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: The First Day of the Week

The first of three readings from the Bishop of London's
Lent Book for 1958
Uncomfortable Words ' by the Most Rev. Joost de Blank,
Archbishop of Cape Town
Part of the chapter ' Social Obloquy'
Reader, Adza Vincent


Reader: Adza Vincent

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: Programme Parade

An up-to-the-minute guide for your listening and viewing


BBC Concert Orchestra
Conducted by Stanford Robinson


Conducted By: Stanford Robinson

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas


Marjorie Anderson introduces
Dublin: Talk of the town reported by Maura Laverty
Being Married: in which married couples give their personal views. 3-A civil servant and his wife
Miss Great Britain: Leila Wil liams describes how she won the title in 1957 Arthur Marshall looks back on a recent trip to New York


Introduces: Marjorie Anderson
Reported By: Maura Laverty
Unknown: Leila Wil
Unknown: Arthur Marshall
Unknown: New York


A series of sermons for Lent on the practice of Christian obedience
1-1 Go and do thou likewise ' the practice of Compassion
Morning Service conducted by the Rev. W. D. Kennedy-Bell . Preacher, the Rev. St. J. B. Groser, Master of the Royal Foundation of St. Katharine
Introit: Be ye followers of God Confession and Absolution Versicles and Responses Psalm 112
First Lesson: Zechariah 7, w. 4-11
Benedicite omnia opera (Dyson in F) Second Lesson: St. Luke 10, vv. 25-37 Jubilate (Wood in A flat) Creed and Collects
Anthem: Nolo mortem peccatoris
A stranger once did bless the earth
(BBC H.B. 70)
BBC Singers under the direction of George Thalben-Ball


Unknown: Rev. W. D. Kennedy-Bell
Unknown: George Thalben-Ball


A weekly review edited by Anna Instone and Julian Herbage
Introduced by Julian Herbage
' Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940) and his Family ' by Cedric Wallis
' Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem ' by David Drew
'What it takes to be a pianist: 5-To quell the critics ' by Sidney Harrison


Edited By: Anna Instone
Edited By: Julian Herbage
Introduced By: Julian Herbage
Unknown: Cedric Wallis
Unknown: David Drew
Unknown: Sidney Harrison


with Jascha Heifetz (violin)
Bacchanal (The Seasons) (Glazunov):
Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Efrem Kurtz
Serenade Melancolique , for violin and orchestra (Tchaikovsky): Jascha Heifetz with Los Angeles Philhar monic Orchestra, conductor, Alfred Wallenstein
Sinfonia Antartica (Vaughan Williams): Margaret Ritchie (soprano), a section of the Halle Choir (Chorus-Master, Herbert Bardgett ), Hallé Orchestra, conductor, Sir John Barbirolli on gramophone records


Violin: Jascha Heifetz
Conducted By: Efrem Kurtz
Conducted By: Serenade Melancolique
Unknown: Jascha Heifetz
Unknown: Los Angeles Philhar
Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
Soprano: Margaret Ritchie
Chorus-Master: Herbert Bardgett
Unknown: John Barbirolli


Conducted by Lionel Hale
Film: Riccardo Aragno
Theatre: Richard Findlater
Radio: Charles Gibbs-Smith
Book: Alan Pryce-Jones
Art: Colin Maclnnes


Conducted By: Lionel Hale
Unknown: Riccardo Aragno
Unknown: Richard Findlater
Unknown: Charles Gibbs-Smith
Unknown: Alan Pryce-Jones
Unknown: Colin MacLnnes

: The Weather

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


The Director-General of the Nature Conservancy, E. M. Nicholson , and two of its principal officers, W. J. Eggeling and Norman Moore , discuss with James Fisher the various aspects of its work and its future plans
Produced by Raymond Barker
The Nature Conservancy is the body primarily responsible for the conservation of wild life throughout the country. Its work covers research into the habits and movements of wildfowl, the maintenance of bird sanctuaries, and the giving of advice to anyone interested in the conservation of birds.


Unknown: E. M. Nicholson
Unknown: W. J. Eggeling
Unknown: Norman Moore
Unknown: James Fisher
Produced By: Raymond Barker


A gramophone chain of famous operatic duettists linked together by William Mann


Unknown: William Mann

: Freddy Grisewood introduces GARDENERS' QUESTION TIME

from Huddersfield
Spontaneous questions put by gardening enthusiasts at a large chemical concern at Huddersfield are answered by Fred Loads , Bill Sowerbutts and Alan Gemmell


Unknown: Fred Loads
Unknown: Bill Sowerbutts
Unknown: Alan Gemmell


Josephine Veasey
Bronislav Gimpel (violin)
Zara Nelsova (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard )
Conductor, Rudolf Schwarz
Part 1


Mezzo-Soprano: Josephine Veasey
Violin: Bronislav Gimpel
Cello: Zara Nelsova
Leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Rudolf Schwarz


Talks by John Seymour
I-Miles Anderson present-day pioneer
During his travels in Africa, three individualistic settlers he has met at different times and in different places have impressed John Seymour by their personalities.
Next Sunday: Bwana Brenti , elephant poacher


