Sounds Of The 20th Century is an audio journey through five decades of triumph, tragedy and trivia in 50 hour-long episodes.

Each programme is dedicated to one year from 1951 to 2000 and features nothing that wasn’t heard, seen or read at the time. There is no presenter, no explanation, no hindsight, no ‘I-heart-the-80s’ reminiscences, just the music, the news, the radio, the TV and the movies as they were first experienced.

Jeremy Vine introduces Part 1 of Sounds Of The 20th Century at 10pm on Thursday April 7th. It features the real King’s speech (as he opens the Festival of Britain), a General Election victory for the Conservatives and their Liberal allies, the first hit single with multi-tracking (Les Paul’s How High The Moon), the first rock ’n’ roll record (Jackie Brentson’s Rocket 88), screen heroes from Marlon Brando to The Lone Ranger and much more.

This is the unofficial series blog from the producers of Sounds of the 20th Century.  The views expressed on this blog are not those of the BBC.