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1968: Most Shocking Moments airs Saturday 17 February on Channel 5



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Channel 5 is set to broadcast a brand new episode in its “Most Shocking” series, this time it is “1968: Most Shocking Moments” on Saturday, 17 February 2024, at 10:20 PM. The episode delves into the tumultuous events that characterized 1968, often dubbed the “Year of Revolution,” offering viewers an in-depth look at the controversies that shaped this pivotal year.

The narrative of 1968 is painted with vivid historical brushstrokes as viewers are transported back to witness key moments that defined the era. The Beatles, icons of the time, navigate through both commercial endeavours like the ill-fated Apple Boutique and spiritual explorations during their trip to India to meditate with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The spectre of unrest loomed large over various parts of the world in 1968. From violent protests in France, Czechoslovakia, and the US to similar upheavals reaching British shores with incidents such as the Grosvenor Square riot born from a peaceful demonstration against the Vietnam War.

The annals of history also record significant milestones in technology and culture from that year. Notable developments include increased street safety with the advent of portable breathalysers and law enforcement’s crackdown on criminal elements such as the notorious Kray twins. In sports, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a powerful statement against prejudice at the Mexico Olympics—a bold act now celebrated for its courage and impact.


Cinematic contributions marked by Mel Brooks’ audacious arrival with “The Producers” and Mia Farrow’s chilling portrayal in “Rosemary’s Baby” underscored shifts in cultural narratives. Furthermore, theater saw its own evolution exemplified by “Hair,” a revolutionary production necessitating legal changes before its debut due to its provocative content.

Television was not devoid of controversy either—events like “The Prisoner’s” confounding finale incited passionate reactions while characters like Alf Garnett stirred debates about societal norms. A groundbreaking moment occurred on-screen when Captain Kirk shared an inter-racial kiss with Lieutenant Uhura in what was hailed as a pioneering act on mainstream US TV.

As it unfolds on Channel 5 at 10:20 PM on Saturday, 17 February 2024, this latest episode promises a riveting exploration into the multifaceted tapestry woven by the shocking moments that encapsulated one of history’s most transformative years.


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