HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 14 May 1932
DURATION | 1 minutes 21 seconds
HG Wells addresses the financial insecurity that he believes is plaguing the country in this extract from a longer talk. He speaks bleakly about the pressures faced by ordinary people and observes that the country is still paying off the debts of the last war, even as preparations for the next begin. Wells deduces that there is an urgent need for supreme control in the world to rescue the economy and to 'put war out of the list of possible things'.
Due to the age of this recording, the sound quality is variable.
This broadcast was made on the eve of the last day of operation of the Savoy Hill transmitter. The next morning, all programmes would be sent out directly from the new BBC Broadcasting House in central London. The closure of Savoy Hill was marked by a 160-minute celebration of ten years of broadcasting, with re-creations of memorable news bulletins and comments by notable men (and some women) of the day.
HG Wells on the failings of Stalin's economic 'Five Year Plan'.
Our economic and political lives are 'out of gear'.
How the motor car serves as a warning to us all.
HG Wells challenges the idea of 'Britain for the British'.
A talk on the worldwide community of English speakers.
HG Wells welcomes the former president of Czechoslovakia.
How the printed word has reached the world's entire population.
HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.
The newspaper is 'dead as mutton', says HG Wells.
An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.
HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.
Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.
Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?
Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.
Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.
Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.
Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.
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