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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.


Country Number (19?) 1966? FIRST WAVE
Region Africa Commonwealth
Television commenced 1965
Colour System 1980 PAL
Population 1966 7 million
TV Sets 1966 1,000
Language/s English

Television Stations / Channels

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:


We are not certain when Doctor Who commenced on GTV, but Ghana was – we think – the 19th country (the sixth in Africa) to broadcast Doctor Who (Selling Doctor Who)

BBC Records

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.

Stories bought and broadcast

"Dr Who", 1 August 1966

Five stories, 26 episodes:

A An Unearthly Child 4
B The Daleks 7
C Inside the Spaceship 2
D Marco Polo 7
E The Keys of Marinus 6

Ghana therefore bought just the first Group of William Hartnell stories. (Bermuda and Canada were two other countries to 'drop' the series after the first five stories.)

The programme was supplied as 16mm black and white film prints.


The first known Ghanaian airdate for Doctor Who was on Monday, 11 July 1966, at 9.30pm. The subsequent timeslots varied between 8.45pm and 9.00pm. The last listed episode was on 15 August 1966.

BUT - it is not known whether these dates are at the beginning, the middle or the end of the 26 episode run. If they were the first, and the series aired without a break, then it ended in early 1967. If it is at the end of the run, then the series could have commenced in late December 1965...

TV listings

"Dr Who", 1 July 1966
Airdates in Ghana

TV listings have been obtained from the newspaper Ghana Daily Graphic.

The newspaper listings were very sporadic prior to July 1966, and from 22 August disappeared altogether, so only six episodes of Doctor Who have been identified – however we are not sure if these five listings are the first, in the middle of, or towards the end of the 26 episode run.

The newspapers for the four weeks prior to 11 July are held, but on 13 June, the timeslot is taken with a sport coverage; for both 20 and 27 June, the listings stop at 7.30pm. And 4 July was missing.

But the main reason for our uncertainty with the start date lies in the fact that the 26 April 1966 Daily Mirror interview with William Hartnell ("Oh, the Agony of being Dr Who"), says "Canadians, Maltese and Ghanaians all send him fan-mail..." So, if they were writing to him as early as April 1966, then the series must have started long before 11 July 1966...

Of course, the 26 episodes could have aired in two parts – the first half (13 episodes?) in late 1965 / early 1966, and the second half by July 1966.

On that basis, our Airdates table is noted accordingly.

(See Peter Haining's Doctor Who – The Key to Time for the text from The Daily Mail article.)

Ghana in Doctor Who

  • In episode four of The Chase, the box office outside the Frankenstein’s House of Horror exhibit declares that it is part of the 1996 "Festival of Ghana".