news broadcast covering historical events from various points in a century. Every aspect of an actual newscast was in place, including field reports, anchor stories, debates, and commercials. Always the program began with this disclaimer: "While the events in this program did not occur simultaneously, mnost were contemporary." This was a method to educate a world fifteen years removed from The Complete and Utter History of Britain. The success of Newscast from the Past within schools was significant enough that Gary Witt and PBS tried their hand at a prime-time version of the same concept. The result was the brilliant, but troubled Timeline. Newscast from the Past was produced by the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council station KLRN/San Antonio and the Newscast Company with grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Humanities, Meadows Corporation, and Texas Council for the Humanities ©1984 Newscast Company. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless
Henry A. Anderson

Henry A. Anderson

Richard of Essex [Episodes 1-3 and 6]

Mary Sit

Mary Sit

Wen Chi [Episodes 1, 4-5]

Richard Goodman (II)

Richard Goodman (II)

Robert of Fairfield

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