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Reading for Sunday morning
' The Nativity ' and ' Epiphany ' poems by Christopher Smart
Read by Mary O'Farrell


Unknown: Christopher Smart
Read By: Mary O'Farrell

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


The King Palmer Light Orchestra with Eric Parkin (piano)
(BBC. recording)


Piano: Eric Parkin

: The Service of HOLY COMMUNION

on the Innocents' Day
From St. Mary's Parish Church, Banbury, Oxfordshire. Celebrant and Preacher, the Rev. R. P. R. Carpenter. Commentary by the Rev. Maurice Dean
Prayers of Preparation
Collects for Holy Innocents and the Nativity
For the Epistle: Revelation 14, w.
Gradual Hymn: All hail, ye little martyr flowers (E.H. 34)
Gospel: St. Matthew 2, vv. 13-18 Nicene Creed
At the Offertory: Behold the great
Creator (E.H. 20)
Prayer for the Church
Confession, Absolution. Comfortable
Sursum Corda , Sanctus, Benedictus
Prayers of Approach and Consecration At the Communion: 0 Word immortal
(E.H. 325)
The Lord's Prayer, and Thanksgiving Gloria in Excelsis
The Blessing
Hark) the herald-angels sing (E.H. 24) The service is sung 'to the music of John Merbecke
Organist, A. T. BaKs


Unknown: Rev. Maurice Dean
Unknown: Sursum Corda
Organist: John Merbecke
Organist: A. T. Baks


Overture, The Impresario (Mozart):
Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Kubelik
Concerto in F (Booh): Lionel Salter
(harpsichord), Stanley Taylbr and Christopher Taylor (recorders), with the London Baroque Orchestra. conducted by Karl Haas
Pavane (Fauri): London Chamber
Orchestra and Chorus with Gareth Morris (flute). conducted by Anthony Bernard
Waltz and Finale (Serenade in C)
(Tchaikovsky): Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler on gramophone records


Conducted By: Rafael Kubelik
Harpsichord: Lionel Salter
Harpsichord: Stanley Taylbr
Harpsichord: Christopher Taylor
Conducted By: Karl Haas
Flute: Gareth Morris
Conducted By: Anthony Bernard
Conducted By: Wilhelm Furtwangler


' Miss Miggs ' by Charles Dickens
Read by Mary O'Farrell
Script by Elizabeth Jenkins


Unknown: Charles Dickens
Read By: Mary O'Farrell
Script By: Elizabeth Jenkins


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Julian Herbage
' Carols In Medieval Times,' by John Stevens
' Opera in 1952.' by Harold Rosenthal 'If you want to know the time .. by Spike Hughes


Edited By: Anna Instone
Edited By: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Julian Herbage
Unknown: John Stevens
Unknown: Harold Rosenthal
Unknown: Spike Hughes


Conducted by Walter Allen
Films: Freda Bruce Lockhart
Theatre: Alan Dent
Books: Elspeth Huxley Radio: Henry Reed Art: Basil Taylor


Conducted By: Walter Allen
Unknown: Freda Bruce Lockhart
Unknown: Alan Dent
Unknown: Elspeth Huxley
Unknown: Henry Reed
Unknown: Basil Taylor

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping


91-The Wren
Geoffrey Grigson introduces two speakers: James Fisher and the Rev. J. M. McWilliam
Produced by Desmond Hawkins


Introduces: Geoffrey Grigson
Unknown: James Fisher
Unknown: Rev. J. M. McWilliam
Produced By: Desmond Hawkins


Due for Revival
Philip Hope-Wallace presents records from operas sometimes neglected here or better known in their own countries


Unknown: Philip Hope-Wallace


Roy Hay introduces:
David Bowen. who talks about weather recording and describes some of the simple instruments that would be of use to the amateur gardener
Ian Greenfield , who talks about the modern methods of controlling moss in lawns
Wyndham Russell puts the amateur point of view
Fred Streeter outlines the week's work


Introduces: Roy Hay
Unknown: David Bowen.
Unknown: Ian Greenfield
Unknown: Wyndham Russell
Unknown: Fred Streeter


A Nativity play by Dorothy Wright
Adapted for broadcasting by the author
Cast in order of speaking:
Recorder player, Walter Bergmann
Produced by Mary Hope Allen
The setting of the song ' Set pot thy foot ' was composed by Eric Hope , and ' Sing a song of simple men ' by David Ponsonby.


Play By: Dorothy Wright
Unknown: Walter Bergmann
Produced By: Mary Hope Allen
Composed By: Eric Hope
Unknown: David Ponsonby.
Narrator: Robert Speaight
Breague, the master basket-maker: Cecil Trouncer
Hoad, the foreman: Hugh Pryse
Martin, a blind basket-maker: Patrick Troughton
Randall, a basket-maker: Franklyn Bellamy
WiH Breague, an apprentice: Nigel Stock
Master Clampett, the innkeeper: Ivor Barnard
Mistress Breague: Catherine Lacey
Tansy Clampett: Denise Bryer
Master Argent, a merchant: Reginald Dyson
Mistress Hoad: Betty Hardy
A blind woman: Sarah Leigh
A woman: Paulina Brandt
Mat, the cripple: Aubrey Richards
A townswoman: Audrey Mendes


Elsie Morison (soprano)
BBC Concert Orchestra
(Leader, John Sharpe )
Conducted by the composer
Overture: In Praise of my Country Song: The Silent Mill A Hillside Melody
Song of the Smuggler's Lass A Shakespearean Scherzo
Starry Woods Song of Praise
Empire March


Soprano: Elsie Morison
Leader: John Sharpe


Graham Hough
This week he talks about 'The Disinherited Mind': essays in modern German literature and thought by Erich Heller.


