Christine Orr

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Christine Orr was a novelist and dramatist who became organiser of the BBC's Scottish Children's Hour from 1936.

Early life

Born in Edinburgh, daughter of Sheriff Orr, she was educated at St George's School, Edinburgh, and Somerville College, Oxford.

Orr was a director of drama classes in Edinburgh University Settlement, Kirk o' Field College, Craigmillar College, and Cameron House, Edinburgh.

From 1929, she was editor of Greatheart, the Church of Scotland's magazine for children.

BBC career

Orr succeeded Cecile Walton as organiser of the BBC's Scottish Children's Hour on 29 December 1936.[1] In the opinion of broadcaster Howard Lockhart, she was "one of the best-loved and most delightful people ever to be on the BBC staff".[2]

Orr refused to take less than £500 per annum (she had been earning £600 as a freelance journalist) even though this was almost double the usual rate for the role.[3] It made her one of only three women who arrived at the BBC before the Second World War to earn more than £500.[4]

Orr became a talks assistant in 1940.[5]


  1. 'Miss Christine Orr's BBC appointment', Glasgow Herald, 2 December 1936, 7.
  2. Howard Lockhart, On My Wavelength (Aberdeen: Impulse Books, 1973), 24–5.
  3. Christine Orr to Melville Dinwiddie, 7 October 1936; Christine Orr to Pym, 13 November 1936; BBC WAC L1/328/1.
  4. The others were Hilda Matheson and Mary Adams.
  5. Kate Murphy, 'Behind the Wireless: A History of Early Women at the BBC (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 130.
Media offices
Preceded by
Cecile Walton
Scottish Children's Hour organiser
Succeeded by