GHANA is a small republic located in West Africa. It had been a British colony, before gaining its independence in 1957. It is a member of the British Commonwealth.
When Doctor Who screened in Ghana in 1966, the population was 7 million and licensed TV sets numbered only 1,000 (per WRTH, 1966).
TV & system
Ghana began its television service in 1954. Colour transmissions began in 1980 using the PAL colour broadcast system. In 1965 there was just one television station: Ghana Radio and Television Corporation, a government-owned broadcaster.
English is Ghana’s main language.
DOCTOR WHO IN GHANA
Ghana is the 19th country to broadcast Doctor Who (Selling Doctor Who)
Doctor Who - The Seventies records sale of "(5)" stories. Doctor Who - The Handbook identifies these as being the first five William Hartnell stories.
DWM: also identifies the same five stories.
The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints.
Stories bought and broadcast
|A||An Unearthly Child||4|
|C||Inside the Spaceship||2|
|E||The Keys of Marinus||6|
TV Station: Ghana Radio and Television Corporation GBC
The series started on Monday, 11 July 1966, screening weekly on Mondays. The timeslot was variable, ranging between 8.45pm and 9.00pm).
|← AIRDATES ...... (CLICK ICON TO GO TO TABLE SHOWING EPISODE BREAKDOWN AND AIRDATES - N/S = story title is Not Stated)|
TV listings have been obtained from the newspaper Ghana Daily Graphic.
The newspaper’s listings were very sporadic prior to July 1996, and from 22 August disappeared altogether, so only the first six episodes of Doctor Who have been identified – however we are bot sure if these foive listings are the first, in the middle of or are towards the ned of the 26 episode run.
One reason for the unceretainlty lies in the fact that the XX April 1966 issue of XXXXXXXX refers to Ghanaian fans writing to William Hartnell – so if they were doing that as early as April 1966, then the series must have been airing prior to 11 July 1966...
On that basis, the air dates between 22 August 1966 and 2 January 1967 have been assumed.
Ghana in Doctor Who
- In episode four of The Chase, the billboard outside Frankenstein’s House of Horror declares that the exhibit is part of the 1996 “Festival of Ghana”.