There could be no better family gathering program than Forces Favourites
Come on BBC, play it again. Before it’s too late let’s have a programme from the golden days of radio.
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.
That was probably one of the most famous announcements on radio during the 1950s and '60s. At its peak it had an audience of 16 million in Britain alone.
The signature tune With a Song in My Heart orchestrated by Andre Kostalanetz must surely be one of the most played records ever on the BBC.
So many memories, but not for long, most of us who shared the experience are tip-toeing into the infinite!
The BBC could revive a host of memories from millions of listeners and be inundated with stories of golden moments from the horror of that war.
The programme started during the war as Forces Favourites. Jean Metcalfe along with Marjorie Anderson, Joan Griffiths and Barbara McFadyean presenting.
All through the war and after, in the 40s, 50s and 60s, it was listened to by just about everybody over the Sunday roast.
We were regular listeners in Hammersmith through the war, after church Mum would always time the roast lamb to be on the table in time for Family Favourites.
And, as a soldier in 1946, in the 72nd British General Hospital in Athens, I would listen to it and think it was nice that mum would be there.
There was a BBC romance in it, too, Jean Metcalfe and Cliff Michelmore were two of the presenters, she in London and he in Germany. They didn’t know each other except over the airwaves, when they eventually met they took a liking to each other and lived happily ever after.
Tony Moy 17th May 2017