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: Bright and Early

BBC West of England Light Orchestra
(Leader, Frederick Lunmon)
Conductor, Frank Cantell
(BBC recording)


Musicians: BBC West of England Light Orchestra
[Orchestra leader: Frederick Lunnon
[Orchestra] conductor: Frank Cantell

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: Programme Parade

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

: Morning Music

See Light Programme

: Lift Up Your Hearts: Living in the Country: 6 - A mystery

by the Rev. George Cromey, Minister of Ballyweaney Presbyterian Church Ballymena, Co. Antrim.


Speaker: The Rev. George Cromey

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: From Our Own Correspondent

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

: Old China

by Ted Child.
The speaker, a young Cockney with literary ambitions, describes how he took a job as a furniture remover in order to study people. One day his job took him to a third floor flat in Chelsea. It turned out to be a day of disasters. He and his mates managed to do a toboggan act down the stairs on a kidney-top table; they wrecked a roll of linoleum; they smashed some valuable old china. He returned jobless but inspired to write, and in this talk he tells of the people involved in this shattering adventure.
(The recorded broadcast of September 19, 1957)


Speaker: Ted Child

: Recital

Catherine Lawson (mezzo-soprano), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Frederick Stone (piano)


Mezzo-Soprano: Catherine Lawson
Clarinetist: Stephen Waters
Pianist: Frederick Stone

: Cleopatra and the Camel

by Margaret Tomlin.
'My family', explained Mr. Wadia, 'is very rich, and our farm-house is much more like a palace than a house'. So Margaret Tomlin accepted his invitation to visit the farm at Behar, near Cairo. In this talk she describes what happened to her on that memorable day.
(The recorded broadcast of April 8)


Speaker: Margaret Tomlin

: The Daily Service

Come, ye faithful, raise the anthem (BBC H.B. 123)
New Every Morning, page 33
Psalm 20 (Broadcast Psalter)
1 Kings 18. vv. 17-29
Jesu, our hope, our heart's desire (BBC H.B. 126)

: News Summary; Music While You Work

Fredric Cooper and his Tipica Orchestra


Musicians: Fredric Cooper and his Tipica Orchestra

: Records of Rhythm and Romance

Presented by Tim Gudgin.


Presenter: Tim Gudgin

: News Summary; The Man and His Music: Franz Lehar

See Light Programme


Composer: Franz Lehar

: The Ted Heath Show

See Light Programme


Presenter: Ted Heath

: Sound-Track Serenade

A programme of film music compiled and introduced by Gordon Gow.
Including excerpts from the films: 'The Pajama Game', 'Indiscreet', 'His Happy Heath' and 'Windjammer'.
and the voices of: Doris Day, John Raitt, Judy Garland, Lasse Kolstad, Carol Haney.


Compiled and introduced by: Gordon Gow
Programme edited and produced by: Alfred Dunning

: The Weather

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

: Hancock's Half-Hour

Written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.
[Starring] Tony Hancock
featuring Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams
(The recorded broadcast of February 11 in the Light Programme)


Writer: Alan Simpson
Writer: Ray Galton
Producer: Tom Ronald
[Actor]: Tony Hancock
[Actor]: Sidney James
[Actor]: Bill Kerr
[Actress]: Hattie Jacques
[Actor]: Kenneth Williams

: Desert Island Discs

Kay Smart (in a recorded programme) discusses with Roy Plomley the gramophone records she would choose to have on a desert island.

(Previously broadcast on May 26)


Castaway: Kay Smart
Presenter: Roy Plomley
Producer: Monica Chapman

: Saturday Matinee presents: Clementine

A summer comedy for radio by John Keir Cross from the novel by Winston Clewes.
[Starring] Gladys Young with Laidman Browne

(Recording of Thursday's broadcast)


Adapter: John Keir Cross
From the novel by: Winston Clewes
Clementine Gurney: Gladys Young
Eustace Merrilees: Laidman Browne

: Saturday Concert

BBC Scottish Orchestra
(Leader, J. Mouland Begbie)
Conductor, Ian Whyte


Musicians: BBC Scottish Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: J. Mouland Begbie
[Orchestra] conductor: Ian Whyte

: Along the Road: Suffolk

A weekend journey from Southwold to Aldeburgh described by E. Clive Rouse,
Jeremy Sandford and 'B.B.'
Introduced by Paul Humphreys.
(The programme, recorded at Aldeburgh, was originally broadcast in the Midland Home Service on May 16)


Speaker: E. Clive Rouse
Speaker: Jeremy Sandford
Presenter: Paul Humphreys

: Children's Hour

For Children of Most Ages: Larry the Plumber
A Toytown play by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
(BBC recording)
(Felix Felton is in 'Where's Charley?' at the Palace Theatre, London)

5.30 For Older Children: First Attempts
Young artists making their first broadcast.

From Manchester:
Trevor introduces Ronald Fisher (boy soprano).

