HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction

Reshaping Man's Heritage | HG Wells

HG Wells declares that it's time to 'face up to your inheritance'.

CHANNEL | Home Service

FIRST BROADCAST | 15 January 1943

DURATION | 12 minutes 10 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1943

Synopsis

While war still rages in Europe, writer and broadcaster HG Wells looks to the future and asks whether humanity can adapt and forge a 'new world' free from 'economic and political aggression against each other'. He stresses the requirement for a centralised, global power, above that of individual nations, and the need to ensure that there is no further use for slavery. Wells also believes that no race should ever be considered 'backward', that the supreme task is the re-education of the world and that we must never allow the 'black record of intolerance to hold us back'.

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Documents

Letter to HG Wells from the BBC.

Letter to HG Wells from the BBC

WRITTEN 1929
1 Page

An invitation to HG Wells to go on air for the first time.

Letter to HG Wells thanking him for his promise to broadcast on the BBC.

Letter to HG Wells thanking him for his promise to broadcast

WRITTEN 1929
2 Pages

HG Wells agrees to speak about world peace.

A note by HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929.

HG Wells on his 'World peace' broadcast of 1929

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2 Pages

Wells reassures the BBC that his broadcast will be objective.

Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast.

Memo from Hilda Matheson to John Reith regarding HG Wells broadcast

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1 Page

Will HG Wells's broadcast require 'toning down'?

Letter from Hilda Matheson to Dame Rachel Crowdy.

Letter from Hilda Matheson to Dame Rachel Crowdy

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Preparations for a broadcast by HG Wells.

Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk.

Memo concerning HG Wells's Russian Talk

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1 Page

Concerns that Wells has not submitted a manuscript go right to the top.

Memo about interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast.

Record of Interview with HG Wells prior to Russian broadcast

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Wells makes a commitment to objectivity.

A letter from HG Wells to the BBC.

Letter from HG Wells to the BBC

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Wells responds to an invitation to speak about evolution.

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