The Little Blue Light (Russian: Голубой огонёк, Goluboy ogonyok) was a popular musical variety show aired on Soviet television since 1962 during various holidays. The name alludes to the light bluish glare of a black-and-white cathode ray tube TV screen as well as some traditional Russian expressions relating to friendly visits: заглянуть на огонек (zaglyanut na ogonyok) – "to drop in on a light", i. e. to visit someone after seeing a light in their window; посидеть у огонька (posidyet' u ogon'ka) – to have a sit by the fire.
The show featured popular artists and various prominent Soviet people: udarniks, Heroes of Socialist Labor, cosmonauts etc., who sat by the tables in a "TV cafeteria", singing songs, playing sketches, boasting, celebrating the holiday. The idea of the show was that they "dropped in on a light" to every Soviet family to share the festive table beyond the TV glass.
The best-known was the New Year's Little Blue Light (Russian: Новогодний Голубой огонек, Novogodniy Goluboy ogonyok), aired on every New Year's Eve as a part of the late Soviet tradition: the Little Blue Light followed the New Year's speech by the General Secretary of the Communist Party with congratulations to the Soviet people followed by the Kremlin midnight chimes and the State Anthem of the Soviet Union, which was, in turn, preceded by the 1975 film comedy Irony of Fate.
The Little Blue Light was devised by film director Aleksey Gabrilovich, and the first show was aired on 6 April 1962 as a weekly Saturday broadcast. After some time it became a monthly show, and later it was only aired on major holidays.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Little Blue Light was revived in Russia. The trademark "Little Blue Light" is now owned by Russia 1, the television network, where it is still seen today.
In the 1980s the typical New Year's LBL episode lasted an hour and a half, today the telecast begins at 12:05 am MST and lasts for a whole 3 hours.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1962–63 United States network television schedule.
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Boris Georgievich Amarantov (Russian: Бори́с Гео́ргиевич Амара́нтов; September 19, 1940 — March 3, 1987) was a Soviet variety actor, actor and director. He won many international competitions and festivals.Den Pobedy
"Den' Pobedy" (Russian: День Победы, English: Victory Day) ranks among the most popular in the large corpus of Russian songs devoted to the Second World War. The song refers to the Victory Day (9 May) celebration and differs from most of these by its cheerful intonations of a marching song and by the fact that it was composed some thirty years after the war. In the words of Vladimir Shainsky, a veteran composer, "the song seemed to have turned back the time. Although written three decades after the war, it now seems that it was this song that helped us to gain the victory".Dick Williams (singer)
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Eduard Anatolyevich Khil (Russian: Эдуа́рд Анато́льевич Хиль, IPA: [ɨdʊˈart ɐnɐˈtolʲjɪvʲɪtɕ ˈxʲilʲ] (often anglicized as Edward Hill); 4 September 1934 – 4 June 2012) was a Soviet-Russian baritone singer and a recipient of the People's Artist of the RSFSR. Khil became known to international audiences in 2010, when a 1976 recording of him singing a non-lexical vocable version of the song "I Am Very Glad, as I'm Finally Returning Back Home" (Russian: Я о́чень рад, ведь я, наконе́ц, возвраща́юсь домо́й, tr. Ya ochen rad, ved ya, nakonets, vozvrashchajus domoy) became an Internet meme, often referred to as "Trololol" or "Trololo", as an onomatopoeia of the song, or as the "Russian Rickroll", and, as such, the song was commonly associated with Internet trolling. The song's newfound prominence in Internet culture led him to adopt Mr. Trololo as a stage name.Hume Cronyn
Hume Blake Cronyn Jr., OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003) was a Canadian actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife of over fifty years.Irina Ponarovskaya
Irina Vitalyevna Ponarovskaya (Russian: Ирина Витальевна Понаровская; born 12 March 1953 in Leningrad) is a Soviet and Russian singer and film actress, popular in the 1980s and the 1990s.List of Russian television series
This is a list of TV series that were made and shown in the Soviet Union and Russia. It does not include foreign-made imports.List of Soviet television projects
Vremya Time (1968)
Kinopanorama Cinema panorama (1962)
Utrenyaya pochta Morning mail (1974)
Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! Good night, kids! (1964)
Chto? Gde? Kogda? What? Where? When? (1975)
Minuta molchaniya Minute of silence (1965)
Goluboi ogonyok Little blue light
Prozhektor perestroiki Spotlight of perestroika (1987)
Sluzhu Sovetskomu Soyuzu I serve the Soviet Union (1983)
Futbolnoye obozreniye Football overview (1980)
Mezhdunarodnaya panorama International panorama (1969)
Do i posle polunochi Before and after the midnight (1987)
Do 16 i starshe Before 16 and older (1983)
V mire zhyvotnykh In the world of animals (1968)
Vokrug smekha Around the laughter (1978)
Budilnik Alarm (1965)
Oba-na! Ugol-shou (1990)
Fitil Fuse (1962)
Pesnya goda Song of the year (1971)
Ochevidnoye - neveroyatnoye Obvious - unbelievable (1973)
Klub puteshestvennikov Wanderer's Club (1960)
Zdorovie Health (1960)
Vzglyad Glance (1987)
Pole Chudes Field of Wonders (1990)
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She worked in different genres: she conducted the informational TV program Vremya, acquainted the audience with the program of television programs, and also conducted many editions of the musical entertainment program Little Blue Light.Tatyana Sudets
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The pop duo was a regular participant of the 'Little Blue Light' and humorous programs of those years, where they played short reprises and whole numbers. Galina Brezhneva personally invited Vladimirov and Tonkov to address the wives of government members at an informal concert.
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