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Introduction During the war media was everywhere on lampposts in shops anywhere a person went they would see propaganda all around them The media got into peoples lives it influenced them and cheered them up It also told people about recent events it kept them informed Media took many forms in the war there was radio cinema newspapers and posters Television had no part in the war since the BBC went offline at the beginning of the war The governments main use of the media was to raise morale throughout Britain The population had to be happy so they could produce enough in the factories or out on the farms The public were also needed to support the war because if the government had a country full of people opposed to the war they would not be able to carry on Radio Every night people all over Britain were at home because of the blackout So for entertainment they turned to the radio This was the main tool of the government for information on the war and to boost the countrys moral The government also used the radio to get coded messages to their spies all over Europe All shows were scripted no one wanted a password or message given by mistake There would be a man with an official copy of the script checking everything that was said If someone did say something they werent supposed to the show would be cut immediately The BBC did the censorship themselves To cheer up the nation the BBC created a programme called Its that man again or ITMA It was named after a Daily Express headline about Hitler It was on every Thursday between 830 and 900pm The show was based around a Liverpool born comedian called Tommy Handly The other ITMA stars were Mrs Mopp the cleaner whose catchphrase was Can I do yer now sir Funf the bungling spy and the immortal Colonel Chinstrap
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