Bernard Shaw Some Of His Broadcasts LP
Some Of His Broadcasts by George Bernard Shaw ABC Westminster / Westminster (WBBC-8001) Publication date 1970 1. Band 1 - Whither Britain (6.2.34) 2. Band 2 - Whither Britain (6.2.34) Whither Britain?: 5: Mr George Bernard Shaw National Programme Tue 6th Feb 1934, 20:30 on National Programme Daventry The most piquant contributor to the present series. Prominent Fabian, like previous speaker Wells; but whereas Wells has been something of a professional prophet, Shaw has centralised his talents rather on breaking the images of past and present. Extremely kind, but pretends not to be. Pulls legs. Can get more wit on a postcard than most humorists can crowd on a sheet of foolscap. Born in Dublin, 1856; came to London, 1876; free-lanced; suffered through the application of a new antiseptic; years later he pilloried medicals in The Doctor's Dilemma, and seems to have done pretty well without them. First play Widower's Houses, produced at Royalty Theatre, London, 1892. Came into his own with the Vedrenne-Barker Management at the Court, 1904 to 1906. He had 'scintillated' for the Fabian Society since 1884; was awarded Nobel Prize for Literature, 1925. Vegetarian; Socialist; recreations, anything except sport. Pretends to be unsentimental, but showed himself the most romantic of men by his championship of Ibsen. St. Joan, New Theatre, 1924. Plays now performed all over the world. No clearer or more charming voice is ever likely to speak into the microphone. Has added the word 'Shavian' to the English language. 3. Band 3 - Modern Education (11.6.37) Modern Education-2 BERNARD SHAW For the first time Bernard Shaw is to talk to Sixth Forms. His listeners, many of whom will have seen or read his plays and prefaces, will be astonished if they hear a conventional talk. They will not be surprised if this brilliant iconoclast goes on breaking images and tells them not to prize too highly the academic way to knowledge and a career. Shaw took his own line of country in a manner that was as spectacular as it was successful, and he may advise some of his listeners who have the courage, to do the same. 4. Band 1 - As I See It (2.11.37) 5. Band 2 - Televised Talk On His 90th. Birthday (26.7.46) Bernard Shaw was a very prominent figure in the early years of radio in Britain and he made regular broadcasts over a period of almost 25 years. Despite a sometimes tense relationship with the BBC, fuelled by his determination to use the new medium to promote some of his more controversial views, Shaw frequently appeared at or near the top of the lists of listener polls and surveys as one of their most popular speakers. The surviving recordings address a characteristically wide range of topics, from social equality and the evils of capitalism to the nature of drama. Appreciation to the original uploader, Jelmar Generalao
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