The 1948 Olympics | Behind the scenes at the Austerity Games
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 28 July 1948
DURATION | 3 minutes 38 seconds
Prime Minister Clement Attlee extends warm greetings to the 6,000 athletes from 60 countries who have gathered in London to take part in the Olympic Games.
Germany and Japan were not invited to the 1948 Olympic Games and the Soviet Union declined to take part. However, these were the first Games to be attended by any communist country, with Hungary, Yugoslavia and Poland among those competing.
Royal Park to provide accommodation for Olympic competitors.
The art world celebrates the Olympics.
'May the weather be fine, the events well contested and may records be broken.'
TV announces a new era of comfort for crews and better pictures for viewers
Robert Jackson Robinson meets the Royal Family.
The indomitable cycling champion recalls the 1948 Olympics.
Stuart MacPherson recalls the 'Austerity Games' of 1948.
Memories of the 1948 London Games.
Remembering the gold-medal winning rower.
Exciting times for the new BBC television service.
What else is on besides the Olympics?
The faces behind the voices commentating on the Olympic Games.
Capturing the action of the London Olympics Games.
Photographs taken at the opening ceremony of the Austerity Games.
How the BBC televised the Games.
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