Early Days, 1957 Part Three – The BBC Spaghetti Tree Hoax

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By 1957 most people were beginning to get television sets in the home and on 1st April the BBC broadcast one of its most famous ever programmes; a spoof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland.

The Panorama programme, narrated by the normally deadly serious journalist Richard Dimbleby, featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland carrying out their annual spaghetti harvest.

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14 responses to “Early Days, 1957 Part Three – The BBC Spaghetti Tree Hoax

  1. That was an excellent spoof!


  2. I wonder if there are people around who would be fooled by that today…given the general level of credulity it is a possibility.


  3. That was THE best spoof!


  4. Read about that this morning Andrew, when I was reading about some of the all time best April Fool jokes!


  5. When I was a young child, my daycare took us on a field trip to a popular local spaghetti joint. They herded all of us kids into a back room to watch an old movie about Italian Nonnas collecting spaghetti from spaghetti trees to feed their families. I fell for it (I was 5) and was so confused when I noticed my mother taking dried spaghetti out of a box. Why couldn’t we have our own spaghetti tree? I’m so happy that you shared this. Thank you for the memories! 💕


  6. I remember that when you first posted it. Great joke.


  7. Fortunately, this hilarious prank is preserve on video and on YouTube!

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