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1966 in Italian television

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List of years in Italian television

This is a list of Italian television related events from 1966.


  • The RAI technical commission chooses, for the color telecasts, the German system PAL , preferring it to the French SECAM and the American NTSC. Nevertheless, for political and commercial reasons, the definitive choice of PAL and the effective start of the color programs will be delayed till 1977.
  • February 7.: Rai Sudtirol, the RAI channel for the German minority living in South Tyrol, begins broadcasting on the frequencies of RAI 2. Because of tensions between the Italian government and South-Tyrolean nationalists, Silvius Magnago, president of the Bolzano province, refuses to inaugurate the new channel with a greeting to the viewers.
  • December 24.: in Naples, start of the first Italian cable station, Telediffusione Italiana Telenapoli. It broadcasts advertising announcements to television sets placed in supermarkets and public places.[1]
  • According to a Radiocorriere’s poll, the best shows of the year for the critics are Le inchieste del commissario Maigret, Francesco d’Assisi and Per Firenze. The audience votes instead choose the matches of the 1966 FIFA Worl cup, the film I Confess (broadcast as a tribute to the Montgomery Clift's death) and Dario Niccodemi's plays La nemica and La maestrina.[2]



  • Settevoci (seven voices) – four seasons, This mix of quiz and music show, originally thought as a filler for the Sunday afternoon, gets a huge success and leads to popularity the novice host Pippo Baudo and many young singers.
  • National Trophy Rapallo Davoli – six seasons. Musical contest, reserved to singers and groups of beat music.

Actualities and documentaries

  • Orizzonti della scienza e della tecnica (Science and technique horizons) – seven seasons, show of popular science.

Television shows


  • La fantarca (The fantastic ark) – by Vittorio Cottafavi; libretto by Giuseppe Berto (from his novel); music by Roman Vlad. It's a rare example of opera realized expressly for the television. The legend of the Noah's ark is transposed into a dystopic future, but leaving a lot of space for humor and satire.




  • Camera 22– cabaret. The brothers Raffaele and Mario Pisu (an entertainer and a serious stage actor) ironize about their different careers.
  • I due nel sacco (The two in the bag) – variety show with Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.
  • Il signore ha suonato? (Has sir rang?) – variety show with Gino Bramieri.
  • Tigre contro tigre (Tiger vs. Tiger) – variety show, about the rivalry between cinema and television, with Gino Bramieri and Marisa Del Frate.
  • Johnny sera (Evening Johnny) – variety with Johnny Dorelli. The showman plays the clumsy thief Dorellik, a Diabolik's parody,
  • Scala reale (Royal flush) – name of the 1966 edition of Canzonissima, won by Claudio Villa with Granada. Peppino De Filippo playing the muddler Pappagone in some farcical sketches, conquers the public, notwithstanding the slating of the critics.
  • Io, Gigliola (I, Gigliola) – in 3 episodes; by Silviero Blasi, with Gigliola Cinquetti.[6]
  • Incontro con Luigi Tenco (Meeting with Luigi Tenco). Few months before his suicide, the song singer-writer discusses about music and society with an audience of young people and with the friends Lucio Dalla and Ornella Vanoni.[7]
  • Giochi in famiglia (Family games) – quiz, hosted by Mike Bongiorno; the competitors are entire families rather than single persons.
  • Giocagiò – show for baby, Italian version of the English show Playschool


Actualities and documentaries

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See also


  1. ^ "Storia della radiotelevisione privata italiana. Napoli, 1966: Pietrangelo Gregorio fonda Telediffusione Italiana | NL Newslinet.it". www.newslinet.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  2. ^ "TV' 66". Radiocorriere TV: 18–21. 25–31 December 1966.
  3. ^ "Il conte di Montecristo - Lo sceneggiato - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  4. ^ "La TV di Liliana Cavani. Un romanzo di formazione - S2020/21E10 - Francesco d'Assisi - Video". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-12-07.
  5. ^ "Sceneggiati e Fiction 1965 - 1970 -". Rai Teche (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  6. ^ "Io, Gigliola - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  7. ^ "Incontro con Luigi Tenco - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  8. ^ "Varietà 1966 - 1967". Rai Teche (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  9. ^ The whole documentary and other witnesses about the disaster from the RAI archives are in Firenze - 4 novembre 1966, on RaiPlay.
  10. ^ "Giorgio Strehler - Il mestiere del teatro". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-08-20.
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