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: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


London Light Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Michael Krein with Arthur Sahdford (piano)


Conducted By: Michael Krein
Piano: Arthur Sahdford


Last of four services for Advent
Conducted by the Rev. Professor C. H. Dodd, D.D.
Hark, the glad sound; the Saviour comes (E.H. 6)
O for a thousand tongues to sing
(E.H. 446)
Lesson: Istaiah 9, vv. 2-7
All hail the power (E.H. 364)
Sermon: From Advent to Christmas O come. all ye faithful (E.H. 614) Blessing
Hymns sung by the BBC Singers
Directed and accompanied at the organ by Dr. G. Thalben-Ball
From Broadcasting House. London


Unknown: Rev. Professor C. H. Dodd, D.D.
Unknown: Dr. G. Thalben-Ball


Overture. Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck): Halle Orchestra. conducted by Sir John Barbirolli
Piano Concerto No 1. in F sharp minor (Rachmaninov): Rachmaninov (piano) and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy
A Carol Symphony (Hely-Hutchinson):
Me-tropole Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dolf van der Linden on gramophone records


Unknown: Halle Orchestra.
Conducted By: Sir John Barbirolli
Conducted By: Eugene Ormandy
Conducted By: Dolf van Der Linden


6-Becoming a Beak
Talk by Claud Mullins
Most barristers find in the Bench the end of their professional ambition, but for Mr. Mullins the day he became a metropolitan magistrate was one of opportunity.'


Talk By: Claud Mullins


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Alec Robertson
' Music Magazine's Christmas Card ' composed by Arnold Bax and played by Harriet Cohen
' Christmas Carols : I-For smaller choirs' by Hubert Foss. with recorded illustrations by the choir of Christ Church. Shamley Green. Surrey
'Zdenek Fibich (1850-1900) ' by Richard Gorer
A musical quiz for Christmas by Spike Hughes


Edited By: Anna Instone
Unknown: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Alec Robertson
Composed By: Arnold Bax
Played By: Harriet Cohen
Unknown: Hubert Foss.
Unknown: Shamley Green. Surrey
Unknown: Zdenek Fibich
Unknown: Richard Gorer
Unknown: Spike Hughes


Five experts on films, theatre, books, radio, and art
Conducted by Basil Wright
12.11 Films- Dilys Powell
12.20 Theatre: Philip Hope-Wallace
12.28 Books: William Plomer
12.37 Radio: M R. Ridley
12.45 Art: Demis Mathews


Conducted By: Basil Wright
Unknown: Dilys Powell
Unknown: Philip Hope-Wallace
Unknown: William Plomer
Unknown: R. Ridley
Unknown: Demis Mathews

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


A Christmas programme from all over Great Britain
Introduced by Ralph Wightman
Music arranged by Francis Collinson and played by the Wynford Reynolds Sextet
Singer, Cyril Tucker
Produced by Edward Livesey


Introduced By: Ralph Wightman
Arranged By: Francis Collinson
Singer: Cyril Tucker
Produced By: Edward Livesey


A programme of seasonable operatic records introduced by Stephen Williams


Introduced By: Stephen Williams


Roy Hay introduces a discussion on this subject, in which the following g'ardeners from different parts of Great Britain join :
F. W. Loads (Lancashire)
Robert ScarLebt (Midlothian)
Fred Streeter (Sussex)
Professor R. H. Stoughton
(Reading University)


Introduces: Roy Hay
Unknown: Robert Scarlebt
Unknown: Fred Streeter
Unknown: Professor R. H. Stoughton

: A Christmas Carol

A radio version of the story by Charles Dickens
[Starring] Alec Guinness
Other parts played by Ella Milne, Leslie Crowther, Geoffrey Underwood, Gabrielle Blunt . and Denise Bryer
Incidental music composed by Hal Evans and conducted by Trevor Harvey
Carol sung by boys from All Saints' Choir School
Production by Cleland Finn
No Christmas is ever complete without Dickens. It is fashionable today to see some of his books as savage exposures of Victorian society. It is even fashionable to dwell at length, and sometimes disparagingly, upon his private life. But at Christmas the propagandist Dickens and the Dickens sometimes difficult to live with are forgotten. To paraphrase Scrooge: every twenty-fifth of December we allow him to pillage our hearts-and never more appropriately than with ' A Christmas Carol.' Here he brings merriment and goodness of heart and a masterly sense of story-telling. Here is the very essence of good cheer, comfort, and warmth. Here is a wintry touch of spookiness wi:h ghosts and the clank of chains. And here, most seasonal of all, is the miraculous, as Scrooge's crabbed miserliness is changed, with that suddenness and that certainly which always constitutes a miracle, into sunny generosity— and all by the spirit of Christmas which, paradoxically, Dickens seems to have done so much to create. (Elwyn Jones)


Story By: Charles Dickens
Played By: Ella Milne
Played By: Leslie Crowther
Played By: Geoffrey Underwood.
Played By: Gabrielle Blunt
Played By: Denise Bryer
Composed By: Hal Evans
Conducted By: Trevor Harvey
Production By: Cleland Finn
Unknown: Elwyn Jones
Narrator: Keith Pyott
Bob Cratchit: Charles Leno
Fred: Michael Harding
Scrooge: Alec Guinness
Martey's Ghost: Hamilton Dyce
Ghost of Christmas Past: Martin Lewis
Mr Fezziwig: Bryan Powley
Mrs Cratcbit: Susan Richards
Tiny Tim: John Charlesworth
Ghost of Christmas Present: Stanley Groome


in King's College Chapel Cambridge upon Christmas Eve


' Coppelia ' by Delibes
The story adapted by Ursula Roseveare and told by Bruce Belfrage with the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, Frank Thomas )
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
The music of the ballet Coppelia, with choreography by Merante , was composed by Delibes in his early twenties. He had already written a number of operettas for various theatres in Paris, but his great chance came when he was appointed to the musical staff of the Opera. Coppelia was produced at the Opera in May 1870, but it ran for only a few weeks, as the Franco-Prussian War broke out that summer. Later this charming ballet came into its own, particularly in London at the Old Empire Theatre, with Adeline Genee in the title role.


