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A programme for the fives to eights
Tom Tit Tot
An East Anglian fairy tale told by Eric Fowler
Introduced by Shirley Franklin
5.15 THEATRE QUIZ A contest between two teams of schoolchildren in Bristol and Coventry on questions about the theatre, cinema, radio, and television
Question-Masters: Ronald Russell in the Little Theatre, Bristol and Derek Newton in the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
The book by J. R. R. Tolkien abridged by Barbara Henderson read in thirteen instalments by David Davis
1: An Unexpected Party
What is a hobbit? I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are small people, very much larger than lilliputians, but smaller than dwarfs -and they have no beVds. They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours-chiefly green and yellow; wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick brown hair like the stuff on their heads-which is curly; have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and deep fruity laughs.


Told By: Eric Fowler
Introduced By: Shirley Franklin
Question-Masters: Ronald Russell
Question-Masters: Derek Newton
Book By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Abridged By: Barbara Henderson
Unknown: David Davis

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