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Cultural highlights of 1941

Radio: UK
New shows
The Brains Trust (BBC Home Service, from 1 January). Discussion. Regular panelists, answering questions sent in by listeners, are Sir Julian Huxley, Professor C E M Joad and Commander Campbell, chaired by Donald McCullough.
Sincerely Yours, Vera Lynn (BBC Home Service, from 9 November). Music. Programmes elevate the British singer to the status of 'forces' sweetheart'.
Workers' Playtime (BBC Home Service, from 31 May). Comedy and music, broadcast live from workplaces 'somewhere in England'.

Radio: US
New shows
Duffy's Tavern (CBS, from 1 March). Sit com set in a bar. Runs for 11 years to 1952, tranferring to NBC [Blue Network] in 1942.
The Great Gildersleeve (NBC, from 31 August). Comedy spin-off from Fibber McGee and Molly.
The Squeaky Door (NBC Blue radio network, from 7 January). Drama, later re-named Inner Sanctum.

Other media
Music
Duke Ellington records Take the A Train (February 15).

Print
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee's book on poverty in Appalachia, includes 61 photographs by Walker Evans.


Chronomedia 1941

Page updated 25 January 2010
David Fisher