Family Favourites

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Family Favourites
Other names Two-Way Family Favourites
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Light Programme
BBC Radio 2
Syndicates ABC (Australia)
CBC (Canada)
Radio New Zealand
RTHK (Hong Kong)
Hosted by Cliff Michelmore
Jean Metcalfe
Michael Aspel
Judith Chalmers
Original release 1 August 1945 (1945-08-01) – 13 January 1980 (1980-01-13)
Opening theme With a Song in My Heart

Successor to the wartime show Forces Favourites, Family Favourites (remembered by its later name Two-Way Family Favourites) was broadcast at Sunday lunchtimes on the BBC Light Programme, BBC Radio 2 and the British Forces Broadcasting Service until 1980. It was a request programme designed to link families at home in the UK with British Forces serving in West Germany or elsewhere overseas. It was a big success.

It had the memorable signature tune "With a Song in My Heart" (original played by Andre Kostelanetz and his Orchestra) and was presented by a variety of well-known radio personalities including Cliff Michelmore, Jean Metcalfe,[1] Bill Crozier in Cologne, Michael Aspel, Judith Chalmers[2] and Sarah Kennedy. The final UK presenter was Jean Challis, although Ed Stewart continued to use the title for a segment of his weekday afternoon show, often linking up with places such as Australia & New Zealand, for another couple of years during the 1980s - during this time, the song "Hurry Home" by Wavelength became popular with the families of troops returning from the Falklands War.[3]


When it expanded it encompassed far-flung corners of the Commonwealth with, amongst others, Bill Paull being the link man in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June Armstrong-Wright from Hong Kong, Ross Symonds from Australia, Don Durbridge from Gibraltar and Marama Martin from New Zealand.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 
  3. ^ BBC Radio 2 documentary about the series, broadcast 30 August 1993