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The Eiffel Tower

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The Wedding Party on the Eiffel Tower was originally written as a ballet with music, and spoken commentary by two impersonal 'recitants,' who explained the action as it was mimed by the corps de ballet. In this broadcast version many lines have been restored to the characters, but the recitants. still play an active part. The action takes place on the first platform of the Eiffel Tower, where a wedding party, heralded by a flying telegram, arrive for breakfast. Unbridled fantasy reigns. A photographer attempts to take a group-picture, but is hindered by the subjects of the photographs, not to mention the loquacious camera itself. Other 'crazy' incidents are a dance of the telegrams, arrival of a lady-cyclist, a sportsman stalking an ostrich, the consumption of a General by a lion, and, a little later, the return of the General, slightly paler and lacking a riding boot.

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National Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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