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Cultural highlights of 1946

TV shows: UK
New shows

For the Children (BBC, from 7 July). First children's television programme, broadcast weekly.

Television: US
New shows

Hourglass (NBC, from 9 May). Variety. It runs for 10 months.
Faraway Hill (DuMont, from 2 October). First television soap opera.
Hometown Jamboree. Country music.

Radio: UK
New shows
Dick Barton, Special Agent (BBC from 7 October). Thriller.
Down Your Way (BBC, from 29 December). Music and interviews from a UK location. The signature tune is The Horseguards, Whitehall by Haydn Wood.
From Our Own Correspondent (BBC, from 4 October). Reports from BBC news correspondents around the world. Still running in 2008.
Housewives' Choice on the (BBC Light Programme, from 4 March). Morning music request programme.
Alistair Cooke Letter from America (BBC Home Service, from 24 March). Weekly quarter-hour talk by Alistair Cooke [right]. Runs for 58 years until until Cooke's death in March 2004. The text of the first broadcast is on the BBC Website.
Woman's Hour (BBC from 7 October). Daily magazine programme. Still running in 2008.

Radio: US
New shows
Twenty Questions (Mutual Broadcasting System, from 2 February). Panel game hosted by Bill Slater. 1947
Hometown Jamboree. Country music.

Film poll: UK
The Daily Mail conducted a poll among readers to nominate the most popular films of the war years. The results were:
1 The Way to the Stars (Anthony Asquith, Two Cities Films, 1944)
2 The Man in Grey (Leslie Arliss, Gainsborough, 1943)
3 Madonna of the Seven Moons (Arthur Crabtree, Gainsborough, 1945)
4 They Were Sisters (Arthur Crabtree, Gainsborough, 1945)
5 Henry V (Laurence Olivier, Two Cities Films, 1944)

Chronomedia 1946

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David Fisher