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Summer 1951

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Nature Study
(Home Service, Thursdays 2:00pm)
Geography
(Home Service, Wednesdays 2:20pm)
Exploring Scotland
(Scottish Home Service, Mondays 1:40pm)
First Stages in Welsh
(Welsh Home Service, 2:00pm)
Wales: Its Life and People
(Welsh Home Service, Thursdays 2:15pm)

BBC Radio

BBC schools radio programmes.

Home Service

Broadcasts in England and Northern Ireland.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00
9:05 Service for Schools
09:15
09:30
9:35 Service for Schools (rpt)
9:40 Religion and Philosophy
09:45 9:45 Music and Movement I(Marjorie Eele) (rpt) 9:45 Music and Movement II(Marjorie Eele)
9:55 Prose and Verse Readings (rpt)
10:00
10:05 News Commentary 10:05 News Commentary 10:05 News Commentary 10:05 News Commentary 10:05 News Commentary
10:15
11:00 11:00 Singing Together(William Appleby) 11:00 Music and Movement I(Marjorie Eele) 11:00 General ScienceHow Animals Behave / Finding the Way 11:00 Rhythm and Melody(Doris Gould) 11:00 Music and Movement II(Marjorie Eele) (rpt)
11:15
11:20 How Things Began 11:20 History I 11:20 Current Affairs 11:20 Science and the CommunityHealth at Home and at Work 11:20 The World of Work
11:30
11:40 Intermediate French 11:40 French for Sixth FormsCyrano de Bergerac, etc 11:40 Intermediate German 11:40 Talks for Sixth FormsMethods of Discussion / Music in the Home, etc
11:45
12:00
14:00 14:00 Stories From World HistoryAncient Rome 14:00 For the FourteensFestival of Britain, etc 14:00 Living in the CountryMr Barker Delivers the Goods 14:00 Nature Study 14:00 Travel TalksRound the Pacific
14:15 14:15 History IIThe Opening Up of Africa / Men and Nations of the Modern World
14:20 Adventures in Music 14:20 GeographyLife and Work in the Americas 14:20 Let's Join In
14:25 Senior English IJules Verne / African Boy / Robbery Under Arms, etc
14:30
14:40 Senior English IIThe Haunting of Chateau-le-Blanc / Northanger Abbey, etc 14:40 Junior EnglishThe Song of Roland / Huckleberry Finn, etc 14:40 English for Under-NinesLassie Come Home / The King of the Golden River, etc 14:40 Looking at ThingsThe Town You Live In
14:45
14:50 Orchestral ConcertsOpera / The Magic Flute / The Bartered Bride, etc
15:00 15:00 Prose and Verse Readings
15:10 Let's Hear It Again
15:15
15:30

Scottish Home Service

MONDAY

as England plus:

13:40-14:00 Exploring Scotland: David and Ian

(and at 11:20, a separate series of How Things Began)

TUESDAY

as England except:

11:40-12:00 For Senior Secondary Schools

14:00-14:20 Scottish Affairs

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:20 Physical Training

14:00-14:20 Scottish Heritage

THURSDAY

as England.

FRIDAY

as England except:

11:40-12:00 This is My Country

Welsh Home Service

MONDAY

as England plus:

13:40-14:00 Ar Gywydr yng Nghymru

TUESDAY

as England except:

9:55-10:05 Cwrs y Byd

11:40-12:00 Second Stages in Welsh

14:40-15:00 Hanes Cymru

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

14:00-14:20 First Stages in Welsh: Storïau Tom, Dic a Harri

THURSDAY

as England except:

14:15-14:40 Wales: Its Life and People

FRIDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:20 Rhigwm a Chân

Notes & New Programmes

Most programmes ran from Monday 16th April to Friday 6th July 1951. The daily News Commentary and the Scottish version of How Things Began (there was a separate production of the series for Scotland this term, which ran in the same timeslot as the general How Things Began programme transmitted elsewhere; it began a week before most other programmes began and finished two weeks before most other programmes finished, to be replaced in Scotland by musical performances) began on Monday 9th April, and the Service for Schools began on Friday 13th April. The series News Commentary, Cwrs y Byd and Current Affairs all continued into the week ending Friday 13th July.

In the week beginning Monday 11th May 1951, the Whit week school holidays, there were very few schools broadcasts in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, just the series for older pupils French for Sixth Forms, Intermediate German and Talks for Sixth Forms continued. However, new episodes of almost every schools series were produced that week, and broadcast only in Scotland where the holiday week was not observed. The episodes of History I, Adventures in Music and Geography were also broadcast on the Northern Ireland Home Service that week, and the Geography episode on Britain's Trade Links with the Americas was repeated for the whole country on 27th June. This meant that there were 12 episodes of most programmes this term, but only 11 of them broadcast in England and Wales.

Every day at 11:00am during the week beginning Monday 9th July 1951 a Commonwealth Exchange programme was broadcast. These were programmes produced by the national broadcasters of Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon, South Africa and Canada to inform schoolchildren of the other nations about Something We're Proud Of. The BBC also produced a special programme about the Merchant Navy which was broadcast overseas but not in Britain[1]. Subjects of the other programmes ranged from The Flying Doctor and the Canadian Pacific Railway to The Capture and Training of Wild Elephants (this last from Ceylon).

The Festival of Britain was opened during this term, and several programmes offered material related to the Festival. Living in the Country included a programme on the subject, and For the Fourteens offered a series of talks (an article in the Radio Times accompanying the 1st May broadcast[2] explained that "to give schoolchildren an impression of King's Lynn on the eve of the Festival, Wynford Vaughan Thomas is going there with a recording car."). But the greatest contribution came from Looking at Things, which devoted most of the term's programmes to talks on architecture and town planning. This was not special in itself, as Looking at Things had included a similar unit the previous year using the same title, The Town You Live In, but this term's programmes were firmly inspired by the Festival, including a tour around the Lansbury Estate (or "Neighbourhood Unit") built as part of the Festival, and an episode on Designing an Exhibition.

The Festival of Britain also interfered with the schools broadcast schedules a little. On Thursday 3rd May 1951 the schools programmes between 11:00am and 12:00noon were replaced by coverage of the opening ceremony, which was broadcast simultaneously on the BBC Home Service and Light Programme. On Friday 4th May the repeat of Music and Movement II was replaced by coverage of the King opening the South Bank Exhibition, and on Thursday 24th May Rhythm and Melody was replaced by a relay of the Empire Day Service from the Festival of Britain Church, which was intended for use by schools.

There were no newly introduced series this term, but this was the final term of broadcasts for English for Under-Nines and Junior English, which would be renamed Stories and Rhymes and Adventures in English respectively in the autumn term.

Sources & References

  • Radio Times (London edition) listings 1951, issued on microfilm
  1. The BBC's contribution to the Commonwealth Exchange, not broadcast in this country, described in a Radio Times article called 'Something We're Proud Of', RT dated 6th July 1951 p.19.
  2. Article on For the Fourteens at the Festival of Britain is 'Over to King's Lynn' by Duncan Taylor, RT dated 27th April 1951, page 22