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: The First Day of the Week

A reading for Sunday morning
A true story entitled
' One Shall Be Taken ' by Hugh Samson of the Inter-Church
Aid and Refugee Service of the British Council of Churches


Unknown: Hugh Samson

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas


BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader. James Hutcheon )
Conducted by Leo Wurmser


Leader: James Hutcheon
Conducted By: Leo Wurmser

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas


by Melville Cook from Hereford Cathedral


Unknown: Melville Cook


Morning Service from St. Barnabas' Parish Church, Middlesbrough; conducted by the Vicar, the Rev. Canon H. A. Wareham
In place of the sermon there is a short feature devised by the Rev. J. Mainwaring-Taylor . Vicar of St. Thomas' Church, Middlesbrougb 0 Lord. my God (Palcstrina)
Sentence; Confession; Absolution Responses
Psalms 111 and 112 Lesson: St. Mark 10, vv. 13-31 Te Deum
Lesser Litany Collects
Hosanna. we sing (A. and M. 340) Feature
Loving Shepherd (A. and M. 334) Blessing
Organist. Dennis Woods


Unknown: Rev. Canon H. A. Wareham
Unknown: Rev. J. Mainwaring-Taylor
Organist: Dennis Woods


by Wyn Griffith
The brass box referred to was given to Wyn Griffith by his father, with the casual remark that it was his great-grandfather's tobacco box. Owing to the old Welsh system of naming-no surnames, but ' son of ' — identified nine generations in a family that never even owned a field.


Unknown: Wyn Griffith
Unknown: Wyn Griffith


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Julian Herbage
' English Waits and Carols' by Reginald Nettel
' Roger Sessions (born December 28, 1896)': a tribute for his sixtieth birthday, recorded by David Cooper
' Bizet. Guiraud. and Carmen ' by Martin Cooper
' Musical Profile-Archie Camden ' by Harold Rutland


Edited By: Anna Instone
Edited By: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Julian Herbage
Unknown: Reginald Nettel
Unknown: Roger Sessions
Unknown: David Cooper
Unknown: Martin Cooper
Unknown: Harold Rutland

: Jan van dcr Gucht introduces YOUR CONCERT CHOICE

A request programme of records
Christmas Concerto in C (Manfredini) Dance Duet: Hansel and Gretel, Act 1
A Carol Symphony (Hely-Hutchinson)


A programme for those interested in brushing up their French
15-La Noël approche
Script by Max Bellancourt
Cast in order of speaking:
Produced by J. P. Allen
Brian discusses with the Vidals differences in Christmas customs. Brian is looking forward to the Réveillon party, but just at the wrong time he has a bout of toothache and goes off to the dentist.
Je suis tres pris, / am very busy; le gui, mistletoe; faire un voeu, to make a wish; le suif, suet; les raisins de Corinthe, currants; gourmand, greedy; arracher une dent, to take a tooth out; soulager, to relieve (pain, etc.); faire des courses, to go shopping; Ie houx, holly; la graisse, fat; faire cuire, to cook (something); avoir une rage de dents, to have bad toothache; je ne sais plus ou donner de la tete, I don't know where to turn next; j'ai hate d'etre a demain soir, / am looking forward to tomorrow night; un faible pour les sucreries, a sweet tooth; mes dents me font mal, mv teeth are troubling me; ie suis a plat, J feel wretched; je n'ai pas pu fermer l'oeil de la nuit, I couldn't sleep all night; un petit coup de fraise et je pourrai la plomber aujourd'hui, a little drilling and I shall be able to fill it today.


Script By: Max Bellancourt
Produced By: J. P. Allen
Auguste Vidal: Jacques Brunius
Brian Walker: David Enders
Madame Vidal: Sonia Windsor
Woman: Sonia Windsor
Dentist: Andre Maranne


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


Tom Fleming visits the Border town of Galashiels and introduces some of the people there
Produced by George Bruce


Unknown: Tom Fleming
Produced By: George Bruce


Stephen Williams recalls with gramophone records some scenes of merry-making in opera


Unknown: Stephen Williams


A gardening weekly
Introduced by Roy Hay
Roy Hay. Fred Streeter. Dr. J. P. Hudson, and Edward Hyams take time off from the weekly gardening tasks to discuss the achievements and shortcomings of this modern age of gardening


Introduced By: Roy Hay

: Nigel Stock in ' THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY'

The book by Kendal Burt and James Leasor
Adapted and dramatised for broadcasting by Gordon Watkins
Produced by Ian Curtis
Onlv two members of the German armed forces succeeded in reaching Germany from British prison camps during the second world war. Oberieutnant Franz von Werra was one of them. This is his story.


