Audio recordings of Lewis' BBC radio broadcasts?

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Christer Swartz

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May 10, 2006
 
Does anyone know if there exists any archives of the radio-broadcasts C.S Lewis did for BBC radio during WWII? The book "Mere Christianity" was a compilation of these radio talks, but were these talks ever recorded?

I have checked through the BBC website for any such archives, but have not found any. Do they exist? I'd be surprised if the BBC didn't keep such archives somwhere...

Thanks,

--- Christer
Heather Easterday

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May 16, 2006
 
Here are a couple of short recordings archived on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/print/religion/religions...
Bill S

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Jul 2, 2006
 
I believe there are only two excerpts of Lewis reading from chapters 3 and 11 of "Beyond Personality" from those lectures that the BBC has. The rest of the tapes have not survived. There used to be an audio book of Mere Christianity read by Michael York that included these excerpts of the surving Lewis lectures. I don't know if you can find the York audio books anymore though.

Lewis reading his text from "The Four Loves" is available on cassette tape from various sources.

"C. S. Lewis: Comments and Critiques" - Produced by ERTVF, two tapes in Lewis's own voice, originally from the BBC archives, includes his famous inaugural address at Cambridge (1954) "De Descrptione Temporum", plus an introduction to THE GREAT DIVORCE, "A Critique of Charles Williams", and "A Pilgrim's Progress"

I don't know if you'd be interested but I have on my web server a video portion from a movie called "Darling" that features Lewis good friend and fellow Inkling, Hugo Dyson:

http://deep.phpwebhosting.com/~hackett/rc/occ...

Click on the 4th entry.
Christer Swartz

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Apr 17, 2007
 
Great, thanks. Dare I ask if he was ever filmed? Since he was interviewed for Time Magazine and was well-known during his life, did anyone ever point a film-camera at him and record him speaking?

I have found zero info about this, but would be surprised that someone of his fame would never even once have been filmed. Anyone know?
Bill S

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Jun 4, 2007
 
Not as far as anyone knows. However, there's always a chance that somebody out there filming their kids at some school event with an old 8mm cam may have gotten some footage of Lewis too and not even realized it.
Bill S

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Jun 4, 2007
 
No film as far as anyone knows.
Jane V

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Feb 24, 2008
 
I too am looking for the Mere Christianinty broadcasts to use for a Sunday School class. Can anoyne offer any additional help in tracking down these or other Lewis recording?
Bill S

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#8
Mar 8, 2008
 
There's only the one surviving tape portion I mentioned earlier in the York audio book. That same portion can be found in a documentary about Lewis that came out a couple of years ago. I don't remember the name of it off-hand though. But why not just buy the two CD's that are available from the Episcopal bookstore? They have *The Four Loves* plus *CS Lewis Speaks His Mind*. The latter is terrific. You can hear a part of the lecture on the lecture Lewis did on the stories of Charles Williams here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Since: Apr 08

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Apr 17, 2008
 
hey guys did ull know that c.s lewis and j.r.r tolkien were really good friends...if yes can ull me more about them...a.s in i have heard j.r.r tolkien used to always criticize lewis on few points on his writing! is this true?
Brett Richardson

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Jul 19, 2008
 
I found some BBC archives of CS Lewis audio at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/chris...
The first clip is described as follows:
This is the only surviving footage of C.S. Lewis's broadcast talks. The New Men is the last episode in Beyond Personality, the third series. It was broadcast on BBC radio on 21st March 1944.
Karyn

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Apr 9, 2009
 
MP3 link to the Lewis broadcast. God bless C.S. Lewis.
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/csle...
Michelle B

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Sep 3, 2009
 
Does anyone know where I would get a copy of the WWII radio broadcasts from C.S. Lewis so the class I'm teaching could hear them?
Michelle B

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Sep 3, 2009
 
I've clicked on the links mentioned above, but there is no way to order them, copy them or dowload them...
mark

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Mar 30, 2010
 
You can listen to the surviving broadcast on Youtube. Here is the link. You will have to copy and paste it in your browser.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...
countryguy

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Sep 19, 2010
 
urbanchick33 wrote:
hey guys did ull know that c.s lewis and j.r.r tolkien were really good friends...if yes can ull me more about them...a.s in i have heard j.r.r tolkien used to always criticize lewis on few points on his writing! is this true?
you might enjoy this from anne mccants.

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-931-se...

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