Unknown: Delibes
Adapted By: Ursula Roseveare
Told By: Bruce Belfrage
Leader: Frank Thomas
Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
Choreography By: Merante
Composed By: Delibes
Unknown: Adeline Genee


Overseas Post Bag
Christmas greetings and news from boys and girls in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Holland, Belgium, United States of America, France, Switzerland, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, . Singapore, and Hong Kong
Edited by Lorraine Davies


Edited By: Lorraine Davies

: The Weather

Shipping and general weather forecasts, followed by a detailed forecast for South-east England


BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Clarence Raybould
Shura Cherkassky (piano)
In his autobiography Berlioz tells us that when Benvenulo Cellini was produced in Paris in 1838, the Overture received tremendous applause, but the rest of the opera was ' hissed with admirable energy and unanimity.' The Overture suggests the boisterous spirit of a carnival in Rome in the sixteenth century, the solemnity surrounding a Cardinal, and the love felt by Cellini for Teresa, the young daughter of Balducct, treasurer of the Pope.
It was the illustrations to a book of French fairy stories that inspired Ravel to write his ' Mother Goose ' Suite. ' The idea of conjuring up the poetry of childhood in these pieces,' he said, ' has naturally led me to simplify my style and clarify my writing.'
Rachmaninov's brilliant Rhapsody consists of a set of continuous variations on Pagamni's Violin Caprice in A minor. The work was first performed at Baltimore in 1934, with the composer playing the volo part and Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. Harold Rutland


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Clarence Raybould
Piano: Shura Cherkassky


from St. Columba's Presbyterian Church, Worthing. Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. Leslie J. Macpherson Introduction
Good Christian men, rejoice (C.H. 58) Lesson : St. Luke 2, vv. 4-20 Carols:
In the manger he lies (Polish, arr.
In the bleak mid-winter (C.H. 50; music by Harold Darke )
See In yonder manger low (C.H. 51)
Thou dddst leave thy throne (C.H. 67)
As with gladness (C.H. 63) Benediction
Organist and Choirmaster. John Crabb


Unknown: Rev. Leslie J. MacPherson
Music By: Harold Darke
Choirmaster: John Crabb


Appeal on behalf of the British Sailors' Society, by Gladys Young
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
The British Sailors' Society from its beginning in 1818 has spread world wide. founding a chain of sailors' clubs and hostels. Every aspect of caring for seamen is dealt with in its vo'untarily supported system.
A sea training school on the Norfolk
Broads trains lads for the Merchant Navy, and seamen's orphans are received into the school without payment. The Society extends its contacts with seamen on ships and hospitals by a staff of visiting chaplains and missionaries, and cases of need are specially dealt with by its Welfare Department, which helps promptly and sympathetically. At sea the Society provides ocean libraries and games cabinets.
The hostels of the Society are modern and comfortable. Bedrooms and board are provided at the lowest possible charges, and chapels, concert halls, and the full amenities for religious and social contacts are administered hy its chaplains and managers.


Unknown: Miss Gladys Young

: Richard Attcnborough in ' OUR MUTUAL FRIEND '

by Charles Dickens
Dramatised for broadcasting by Mabel Constanduros and Howard Agg
11 — ' In which we are present at two weddings '
Other parts played by Howieson Culff and Bryan Powley
Produced by Hugh Stewart


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Broadcasting By: Mabel Constanduros
Played By: Howieson Culff
Played By: Bryan Powley
Produced By: Hugh Stewart
John Harmon: Richard Attemborough
Bella Wilfer: Victoria Hopper
Rumty Wilfer: Richard Hurndall
Eugene Wraoylburn: David Peel
Mortimer Lightwood: Arthur Lawrence
Bradley Headstome: Heron Carvic
Lizzie Hexam: Gabrielle Blunt
Charley Hexam: Alastair Duncan
Roger Ridertiood: Willoughiby Gray
George Sampson: Donald Gray
Briggs: John Cavanah


A programme of Christmas music specially recorded in Greece, Yugoslavia, Italy,. Austria, France, Belgium, and Great Britain, and arranged in illustration of the Christmas story as told in the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Luke
With a verse commentary by Terence Tiller
Readers : Jill Balcon
Felix Aylmer , Alan Wheatley
Produced by Terence Tiller and Maurice Brown


Commentary By: Terence Tiller
Readers: Jill Balcon
Readers: Felix Aylmer
Unknown: Alan Wheatley
Produced By: Terence Tiller
Produced By: Maurice Brown


New London Quartet:
Eric Gruenberg (violin) Lionel Bentley (violin)
Keith Cummings (viola) Douglas Cameron , (cello)


Violin: Eric Gruenberg
Violin: Lionel Bentley
Viola: Keith Cummings
Cello: Douglas Cameron


' The word was made flesh '
Silent might, holy might St. John 1, vv. 1-14
Behold the great Creator (S.P. 72) 1 John 4. v. 14

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