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: Bright and Early

Morning melodies played by the BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
(Leader, Jack Nugent)
Conductor, Jack Leon
(BBC recording)


Musicians: The BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Jack Nugent
Conductor: Jack Leon

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: Programme Parade

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

: Today: First edition

A breakfast-time magazine bringing you news, views, and interviews.
followed by
Morning Music
See Light Programme

: Lift Up Your Hearts: My Faith and My Job

by a research physicist.


Speaker: A research physicist [name uncredited]

: The Weather

Forecast for land areas

: Programme Parade

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

: Today: Second edition

Each day this edition includes some recorded items from the first edition.
followed by
Morning Music

: Letter from America

by Alistair Cooke.
(Sunday's recorded broadcast)


Presenter: Alistair Cooke

: Haydn: Sonata in E flat

(Haydn Society No. 49)
played by Tom Bromley (piano).


Pianist: Tom Bromley

: This Week's Composer: Tchaikovsky

Records of movements from the 'Nutcracker' Suite and the Fantasy-Overture 'Romeo and Juliet'.

: The Daily Service

My God, how wonderful thou art (BBC H.B. 12)
New Every Morning, page 11
Psalm 103, vv. 1-12 (Broadcast Psalter)
Isaiah 6, vv. 1-12
I to the hills will lift mine eyes (BBC H.B. 459)

: News Summary; Music While You Work

BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra
(Leader, David Adams)
Conductor, David Curry


Musicians: BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra
Orchestra leader: David Adams
Conductor: David Curry

: Greenwich Time Signal; Felix King and his Orchestra

(Felix King and his Orchestra are appearing at the Colony Restaurant, London)


Musicians: Felix King and his Orchestra

: The Archaeologist: Glastonbury

Its legends and its archaeology introduced by Dom Aelred Watkin.
With Ralegh Radford, R. M. Cook, Geoffrey Ashe.

(The recorded broadcast of April 22 in Network Three)


Presenter: Dom Aelred Watkin
Panellist: Ralegh Radford
Panellist: R. M. Cook
Panellist: Geoffrey Ashe
Producer: John Irving

: Concert Hour

BBC Scottish Orchestra
(Leader, J. Mouland Begbie)
Conducted by Colin Davis


Musicians: BBC Scottish Orchestra
Orchestra leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Orchestra conducted by: Colin Davis

: The Weather

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

: Desert Island Discs

Jack Payne discusses with Roy Plomley the gramophone records he would choose to have with him on a desert island.
From the BBC Gramstand at the National Radio Show at Earls Court


Castaway: Jack Payne
Presenter: Roy Plomley
Producer: Monica Chapman

: Worthington Acts

Told by Antony Bilbow.
(Previously broadcast on May 2, 1957, in the Light Programme)
Saturday at 9.10 a.m.: "Worthington Finds a Friend"


Storyteller: Antony Bilbow

: Narciso Yepes (guitar)

on a gramophone record.


Guitarist: Narciso Yepes

: Kings of the Keyboard

Piano music in contrasting styles.
played by Peter Element (concert pianist), Winifred Scott and Robin Wood (two pianos), Steve Race (Latin-American music), The Dennis Wilson Quartet (rhythmic piano music).
Introduced by Alan Dell.


Pianist: Peter Element
Pianist: Winifred Scott
Pianist: Robin Wood
Pianist: Steve Race
Musicians: The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Presenter: Alan Dell
Producer: Jimmy Grant

: The Hireling

by L. P. Hartley.
Adapted for radio by Barbara Bray.
[Starring] Noel Johnson and Clare Austin

(Recorded broadcast of June 23)


Author: L. P. Hartley
Adapted for radio by/Production: Barbara Bray
Leadbitter: Noel Johnson
Simmonds: Rolf Lefebvre
Lady Franklin: Clare Austin
Fullerton: John Bennett
Party Guest: Una Venning
Party Guest: Hilda Schroder
Bert: Frank Windsor
Constance: Marjorie Mars
Hugh: Peter Howell
Waiter: John Bennett
Mrs. White: Vivienne Chatterton
Clarice: Betty Baskcomb

: Orchestral Concert: Mozart

Overture, The Marriage of Figaro: Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Rafael Kubelik

Violin Concerto in G (K.216): Christian Ferras (violin), and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, conductor, Karl Munchinger

on gramophone records


Musicians: Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Rafael Kubelik
Violinist: Christian Ferras
Musicians: The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Munchinger


For Children of Most Ages
'Said the Cat to the Dog'
A series of plays about Mompty and Peckham and the Jackson family
Written for Children's Hour by Martin Armstrong
9 — 'The Barker Family'
Production by Claire Chovil
One hot summer afternoon Peckham had his Great Idea. ' Mompty ! ' he said..... ' It's about Mum and Dad. We ought to make them work seriously at their Doggish and Cattish. You've been here seven years and I've been here over four, and yet neither of them has mastered even the elements of Doggish and Cattish.'
5.30 For Older Children
' Now Showing in London *
A review by Eric Gillett of some of the new films and plays
5.50 The week's programmes


Unknown: Martin Armstrong
Production By: Claire Chovil
Review By: Eric Gillett
Mum: Mary O'Farrell
Dad: Wilfred Babbage
Diana: Rosamond Barnes
Ronnie: Sam Jephcott
Sir Timothy Jeake: Laidman Browne
Elsie: Norma Griffin
Cookie: Gwen Day Burroughs
Mompty the Cat: Vivienne Chatterton
Peckham the Dog: Stephen Jack
Narrator: Lewis Stringer

: The Weather

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


A programme for listeners in the South-East of England
6.15 Local news followed by Reports and comments
6.37 app. London Stock Market report
6.15 6.25 VHF: Rowridge
(92.9 Mc/s) for the South Coast:
Area news and weather summary


A series of farewell recordings made in Germany before the regiments assume their new identities
7-VIII King's Royal Irish Hussars
Introduced by Jack de Manio Produced by Harry Mortimer


Introduced By: Jack de Manio
Produced By: Harry Mortimer


in which Peter West encourages
Richard Murdoch and Brian Reece to vie with John Slater and Johnny Morris in giving fairly reasonable explanations of various noises got together by Edward J. Mason who devised the programme
Before an invited audience at the Leicester Isolation Hospital
Produced by John Farrington


Unknown: Peter West
Unknown: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Brian Reece
Unknown: John Slater
Unknown: Johnny Morris
Unknown: Edward J. Mason
Produced By: John Farrington


Josephine Veasey
Erling Bengtsson (cello)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader. Paul Beard )
Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
From the Royal Albert Hall, London


Mezzo-Soprano: Josephine Veasey
Cello: Erling Bengtsson
Leader: Paul Beard
Conducted By: Sir Malcolm Sargent

: Michael Hordern Renee Goddard, and Peter Howell in 'WITHOUT THE GRAIL

A play for broadcasting by Giles Cooper
Cast in order of speaking:
Production by Donald McWhinnie


Broadcasting By: Giles Cooper
Production By: Donald McWhinnie
Innes Corrie: Peter Howell
Hazel: Betty Baskcomb
Das: Roger Snowdon
Driver: Satish Bhatnagar
Major: V R Krishnamurthi
Leila: Renee Goddard
Derek: David Enders
Suban: Bakshi Prem
Felix: Michael Hordern
Siri: Geoffrey Matthews


(violin) with Vladimir Yampolsky (piano)
Sonata in G minor (The Devil's Trill) (Tartini): on a gramophone record


Piano: Vladimir Yampolsky

: News Summary

late weather forecast for land areas


London Stock Market closing report. and a review of today's overseas commodity and financial news

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