From Cardiff:
Ifan introduces Gregory Bowen (trumpeter).

From London:
Claire introduces The St. Paul's Scout Group Bell-ringing Team, Maidstone and Evelyn Rix (piano).
At the organ, Charles Smart

(BBC recording)


Writer (Larry the Plumber): S. G. Hulme Beaman
Production (Larry the Plumber): Josephine Plummer
Larry the Lamb: Derek McCulloch
Narrator: Derek McCulloch
Ernest the Policeman: Peter Claughton
Dennis the Dachshund: Preston Lockwood
Coach driver: Preston Lockwood
Mr Growser: Ralph de Rohan
Peter Brass: Norman Shelley
The Mayor's Secretary: Norman Shelley
The Mayor of Toytown: Felix Felton Soprano (First Attempts): Ronald Fisher
Accompanist (First Attempts): Mabel Hardy
Trumpeter (First Attempts): Gregory Bowen
Accompanist (First Attempts): Mary Kendall
Bellringers (First Attempts): The St. Paul's Scout Group Bell-ringing Team
Pianist (First Attempts): Evelyn Rix
Organist (First Attempts): Charles Smart

: The Weather

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

: Town and Country: Sports Session

The day's sport reviewed in results, reports, and summaries for listeners in South-East England.
Today's programme includes

Racing Results

Latest scores, a summary of the highlights in all first-class fixtures, and reports on selected matches concerning counties in South-East England.

A report on the British Games at the White City including the match: Great Britain v. the British Empire and Commonwealth.

Comment in Sport
Well-known sports personalities in South-East England express their views on affairs of the moment.
Introduced by Harry Carpenter.

6.50 app.-6.55 for the South Coast: Area sports results
(VHF: Rowridge, 92.9 Mc/s)


Presenter: Harry Carpenter

: Those Were the Days

Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
Guest artist: Arthur Richards (baritone)
Introduced by Freddy Grisewood.
The programme includes: Marine Fourstep; Fylde Waltz; Tango Fascination; Destiny Waltz; Variety Foxtrot: Mississippi Dip

To be repeated on Thursday at 1.15


Musicians: Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
Baritone: Arthur Richards
Presenter: Freddy Grisewood
Master of Ceremonies: Charles Crathorn
Producer: Eric Arden

: The Week in Westminster

Fred Peart, M.P. gives his impressions of what he heard and saw in Parliament.


Speaker: Fred Peart

: Henry Wood Promenade Concert

Adele Leigh (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Hugh Maguire)
Conducted by Basil Cameron
From the Royal Albert Hall, London
(Adele Leigh is appearing at the London Palladium)


Soprano: Adele Leigh
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Hugh Maguire
[Orchestra] conducted by: Basil Cameron

: Holiday Playhouse

Cyril Fletcher introduces Holiday Playhouse
Something for everyone in a holiday mood with The George Mitchell Glee Club.
A Family Saga: Life with the Burkes
Songs provided by: Harry Dawson, Louise Traill
This week's visitor, Brian Reece
BBC Variety Orchestra
(Leader, John Jezard)
Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet

(BBC recording)
(Cyril Fletcher is appearing in 'Masquerade' at the Pavilion, Sandown, Isle of Wight; Tom Mennard in 'Masquerade' at the Esplanade Theatre, Bognor Regis)


Presenter: Cyril Fletcher
Singers: The George Mitchell Glee Club
Mrs Emma Burke (Life with the Burkes): Marjorie Rhodes
Grandma (Life with the Burkes): Gladys Dawson
Sally (Life with the Burkes): Nan Kenway
Albert Burke (Life with the Burkes): Cyril Fletcher
'Erbie Burke (Life with the Burkes): Cyril Fletcher
Roving reporter: Tom Mennard
Singer: Harry Dawson
Singer: Louise Traill
Guest: Brian Reece
Musicians: BBC Variety Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: John Jezard
[Orchestra] conductor: Paul Fenoulhet
Incidental music: Edwin Braden
Sketch material: Johnny Speight
Continuity: Bill Kellie
Continuity: Arthur Lay
Producer: Alastair Scott-Johnston

: Saturday-Night Theatre presents: The Deep Blue Sea

by Terence Rattigan.
Adapted for broadcasting by Cynthia Pughe.[Starring] Mary Wimbush
with Noel Johnson and Ivan Samson

(Recording of the broadcast on October 7, 1957)


Author: Terence Rattigan
Adapter: Cynthia Pughe
Production: Val Gielgud
Philip Welch: Charles Kay
Mrs. Elton: Joan Sanderson
Ann Welch: Marion Berry-Hart
Hester Collyer: Mary Wimbush
Mr. Miller: Malcolm Hayes
William Collyer: Ivan Samson
Freddie Page: Noel Johnson
Jackie Jackson: Hugh Manning

: For All Sorts and Conditions of Men

The Litany sung to the music of Thomas Tallis.

: Greenwich Time Signal; News Summary

followed by late weather forecast for land areas

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