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Writing the Radio WarLiterature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945$
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Ian Whittington

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474413596

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413596.001.0001

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James Hanley and the Shape of the Wartime Features Department

James Hanley and the Shape of the Wartime Features Department

(p.65) Chapter 2 James Hanley and the Shape of the Wartime Features Department
Writing the Radio War

Ian Whittington

Edinburgh University Press

Under the direction of Laurence Gilliam, the BBC Features Department produced some of the most innovative radio works of the war. The department brought together producers (including D.G. Bridson, Francis Dillon, and Brigid Maas) and established and emerging literary talent with the aim of creating broadcasts that would achieve propagandistic aims without resorting to overtly propagandistic tactics. Focusing on James Hanley, this chapter examines the complicated interplay between sound and script, and between radio authority and literary authority. Though he enjoyed a growing literary reputation, Hanley struggled to find his radio voice during the war years, despite extensive mentoring and coaching by Gilliam and others and despite the fact that he would enjoy significant success on the BBC Third Programme in the 1950s and 1960s. Together with the following chapter, on Louis MacNeice’s radio dramas and features, this chapter examines how the Features Department recruited literary talent, shaped their words into sound, and challenged writers to adapt their skills to a more fleeting medium with an attentive, if often rattled, wartime audience.

Keywords:   Hanley, James, Radio Drama, BBC Features, Merchant Navy, Gilliam, Laurence

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