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The search for TV's first interracial kiss and why it matters
This is the story behind the BFI's news today that it may have found the earliest TV interracial kiss. Though in response there are already suggestions that it may not be the first. A few months ago the team behind It Was Alright In the 60s found the 1964 episode of Emergency Ward Ten in which a rather touching love story between two doctors featured a beautiful kiss. They interviewed Joan Hooley, who got sacked as a result of the outrage generated. Her character got sent to Africa and bitten by a snake. Yes. Actually that. You can watch the episode on 4OD and listen to her talk about it on the BBC World Service here. I suggested to the BFI we should show the clip in a panel discussion I'm chairing on race and romance as part of their Love season. Especially as this episode seemed to be the earliest interracial kiss on TV anywhere, as found by series producer Simon Harries and series editor Adam McLean. And not a forced performance for degenerate aliens -- the much cited but