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: Bright and Early

Marcel Gardner and his Serenade Orchestra

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


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


and his Light Orchestra

: Lift Up Your Hearts!

A talk by the Rev. T. Nefyn Williams of Pwllheli, North Wales


Speaker: The Rev. T. Nefyn Williams

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Third Test Match: Australia v. England

Summary of the fourth day's play by E.W. Swanton, cricket correspondent of the Daily Telegraph
From Sydney Cricket Ground


Speaker: E.W. Swanton


Mantovani and his Orchestra


Nora Cannell (soprano)
Francesco Gabarro (cello)


Soprano: Nora Cannell
Cello: Francesco Gabarro

: A Himalayan Climb

Talk by Wilfrid Noyce


Speaker: Wilfrid Noyce

: This Week's Composer

Records of his keyboard music


News Commentary

: The Daily Service

Great Shepherd of thy people (A. and M. 690)
New Every Morning, page 90
Psalm 121 (Broadcast psalter)
St. Mark 1. vv. 14-28
Paraphrase 60

: Music While You Work

Ralph Elman and his Bohemian Players


Musicians: Ralph Elman and his Bohemian Players


with Cyril Hornby (tenor)


Tenor: Cyril Hornby

: The Carter String Trio

Mary Carter (violin)
Anatole Mines (viola)
Peggie Sampson (cello)

Trio Sonata in F - Boyce
Trio in D, Op. 9 No. 2 - Beethoven


Violinist: Mary Carter
Violaist: Anatole Mines
Cellist: Peggie Sampson

: Midday Miscellany

A record programme presented by Joy Worth


Presenter: Joy Worth

: Workers' Playtime

from a canteen in Irthlingborough
with Janet Davis
The Petersen Brothers
Douglas 'Cardew' Robinson
Harry Engleman at the piano


Entertainer: Janet Davis
Entertainers: The Petersen Brothers
Comedian: Douglas Cardew Robinson
Pianist: Harry Engleman
Presenter: Philip Garston-Jones

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Third Test Match: Australia v. England

A summary of the fourth day's play by Crawford White, cricket correspondent of the News Chronicle


Speaker: Crawford White


(Shortened version of last Saturday's broadcast.)


Conductor, Rae Jenkins
George Eskdale (trumpet)


Conductor: Rae Jenkins
Conductor: George Eskdale

: Choral Evensong

From St. Mark's, North Audley Street, London
The hour cometh (Merbecke)
Versicles and Responses (Tallis)
Psalms 47, 48
First Lesson: Amos 2
Magnificat (Stanford in G)
Second Lesson: Galatians 2
Nunc dimittis (Stanford in G)
Creed and Collects
Anthem: O joyful light (W. H. Harris)

O joyful light of the heavenly glory of the everlasting Father which is in heaven, holy and blessed, Jesus Christ our Lord. We are come unto the going down of the sun, and at eventide we have seen light. Therefore we give thanks and praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit of God. Worthy art thou at all times to be praised with holy voices, Son of God, giver of life: therefore doth the world glorify thee. Amen

Triumphal March: Nun danket alle Gott (Karg-Elert)


Organist: Maurice Vinden


A story written and read by John Betjeman


Read By: John Betjeman

: Eddie Calvert and his Rumba Band

and his Rumba Band


Muisicians: Eddie Calvert and his Rumba Band

: An Essay on Corpulence

Scientific advice by Professor E.C. Dodds, F.R.C.P., F.R.S.
Programme written and produced by Nesta Pain

Why do some people grow fat and others remain thin on an almost identical diet? This is still something of a mystery, in spite of many attempts to find out the causes of obesity. What is certain, however, is that obesity can be controlled and corrected. This programme records some of the experiments that have been carried out, explodes some popular fallacies, and gives an outline of the facts about diet, weight, and exercise.


