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: A Fairy Story: The Tinder Box

Told by Harcourt Williams.
Harcourt Williams is married to Jean Sterling-Mackinlay, who as well as being well known in the concert hall and on the air for her folk songs, runs a series of programmes for children every year at the Rudolf Steiner Hall in London. Few other living stage personalities have had a more interesting and distinguished career. Harcourt Williams was trained for the stage by Mrs. Crowe, was introduced to Irving and then to Benson, and he first appeared at Belfast in 1897 as the Duke of Bedford in Henry V. In Benson's company were celebrities like Henry Ainley, Matheson Lang, Oscar Asche, Lily Brayton, Leslie Faber, H.R. Hignett, H.O. Nicholson, Frank Rodney, and George Weir. He has made theatrical history ever since. He has acted with Ellen Terry and H.B. Irving, and was the original Count O'Dowda in Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play"; but his less spectacular but most invaluable work was probably with Lilian Baylis at the Old Vic.
Of special interest to viewers of this programme is the fact that he has frequently told fairy tales for children in the London Children's Hour.


Storyteller: Harcourt Williams

: Ju-Jitsu

Weaponless Self-Defence demonstrated by Bob Gregory and Barbara Lombard.

A ju-jitsu demonstration has to be seen to be believed, for strength and weight mean little or nothing, and today's programme will show some of the incredible effects of the art when applied skilfully.
Viewers will remember the first appearance of Bob Gregory last December, when his girl partner, after having only a few hours' tuition, hurled him about the studio almost as if he were a baby.


Demonstrator: Bob Gregory
Demonstrator: Barbara Lombard

: Variety

Dawnya and Petrov, Adagio Speciality
Jack and June, Melville Club Jugglers
Bobby 'Uke' Henshaw, with June Arliss Comedy and Mimicry
Carlos Ames, Harp
Jason and Godfrey, Tap Dancers
Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day, Entertainers


Adagio Specialty: Dawnya and Petrov
Club Juggler: Jack Melville
Club juggler: June Melville
Musician: Bobby 'Uke' Henshaw
Comedian: June Arliss
Harpist: Carlos AmesTap
Dancers: Jason and Godfrey
Entertainer: Rupert Hazell
Entertainer: Elsie Day
Presentation: Harry Pringle

: An Interview with Lilli Palmer

(by permission Gaumont British Picture Corporation, Ltd.)
Twenty-one-year-old Lilli Palmer is a Viennese film star who is now playing opposite Will Hay in a film called "Good Morning, Boys".
Her British films include "First Offence", with John Mills; "Secret Agent", with Madeleine Carroll and John Gielgud; "Wolf's Clothing", with Claude Hulbert; and "The Great Barrier", a film of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which will have its premiere very shortly.


Interviewee: Lilli Palmer

: Ju-Jitsu

Weaponless Self-Defence demonstrated by Bob Gregory and Barbara Lombard.


Demonstrator: Bob Gregory
Demonstrator: Barbara Lombard

: Cabaret

Extracts from a cabaret now running in the West End of London.

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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