Wonder if Andrew Denton will give everyone the day off today?
The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assasination
9:30pm tonight on ABC1.
This remarkable documentary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy brings to light original news footage that has been hidden away for over 45 years.
The world was rocked by the shooting of the iconic US president as his cavalcade drove through Dallas on 22 November 1963, and the incident has been covered extensively in the decades since. However, The Lost JFK Tapes offers a fresh approach to this historical event, thanks to nearly 100 hours of amazing material that has previously been languishing in a vault.
Instead of mixing clips with ‘talking head’-style interviews, this compelling documentary lets the pictures tell the story, allowing viewers to experience incidents as they happened – almost as if they were there at the time.
Local TV and radio stations initially held on to the extensive material their crews shot in the run up and during the aftermath of the shooting. It was then locked away for safe keeping in a Dallas museum dedicated to preserving the memory of that fateful day…until now.
The Lost JFK Tapes poignantly takes the audience from happy scenes as the President made his final speech at Fort Worth and arrived with wife Jackie at Dallas Love Field Airport, through to the traumatised onlookers who had gathered to cheer the presidential cavalcade through the city, and the arrest and subsequent killing of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald.
Using the news reports and an exclusive collection of photographs, the film fills the gaps in the timeline of events, providing a cutting-edge view of the assassination investigation and the questions that remain unanswered to this day.
JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America
Part One: Tuesday 23 November at 10.00pm on SBS ONE
Part Two: Tuesday 30 November at 10.00pm on SBS ONE
To mark the 50th anniversary of JFK’s election as US President and the 47th anniversary of his assassination, SBS will screen this remarkable documentary that tells the story of one of the most significant events in American history.
Presented in chronological order without any narration, JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America takes viewers inside the immediate shock of Kennedy’s death and the chaos that reigned in the aftermath.
Using original archival footage from a range of sources, including eyewitness home moves, Dallas police dispatch radio recordings, televised interviews and raw news footage, the program provides an account in the words of those who were there.
Part 1 traces the hours before JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963 through to the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald less than 48 hours later. The minute-by-minute account captures the initial shock in the moments straight after his death.
Part 2 examines the aftermath and the enduring controversies that emerged as succeeding generations of Americans struggled to comprehend the sudden murder of an unforgettable leader.
It also airs on the History Channel.