Do you remember You in Your Small Corner? First broadcast on ITV in June 1962? No, me neither. But apparently this is believed to be the world’s earliest known, surviving inter-racial kiss on TV. The episode hasn’t been seen on TV since the first broadcast.
The BFI discovered the show at their National Archive whilst researching a panel discussion at the BFI Southbank (Tuesday 24th Novermber) on Race and Romance on television as part of the BFI’s LOVE season. Audiences on the 24th will see the kiss.
You in Your Small Corner was a Granada TV play of the week and an adaptation of a play by Jamaican-born Barry Reckord and was originally staged at the Royal Court. Brother of the playright, Lloyd Reckord, kisses actress Elizabeth MacLennan during the show which is thought to predate all other known examples and is one of several intimate exchanges between the two leading players.