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On 2nd April 1938, the '''''90th Boat Race''''' commenced. Pitting crews from the University of Oxford and Cambridge in a rowing race along the River Thames, this event was the first ever televised Boat Race, a trend that continues to the present day.
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On April 2nd, 1938, '''the ''90th Boat Race'' commenced'''. Pitting crews from the University of Oxford and Cambridge in a rowing race along the River Thames, this event was the first-ever televised Boat Race, a trend that continues to the present day.
  
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
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Meanwhile, the BBC were seeking to televise various sports, including rugby, football and test cricket, for its relatively new Television Service.<ref>[https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/sport/19032021-rugby-tv-debut-calcutta-cup-televised-83-years-on/#:~:text=On%20March%2019th%201938%2C%2083,Toft's%20English%20side%2021%2D16. ''SW Londoner'' article discussing the BBC's efforts to televise sports, including The Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> Among them was the 90th Boat Race, the BBC having already succeeded in covering the Boat Race via radio since 1927. The BBC had previously broadcast a programme for the 89th Boat Race, but this featured no footage of the race. Rather, discussion from John Snagge and Tom Brocklebank, as well as film extracts of previous races and models showing where the competitors were, dominated the television screen.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?order=asc&q=boat+race&svc=9371533#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing the 1937 and 1938 Boat Race television coverage, and ''Rowing Blues''.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref><ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/98b374495385473badb46953eb8b6696 Issue 703 of ''Radio Times'', listing the 1937 Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> The BBC's subsequent broadcast of the Boat Race would feature live footage, including seeing the competitors cross the line.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/17e89bc6bf504532aa12cc89760f8e79 Issue 756 of ''Radio Times'', listing the coverage of the 1938 Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref>
 
Meanwhile, the BBC were seeking to televise various sports, including rugby, football and test cricket, for its relatively new Television Service.<ref>[https://www.swlondoner.co.uk/sport/19032021-rugby-tv-debut-calcutta-cup-televised-83-years-on/#:~:text=On%20March%2019th%201938%2C%2083,Toft's%20English%20side%2021%2D16. ''SW Londoner'' article discussing the BBC's efforts to televise sports, including The Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> Among them was the 90th Boat Race, the BBC having already succeeded in covering the Boat Race via radio since 1927. The BBC had previously broadcast a programme for the 89th Boat Race, but this featured no footage of the race. Rather, discussion from John Snagge and Tom Brocklebank, as well as film extracts of previous races and models showing where the competitors were, dominated the television screen.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?order=asc&q=boat+race&svc=9371533#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing the 1937 and 1938 Boat Race television coverage, and ''Rowing Blues''.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref><ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/98b374495385473badb46953eb8b6696 Issue 703 of ''Radio Times'', listing the 1937 Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> The BBC's subsequent broadcast of the Boat Race would feature live footage, including seeing the competitors cross the line.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/17e89bc6bf504532aa12cc89760f8e79 Issue 756 of ''Radio Times'', listing the coverage of the 1938 Boat Race.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref>
  
Financial and technical limitations meant that coverage was limited. Particularly, cameras were only situated at the finish line at Chiswick Bridge, and the boat house. Additionally, commentary was provided by Snagge, who also did radio coverage simultaneously, and race progress was covered through a chart.<ref>[https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/anniversaries/april/boat-race-first-televised ''History of the BBC'' anniversary documenting the first televised Boat Race, and the broadcast limitations.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> Nevertheless, the broadcast was deemed a major success. Indeed, the television correspondent for ''The Observer'' stated it was so successful and informative that even the viewers knew more about the race than the umpire. Oxford went on to win by a margin of 2 lengths. The day after the race, the BBC broadcast a programme called ''Rowing Blues'', where Philip Dorte would review the races from 1929 to 1938.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/0732678f1531430d950fb2cf2ebad85f Issue 757 of ''Radio Times'', listing ''Rowing Blues''.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref>
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Financial and technical limitations meant that coverage was limited. Particularly, cameras were only situated at the finish line at Chiswick Bridge, and the boathouse. Additionally, the commentary was provided by Snagge, who also did radio coverage simultaneously, and race progress was covered through a chart.<ref>[https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/anniversaries/april/boat-race-first-televised ''History of the BBC'' anniversary documenting the first televised Boat Race, and the broadcast limitations.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref> Nevertheless, the broadcast was deemed a major success. Indeed, the television correspondent for ''The Observer'' stated it was so successful and informative that even the viewers knew more about the race than the umpire. Oxford went on to win by a margin of 2 lengths. The day after the race, the BBC broadcast a programme called ''Rowing Blues'', where Philip Dorte would review the races from 1929 to 1938.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/0732678f1531430d950fb2cf2ebad85f Issue 757 of ''Radio Times'', listing ''Rowing Blues''.] Retrieved 10 May '21</ref>
  
