Why did J.B. Priestley’s Second World War Postscripts come to an end? Did Winston Churchill have him taken off the air?
This intriguing and perennial question was aired again on the BBC’s Yorkshire Inside Out programme on the 21st, which discussed a recent book by Richard North. I showed materials from the J.B. Priestley Archive that might shed light on the story and we also saw Churchill’s own Archive at Churchill College. If you missed the programme, catch up on the iplayer until Sunday – we are about 10 minutes from the end.
I should point out that North’s book and the interpretation put on the Priestley/Churchill story by the programme are controversial. If you’re interested in exploring this further, check out my Postscripts exhibition and Nicolas Hawkes’ pamphlet which used the BBC’s own archives and many scholarly sources (available to purchase from the J.B. Priestley Society).