Unknown: John Seymour
Unknown: I-Miles Anderson
Unknown: John Seymour
Unknown: Bwana Brenti


Running a Club
Dudley Perkins gives some advice to those who may be thinking of starting a club, and discusses some legal points of interest to those concerned with running one


Unknown: Dudley Perkins


Castles in the Air?
A reminder from David about Request Week voting which starts this week
5.5 Pauline Letts and Timothy Bateson in ' Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens
Adapted by H. Oldfield Box
7—' An End and a New Beginning '
Production by Josephine Plummer
' It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold. Of all my worldly possessions I took with me no more than a few necessaries. Where I might go, what I might do, or when I might return, were questions utterly unknown to me; nor did I vex my mind with them, for it was wholly set on Provis's safety. I only wondered for the passing moment, as I stopped at the door, and looked back, under what altered circumstances I should next see these rooms, if ever....'


Unknown: Pauline Letts
Unknown: Timothy Bateson
Unknown: Charles Dickens
Adapted By: H. Oldfield Box
Production By: Josephine Plummer
Pip: Timothy Bateson
Joe Gargery: Preston Lockwood
Estella: Denise Bryer
Miss Havisham: Pauline Letts
Herbert Pocket: Simon Lack
Mr Jaggers: Peter Bull
Provis: John Sharp
Mr Wemmick: Charles Leno
Biddy: Rosamond Barnes
Orlick: Barry Letts
Startop: Alan Reid
Landlord: Oliver Burt


Questions answered by Edward Leader


Leader: Edward Leader

: The Weather

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


A summary of events of the past week


Max Jaffa and the Palm Court Orchestra
This evening's visiting artist,
Alexander Young


Unknown: Max Jaffa
Artist: Alexander Young


by Alistair Cooke


Unknown: Alistair Cooke


A series of programmes in which Christians think about their faith and its living expression
' I am the Light of the World'
In St. John's Gospel seven sayings of Christ are recorded, all of which start with the words ' I am ...' These sayings will form the themes for the next seven programmes in this series.
In the first programme
Walter James introduces a discussion between
C. A. Coulson
Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics,
The Rev. C. Evans
Fellow and Lecturer of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Reader, John Glen


Introduces: Walter James
Reader: John Glen


Appeal on behalf of the Friends of the Poor and Gentlefolk's
Help, by the Very Rev. A. C. Don , K.C.V.O., Dean of Westminster
Contributions will be gratefully acknowledged and should be addressed to The Dean of Westminster, [address removed]
This Society exists to give relief to those in need and to provide Homes for elderly gentlepeople. Relief is given irrespective of class or creed and with understanding and friendliness. The ten Residential Homes for gentlepeople that are run by the Society aim to allay the two fears that beset old age-fear of becoming a burden to the younger generation with its own problems and stresses, and fear of illness. The Society receives more than 700 applications every year for admittance to its Homes, all too few of which can be met.


Unknown: Very Rev. A. C. Don

: Soames Forsyte, Esq.: Part 13

From John Galsworthy's 'A Modern Comedy' freely adapted by Muriel Levy
[Starring] Ernest Clark with Monica Grey and Roderick Lovell
Soames comes upon Jon and Fleur at a fancy-dress dance in the Nettlefold Hotel. He is extremely upset and seeks Fleur's husband, Michael Mont. For the first time he mentions the boy-and-girl affair of Fleur and Jon to his son-in-law. Michael is more than disturbed.
Fleur takes over a Rest House and learns to drive. She has conspired, meanwhile, to have herself painted by June's latest artist, Harold Blade. He is also painting Jon and his wife. This provides another means of meeting Jon, and Fleur even persuades him to visit Robin Hill with her.


Author: John Galsworthy
Adapted by: Muriel Levy
Production: Robin Midgley
Production: Val Gielgud
Soames: Ernest Clark
Fleur: Monica Grey
Michael Mont: Roderick Lovell
June Forsyte: Belle Chrystall
Jon Forsyte: Denis Goacher
Sir Lawrence Mont: Martin Lewis
Anne Forsyte: Danica D'Hondt
Gradman: Arthur Ridley
Lord Fontenoy: Patrick Waddington
Holly: Eva Stuart
Bankwaite: Garard Green
Other parts played by: Harriet Petworth
Other parts played by: Lala Lloyd
Other parts played by: Trevor Martin


I-The Problem of Germany


Use Wolf (soprano)Ernest Lush (piano)
Ich ging mit Lust
Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen Schneiden und Meiden Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder


Soprano: Use Wolf
Piano: Ernest Lush


A monthly programme reflecting life in the country, including:
Sounds of the month
Reports from the countryside
A natural history contribution by Eric Simms
Introduced by C. Gordon Glover
Produced by Arthur Phillips


Unknown: Eric Simms
Introduced By: C. Gordon Glover
Produced By: Arthur Phillips


' Into the Wilderness'
1 Kings 19, vv. 1-8
Psalm 143 (Broadcast Psalter)
St. Matthew 3, v. 13, to 4. v. 17
Lone in the desert (BBC H.B. 343) Isaiah 35, vv. 1-2

: News Summary

followed by late weather forecast for land areas

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