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January 25, 1949 at 8.30pm: First screen version of H G Wells’ The Time Machine aired on the BBC

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The first visual adaptation of H G Wells’ The Time Machine was a live teleplay broadcast from Alexandra Palace at 8.30pm on January 25, 1949 by the BBC Television Service, which starred Russell Napier as the Time Traveller and Mary Donn as Weena. No recording of this live broadcast was made; the only record of the production is the script and a few black and white still photographs. A reading of the script, however, suggests that this teleplay remained fairly faithful to the book.