Book By: Kendal Burt
Book By: James Leasor
Broadcasting By: Gordon Watkins
Produced By: Ian Curtis


Sonata in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2 played by Yfrah Neaman (violin)
Howard Ferguson (piano)


Violin: Yfrah Neaman
Piano: Howard Ferguson


by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke


' The Animals who Sang '
Story by Mary Wilson read by Effie Morrison
Carols for very young children sung by the Scottish Junior Singers
Conductor, Agnes Duncan
Silent Night
The story behind the Christmas song by Joe Corrie
Guitarist, Norman Quinney
Organist. Barbara Laing
More carols sung by the Scottish Junior Singers
Produced by Kathleen Garscadden


Story By: Mary Wilson
Read By: Effie Morrison
Conductor: Agnes Duncan
Unknown: Joe Corrie
Organist: Norman Quinney
Organist: Barbara Laing
Produced By: Kathleen Garscadden
Father Mhor, a priest: Lain Cuthbertson
Martha, his housekeeper: Miriam Owens
Hans Heidi, a villager: Tom Smith
Jacob Krespel, a poor charcoal-burner: Robert Sloss
Anna, his wife: Isobel Spouse
Franz Gruber, an organist: Douglas Robin
Liese, his young daughter: Margaret Love
Herr Hautmartin, a villager: David Webster
Herr Strasser, a glove-maker: Arthur Boland
Herr Trebor Director of Music: Iain Cuthbertson
The King of Saxony: Robert Sloss

: The Weather

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

: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company presents: The Gondoliers

Recorded at the Princes Theatre, London by arrangement with Jack Hylton
Act 1

Act 2 at 9.15


From Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Brook Green, London
Address by Father William Purdy, Ph.D.
Angels, we have heard your voices
(French trad.)
I know a flower (German 15th century: arr. Praetorius)
A Virgin most pure (trad., arr.
Martin Shaw )
Coventry Carol (16th century: arr.
R. R. Terry )
Chester Carol (15th century)
Garden of Jesus (arr. C. Wood) Silent Night
Unto us a Boy is born (15th century: arr. Geoffrey Shaw )
Adeste Fideles (trad.)
Prayers and Blessing by Canon
William Heffernan
Westminster Catholic Choir
Conducted by A. Maxwell Fernie
Organist. Diana Burton


Unknown: Father William Purdy, Ph.D.
Unknown: Martin Shaw
Unknown: R. R. Terry
Unknown: Chester Carol
Unknown: Geoffrey Shaw
Unknown: Adeste Fideles
Unknown: William Heffernan
Conducted By: A. Maxwell
Organist: Diana Burton

: The Week's Good Cause

Appeal on behalf of the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops, by Lt.-General Lord Freyberg, V.C., G.C.M.G., K.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O.
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be sent to [address removed]
For more than fifty-seven years the Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops has worked unceasingly for the benefit of all serving and ex-Service men and women, and more than three million have been helped. In the Lord Roberts Workshops the men of three wars, with an average disability of sixty per cent, have been trained and employed to produce furniture of all kinds, bedding, basketware, and brushes.
In a Training Centre in Surrey, specially equipped for spinal cases, the more severely disabled are being trained in clock assembly and repair and in invisible mending-remunerative crafts which the men can follow later from the shelter of their own homes. Other centres are established for the aged, for the disabled and convalescent, and the Society maintains twenty-two Cottage Homes. The Forces Help Society and Lord Roberts Workshops is a voluntary organisation and needs funds to continue its vital work.


Speaker: Lt.-General Lord Freyberg

: Bernard Braden in ' SO LITTLE TIME'

A novel by John P. Marquand adapted as a serial in twelve parts by H. Oldfield Box
12-' You'd better think fast '
Produced by Wilfrid Grantham
Angered because Madge had taken advantage of his absence in Hollywood to persuade Jim to enlist (and so separate him from Sally Sales), Jeffrey has stayed on in Hollywood, with Marianna Miller. And feeling suddenly released from the weight of his worries and responsibilities, he has at last begun to write a play of his own.
But the play, when finished, has proved worthless. Jeffrev sees that the course of his life has become too firmly set for any permanent escape to be possible. The bond that binds him to Jim is too strong anyway; and the threat of the war situation remains.
And so he has returned to his own family, to take up the old routine.


Novel By: John P. Marquand
Unknown: H. Oldfield Box
Produced By: Wilfrid Grantham
Jeffrey Wilson: Bernard Braden
Madge, his wife: Helen Horton
Jim his elder son: Geoffrey Matthews
Gwen his daughter: Rowena Cooper
Sally Sales: Ann Moffatt
Radio Announcer: Leonard Trolley


Sir Albert Richardson ,
Past President of the Royal Academy and John Betjeman who discuss architects and architecture as well as other items of common interest


Unknown: Sir Albert Richardson
Unknown: John Betjeman


' Lo, I come, saith the Lord'
Isaiah 12, vv. 1-6
Psalm 96 (Broadcast Psalter) St. Matthew 25, vv. 1-30
0 come. 0 come, Immanuel (BBC
H.B. 36)
Zechariah 2, v. 10

: News Summary

followed by late weather forecast for land areas

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