modernist heroines

modernist heroines

north west heroines of the 20th century

Olive Shapley

Olive ShapleyPosted by Maureen Tue, March 01, 2011 15:25:39

British radio producer and broadcaster.

In 1934 she began her career with the BBC as Children's Hour organiser with the responsibility of producing five hour-long programmes every week. These included at least two full-length live plays a week. After the war she became the third presenter of ‘Woman's Hour’, a programme with which she was associated for over twenty years, producing the programme between 1949 and 1953. Meanwhile, she began to develop a career as a presenter in the new television medium. In the mid-1960s her Manchester home became a refuge (as a charitable trust) for single mothers and later, in the late 1970s, for Vietnamese boat people


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