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5.0 out of 5 stars The Envy of modern Britain, 9 Dec 2002
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Mr. N. A. Darby (London) - See all my reviews
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'The Envy of the World' is a fascinating story of British radio after the war. It is interesting to learn how even in its heyday the BBC was unsure of producing 'high brow' radio for a small audience, and how listening figures were the usual benchmark of success even then. Thank goodness for those who stood against that trend - where are the William Haleys today. This is an excellent book that I thoroughly recommend especially in today's climate of low brow, mass audience entertainment. Maybe one day we can return to a time where intellectualism and learning are not dirty words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Envy ... and rightly so, 7 Jun 2003
Humphrey Carpenter's 50th anniversary volume is an insider's affectionate portrait of the BBC Third Programme (later Radio 3)which succeeds in being a thorough piece of serious scholarship. The radio station was highbrow, funny, with an amateur's unconcern for the minutiae of broadcasting (like starting and ending programmes on time), setting high standards for itself and its listeners - how could it survive, supporting orchestras, commissioning new music and drama, in a time of cost counting and popular culture? Yet somehow it has - just.
Fascinating to read about the debates which raged, and still rage now, as to the viability of - or necessity for - a station dedicated entirely to the high arts.
As cultural frontiers become blurred and mass audience entertainment encroaches further into the arts sphere, this book gains in relevance, not least as a document to the way that educational standards have altered. There was a time when the Third Programme was branded as pretentious, aimed merely at Bloomsbury luminaries. In reality, the Evening Standard proclaimed, it should be beamed at the average Albert Hall Promsgoer, the average public library user.
Where should it be aimed now? At the "discriminating" music lover who recognises the superiority of Radiohead over Blur? Or who reads John Grisham rather than comic books? It all rather depends on cultural trends and the prevailing thinking at the BBC. This book will cast a disquieting look on the arts world for some time to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The envy of the world - fifty years of the third programme, 28 Oct 2010
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D. Turner "deecee" (Colchester UK) - See all my reviews
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If you are interested in Radio Three and the BBC this is an absorbing read. I have read it three times and it is a good reference scource.

Difficult to put down !
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4.0 out of 5 stars It IS The Best Thing On Radio!, 6 Mar 2014
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Mr. A. M. Hutchings (Somewhere on the planet!) - See all my reviews
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Radio 3 & its forerunner, the Third Programme promote everything that's excellent about sound broadcasting! One doesn't just turn on, one actively listens! This book tells the history of a truly great British broadcasting institution-long may this book stand as a tribute the Third & Radio 3!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Quality History of a Quality Station, 4 Jan 2009
Having bought this book on a recommendation some time ago I was concerned that it would contain more personal reminiscences of the station by former or current announcers than actual history. Thankfully my fears were unfounded and Humphrey Carpenter really has delved deep into the archives to produce an enjoyable and highly readable account of Radio 3 from its inception in 1946 up to the time of publication in 1997. If you are interested in reading about a cultural British Giant then this book is for you.
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