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: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

Relayed from the Carlton Restaurant.


Musicians: John Stean's Carlton Celebrity Orchestra

: The Bristol Orchestra

Relayed from the Glen Pavilion, Clifton, Bristol.


Musicians: The Bristol Orchestra
Musical Director: Richard Austin

: Ella Retford

Songs and Impressions


Singer/Impressionist: Ella Retford

: S.B. from London

(9.45 Local Announcements)

: The National Trio


Performers: The National Trio

: Helen Alston

Songs at the Piano


Singer/Pianist: Helen Alston

: The Prize Pigeon

A Play, in One Act, by Laurence Housman.
Scene: A living room in a workmen's tenement.

Everything costs money nowadays, and prize pigeons are no exception, though at the Rest of times they could never have been bought for a mere song. The hero of the play, nevertheless, did try to make his wife believe that he had acquired a valuable prize-winner for a couple of shillings, when he proudly returned one day with a new pedigree bird.
The suspecting Polly, however, had other ideas regarding the value of anything on which its owner could dote so fondly, and she surmised the real price when trying to account for a considerable drop in the housekeeping allowance that had been coming to her of late.


Writer: Laurence Housman
Tom (a railway signalman): J.D. Jones
Polly (his wife): Gwen James
Maggie (his young sister): Betty Pryer

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

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Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

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