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: Bright and Early

Harold Geller and his Orchestra


Unknown: Harold Geller

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


A gramophone miscellany


' The Call to Obedience '
Reading from Genesis 2, with comment

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


BBC Scottish Variaty Orchestra
Conductor, Kemlo Stephen


Conductor: Kemlo Stephen


Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No. 2 played by Harry Danks (viola)
Jacqueline Townshend (piano)


Viola: Harry Danks
Piano: Jacqueline Townshend


by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke


RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY. ' Conflict or Alliance?' by K. G. Collier , Senior Lecturer in Education at St. Luke's College, Exeter, and Martin Jarrett-Kerr , of the Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield
The speakers discuss some of the questions that have arisen in this series of talks on belief in God and the rise of science
10.5 News commentary


Unknown: K. G. Collier
Unknown: Martin Jarrett-Kerr


Paraphrase 19
New Every Morning (revised) 87 Psalm 100 (Broadcast Psalter) St. Matthew 26. vv. 31-46
Lighten the darkness (S.P. 103)

: Music While You Work

Band of the Grenadier Guards
Conducted by Capt. F. J. Harris
Director of Music


Conducted By: Capt. F. J. Harris

: For the Schools: Special Health Week for Schools: 1: Eating and Drinking

The first of a series of five talks by the Radio Doctor for boys and girls aged ten to fifteen


Brian Vesey - FitzGerald introduces the speakers : G. A. Steven and Ludwig Koch
Production by Desmond Hawkins


Unknown: Brian Vesey
Unknown: G. A. Steven
Unknown: Ludwig Koch
Production By: Desmond Hawkins


Paul Adam and his Mayfair Music


Unknown: Paul Adam


with The Malcolm Mitchell Trio
Terry O'Brien Tony Hancock
BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins
Introduced by David Jacobs
Produced by John Hooper


Unknown: Terry O'Brien
Unknown: Tony Hancock
Conductor: Rae Jenkins
Introduced By: David Jacobs
Produced By: John Hooper

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Harry Davidson and his Orchestra with Vera Florence
Master of Ceremonies,
A. J. Latimer
Script written and programme introduced by Freddy Grisewood


Unknown: Harry Davidson
Unknown: Vera Florence
Unknown: A. J. Latimer
Introduced By: Freddy Grisewood


(Leader, Colin Sauer )
Conductor, Kathleen Merritt
Philip Levi (piano)


Leader: Colin Sauer
Conductor: Kathleen Merritt
Piano: Philip Levi


The Children's Village
High in the mountains of Eastern Switzerland is a village where war orphans of eight different nationalities live together. The programme tells the story of this post-war experiment, with recordings of the children's songs, games, and lessons by Marjorie Banks and Edward Ward


Unknown: Marjorie Banks
Unknown: Edward Ward


Anona Winn , Daphne Padel , Jack Train , and Richard Dimbleby ask all the questions; and Stewart MacPherson knows (almost) all the answers


Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Daphne Padel
Unknown: Jack Train
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby


and his Orchestre Moderne

: Records at Four-Thirty

John Hollingsworth's Half-Hour


Presenter: John Hollingsworth


Norman Shelley in ' Winnie-the-Pooh ' by A. A. Milne
Adapted for broadcasting by David Davis with music by H. Fraser-Simson
8—' Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water'
5.20 ' I Lived on a Cattle Ranch,' by Gordon McConnel. 5—' The Skunk Squatter'
Impressions by Peter Cavanagh
5.50 This week's programmes


Unknown: Norman Shelley
Unknown: A. A. Milne
Broadcasting By: David Davis
Music By: H. Fraser-Simson
Unknown: Gordon McConnel.
Unknown: Peter Cavanagh
Pooh: Norman Shelley
Piglet: Wilfred Babbage
Christopher Robin: Sheila Moloney
Owl: Philip Wade
Narrator: David Davis

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: First House: On Tour with the Duffs

by Godfrey and Alec Harrison
Incidental music written and arranged by Frank Cordell
[Starring] Patricia Burke
BBC Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Rae Jenkins


Writer: Godfrey Harrison
Writer: Alec Harrison
Incidental music written and arranged by: Frank Cordell
Musicians: BBC Variety Orchestra
Conducted by: Rae Jenkins
Production: Audrey Cameron
Bill Freeman, an agent: Hugh Morton
Mr Blunt: Deryck Guyler
Peter Culver: Noel Johnson
Jimmy Duff: Ernest Jay
Johnnie Duff: John Stevens
Pat Duff: Patricia Burke


Conducted by Clarence Raybould
(first broadcast performance in England)


Conducted By: Clarence Raybould


6-From School to Job
What do they want to do? Who wants a steady job? Who wants a pension? What does the Youth Employment Service offer?
These and other questions are asked by fathers and mothers all over the country. This programme, the last in the series, brings answers from men and women who are studying our children

: Our Town

by Thornton Wilder
Adapted for broadcasting by Cynthia Pughe
[Starring] Martha Scott with William Eythe and Stanley Maxted
Thornton Wilder is one of those contemporary playwrights who are trying to lead modem drama away from the realistic problem play and the naturalistic tragedy to a more imaginative interpretation of life; the realistic problem play being represented, in England at any rate, by those conflicts of loyalties fought out by Granville-Barker, John Galsworthy, and their successors, and the naturalistic tragedy favoured by the Lancashire and Yorkshire schools, in which the curtain almost invariably rose on a squalid kitchen, with father out of work, mother on the streets, and the eldest son in prison. Wilder's Our Town belongs to neither of these categories. It is indeed a foreshadowing of The Skin of Our Teeth - although its impressionism may be not so profound.
Every rule of the realistic theatre is deliberately and cheerfully broken. It opens with the Stage Manager coming forward and taking the audience into his confidence: 'Well now, listeners, the name of our town is Grover's Corner, New Hampshire. It's just a little place - the population is 2,640. I'll try and give you a rough idea of the lay-out, so as you can get a kinda mental picture. Right here, where I'm standing, is Main Street, with the Post Office, the Town Hall, and a row of stores with hitchin' posts and horse blocks in front of them. We don't have automobiles yet, for this is May 7, 1901, just before dawn.'
And after that we have little cameos of the people in Our Town whose population of 2,640 has during this night, owing to the public spirit of Mrs. Goruslawski, increased to 2,642. We meet Dr. and Mrs. Gibbs and their two children, Mr. and Mrs. Webb and their two children, the newspaper boy, the milkman, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. It needn't be Grover's Corner at all. It is, in fact, everyone's corner; every corner of the earth where life's little comedies and tragedies go on, unchronicled except by observant people like Thornton Wilder.
(Stephen Williams)
First broadcast 28 September 1946.


Writer: Thornton Wilder
Broadcasting By: Cynthia Pughe
Produced By: Val Gielgud
Unknown: Stephen Williams
Stage Manager: Stanley Maxted
Dr Gibbs: Tommy Duggan
Jo Crowell: Sydney Keith
Honie Newcome: Harry Ross
Mrs Gibbs: Margaret Boyd
Mrs Webb: Lorna Davis
George Gibbs: William Eythe
Rebecca Gibbs: Tucker McGuire
Wally Webb: Alan Pearce
Emily Webb: Martha Scott
Professor Willard: Frank Cram
Mr Webb: Hal Thompson
Mrs Soames: Rita Vale
Constable Warren: Larry Burns
Simon Stimson: Stephen Jack
Joe Stoddard: Eddy Reed
Sam Craig: J. Adrian Byrne
Artistic woman: Janet Morrison
The: Singers were a section of the BBC Variety Chorus
Organist: Maurice Vinden

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