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: The First Day of the Week

A reading for Sunday morning from 'The Lively Oracles' by Ernest Marshall Howse part of the chapter entitled 'The Background of the Bible'
Reader, Cyril Luckham


Unknown: Ernest Marshall Howse
Reader: Cyril Luckham

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas


BBC Concert Orchestra
Conductor, Vilem Tausky


Conductor: Vilem Tausky

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: Organ Recital

by Garth Benson
From the Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Introduction and toccata...William Walond
Two choral preludes...Bach
"Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam" (S.684)
"Meine Seele erhebt den Herren" (Magnificat) (S.648)
Fugue: Magnificat (S.733)...Bach
Prelude and fugue on B A C H...Liszt
(BBC recording)
Next week: H.A. Bate from St Mark's Church, North Audley Street, London


Organist: Garth Benson


for Advent Sunday
Conducted by the Rev. J. A. Fisher. Preacher, the Rev. L. J. Collins , Canon of St. Paul's
0 Emmanuel (Walford Davies) Confession and Absolution O Lord, open thou our lips
Psalm 46 (Broadcast psalter)
First Lesson: 1 Kings 19, vv. 9-18
Canticle 6, part 2 (Broadcast psalter) Second Lesson: St. John 18, vv. 28-37 Jubilate
Creed. Versicles, and Collects
Anthem: Thou judge of quick and dead (S. S. Wesley)
Wake. 0 wake! for night is flying
(BBC H.B. 40)
BBC Singers
Organist. George Thalben-Ball


Unknown: Rev. J. A. Fisher.
Unknown: Rev. L. J. Collins
Organist: George Thalben-Ball


by Gwen Dunn
Mrs. Dunn is the headmistress of a small country school in Suffolk... In the third of her four broadcasts she talks about a new pupil who turned out to be a ' misfit.'


Unknown: Gwen Dunn


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Julian Herbage
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms' by Rollo H. Myers
' Mozart and Freemasonry ' by Frida Knight
' Puccini among the Bohemians' by Spike Hughes
' Musical Profile — Vincent D'Indy (1851-1931) ' by Norman Demuth


Edited By: Anna Instone
Edited By: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Julian Herbage
Unknown: Rollo H. Myers
Unknown: Spike Hughes
Unknown: Norman Demuth

: Malcolm Macdonald introduces YOUR CONCERT CHOICE

A request programme of records
Symphony No. 6, in C (Schubert)
Closing scene: Salome (R. Strauss )


Unknown: R. Strauss


12-Un dimanche en famille
Script by Max Bellancourt
Produced by J. P. Allen
While the Vidals are at church, Brian has his hair cut. After lunch they make their plans for the rest of the day.
Le bouton de col, collar-stud; les bretelles, braces; les supports-chaussettes, suspenders; grincheux, grumpy; la tondeuse, clippers; s'ennuyer, to get (be) bored; la promenade dominicale, Sunday walk; le cygne, swan; le gazon, grass, turf; le sacre, coronation; tu as fini de me tarabuster comme ca?, have you finished nagging me?; etre de mauvaise humeur, to be in a bad mood; se )ever du mauvais pied, to get out of bed on the wrong side; je veux me faire couper les cheveux, I want to get my hair cut; degage sur les cotes, short at the sides; est-ce que ie vous fais un shampooing?, shall I give you a shampoo?


Script By: Max Bellancourt
Produced By: J. P. Allen


BBC correspondents throughout the world talk about the news, its background, and the people who make it.

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas, followed by a detailed forecast for the South-East region

: Country Questions

Listeners' questions about the countryside answered by Eric Hobbis , Maxwell Knight and Ralph Wightman
Question-Master, Jack Longland
Produced by Bill Coysh


Unknown: Eric Hobbis
Unknown: Maxwell Knight
Question-Master: Ralph Wightman
Question-Master: Jack Longland
Produced By: Bill Coysh


A gardening weekly
Introduced by Roy Hay
Richard Cumberland gives the latest information about perpetual fruiting strawberries
A. H. Lugg talks about new ways with freesias
Fred Streeter outlines the week's, work


Introduced By: Roy Hay
Introduced By: Richard Cumberland
Talks: A. H. Lugg
Unknown: Fred Streeter


BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conducted by Hermann Scherchen


Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Hermann Scherchen


A monthly magazine
Novels on the Screen
A survey by Walter Allen
The films of Moby Dick and War and Peace were presented in London last month. With reference to these and other films, Walter Allen considers some of the problems of adapting a novel into a film, and whether it is possible to put the heart of a great novel on the screen. He includes excerpts from the sound-track of War and Peace and an interview with its director, King Vidor (talking to Geoffrey Moore ).
Reader, Denis McCarthy


Unknown: Walter Allen
Unknown: Moby Dick
Unknown: Walter Allen
Reader: Geoffrey Moore
Reader: Denis McCarthy

: The BBC Drama

Repertory Company in ‘HE MAJOR'S TALE’
A play for radio by Michael Home adapted, from ' Laurette' an episode from the novel
Servitude et Grandeur militaires by Alfred de Vigny
Produced by Wilfrid Grantham


