The Light Programme: Family Favourites

in Daily Programme, ZBS Radio Hour

by Elrik Merlin on Saturday, 28 September, 2013

The time in Britain is twelve noon, in Germany it’s one o’clock, but home and away it’s time for Two‐Way Family Favourites…’ Today we present a programme of music primarily from the 30s and 40s, under the heading “Family Favourites”.

Successor to the wartime show Forces Favourites (says Wikipedia), Family Favourites (much better remembered by its later name Two‐Way Family Favourites) was broadcast at Sunday lunchtimes on the BBC Light Programme, BBC Radio 2 and the British Forces Broadcasting Service until 1980. It was a request programme designed to link families at home in the UK with British Forces serving in West Germany or elsewhere overseas. It was a big success.

It had the memorable signature tune With A Song in My Heart (originally played by Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra and the first piece in the playlist today) and was presented by a variety of well‐known radio personalities including Cliff Michelmore and Jean Metcalfe (shown above), Bill Crozier in Cologne, Michael Aspel, Judith Chalmers and Sarah Kennedy. Its final presenter was Jean Challis.

When it expanded it encompassed far flung corners of the Commonwealth with, amongst others, Bill Paull being the memorable link man in Toronto, June Armstrong‐Wright from Hong Kong, Ross Symonds from Australia and Marama Martin from New Zealand.

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