Scientific Adviser: Professor E.C. Dodds
Writer/Producer: Nesta Pain

: Children's Hour

A Nursery Sing Song with Doris and Gwen

'Dino, Peppino and the Red Leather Suit'
A story by Joan Noble
Told by Herbert Smith

followed by
5.25 Cowleaze Farm
by Ralph Whitlock
'The Blacksmith and the Fox'
Produced by Mollie Austin in the BBC's West of England studios


Author (Dino, Peppino and the Red Leather Suit): Joan Noble
Storyteller (Dino, Peppino and the Red Leather Suit): Herbert Smith
Writer (Cowleaze Farm): Ralph Whitlock
Producer (Cowleaze Farm): Mollie Austin
Pat: Thea Hanks
Mary: Mary Harley
Farmer Whitlock: Ralph Whitlock
Mrs Whitlock: Phyllis Smale
Mr Mark Hardan the blacksmith: Victor Fawkes
Huntsman: Norman Kendall

: The Weather

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

: Marching and Waltzing

The marches played by the Band of the Irish Guards
Conducted by Lieutenant C. H. Jaeger (Director of Music)
The waltzes played by the Raeburn Orchestra
Conductor, Wynford Reynolds
Programme introduced by Frederick Allen


Presenter: Frederick Allen
Musicians: The Band of the Irish Guards
Conductor: Lieutenant C.H. Jaeger
Musicians: The Raeburn Orchestra
Conductor: Wynford Reynolds

: First House: Can You Beat It?

In this spontaneous broadcast the resident raconteurs - Terry Thomas, Clay Keyes, Rupert Hazel, and Michael Howard - try to cap stories sent by listeners


Presenter: Joe Linnane
Panellist: Terry Thomas
Panellist: Clay Keyes
Panellist: Rupert Hazel
Panellist: Michael Howard
Producer: Frederick Piffard

: Mother Goose

Excerpt from Bertram Montague's pantomime from Princes Theatre, London
with The Iris Kirkwhite Dancers
Book and lyrics by Barry Lupino and Arty Ash
Devised and produced by Bertram Montague
Mantovani's Orchestra
Directed by Owen Walters
Introduced by Brian Johnston


Stage Producer: Bertram Montague
Book and lyrics: Barry Lupino
Book and lyrics: Arty Ash
Musicians: Mantovani's Orchestra
Musical Director: Owen Walters
Presenter: Brian Johnston
Mother Goose: Ethel Revnell
The Mayor: Billy Russell
Colin: Hy Hazell
Jill: Sandra Dorne
Johnny: Eddie Molloy
Coppem: Freddie Cleef
Grabbem: Johnny Moroney
Tilly Twinkle: Yvonne Prestige
Fairy Happiness: Valerie Forrest
Demon Discord: Stephen Alexander
King of Gooseland: Ian Wallace
The Golden Goose: Joe Arthur
Dancers: The Iris Kirkwhite Dancers

: The Human Body: 2: New Sense for Old

A new series of programmes reviewing developments in our knowledge of the workings of the human body

Written by Martin Chisholm in consultation with J.T. Eayrs, Department of Anatomy, University of Birmingham


Editor: Professor S. Zuckerman C.B., F.R.S.
Producer: Robin Whitworth
Writer: Martin Chisholm
Adviser: J.T. Eayrs
Speaker: Hugh Morton
Doctor: Malcolm Graeme
Layman: Chris Gittins

: Charles Trenet

The French composer, lyricist, and singer, sings his own songs in English and French
Accompanied by the Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Stanley Black


Singer: Charles Trenet
Musicians: The Dance Orchestra
Conductor: Stanley Black
Orchestrations: Marr Mackie
Orchestrations: Alan Yates
Production: Tom Ronald

: The Pilgrims' Dinner

The United States Ambassador His Excellency The Hon. Walter S. Gifford replies to speeches of welcome by The Chairman, The Earl of Halifax K.G., P.C., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. and The Rt. Hon. Ernest Bevin, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs at a dinner given by The Pilgrims of Great Britain

From the Savoy Hotel, London at 9.15

: Benjamin Britten

String Quartet No. 1
played by The New London Quartet: Erich Gruenherg (violin) Lionel Bentley (violin) Keith Cummings (viola) Douglas Cameron (cello)


Violinist: Erich Gruenberg
Violinist: Lionel Bentley
Violaist: Keith Cummings
Cellist: Douglas Cameron

: The Mark of Greatness: 2: Baron Friedrich von Hugel

by the Rev. M.C. D'Arcy, S.J.

A series of five talks on the quality of greatness and about some of the men and women of our time who have been judged to possess it.


Speaker: The Rev. M.C. D'Arcy, S.J.

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