 
==Availability==
 
==Availability==
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==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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===Images===
 
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File:Theboatrace19382.jpg|The Oxford crew posing for the camera.
 
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File:Theboatrace19385.png|Same ''Radio Times'' issue listing the event.
 
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==See Also==
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===Early BBC Sports Television===
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*[[1931 Epsom Derby (lost televised footage of horse racing event; 1931)]]
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*[[1937 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1937)]]
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*[[1937 International Imperial Trophy Race (lost footage of motor race; 1937)]]
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*[[1937 Wimbledon Championships (partially found footage of tennis tournament; 1937)]]
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*[[1938 Ashes Series (partially found footage of international test cricket match; 1938)]]
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*[[1938 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1938)]]
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*[[1939 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1939)]]
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*[[1947 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1947)]]
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*[[1953 British Grand Prix (partially found footage of Formula One race; 1953)]]
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*[[1955 Scottish Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1955)]]
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*[[Archery (lost early televised toxophily; 1937-1938)]]
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*[[Arsenal 7-1 Hibernian (lost footage of charity football match; 1952)]]
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*[[Arsenal vs Arsenal Reserves (lost footage of early BBC televised football match; 1937)]]
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*[[Barnet 3-2 Wealdstone (lost footage of Athenian League football match; 1946)]]
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*[[Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling (lost early BBC televised professional wrestling matches; 1938-1939; 1946-1947)]]
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*[[Charlton Athletic 1-0 Blackburn Rovers (lost footage of FA Cup match; 1947)]]
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*[[Darts and Shove Ha'penny (lost early BBC televised darts matches; 1936-1939)]]
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*[[England 0-1 Scotland (partially found international football match; 1938)]]
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*[[England 1-1 Scotland (partially found footage of international football match; 1947)]]
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*[[England 16-21 Scotland (partially found footage of rugby match; 1938)]]
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*[[England 3-0 France (partially found footage of international football match; 1947)]]
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*[[England 3-0 Rest of Europe (partially found footage of international football match; 1938)]]
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*[[Falkirk 3-2 Newcastle United (lost footage of football match; 1953)]]
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*[[Horace Lindrum vs Willie Smith (lost footage of televised snooker; 1937)]]
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*[[Scottish Universities 1-1 English Universities (lost footage of international football match; 1952)]]
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*[[Woods and Jack (lost early televised lawn bowls; 1937; 1946)]]
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===Early BBC Television===
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*[[Alexandra Palace's wartime television demonstrations (lost footage of private television transmissions; 1943, 1945)]]
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*[[An Inspector Calls (lost television adaptation of play; 1948)]]
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*[[Ann and Harold (lost early BBC drama television series; 1938)]]
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*[[BBC Election Night (lost coverage of British general elections; 1950-1951)]]
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*[[The Care of Your Car (lost early BBC motoring show; 1947)]]
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*[[Cook's Night Out (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)]]
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*[[Craftsmen at Work (lost early BBC documentary show; 1938, 1946)]]
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*[[Dish of the Month (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)]]
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*[[First Aid (lost early BBC medical show; 1937)]]
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*[[Foundations of Cookery (lost early BBC cooking show; 1939)]]
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*[[Marcel Boulestin television shorts (lost early BBC programs; 1937-1939)]]
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*[[Masks through the Ages (lost early BBC history talk show; 1937)]]
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*[[Opening of the BBC Television Service (partially found coverage of inaugural day of high-definition television service; 1936)]]
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*[[The Orchestra and its Instruments (lost early BBC music talk show; 1937)]]
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*[[RCA recording of BBC Television Service (found footage of pre-Second World War BBC television broadcast; 1938)]]
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*[[Sea Stories (lost early BBC talk show; 1936-1937)]]
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*[[Spelling Bee (lost early BBC game show; 1938)]]
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*[[Telecrime (lost early BBC crime drama; 1938-1939; 1946)]]
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*[[The Wasp's Nest (lost early BBC television adaptation of Agatha Christie short story; 1937)]]
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*[[Weaponless Self-Defence (lost early ju-jitsu television program; 1936-1937)]]
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*[[The World of Women (lost early BBC talk show; 1937)]]
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===Early Sports Television Media===
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*[[1934 Philo T. Farnsworth broadcasts (lost early television demonstrations; 1934)]]
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*[[1936 Summer Olympics (lost television coverage of Berlin Games; 1936)]]
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*[[1938 Pennsylvania Quakers football season (lost early televised college football games; 1938)]]
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*[[1960 Daytona Races (lost CBS and NBC televised footage of NASCAR prelude events to Daytona 500; 1960)]]
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*[[Bill Longson vs Whipper Billy Watson (lost footage of professional wrestling match; 1947)]]
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*[[Brooklyn Dodgers 2-5 6-1 Cincinnati Reds (lost footage of MLB doubleheader; 1939)]]
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*[[Brooklyn Dodgers 23-14 Philadelphia Eagles (lost footage of NFL game; 1939)]]
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*[[Columbia Lions 1-2 Princeton Tigers (partially found footage of college baseball game; 1939)]]
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*[[Fordham Rams 34-7 Waynesburg Yellow Jackets (lost footage of college football game; 1939)]]
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*[[Indianapolis 500 WFBM-TV Broadcasts (lost racing footage; 1949-1950)]]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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[[Category:Historic|Boat Race 1938]]

