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An excerpt from Man Alive


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A farcical comedy by John Dighton.
[Starring] Brian Reece and Robertson Hare
The scene is a shop window in Oxford Street. Time: the present, on the morning of New Year's Day
A special performance before an Invited audience, from the Aldwych Theatre, London (by arrangement with H. M. Tennent Ltd. and Linnit and Dunfee Ltd.)
Although the Aldwych Theatre has seen many successful plays since it was opened in 1905, it is perhaps best remembered for the long succession of farces that were presented there by Tom Walls and Ralph Lynn between the wars. And farce has again returned this week, with the opening of Man Alive, starring Robertson Hare and Brian Reece in a riotous romp about a wax dummy that comes to life under the rays of a sun lamp.
It is set in one of the display windows of a large Oxford Street store, of which Robertson Hare is the managing director, and tonight's excerpt from the theatre renews an old BBC association with author John Dighton, whose play The Happiest Days of Your Life was given its premiere performance in television at Alexandra Palace.
At 8.30


Author: John Dighton
Director: William Chappell
Setting: Hutchinson Scott
Presented for television by: John Vernon
Miss Yates: Elizabeth Addyman
Daphne Jameson: Wendy Craig
Belgravia: Joan Benham
Waldorf: Brian Reece
George Ingle: David Evans
Jubilee: Joan Sims
Mr Wembley: Geoffrey Dunn
Oakshott: Joan Hickson
Mr Hathaway: Robertson Hare
Doorman: Wilfred Boyle

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An excerpt from Man Alive

BBC Television, 18 June 1956 20.30

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The Sunday Post: Wendy Craig 4 December 2016

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