London After Dark (1940)
London After Dark
For eight months during World War II, German Bomber
Planes attacked English cities repeatedly in air raids known as the Blitz. The most concentrated series of raids took place over London, where British citizens were bombed every night, 57 nights in a row. London After Dark was a one-time broadcast that highlighted not only the seriousness of the attacks but also, and maybe more importantly, the undaunted spirit of Londoners as they lived day to day in a war zone.
CBS Radio and BBC Radio collaborated to produce the 30 minute program which featured nine British, Canadian and American reporters and personalities stationed at various locations throughout London. Each commentator gives a first-hand account of his experience during the air raid.
Edward R. Murrow reports from Trafalgar Square and comments on the strangeness of hearing the footsteps of people as they walk across darkened streets. Robert Bowman interviews renowned chef Francois Latry at the Savoy Hotel
during a dinner service there. Other reports were given by personalities as varied as Raymond Glendenning, Larry LeSueur, Eric Sevareid, Vincent Sheean, Michael Standing, Wynford Vaughan-Thomas and featured locations just as diverse; from the famous dance hall
, Hammersmith Palais and Piccadilly Circus to Euston train Station to an anti-aircraft battery and an Air Raid Precautions Station, too. The final report comes from J. B. Priestley at Whitehall.
Tune in to listen to the unflappable British citizens as they followed the advice they were given to “Keep Calm and Carry On.”