The 1948 Olympics | Behind the scenes at the Austerity Games
CHANNEL | Radio 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 24 March 1985
DURATION | 11 minutes 56 seconds
In this extract from a longer programme, presenter Stuart MacPherson remembers the London Games of 1948 with the help of Olympic librarian Sandy Duncan. Facilities were rudimentary, competitors were billeted in schools and campsites around London and, because rationing was still in place, guest countries supplemented the athletes' dietary needs with generous donations. The star of the Games was undoubtedly Dutch athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen (pictured above), who reflects on winning four gold medals despite being written off as 'too old' at 30.
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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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