Unknown: Graham Hough
Unknown: Erich Heller.


' A New Year Resolution '
Another 'Horace Hedgehog ' story by Margaret Scott told by Herbert Smith
' Among the Marofotsy '
A story from the life of the Yorkshire missionary, William Kendall Gale , who worked in Madagascar from 1908 to 1935
Written by R. T. Brooks
Other parts played by: Geoffrey Banks Bill Price
Geoffrey Seale , Peter Kennaby and John Broadbent
Produced by Herbert Smith


Unknown: Horace Hedgehog
Story By: Margaret Scott
Told By: Herbert Smith
Unknown: William Kendall Gale
Written By: R. T. Brooks
Played By: Geoffrey Banks
Played By: Bill Price
Unknown: Geoffrey Seale
Unknown: Peter Kennaby
Unknown: John Broadbent
Produced By: Herbert Smith
Kendall Gale: Tom Harrison
Mrs Gale: Mildred Dyson

: The Weather

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


A contemporary account from the old front line
Read by Lionel Marson then 2nd Lieutenant. 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards. B.E.F.


Read By: Lionel Marson


from Marylebone Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Leslie D. Weatherhead , D.D.
All people sing thy praises (Bach) Praise to the Lord (C.H. 22)
Scripture Reading by the Rev. H. T. Lewis (Minister of Marylebone Presbyterian Church)
We love the place, 0 God (C.H. 2S6) Sermon
Prayers and the Lord's Prayer
Thy hand, 0 God, has guided (C.H. 215)
God be in my head (Walford Davies)
Organist, Martin Fearn
The City Temple on Holborn Viaduct was destroyed by bombing in 1941, and since 1947 the congregation has worshipped with that of Marylebone Presbyterian Church. Dr. Leslie Weatherhead , who conducts this service and preaches the sermon, has been Minister of the City Temple since 1936.


Unknown: Leslie D. Weatherhead
Unknown: Rev. H. T. Lewis
Organist: Martin Fearn
Unknown: Dr. Leslie Weatherhead


Appeal on behalf of the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association by a leper worker
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
The British Empire Leprosy Relief Association is the centre of scientific study into leprosy, and advises Governments and others on details of treatment and control. It aims specially at tackling the disease in its early stages and has been responsible in .the past two years for the cure of more than seven hundred children. The Association employs thirty doctors, nurses, and other workers and provides staff, drugs, medical requirements, and vital needs.for more than twenty centres overseas.
Government contributions provide less than one-tenth of the £ 60,000 a year needed merely to maintain this work, and much more is required for its extension among the three million British lepers overseas.
The leper worker making tonight's appeal trained the leper choir that broadcast in the Christmas round-the-world programme in 1951.


been given to his cousin Lizzie, whom he is championing against Lord Fawn, and whom he is greatly-tempted to marry. But
Lucy, although neglected, continues to trust Frank. In his defence she has quarrelled with Lord Fawn, and, thinking it unfair that she should remain in the house of Lord Fawn's mother, she has left for London to take up a new position as companion to that disagreeable old woman, Lady Ambleside.
The suggestion that she should do so has, in fact, come from Frank's mother, who is strongly opposed to his marrying Lucy. And Frank, reluctant to acknowledge his engagement publicly, has weakly fallen in with the proposal.
Lizzie, meanwhile, is still in Scotland, at Portray Castle; and the disputed diamonds are there with her.


Unknown: Anthony Trollope
Unknown: H. Oldfield
Produced By: Archie Campbell
Unknown: Frank Greystock
Unknown: Lucy Morris
Narrator: Geoffrey Lewis
Lady Ambleside: Mabel Terry Lewis
Lucy Morris: Patricia Field
Frank Greystock: Lewis Stringer
Lizzie Eustace: Belle Chrystall
Miss Macnulty: Rosamund Greenwood
Mrs Greystock: Ann Codrington
Elsie, Lady Ambleside's maid: Olga Dickie
Lady Fawn: Helen Haye


Talk by E. T. Williams
Several recent books-in particular Harold Nicolson 's life of King George V and G. M. Young's study of Earl Baldwin — have thrown new light on the relationship between the Sovereign and the Prime Minister. This relationship is considered in this talk by the Warden oi Rhodes House, Oxford.


Talk By: E. T. Williams
Unknown: Harold Nicolson
Unknown: G. M. Young'S
Unknown: Earl Baldwin

: ' LAKME '

Act 2 of Delibes' opera on gramophone records (soprano) (mezzo-soprano) (soprano) (tenor) (baritone) (baritone)(tenor) (mezzo-soprano) (tenor) (tenor) with the chorus and orchestra of The Opera-Comique of Paris
Conducted by Georges Sebastian


Conducted By: Georges Sebastian
Lakmé: Nado Robin
Ellen: Claudine Collart
Rose: Simone Lemaiitre
Gerald: Libero Deluca
Nilakantha: Jean Borthayre
Frédéric: Jacques Jamsen
Hadji: Pierre Germain
Mistress Benitson: Jane Perriat
A fortune teller: Edmond Chastenet
A Chinese merchant: Camille Rouquetty


' Thy light is come '
Nunc dimittis
St. Luke 2, vv. 25-40
Hail, gladdening Light (BBC Hymn Book 514)
Isaiah 60, v. 1

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