Also in '54 Vitesse, according to Genome. Looks like it was the first live TV broadcast of the race that the BBC had shown.
Yes, I'd missed that little TV sapling in the forest of Light Programme references! At least half an hour live, covering the finish. The listing hints at possibly more, depending on the course of events in the Davis Cup tennis, I suppose.
Looking more carefully at Genome I see they also broadcast a film of the 1952 race on Saturday June 12th 1954. That had first been shown on April 6th 1953. No live TV in 1955 but according to Genome there was a film - made by Pathé - of that year's race, shown on both July 4th and August 5th.
1956 and 1957- highlights only, shown on Sunday evening.
Apparently no TV coverage 1958.
1959 - as 1956-7. 'A Sportsview Unit presentation in conjunction with Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise.'
1960 - a live report late Saturday night, including film of the start. Another report on Sunday afternoon, followed by coverage of the finish.
Probably either mine of my father's memories playing tricks but he once mentioned that we had seen some coverage of Le Mans the year "Jaguar won because of their disc brakes", presumably 1953. If so it would only be a month or so into our ownership of a television.
Maybe the film of 1952 as above? Or possibly some uncredited stuff on 'Radio Newsreel'?