Lift Up Your Hearts

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Lift Up Your Hearts: A Thought For Today was a daily breakfast-time religious feature broadcast on the BBC Home Service from 4 December 1939. Originated by Scottish Director Melville Dinwiddie at the start of the Second World War, the five-minute talk or prayer came initially from the Queen Margaret Drive studios in Glasgow.



With his normal workload reduced by half following the start of the Second World War, the BBC's Gaelic Assistant, Hugh Macphee, looked after the series as part of an extended remit which covered religious programmes.[1]

When the feature first launched it began at 7.30 am, immediately prior to Up in the Morning Early. From 1 May 1940, it was moved to a slot after that programme at 7.55 am.

In September 1941, at the request of some listeners, 'the short talks alternated, week by week, with prayers'.[2]

By 1944 the programme was sponsored by the Director of Regional Broadcasting's department.[3]


15–20 February 1943: Rev Hamish Mackenzie of Orchardhill Church, Giffnock.


  1. 'Scottish Region Staff', circa January 1940, BBC WAC R13/372.
  2. BBC Handbook 1942, 60.
  3. Melville Dinwiddie, ’Monthly Report: Scotland: November 1944’, 1 December 1944, BBC WAC R34/748/1.