A Dream Called Public Television

A program that anyyone who cares 
about public television should see.  –  
Journalist Fred Friendly

A stimulating journey…a powerful call to arms…
It’s bound to stir feelings in all fans of public television.  –  Associated Press


A Dream Called Public Television examines the history and development of public television. Included are clips from many public television programs, including educational programs for children and adults, documentaries, and theatrical and musical performances. Appearances are made by Julia Child, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, The Beatles recording “All You Need Is Love,” children’s television host Fred Rogers musing on the assassination of Robert Kennedy, , Carol Burnett, Patrick J. Buchanan, Bill Moyers, Paul Jacobs, Edward R. Murrow, Dustin Hoffman, President Lyndon B. Johnson, William Shatner, Dick Cavett, John Houseman, Ted Koppel, Carl Sagan, and others. Excerpts from controversial moments in public television fro coverage of the Watergate hearings to the Frontline documentary Death of a Princess are also highlighted.

This documentary was produced by PBS and broadcast nationally in 1982. It is often screened in college classrooms by instructors examining the development and history of public broadcasting in the United States.

Narrated by Orson Welles

Written, Produced and Directed by Blaine Baggett