1939–1945: We Will Be Working Under Difficulties
Dibbs considers the Variety Department’s contribution to the entertainment of the nation in wartime while having to negotiate both the restrictions often imposed quite arbitrarily by the BBC and Ministry of Information and the problems of disruption to the day-to-day operation of Variety caused by its evacuation to Bristol and later, North Wales. He explores how, despite this, Variety made a substantial contribution to raising morale for those at home and for the armed services overseas. He looks at how the BBC seemed to redouble its efforts with policy censorship even though some slight relaxation of standards might reasonably have been expected. He examines how the BBC’s anti-American stance did not prevent it from using American artists and broadcasts during the period of hostilities.