A mighty maze of mystic, magic rays: Hayes and the invention of television

by 5ocietyx

BBC Television Service Marconi EMI System
It was here in the sinisterly named ‘Central Research Laboratories’, Hayes (generally known as “CRL”) that Isaac Shoenberg developed  the all-electronic 405-line television system. Called the Marconi-EMI system, it was used by the BBC from 1936 until closedown of the Crystal Palace 405-line transmissions in 1985.

Marconi-EMI system

Doing a good impression of Kraftwerk, technicians at work on a Marconi-EMI system in the control room at the BBC’s first high definition television station at Alexandra Palace, London, 23rd August 1936

Television, the drug of the nation, used by prison governors to keep inmates docile and by the authorities to mind control the world was pioneered in the Robocop industrial landscape of Hayes, Middlesex by EMI who made weapons and music but were unable to distinguish between the two.