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2018 Week 5 Course 1

The BBC at War, 1939-45: Its Finest Hour?


Tim Barrett


Week 5

29 July - 4 August 2018

During World War II the British Broadcasting Corporation played a truly vital role, purveying truth and offering hope to Britain, its Empire and the millions subjugated to Nazi rule. Using extensive archive material we examine the Corporation’s unprecedented wartime relationship with government, armed forces and ordinary people. Topics include: Churchill and the BBC, war journalism, technological innovation, the BBC and European resistance movements and Berlin’s English-language propaganda war. We hear, too, how the BBC entertained troops and civilians throughout those dark days. We also discover how in the immediate post-war period the BBC World Service set the standard for international peacetime broadcasting.





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