For the American TV schedule, see: 1968-69 American network television schedule.
1968 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 1968. Events [edit ] January 20 – Houston defeats UCLA 71-69 at the Houston Astrodome in what is billed as "The Game of the Century"; the first prime-time national broadcast of men's college basketball January 27 – The Lennon Sisters make their final appearance on . The Lawrence Welk Show February 6 - The Xth Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France are the first Olympics to be fully broadcast in color for the U.S. market by ABC. April 2 – British singer Petula Clark appears on a US television special on NBC with Harry Belafonte as a guest. An innocent, affectionate gesture between the two during a song (Clark touched Belafonte on the arm) prompts concern from the show's sponsor ( Chrysler Corporation) due to the difference in their races. April 4 – James Brown appears on national television in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. April 6 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1968 is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the first to be televised in colour. May 2 – The Israel Broadcasting Authority commences television broadcasts. May 4 – Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show . Hopkin catches the attention of model Opportunity Knocks Twiggy, who recommends her to Beatle Paul McCartney. McCartney soon signs Hopkin to Apple Records. May 20 – Harlech (which will become HTV in 1970) starts its dual service for Wales and the West Country, replacing the interim ITSWW, which had replaced TWW. June 2 – The first cricket match to be televised in colour by the BBC, Surrey v International Cavaliers held at Cheam Cricket Club Ground. The game attracted 8,000 people. October 14 – First live television broadcast from a spacecraft in orbit, during the Apollo 7 mission. There were six broadcasts during the eleven-day mission. October 21 – 25 – Joan Crawford makes a guest appearance for five episodes on the soap opera filling in for her ailing daughter, The Secret Storm, Christina. However, Joan slurs her lines and is obviously intoxicated during the tapings. November 17 – NBC breaks away from a pro football game to air a TV movie adaptation of , sparking furious protest. After the break away, the Heidi Oakland Raiders scored two touchdowns to defeat the New York Jets, in the final minute of play. November 22 – William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols share the first interracial kiss on US television in the episode " Star Trek Plato's Stepchildren". December 3 – Elvis Presley's airs on NBC, followed by a '68 Comeback Special Brigitte Bardot special. December 24 – Apollo 8 broadcasts to the Earth, relaying a report that there is a Santa Claus and reading a passage from the Book of Genesis. Also in 1968 Rosemary Prinz, one of the first big soap opera stars, leaves in a less-than-amicable departure. As the World Turns Nearly 200 million households now own television sets, 78 million of which are in the US. and The Guiding Light expand to 30 minutes. Search for Tomorrow The last round screen color TV sets are produced by all American manufacturers. Programs/Programmes [edit ] (1952–1989) American Bandstand (1964–1999) Another World (1956–2010) As the World Turns (1964–1972) Bewitched (UK) (1958–present) Blue Peter (1959–1973) Bonanza (1949–present) Bozo the Clown (1948–present) Candid Camera (1955–1984) Captain Kangaroo (UK) (1949–1995) Come Dancing (UK) (1960–present) Coronation Street (UK) (1964–1988, 2001–2003) Crossroads (1964–1970) Daniel Boone (1966–1971) Dark Shadows (1965–present) Days of our Lives (UK) (1955–1976) Dixon of Dock Green (1967–1969) Do Not Adjust Your Set (UK) (1963–1989, 1996, 2005–present) Doctor Who (1954–present) Face the Nation (1966–1971) Family Affair (Australia) (1961–present) Four Corners (1963–present) General Hospital (1965–1970) Get Smart (1964–1970) Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (UK) (1958–2007) Grandstand (1965–1971) Green Acres (1955–1975) Gunsmoke (1951–present) Hallmark Hall of Fame " Here's Lucy' (1968–1974) (1965–1971) Hogan's Heroes (1965–1970) I Dream of Jeannie (1967–1975) Ironside (1961–present) It's Academic (1964–1975, 1984–present) Jeopardy! (1967–1973) Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1951–1980) Love of Life (1967–1975) Mannix (1962–1969, 1973–1984, 1990–1991, 1998–1999) Match Game (1947–present) Meet the Press (1966–1973) Mission: Impossible (1960–1972) My Three Sons Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978) (UK) (1953–present) Panorama (1963–1970) Petticoat Junction (1964–1969) Peyton Place (1966–present) Play School (1951–1986) Search for Tomorrow (1967–1970) Spider-Man (1966–1969) Star Trek (1966–1971) That Girl (1960–1971, became The Andy Griffith Show Mayberry RFD on September 23 of this year) (UK) (1961–1969) The Avengers (1962–1971) The Beverly Hillbillies (1967–1978) The Carol Burnett Show (1965–1974) The Dean Martin Show (1963–1982) The Doctors (1948–1971) The Ed Sullivan Show (1956–1984) The Edge of Night (1967–1970) The Flying Nun (UK) (1953–1983) The Good Old Days (1952–2009) The Guiding Light (1952–1970) The Honeymooners (Ireland) (1962–present) The Late Late Show (1955–1982) The Lawrence Welk Show (1962–1968) The Lucy Show (1961–1981) The Mike Douglas Show (UK) (1966–present) The Money Programme (1967–1969) The Mothers-in-Law (1966–1974) The Newlywed Game (UK) (1962–1969) The Saint (1954–1974) The Secret Storm (UK) (1957–present) The Sky at Night (1967–1969) The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1952–present) The Today Show ( The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962– 1992) (UK) (1964–1970) The Wednesday Play (UK) (1955–2003) This Is Your Life (1965–1972, 1975–1977, 1980–1982) Tom and Jerry (UK) (1964–2006) Top of the Pops (1950–1988) Truth or Consequences (1961 – July 1971) Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (UK) (1956–present) What the Papers Say (UK) (1965–1985) World of Sport (UK) (1962–1978) Z-Cars Debuts [edit ] Ending this year [edit ] Births [edit ] Deaths [edit ]