The Ration Book Olympics

  • by Tommy Godwin, Dorothy Manley, Roger Bannister
  • Narrated by Clare Balding
  • 0 hrs and 56 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Clare Balding looks back at the time the Olympic Games came to London in 1948. Three years after the end of the Second World War, Britain was still gripped by austerity. Rationing was still in force, severe bomb damage was still much in evidence, and no new sports facilities could be built. Visiting athletes were put up in schools and RAF camps. Yet the Games were a resounding success and actually made a profit.
Clare Balding meets athletes who competed in 1948, including cyclist Tommy Godwin, who won two bronze medals, and Dorothy Manley, who won silver in the athletics. She also talks to Roger Bannister who saved the day for the British team in the opening ceremony. The program also includes fascinating voices from the archives.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited