The 1948 Olympics | Behind the scenes at the Austerity Games
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 14 July 1992
DURATION | 25 minutes 42 seconds
Athletes who took part in the 1948 Olympic Games look back on the brief period of sporting triumph that flourished in the rubble of post-war London.
Although defeated Axis powers Japan and Germany were not allowed to send athletes to the 1948 Games, Italy (which had signed an armistice with the Allies in 1943) did compete. It came fifth in the results table with eight gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals.
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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