Unknown: Michael Home
Unknown: Alfred de Vigny
Produced By: Wilfrid Grantham
Alfred de Vigny: Simon Lack
The Major: Haydn Jones
The Exile: Denis Goacher
Laurette: Janette Richer
Infantry Officer: Peter Neil


by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke


For Children of Most Ages
'Can I get there by Candlelight?'
Songs, tunes, and stories from the British Isles
3-The North of England
Jack Hardy and his Little Orchestra
Songs from Violet Carson
Bill Robinson and the Hollinwood Girls' Choir
Storytellers: Kathleen Killip and Graham Sutton
Introduced by Wilfred Pickles
Script by Herbert Smith
Produced by John Musgrave


Unknown: Jack Hardy
Unknown: Violet Carson
Unknown: Bill Robinson
Unknown: Kathleen Killip
Unknown: Graham Sutton
Introduced By: Wilfred Pickles
Script By: Herbert Smith
Produced By: John Musgrave


Workers on the Move
Edward Leader talks about some social problems of moving to a new job

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas, followed by a detailed forecast for the South-East region


and the Winter Garden Orchestra with Osian Ellis (harp)


Harp: Osian Ellis


Conducted by Sir Gerald Barry
Book : Pamela Hansford Johnson
Art: Colin Maclnnes
Film: C. A Lejeune Theatre: Eric Keown
Radio: Lance Sieveking


Conducted By: Sir Gerald Barry
Unknown: Pamela Hansford Johnson
Unknown: Colin MacLnnes
Unknown: C. A Lejeune
Unknown: Eric Keown
Unknown: Lance Sieveking


A series of services from Cambridge 7
-The Hope of the Promise
Evening Service from the Chapel of Westminster College, Cambridge, conducted by the Rev.
H. H. Farmer D.D. ,
Psalm 103 (Metrical version. Church
Hymnary 768)
First Lesson: Isaiah 40, w. 1-11
The Lord will come and not be slow
<C.H. 151)
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1. vv. 3-9, and 13-16 Prayers
Come. Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire
(C.H. 196)
Rejoice, the Lord is King (C.H. 135) Blessing
Organist, E. Impey
Westminster College is the theological college of the Presbyterian Church of England


Unknown: H. H. Farmer D.D.
Organist: E. Impey

: The Week's Good Cause

Appeal on behalf of the Cambridge University Mission in Bermondsey, by the Rev. David S. Sheppard
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to [address removed]
For fifty years the Cambridge University Mission has been working among the young people of Bermondsey. In 1906, when the work was started, the members met in an old house and a stable. Working boys were glad to find a place where they could go for an evening's recreation and to make friends. Today Bermondsey is much changed, but its boys and girls still need both spiritual help and the opportunities to make good use of their leisure hours, and the Mission is in touch with nearly three hundred children and young people between the ages of eight and eighteen.
The Mission, while greatly indebted to the support and help of many Cambridge men and women, is not the responsibility of Cambridge University. nor is it financed by it.


Unknown: Rev. David S. Sheppard
Unknown: Rev. David Sheppard

: Bernard Braden in 'SO LITTLE TIME'

A novel by John P. Marquand adapted as a serial in twelve parts by H. Oldfield Box 9
-There's more than one way of living '
Produced by Wilfrid Grantham
Ella and Sinclair's cocktail party had proved as futile and inane as Jeffrey had anticipated. The only really pleasant moment had come when, quite unexpectedly, he had encountered Marianna Miller there.
Back at the apartment, his sister Ethel and his niece Gloria, visiting New York on what Ethel termed' a spree.' had been awaiting them. As alwavs the mixture of Madge and Ethel had been an awkward one; Jeffrey had felt uncomfortably suspended between the world of his married life and the world of his childhood.
Then the telephone had rung. It was
Jim, announcing that he had something urgent to tell his father, and was coming to New York immediately.


Novel By: John P. Marquand
Unknown: H. Oldfield
Produced By: Wilfrid Grantham
Unknown: Marianna Miller
Jeffrey Wilson: Bernard Braden
Madge, his wife: Helen Horton
Jim, his elder son: Geoffrey Matthews
Gwen, his daughter: Rowena Cooper
Minot Roberts: Guy Kingsley Poynter
Ethel: Daphne Dyer
Gloria: Angela Wood
Newsreader: Emerton Court
Colonel Valsky: Bernard Rebel
Petrov: Malcolm Hayes


by Sir Edward Appleton , ..G.B.E., K.C.B., F.R.S.
4—Science for a Purpose
(i) Government Science
In this lecture Sir Edward Appleton considers the scientific activities carried out under direct Government support and control. An obvious instance is defence research on weapons of war. Work of this kind must proceed to a large extent in secret, otherwise much of its value would be lost.
Nuclear energy research is another official responsibility, for here the defence and civil interests are inextricably associated. But a modern Government assumes the further responsibilities of attempting to ensure work, health, homes, and food for everyone: all matters involving science.


Unknown: Sir Edward Appleton
Unknown: Sir Edward Appleton

: Handel

A concert of songs and orchestral pieces given by Margaret Ritchie (soprano)
Charles Spinks
(organ and harpsichord)
The Goldsbrough Orchestra
(Leader. Emanuel Hurwitz )
Conductor, Arnold Goldsbrough


Soprano: Margaret Ritchie
Soprano: Charles Spinks
Leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Conductor: Arnold Goldsbrough


A weekly programme by Antony Hopkins


Programme By: Antony Hopkins


' The day of his coming'
Isaiah 2, vv. 10-17
Psalm 82 (Broadcast psalter)
Revelation 18, v. 21, to 19. v. 16
Lo. he comes with clouds descending
(BBC H.B. 35)
Malach) 3. v. 2a

: News Summary

followed by late weather forecast for land areas

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