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1973 in Italian television

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List of years in Italian television

This is a list of Italian television related events of 1973.


  • 6 January: Massimo Ranieri wins Canzonissima 1972 with Erba di casa mia.
  • 24 January: the Torino tribunal authorizes Telebiella to broadcast by cable. The new-born television channel is met with a noticeable public success and, on 25 March, starts its news program. In the following months, several other cable televisions are born in Piedmont and Liguria. They associate in the FIET Cavo.[1]
  • 10 March: the Sanremo festival is won by Peppino di Capri with Un grande amore e niente più. For the first time, the show is shot in color by the RAI cameras, but only for broacast abroad. The Italian public will only be able to see the color version of this show in 2016, on RaiPlay.[2] On 9 March, the Naples-based cable television channel Telediffusione Italiana beats RAI to the draw, broadcasting in preview songs and interviews with the singers.[3]
  • 29 March: the Minister of Communication Giovanni Gioia emanates by decree the new Mail Code, confirming the RAI monopoly and outlawing the private cable channels. In May, PRI secretary Ugo La Malfa, in opposition to the decree, asks for Gioia’s resignation and retires the confidence-and-supply agreement to the Andreotti government. The event causes a cabinet crisis.  A joke says: “Andreotti fell, tripping over the Telebiella’s cable.”[1]
  • 1 June: a functionary of the Mail Police cuts and seals the Telebiella cables, applying the Gioa decree. Giuseppe Sacchi, Telebiella’s owner and leader of the cable television movement, appeals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, which acknowledges his reasons.[4]
  • 26 September: RAI broadcasts the TV drama 1870, the last leading role for Anna Magnani. In a sad coincidence, the great actress dies a few hours before the airing.
  • 2 December: because the oil crisis, the end of RAI broadcasting is set to 10.45 PM, as a measure for energy saving,[1]




  • Il Dirodorlando[6] – game show for kids, directed by Cino Tortorella, hosted by Ettore Andenna; 2 seasons.
  • Sim Salabim – show of magic, with Silvan; 2 seasons.[7]

News and educational

All three the shows are still broadcast.

Shows of the year



Period dramas


  • La porta sul buio (Door into the darkness) – series of 4 one-hour thriller, directed or supervised by Dario Argento.[14]
  • Vado a vedere il mondo, capisco tutto e torno (I go to see the world, understand everything and come back) – serial, sponsored by Alitalia, about the tour around the world of two newlyweds on their honeymoon.
  • Storie dell’anno Mille (Stories from the year 1000) – by Franco Indovina, from the Tonino Guerra’s and Luigi Malerba’s book, with Carmelo Bene and Franco Parenti; 4 episodes. A knight and two disbanded soldiers live tragicomic adventures in a grotesque middle-age; distributed two years before in a movie version.


  • Canzonissima 1973 – hosted by Pippo Baudo and Mita Medici, won by Gigliola Cinquetti with Alle porte del sole; for the first time, the traditional show of the autumn is moved from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon.
  • Dove sta Zazà? (Where Zazà is?)– by Antonello Falqui, with Gabriella Ferri and the Bagaglino troupe; history of the Italian cabaret, from the belle epoque to the Seventies.[15]
  • Formula 2 – by Eros Macchi, with Alighiero Noschese and Loretta Goggi. The show, where the two hosts can prove all their talent as impersonators, is the greatest public success of the year, with 21,800 million wieners. As Dove sta Zazà?, it’s shot in colors but aired in black and white.[16]
  • Hai visto mai? (Have you never seen? – by Enzo Trapani, with Gino Bramieri and Lola Falana.[17]
  • Il poeta e il contadino (The poet and the farmer) – with Cochi e Renato, written by Enzo Jannacci; surreal cabaret, focused on the contrast between a cynical intellectual (Cochi) and a naive man of the people (Renato).[18]
  • L’appuntamento (The appointment) – by Antonello Falqui, with Walter Chiari (coming back in television after his judiciary troubles) and Ornella Vanoni.[19]                         

News and educational

Ending this year



  1. ^ a b c Bruno, Somalvico (25 October 2012). "Cronologia radiotelevisiva II: 1945-1975: 1969-1975". Cronologia radiotelevisiva II. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  2. ^ "Sanremo inedito 1973". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  3. ^ "Storia della Radiotelevisione italiana. 1973, Napoli: Telediffusione Italiana al Festival di Sanremo insieme alla RAI | NL Newslinet.it". www.newslinet.it. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  4. ^ Emanuelli, Massimo (2017-08-16). "TeleBiella". MASSIMO EMANUELLI (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  5. ^ "Qui squadra mobile". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  6. ^ The enigmatic title cites an Ariosto’s hemistich: “Dirò d’Orlando” (I will say about Roland)
  7. ^ "Sim Salabim". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  8. ^ "Protestantesimo". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  9. ^ "Sorgente di vita". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  10. ^ "Diario di un maestro". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  11. ^ "Lungo il fiume e sull'acqua". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  12. ^ "Napoleone a Sant'Elena". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  13. ^ "Sceneggiati e Fiction 1973 - 1975 -". Rai Teche (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  14. ^ "La porta sul buio". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  15. ^ "Dove sta Zazà". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  16. ^ "Auditel Rewind - 1973". TVBlog.it. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  17. ^ "Hai visto mai?". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  18. ^ "Il poeta e il contadino". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  19. ^ "L'appuntamento". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-12-15.
  20. ^ "Pulcinella ieri e oggi". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  21. ^ "Chung Kuo, Cina". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
  22. ^ "Oceano Canada". RaiPlay (in Italian). Retrieved 2020-09-13.
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