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The Third Programme - 60 Years On

Vanessa Redgrave as Berta in the Third Programme production of Miguel de Unamunos 'Two Mothers"

29 September 2006 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Third Programme.  Radio 3 will be celebrating this anniversary with live concerts and specially commissioned programmes.

    Tasmin Little. Photo by Clive Barda
    Sound Stories - Memories of the Third

    Listen to musicians, playwrights, announcers and listeners reminiscing about their experiences of the Third Programme.

      Voices from Radio 3
      Radio 3/Radio Times Photo Shoot

      We asked some of its best-known "voices" to step outside Broadcasting House and face the camera...

        Sean Rafferty
        Celebration broadcasts on Radio 3

        Listen to the programmes on Radio 3 celebrating the anniversay on 29 and 30 September

          Radio Times Image
          Radio Times - 29 September 1946

          Read the Radio Times for the first week of broadcasts on the Third Programme
          View the First Edition
          Download a pdf of the First Edition

            Radio 3 continuity
            Memories of the Third Programme

            What do you remember about the start of the Third Programme.  Contribute your memories to 'The Time When' website.

              Broadcasting House, London
              Introduction to the Third Programme

              Listen to an introduction to the Third Programme by the Director-General, Sir William Haley KCMG

                G.R. Barnes - Head of the Third Programme
                For the Alert and Receptive Listener

                Read an article by the Head of the BBC's Third Programme - Mr. G.R. Barnes. "For the Alert and Receptive Listener".

                  Woman Reading a Letter , c.1662-63 (oil on canvas) Artist Vermeer, Jan
                  Letters to the Third Programme

                  Read letters from satisfied and disgusted listeners to the new Third Programme

                    Etienne Amyot - Former planner of the Third Programme
                    Lord Montagu interviews Etienne Amyot

                    Listen to the planner of the Third Programme, Etienne Amyot in conversation with Lord Montagu.

                    Radio 3 Interactive would like to thank Ralph Montagu for research assistance and Steve Arnold for technical assistance.

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