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Topical Budget 645-1: Another Great Ambassador - Wireless! (1924)


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"The eve of the new year, was the eve of a new era when millions in Britain 'listened in' to America". Shot of aerial mast and rooftops. "In this little hut at Biggin Hill was first heard the voice of a man speaking at Pittsburgh U.S.A.". View of hut, taken at night. "Capt West of the B.B.C. who first heard the voice from America - a voice which proclaims the beginning of a new bond between the two English speaking nations". Close- up of Captain West wearing earphones. "The nine-valve set which picked up America on a 100 metre wave length". Shot of two men wearing ear-phones standing beside the set. "Here they are! America talking". The men listen with their ear-phones, one removing his set to use a telephone. "Switching through the voice of America to Broadcasting Station". Man turns down a switch on bench. "From Biggin Hill runs a connecting line to the broadcaster". Shot of telegraph pole. "The broadcaster". Man speaking into microphone. "'Hello! Uncle Carectatus! Can you put me onto Mars?'" Boy seen tuning in a crystal set. "And all over the country, people 'listened in' to 'Big Ben'". People shown wearing ear-phones, facing a large photograph of the face of Big Ben. "A happy new year to you all" [message scrawled across the film].

Note: 'Uncle Carectatus' (presumably man speaking into microphone) is BBC broadcaster and future film director Cecil Lewis.