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: Starlight: Charles Heslop

in Comedy Sketches

Ever since September 7, 1903, when he made his first appearance on the stage, at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, I.O.M., Charles Heslop has been continuously associated with the entertainment profession in its every form. His entry into television adds another feather to his well-plumed cap.
Born in Surrey in 1883, Charles Heslop spent many years touring in plays, pantomimes, and musical comedy. For some time, both before and after the war, he ran his own concert party. From 1921 he toured in a succession of celebrated shows in England and Australia, including "Tons of Money", "Battling Butler", and "No, No, Nanette". He was also seen with the Co-Optimists and the Fol-de-Rols. During the past few years he has acquired fame as a very adaptable screen character comedian, some of his best parts having been in "This is the Life", "Charing Cross Road", and "Sunshine Susie".


Comedian: Charles Heslop

: Polly

An opera by John Gay
Freely adapted by Clifford Bax
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum

Although John Gay originally had considerable difficulty in launching the production of "Polly", and was faced with a ban by the Lord Chamberlain when he had reached the rehearsal stage, it eventually earned him fame and fortune in book form. The last two productions of "Polly" took place in 1922 and 1935 in a revised form, in which this programme will also be presented.


Author: John Gay
Adapted by: Clifford Bax
The music composed and arranged by: Frederick Austin
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Dances arranged by: Andree Howard
Producer: Stephen Thomas
Polly: Joan Collier
Morano: Dennis Noble
Ducat: Scott Russell
Mrs. Ducat: Dora Gregory
Vanderbluff: Harvey Braban
Jenny Diver: Elizabeth French
Mrs. Trapes: Charlotte Leigh
Cawwawkee: Alexander Knox

: Personalities: 4: The Future of Television

The fourth of a series of talks in which eminent men and women will be invited to give their views on the future of television.

: Polly

An opera by John Gay.
(Details as at 3.25)


Author: John Gay

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