First Interracial TV Kiss isn't Star Trek's?

Posted by Ria, 22 Nov 15

We have always known that the first interracial TV kiss appeared on Star Trek; the infamous kiss between the film's Capt. Kirk (played by William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). But according to newly uncovered footage from the British Film Institute (BFI), the credit shouldn't be awarded to Star Trek.

6 years before Star Trek's interracial kiss, the footage features a black man and a white woman kissing in a televised play of "You in Your Small Corner"; the year: 1962.

During that time in Britain, such displays of affection on the small screen were rare. The play was televised live on ITV, airing just that once. And according to the British Film Institute, this isn't just Britain's first interracial TV kiss - it could possibly be the world's first. Here is the short clip of the kiss...

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The Star Trek interracial kiss has widely been credited as America's first interracial kiss on TV. UK's first interracial TV kiss was previously an embrace between actors John White and Joan Hooley on "Emergency Ward 10" in 1964. But this new footage - uncovered in the BFI's National Archive was found during research for an upcoming event on race and romance in TV - changes this.

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