Jean Metcalfe

1923 - 2000




Jean Metcalfe became one of the BBC's first female announcers during the war when she was appointed to the BBC General Forces Programme. She soon began to present records on the station's request show, Forces Favourites.

With the cesation of hostilities, she remained with the show when it was renamed Family Favourites and moved to the BBC Light Programme. She later married another of the show's presenters, Cliff Michelmore.

Metcalfe presented Woman's Hour in the 1950's and, after a gap away from the BBC, returned with If You Think You've Got Problems.

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Talking about starting in radio – BBC W African Service

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Oranges and Lemons The AEF story 1948 – BBC

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Dance Date 1949 – BBC

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Reading The Tailor of Gloucester – BBC

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Women’s Hour with Sue McGregor 1980 – BBC Radio 4

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