HG Wells on the Future | BBC broadcasts from the father of science fiction
Document Type | Letter
09 July 1929
Hilda Matheson, Director of Talks, beseeches her friend, Dame Rachel Crowdy, to join her at a Savoy Grill gathering designed to put HG Wells at his ease before his evening transmission. Wells was a nervous broadcaster and many of his subsequent radio appearances were preceded by similar dinners at this London haunt of the famous.
Dame Rachel Crowdy was a social reformer. From 1919 to 1930 she held the position of Chief of the Department of Opium Traffic and the Social Issues Section at the League of Nations, working hard to curtail drug and people trafficking.
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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