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: Bright and Early

Marcel Gardner and his Serenade Orchestra


Unknown: Marcel Gardner

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Australia v. England
A report on the third day's play


Conducted by Lou Whiteson


Conducted By: Lou Whiteson


A Christmas Anthology
' The Shepherds'

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


Australia v. England
Summary of the third day's play by Alan McGilvray , Australian cricket commentator
From the cricket ground at Melbourne


Play By: Alan McGilvray


Light music and songs from Switzerland


Henrietta Byrne (soprano)
Sadde Sloan and Oathleen Wright
(two pianos)


Soprano: Henrietta Byrne
Soprano: Sadde Sloan
Soprano: Oathleen Wright


A programme of records presented by Stuart Hibberd


Presented By: Stuart Hibberd


Feast of St. Stephen Christians
, awake, salute the happy morn (A. and M. 61; S.P. 73)
New Every Morning, page 4
Carol: Good King Wenceslas Acts 7, vv. 54-60
The Son of God goes forth to war
(A. and M. 439; S.P. 216)


Unknown: Stephen Christians


A musical entertainment
Peter Pears (tenor)
Shura Cherkassky (piano)
John Francis (flute) Joy Boughton (oboe)
Norbert Brainin (violin) Siegmund Nissel (violin)
Peter Schidlof (viola) Martin Lovett (cello)
Programme arranged by Basil Douglas


Tenor: Peter Pears
Piano: Shura Cherkassky
Flute: John Francis
Oboe: Joy Boughton
Violin: Norbert Brainin
Violin: Siegmund Nissel
Viola: Peter Schidlof
Cello: Martin Lovett
Arranged By: Basil Douglas

: A Musical Greeting from THE UNITED STATES ARMY BAND

Conducted by Captain Hugh J. Curry


Conducted By: Captain Hugh J. Curry


Introduced by Derek Baker
Robin Holmes , Duncan Maclntyre Margaret Vines , Preston Lockwood
Dylan Thomas , Hugh Metcalfe
Produced by John Arlott


Introduced By: Derek Baker
Readers: Robin Holmes
Readers: Duncan MacLntyre
Unknown: Margaret Vines
Unknown: Preston Lockwood
Unknown: Dylan Thomas
Unknown: Hugh Metcalfe
Produced By: John Arlott

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: The Third Man

Adapted for radio by Desmond Carrington from the sound-track of the Carol Reed production for London Films.
[Starring] Joseph Cotten, Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard


Adapted by: Desmond Carrington
Producer: Thurstan Holland
Holly Martins: Joseph Cotten
Anna Schmidt: Valli
Harry Lime: Orson Welles
Major Calloway: Trevor Howard
Sergeant Paine: Bernard Lee
Baron Kurtz: Ernst Deutsch
Popescu: Siegfried Breuer
Dr Winkel: Erich Ponto
Harry's porter: Paul Hoerbiger
Mr Crabbin: Wilfrid Hyde-White
Narrator: Wilfred Thomas


Musical Director,
Harald Hedding


Unknown: Harald Hedding


Irene Scharrer (piano)
Sonata in B flat minor. Op. 35 Berceuse. Op. 57


Piano: Irene Scharrer


An excerpt from Tom Arnold 's
' Humpty Dumpty' with Norman Evans as Martha
Betty Jumel as Humpty Dumpty
Patricia Burke as Captain Valentine
Hazel Bray as Princess Marigold
Described by David Southwood
From the Empire Theatre, Liverpool


Unknown: Tom Arnold
Unknown: Norman Evans
Unknown: Martha
Unknown: Betty Jumel
Unknown: Patricia Burke
Unknown: Captain Valentine
Unknown: Hazel Bray
Unknown: Princess Marigold
Unknown: David Southwood


Quiz-Masters, Lionel Hale , Wynford Vaughan Thomas , Robert MacDermot , Lionel Gamlin , and Gilbert Harding are asked by each other the type of question that they usually put to their victims
John Snagge sees fair play
As the programme is unrehearsed, anything may happen


Unknown: Lionel Hale
Unknown: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Unknown: Robert MacDermot
Unknown: Lionel Gamlin
Unknown: Gilbert Harding
Unknown: John Snagge


' The Leprechaun's Christmas Banquet': another story about Mr. Murphy and Timothy John. Written and read by George Nash
' Blinker's Christmas Eve '
A short play by Alan Roberts
Produced by Cioely Mathews
' How Christmas Customs in Ulster Have Changed': a talk by Michael Murphy
Singing games with the Harding Memorial Primary School Choir


