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: Charles Chaplin Jubilee

A programme of excerpts of early Chaplin films edited by H. D. Waley from the archives of the British Film Institute. Traditional piano accompaniment.


Comedian: Charles Chaplin
Editor: H. D. Waley

: Friends from the Zoo

Introduced by David Seth-Smith and their keepers.


Presenter: David Seth-Smith

: The Charcoal-Burner's Son

A dramatic story for children with music and a dragon, by L. du Garde Peach and Victor Hely-Hutchinson.
The cast includes Ernest Butcher, Eric Fawcett, Max Oldaker, Cyril Wells, Marjorie Wilson, Fred Yule
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum

This is a classic of the Children's Hour in sound radio. It was first performed in 1928, and has since been repeated six times, two of these broadcasts being in the evening programmes.
As well as a dragon this story has an ogre, a queen, a king with a beard, a princess with a white dress and hundreds of pearls, and a hero with a sword-all the ingredients, in fact, to give the children thirty minutes of grand entertainment.
(to 16.15)


Writer: L. du Garde Peach
Writer: Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Conductor: Hyam Greenbaum
Production: Moultrie R. Kelsall
[Actor]: Ernest Butcher
[Actor]: Eric Fawcett
[Actor]: Max Oldaker
[Actor]: Cyril Wells
[Actress]: Marjorie Wilson
[Actor]: Fred Yule

: Irene Eisinger

Singing with The BBC Television Orchestra.


Singer: Irene Eisinger
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra

: A Night at the Hardcastles

by Giles Playfair.
A modern version of Goldsmith's 'She Stoops to Conquer'.
Cast, in order of appearance and Newton Blick, Lionel Dixon, Barbara Nixon, Christopher Steele
(This programme will be repeated on Monday, April 24)

Goldsmith's original version was televised at the end of last month, and this evening you will see how well the farcical plot can be modernised. Except that Celia Johnson instead of Marjorie Lane will play Kate Hardcastle, the cast will be the same, making a comparison of the two versions particularly interesting.
Despite the introduction of telephones, cars, and cocktails, 'the mistakes of a night' remain basically the same as they were in their eighteenth-century setting.
Although this modern script was written specially for television by Giles Playfair, a synopsis of it was prepared by his father, Sir Nigel Playfair, for a film (which, however, was never made).
(to 22.50)


Writer: Giles Playfair
Production: Desmond Davis
Mr Hardcastle: Morris Harvey
Mrs Hardcastle: Renee De Vaux
Tony Lumpkin: James Hayter
Kate Hardcastle: Celia Johnson
Miss Neville: Nancy O'Neil
Young Marlow: Eric Portman
Hastings: Denys Blakelock
Sir Charles Marlow: Harvey Braban
Servant: Newton Blick
Servant: Lionel Dixon
Maid: Barbara Nixon
Servant: Christopher Steele

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