Ed Sullivan And The Gateway To America

To mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever Ed Sullivan Show in July 1948, comedienne Joan Rivers tells the tale of a TV phenomenon that transformed popular culture and enabled British talent to reach the biggest audience on the planet.

The programme explores how TV first captured a mass audience and how an uncharismatic host made superstars of his many guests - including The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and The Doors.

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To mark the 60th anniversary of the first ever Ed Sullivan Show in July 1948, comedienne Joan Rivers tells the tale of a TV phenomenon that transformed popular culture and enabled British talent to reach the biggest audience on the planet.

The programme explores how TV first captured a mass audience and how an uncharismatic host made superstars of his many guests - including The Beatles, Elvis, The Rolling Stones and The Doors.