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The 1948 Olympics | Behind the scenes at the Austerity Games

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When the Olympic Games came to London in 1948, the event was visiting a city still suffering from the ravages of World War II. Rationing remained in force and many people had been left homeless, yet the bomb-cratered city rose to the challenge of hosting the world's greatest sporting occasion.

These 'Austerity Olympics' were not only the first post-war Games, but also the first Olympics in which British television played a role. This collection of programmes and photographs looks back at the Games, remembering the athletes who took part and revealing the BBC's role in televising events.

The 1948 Olympics Collection

Radio Times cover for the Olympiad, London 1948

Radio Times - XIV Olympiad London 1948

WRITTEN 1948
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What else is on besides the Olympics?

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Radio Times article about Televising the Olympic Games.

Radio Times - Televising the Olympic Games

WRITTEN 1948
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Exciting times for the new BBC television service.

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A Radio Times feature on the Television Commentators at the Olympic Games

Radio Times - Television Commentators at the Olympic Games

WRITTEN 1948
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The faces behind the voices commentating on the Olympic Games.

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