Blood, Thunder and Showgirls: The Merchant Navy on the BBC, 1939–1945

Robb, Linsey (2015) Blood, Thunder and Showgirls: The Merchant Navy on the BBC, 1939–1945. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 35 (3). pp. 473-488. ISSN 0143-9685

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01439685.2015.1027558

Abstract

This article examines the representation of the Merchant Navy on BBC radio in Britain during the Second World War. It discusses how this essential, but dangerous, wartime role was presented to the British public by arguably the most prevalent wartime cultural medium. It uses extensive research in the BBC’s Written Archive Centre, using both radio broadcasts and listener research, to understand how the role of the Merchant Navy was portrayed and understood during the war. This article argues that, unlike other civilian occupations, men of the Merchant Navy were presented as brave and courageous under enemy fire and were consequently given access to much of the prestige generally reserved for the armed forces.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television on 26th March 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01439685.2015.1027558.”
Subjects: V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Linsey Robb
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2017 10:09
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2017 16:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/32079

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