Latest revision as of 15:51, 26 February 2022

Theboatrace19381.jpg

BBC camera pointed towards the boats.

Status: Partially Found

On April 2nd, 1938, the 90th Boat Race commenced. Pitting crews from the University of Oxford and Cambridge in a rowing race along the River Thames, this event was the first-ever televised Boat Race, a trend that continues to the present day.

Background[edit | edit source]

The Boat Race is a rowing event first established in 1829, eventually becoming an annual event being held on the River Thames between Oxford and Cambridge University since 1856.[1] It is a type of side-by-side rowing competition, whereby crews start concurrently at the same position.[2] By the time The Boat Race 1938 commenced, Cambridge had won 47 races to Oxford's 41. However, Oxford were the defending champions, having won the 1937 event.[3] Oxford were also deemed the favourites heading into the event.[4]

Meanwhile, the BBC were seeking to televise various sports, including rugby, football and test cricket, for its relatively new Television Service.[5] Among them was the 90th Boat Race, the BBC having already succeeded in covering the Boat Race via radio since 1927. The BBC had previously broadcast a programme for the 89th Boat Race, but this featured no footage of the race. Rather, discussion from John Snagge and Tom Brocklebank, as well as film extracts of previous races and models showing where the competitors were, dominated the television screen.[6][7] The BBC's subsequent broadcast of the Boat Race would feature live footage, including seeing the competitors cross the line.[8]

Financial and technical limitations meant that coverage was limited. Particularly, cameras were only situated at the finish line at Chiswick Bridge, and the boathouse. Additionally, the commentary was provided by Snagge, who also did radio coverage simultaneously, and race progress was covered through a chart.[9] Nevertheless, the broadcast was deemed a major success. Indeed, the television correspondent for The Observer stated it was so successful and informative that even the viewers knew more about the race than the umpire. Oxford went on to win by a margin of 2 lengths. The day after the race, the BBC broadcast a programme called Rowing Blues, where Philip Dorte would review the races from 1929 to 1938.[10]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Like other early BBC television broadcasts, the 90th Boat Race was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, televised footage of the event is now permanently missing. Photos of the BBC camera pointing towards the boats, and the Oxford crew posing for the camera, are all that remains of the broadcast. Nevertheless, the race itself is not fully lost, with a British Pathé recording providing a few minutes of footage that is publicly accessible. All footage of the 1937 broadcast, and Rowing Blues, are also lost forever.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Footage of the event from British Pathé.


Images[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Early BBC Sports Television[edit | edit source]

Early BBC Television[edit | edit source]

Early Sports Television Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]