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Thread #128093   Message #3776679
Posted By: GeoffLawes
04-Mar-16 - 05:49 PM
Thread Name: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
Subject: RE: Songs in English about the Spanish Civil War
In Our Hearts Were Songs of Hope

I recently rediscovered a great radio programme called "In Our Hearts Were Songs of Hope." It was written by the late Roy Palmer and broadcast on Radio 4 on 13/07/1988 The programme was presented by Jim Lloyd and consists of taped interviews in which Roy Palmer asked old International Brigade volunteers about the songs they sang in Spain. Most of the songs are then performed by the brigaders or others.
I then discovered
HERE , that a copy of the programme is held in the Imperial War museum. I enquired from the IWM about how to buy a copy, since it cannot be accessed on line, but they told me that they did not have the right to sell recordings of the programme and I would need to ask at the BBC. I enquired at the BBC Shop   ( scroll to bottom of page for "CONTACT US")but they replied saying
" Unfortunately this product is not currently available through BBC Shop and we are not aware of any plans to release this title in the near future. As we are the retail outlet only, we do not have any input into the decision making process for new BBC titles or licensed products. "

Perhaps if enough customers enquired about availabilty then the BBC might reissue this interesting programme? The programme is informative and worth hearing.Most of the men interviewed by Roy Palmer are now dead so we won't get as close to this subject again.