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1972 in Italian television

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List of years in Italian television

This is a list of Italian television related events from 1972.


  • January 26: The doctor Massimo Inardi, an expert in classical music, loses the title of champion of the quiz Rischiatutto. He had retained the title for eight weeks, after having gained the (by then) astronomical sum of 48.300.000 liras. Inardi, a renowned parapsychology scholar, became very popular and received the nickname of “magician” for his presumed extrasensory perception power to read the quiz's answers in the mind of the presenter Mike Bongiorno. In June, Inardi wins the final of the show.[1]
  • April 6: Beginning of broadcasts for the cable television channel Telebiella, founded by the businessman and TV director Filippo Sacchi and by the anchorman Enzo Tortora. In spite of its poor means, it is met with a wide success in the Biella district. Its example is followed by other local cable television channels in the whole Italy.[2] Another breaking in the RAI monopoly are the foreign channels (TSI1, Tv Koper-Capodistria, Antenne 2) relayed also in the internal regions of Italy by private aerials.[3]
  • August 26: RAI broadcasts in PAL color the opening ceremony of the 1972 Summer Olympics.[4] Until September 11, the games are shown in color, alternating between the PAL and SECAM systems. The German system appears to be the superior one. The expected transition of RAI to color television, wanted by the Post and Communication minister Giovanni Gioia, is however further delayed by the opposition of the Republican Party, which sees it as an incentive to consumerism. The Republican Party threatens a government crisis about the matter.[5]
  • September 20: for the Festa dell’Unità, the PCI puts into operation a cable television channel, broadcasting the events of the festival.[6]
  • December 15: the convention assigning the radio-TV services to RAI, is expected to expire after twenty years. It is extended for another year.[6]



  • Adesso musica (Now music) – music show, hosted by Vanna Brosio and Nino Fuscagni.

For children

  • La festa della mamma (Mother's day) – annual show, organized by the Institute of Antoniano.
  • Scacco al re (Check to the king) – game show, inspired to the chess, ideated by Cino Tortorella, hosted by Ettore Andenna.
  • Gulp (later Supergulp) – show of “TV comics[7]”, care of Guido De Maria and Giancarlo Governi, with characters both classical (Corto Maltese) and specially created (Nick Carter). It's the most beloved Italian show for children in the Seventies.

News and educational

Television shows



Period drama




  • Amico flauto (Flute, my friend) and Tutto è pop (Everything is pop) - musical shows, hosted, respectively, by Renzo Arbore and Vittorio Salvetti.[15]
  • Il buono e il cattivo (The good and the bad) – by Beppe Recchia, with Cochi Ponzoni (the bad) and Renato Pozzetto (the good); first great success of the comic duo, and of their demented and non-conformist humor.[16]
  • Canzonissima 1972 – presented by Pippo Baudo and Loretta Goggi, who shows her talent also as singer and moreover as impressionist, and with Vittorio Gassman as constant guest; the contest is won by Massimo Ranieri with Erba di casa mia.
  • Sai che ti dico? (You know what) – by Antonello Falqui, with Raimondo Vianello and Sandra Mondaini, and Gilbert Becaud as constant guest; it inaugurates the long series of shows at the service of the couple (in life and art) Vianello and Mondaini.
  • Gli ultimi cento secondi (Last hundred seconds) – quiz hosted by Ric and Gian.

News and educational

  • C’è musica e musica (There is music and music) – by Gianfranco Mingozzi, hosted by Luciano Berio; educational show about music, in every form (“from Monteverdi to the Beatles”).[17]
  • Nascita di una dittatura (Birth of a dictatorship) – by Sergio Zavoli; inquiry in six episodes about the coming to power of the fascism, fifty years after the march on Rome. It's today again a precious historical document for the interviews to the survivor witnesses of the events, fascist or antifascist, some of which (as Amedeo Bordiga) deceased before the airing.
  • Storie dell’emigrazione (Stories about emigration ) – by Alessandro Blasetti; historical enquiry in five episodes about Italian diaspora.[18]

Ending this year


  1. ^ "Massimo Inardi", Wikipedia (in Italian), 2019-04-15, retrieved 2019-06-18
  2. ^ Emanuelli, Massimo (2017-08-16). "TeleBiella". Massimo Emanuelli (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  3. ^ "...:: Nel 1972 il ponte televisivo piu' lungo in Italia: ben 250 km! Per la prima volta in Italia fu utilizzata la banda 5° in diffusione. Era l'inizio della televisione a colori in Italia ::..." www.radiomarconi.com. Archived from the original on 2019-09-21. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  4. ^ "TV a colori - Rosanna Vaudetti annuncia le Olimpiadi del 1972 - video - RaiPlay". Rai. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  5. ^ Unknown (25 October 2012). "Cronologia radiotelevisiva II: 1945-1975: 1969-1975". Cronologia radiotelevisiva II. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  6. ^ a b "Storia della TV (1910-1990)" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ The “TV comics” were not properly cartoons, but fixed images, animated by editing effects and with a soundtrack.
  8. ^ "Zeffirelli racconta Giotto - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  9. ^ "I Nicotera - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  10. ^ "A come Andromeda - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  11. ^ "Le avventure di Pinocchio - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  12. ^ "Joe Petrosino - Lo sceneggiato - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  13. ^ "Le donne del tenente Sheridan". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-12-19.
  14. ^ "Il giudice e il suo boia - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  15. ^ "Tutto è pop". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-09-03.
  16. ^ "Il buono e il cattivo". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  17. ^ "C'è musica e musica - RaiPlay". www.raiplay.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  18. ^ "Storie di Migranti". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2019-11-15.
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