Unknown: Mr. Murphy
Unknown: Timothy John.
Read By: George Nash
Play By: Alan Roberts
Produced By: Cioely Mathews
Talk By: Michael Murphy
Blinker: Derek Browne
Milkman: H J Blaney
Woman: Nita Hardie
Little girl: Helen Moran
Imposter Santa: Harold Goldblatt
Airport Announcer: Graeme Roberts
Ronnie Racehorse: Alfred Arnold
Father Christmas: Maurice Maxwell
Boy: Jim Park
Girl: Diana Benn

: The Weather

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

: At The Test Match

News and opinions on the latest cricket scores, from Melbourne, and a glimpse into the past.
Listeners can hear the recorded voices of E.W. Swanton and Alan McGilvray from Australia, Sir Donald Bradman, L.C. Braund, the old Somerset and England player; and the M.C.C. cricket team now in Australia sends Christmas wishes home.


Speaker: E.W. Swanton
Speaker: Alan McGilvray
Speaker: Sir Donald Bradman
Speaker: L.C. Braund

: Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford in 'CHRISTMAS AT THE WOOLCOTTS'

Ly John Jowett
Story told by John Jowett
Production by Vernon Harris


Unknown: John Jowett
Told By: John Jowett
Production By: Vernon Harris
Woolcott: Naunton Wayne
Spencer: Basil Radford
Sally: Mary MacKenzie
Jonathan: Patricia Hayes
Susan: Patricia Field
Aunt Muriel: Wynne Clarke
Mrs Thing: Dorothy Summers
Mr Openshaw: Sydney Tafler
Mr Bummer: Robert Doming
Dustman: Stephen Jack


or ' Mother Gilhoolilocks and the Wooden Babe '
An all-star Pantomime
The George Mitchelil Choir
Devised and written by Sid Colin and Gordon Crier with Laurie Wyman
Augmented Dance Orchestra Conducted by Stanley Bliack Production by Tom Ronald


Written By: Sid Colin
Written By: Gordon Crier
Unknown: Laurie Wyman
Conducted By: Stanley Bliack
Production By: Tom Ronald
Solitaire, the Demon: Ethel Revnell
Fairy Queen: Ethel Revnell
Aubrey Norman Beckies: Ethel Revnell
Rosemary Ethel: Ethel Revnell
Mother Gilhoolilocks (a poor dame): Noel Purcell
Archie, (her son the wooden babe): Archie Andrews
Squire Squire, Esq (a squire): Max Wall
Vera (his lovely daughter): Vera Lynn
Half Nelson (a hungry giant): Fred Yule
The Wizard of Quiz The Deadly Wood Brothers The Hediley Ward Trio: Gilbert Harding
The Goose: Peter Brough


by Compton Mackenzie
Compton Mackenzie remembers some of the pantomimes of his childhood, including his first pantomime at Drury Lane in January 1887 when he was * on the edge of four.*


Unknown: Compton MacKenzie
Unknown: Compton MacKenzie


Kay Hammond , Joyce Grenfell Gladys Young , Chairman Innes John Clements , Gilbert Harding
In the Chair, Roy Plomley
Production by Pat Dixon


Unknown: Kay Hammond
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Gladys Young
Unknown: Innes John Clements
Unknown: Gilbert Harding
Production By: Pat Dixon


(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Constant Lambert
* On with the dance * might well be the title of this programme, in which Russian. French, Irish, and English composers are represented. The Cossack Dance from Mazeppa occurs in the first act while Mazeppa is being entertained by his rival, Kochouby. in his garden, and the followers of the two leaders vie with each other in dance and song.
' The Fair Day ' is actually the Scherzo from Sir Hamilton Harty 's Irish Symphony. Delibes, who was much admired by Tchaikovsky, wrote music for ' Sylvia or the Nymph of Dians ' in 1876. Described as a mythological ballet, it was in three acts and it contained a wealth of melodious, picturesque music.
Irmelin and Koanga are both early operas by Delius. The former has a fairy-tale as its subject; the latter reflects the composer's experiences of tropical scenery when as a young man he worked as an orange-planter m Florida.
As to the Polovtsian Dances,
Sir Arnold Bax has said that when he first heard them, in Moscow, he was * so headily excited that he came near to casting himself from the dress circle into the stalls.'
Harold Rutland


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Constant Lambert
Unknown: Sir Hamilton Harty
Unknown: Sir Arnold Bax
Unknown: Harold Rutland

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