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Variety Playhouse


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Ted Ray introduces Variety Playhouse
with Variety Playhouse Pocket Theatre
Written by Jeremy Bullmore.
Starring Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert

Nidge of the News
A saga of Fleet Street.
With Ted Ray, Ronnie Barker, Patricia Hayes.

The George Mitchell Choir
BBC Revue Orchestra
(Leader, Antony Gilbert)
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz

(BBC recording)
(John Hargreaves broadcasts by permission of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company)


Presenter: Ted Ray
Writer (Variety Playhouse Pocket Theatre): Jeremy Bullmore
[Actress]: Cicely Courtneidge
[Actor]: Jack Hulbert
[Actor] (Nidge of the News): Ted Ray
[Actor] (Nidge of the News): Ronnie Barker
[Actress] (Nidge of the News): Patricia Hayes
Guest: Nicholas Parsons
Guest: John Hargreaves
Guest: Alan Loveday
Guest: Bernard Miles
Guest: Victoria Sladen
Singers: The George Mitchell Choir
Musicians: BBC Revue Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Antony Gilbert
Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Incidental Music: Edwin Braden
Announcer: Robin Boyle
Continuity and press sketch: Terry Nation
Continuity and press sketch: John Junkin
Producer: Alastair Scott-Johnston

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