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The envy of the world : fifty years of the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3, 1946-1996

"Little more than a year after the end of World War II, on 29 September 1946, the BBC Third Programme went on the air. It became one of the leading cultural and intellectual forums in Britain, a service described as 'the envy of the world', which many believed could be 'the greatest educative and civilising force England has known since the sixteenth century'." "As the principal platform for the BBC's extensive patronage of music, the Third brought into the homes of the nation the sounds of opera houses and concert halls. It also played a vital role in the development of twentieth-century drama - Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard are among those for whom the Third served as a 'launching pad', broadcasting their early work. In its 1970 reorganisation the BBC replaced the Third with Radio 3, which, despite the new challenge from commercial radio, has maintained the high standards of music broadcasting established by the Third." "With unlimited access to BBC archives, Humphrey Carpenter throws fresh light on Dylan Thomas, John Betjeman and Michael Tippett, among others, and brings alive the individuals who have created the programmes and delivered the arts to the nation over the last fifty years."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 1996
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1996