Dibbs provides an introduction to a unique history of the BBC radio Variety Department between the years 1922 and 1967. The chapter sets out the research methodology used and the emphasis on primary source material from the BBC’s Written Archive Centre and a small oral history project in which former BBC Variety Department staff were interviewed. By using original voices in this material, he brings to life a sense of working at the Variety Department throughout these years. The chapter also highlights the breadth of the book in indicating BBC concerns, such as censorship and anti-Americanism, which intersected with the Variety Department and had an impact on the popular culture of the nation. These are examined in detail in subsequent chapters.