Mr. H.G. Wells
Beginning last autumn, several series of talks with a unified purpose behind them have been broadcast in the National Programme, and talks in this section are still to go on. Distinguished speakers, each a specialist in his own particular line, have been taking stock as it were: examining the past glories of Britain, looking frankly at our assets today; and comparing, all with an eye on the future. Under various headings a wide range of subjects has been appraised: the British Empire; Some British Institutions; National Character; Rural Britain; Scientific Research and Social Needs; Music; Poetry and Prose from Chaucer down to the present day.
And now, in the Whither Britain? series commencing this evening, comes the climax of all this 'Taking Stock'. Past and Present have been brought to the microphone and been put under the microscope; the time has come to look into the future. And what prophet among our great men can more fittingly make the first broadcast than the writer so many of whose prophecies, made a generation ago, have come true; whose Utopias rest on serious social thinking; and who is the outstanding imaginative writer of our time?
A BBC Film
This film suggests, by means of simple pictorial sequences, some of the activities that have preceded the opening of the BBC Television Service, as a result of the Television Report published in January, 1935.
Departure of H.M. Yacht Victoria and Albert from Portsmouth Dockyard
The Salute from the Fleet
Observers will be stationed:
In H.M.S. Nelson:
Lt.-Commander T. WOODROOFFE
Commander D. A. STRIDE
At South Railway Jetty:
Lt.-Commander G. V. KNIGHT
The broadcast will start from H.M.S. Nelson, the flagship of Admiral Sir Roger Backhouse , Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet; and Lieutenant-Commander Woodrooffe will describe to listeners the imposing picture he will look out on -- the Home Fleet, the Reserve Fleet, the Mediterranean Fleet, representative ships of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, as well as fourteen foreign warships, all anchored in eight lines stretching for a distance of six miles from Lee-on-Solent to No Man's Land Fort, and filling an area of the whole water from Hampshire to the Isle of Wight.
Then listeners will be taken over to the Southern Railway jetty at Portsmouth to hear about the departure of the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. Directly she comes out of Portsmouth harbour they will be taken back to the Nelson to hear the salute of the Fleet. The broadcast will end as she starts on her long journey of twelve miles round the lines.
At about 4.50 she will have been round the Fleet and will be passing the Nelson. Listeners will hear the flagship of the Home Fleet cheering as she returns to her moorings. At approximately 5.35 the Fleet Air Arm will fly over the Royal Yacht.
THE CORONATION NAVAL REVIEW
H.M. the King will review the fleet at Spithead today. The scene will be described in commentaries at 2.50, 4.50, and 5.35-starting with the departure of the Royal Yacht, Victoria and Albert, from Portsmouth Dockyard and concluding with the fly past of the Fleet Air Arm. Also in the Regional programme tonight at 10.45 the illumination of the fleet will be described. The picture below shows the Royal Yacht passing down the lines at the Jubilee Review in 1935. For further details see page 7.
answering ' Any Questions ? ' Dr. Julian Huxley , Dr. C. E. M. Joad , and Commander Campbell. Guests : Sir Kenneth Clark and an eminent physician. Question Master, Donald McCullough. Producer, Howard Thomas. (Specially recorded)
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