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: Demonstration of Railway Locomotives

from the Alexandra Palace Station
A Silver Jubilee engine and contrasting type of engine
These two engines will be brought specially for the occasion to the Alexandra Palace Station of the L.N.E.R.
The Silver Jubilee type of engine to be shown today has already broken two records. On a trial run it reached a speed of 112.5 miles an hour in September, 1935, and in August, 1936, it reached a speed of 113 miles an hour with a full load of coaches and passengers. As an example of the development in locomotive design the modern streamlined type will be shown with an engine made about thirty years ago.

: Coronation Ware

John Thomas, Ph.D., one of the research experts for Wedgwood Potteries, will bring to the studio samples of Coronation ware, past and present.


Presenter: John Thomas
Presentation: Mary Adams

: Tommy Handley and Company: The Disorderly Room

Eric Blore's famous war-time musical sketch
With Tommy Handley as the Officer
This is one of the most popular sketches about Army life on the Variety stage. Tommy Handley, who takes the part of the officer, was last seen by viewers when he was televised with the White Coons.


Writer: Eric Blore
The Officer: Tommy Handley

: Reginald Purdell (comedian)

Reginald Purdell has appeared as a singer and as an actor in scores of important radio productions such as 'Songs from the Shows', 'Songs from the Films', the Toy Town series in the Children's Hour, and No, No, Nanette. He made his first appearance on the stage as a child entertainer at the Camberwell Palace of Varieties in 1911. Since then he has done almost everything in the show world; he has shown amazing versatility by acting, producing, and writing for the theatre and cinema. Films in which he has appeared include The Middle Watch, Congress Dances, On the Air, The Old Curiosity Shop, and Key to Harmony, and on the stage, to mention only three important roles, he has played Waggermeyer in Orders is Orders, Anthony Cheshire in Nippy, and Janczi in Viktoria and Her Hussar.


Comedian: Reginald Purdell

: Coronation Ware

John Thomas, Ph.D., one of the research experts for Wedgwood Potteries, will bring to the studio samples of Coronation ware, past and present.


Presenter: John Thomas
Presentation: Mary Adams

: Ad Lib

A Revue by Herbert Farjeon
The Music by Michael Sayer
with Nadine March, Elizabeth French, Irene Prador, Henry Caine and Chorus and
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum


Writer: Herbert Farjeon
Music: Michael Sayer
Singer: Nadine March
Singer: Elizabeth French
Singer: Irene Prador
Singer: Henry Caine
Musicians: BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Producer: Stephen Thomas

About this project

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.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

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