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The Day of the Sputnik
A play for radio by R. F. Delderfield with William Devlin
The day: Saturday, October 5, 1957. The place: Beechdene School, Somerset
Banjo played by Billy Bell t Produced by DAVID H. GODFREY


Unknown: R. F. Delderfield
Unknown: William Devlin
Played By: Billy Bell
Produced By: David H. Godfrey
The School Presence: John Ruddock
The Rev. Hector Fardell, M.A., the Headmaster: William Devlin
First Newsreader: Alvar Lidell
Fraser, the porter: John Rae
Miss Comber, the housekeeper: Molly Rankin
Brigadier Cameron, a Governor: Duncan McIntyre
Brandon, the Head Boy: Glyn Dearman
First Prefect: David Valla
Second Prefect: Alaric Cotter
Gilbert, a new boy: Nicolas Bell
Third formers: Tilling: Carlo Cura
Brooks: Nicholas Roylance
Harry Scatlev, the Junior History Master: Michael Spice
Fourth formers: Softly: Roger May
Fourth formers: Groom: Graham Aza
Fourth formers: Foster: Nicholas Hall
Fourth formers: Huxtable: Philip Needs
Margaret Highley, the Matron: Eva Stuart
Sir Neville Forbes, a friend of the Headmaster: Ralph Truman
Second Newsreader: Colin Doran
Jarrold, another new boy: Nicholas Charles

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