Schedules

Autumn 1938

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Science and Gardening
(National Programme, Mondays 2:05pm)
British History
(National Programme, Thursdays 2:30pm)
World History
(National Programme, Wednesdays 2:05pm)
The Historical Geography of Wales
(Welsh Regional Programme, Wednesdays 11:05am)
Annual programme guide booklet for 1938-9
Timetable for England and Wales
Timetable for Scotland

BBC Radio

National Programme (England)

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00 11:00 Physical TrainingFor use in an Open Space 11:00 Intermediate French 11:00 Music and Movement for Juniors(Ann Driver)
11:15
11:25 History in the Making 11:25 Senior Geography
11:30 11:30 German for Sixth Forms 11:30 German for Fifth Forms 11:30 French for Sixth Forms 11:30 Music and Movement for Infants(Ann Driver)
11:45 11:45 Physical TrainingFor use in Classrooms
12:00
14:00
14:05 Science and GardeningThe Soil / Plant Growth 14:05 Our Parish 14:05 World HistoryStories That Are History 14:05 Nature StudyRound the Country-side 14:05 Travel TalksThe Orient
14:15
14:30 14:30 Early Stages in Music 14:30 Senior English 14:30 Biology in the Service of ManHealth 14:30 British HistoryThe Land and the People (11th to 15th Centuries)
14:45 14:45 Junior English
15:00 15:00 Concert Lesson
15:10 Topical Talks and Feature Programmes
15:15
15:30
15:35 Early Stages in German 15:35 Early Stages in French(M. Stéphan) 15:35 Talks for Sixth Forms
15:45

Scottish National Programme

MONDAY

as England except:

14:30-14:55 Speech Training for Seniors

TUESDAY

as England except:

14:05-14:25 Round the Village

WEDNESDAY

as England plus:

11:05-11:30 Speech Training for Juniors

THURSDAY

as England except:

14:05 Time and Tune Junior Course / Time and Tune Senior Course: (Herbert Wiseman)

14:40 Nature Study

15:05-15:25 Scottish History Senior Course / Scottish History Junior Course

FRIDAY

as England except:

14:05-14:25 Junior Geography

Welsh Regional Programme

These programmes fit into the gaps in the general schools schedule shown above. All of the national broadcasts were available in Wales on the National Programme.

DYDD LLUN DYDD MAWRTH DYDD MERCHER DYDD IAU DYDD GWENER
11:00
11:05 The Historical Geography of Wales
11:15
11:30
14:15
14:20 Stori, Rhigwm a Chân
14:30
14:45
14:55 Iaith a Lleyddiaeth Cymru
15:00
15:05 Ein Plwyf Ni
15:15
15:30

Notes & New Programmes

The broadcasting term ran for 12 weeks, from Monday 26th September to Friday 16th December 1938. Schools programmes were carried on the National Programme on long wave from Droitwich, and relayed on some of the English regional medium wave stations.

Scotland provided several of the series for national broadcast (Physical Training and Intermediate French) and there were some special Scottish episodes in series such as Junior English while different episodes were broadcast in England and Wales. There were also several series heard only in Scotland. Schools in Wales received 3 series in the Welsh language and 1 in English in addition to the national broadcasts. There were no schools broadcasts in Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday 27th September 1938 the final three schools programmes of the day were not broadcast in Scotland, as they were replaced by a relay of the launch of a new Cunarder called Queen Elizabeth in Clydebank, with speeches by His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen.

The Physical Training series had been intended as experimental for autumn term 1938 only, "designed to help schools with limited facilities for this work", but the experiment was evidently extended as the series continued.

Sources & References

  • BBC (1938a) Broadcasts to Schools 1938-9. London: BBC.
  • BBC (1938b) Broadcasts to Scottish Schools 1938-9. Edinburgh: BBC.
  • Radio Times (Television Edition), 1938. Issued on microfilm.