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: The Shoemaker's Last

A new play by Geoffrey Thomas.
Leonard Sachs's Players' Theatre production

If you like 'family' plays this is just the show for you. Should the breadwinner be content with a safe but badly paid job or should he take a risk? Should a wife work, and if she does what can a husband do when he earns less than she? These are old problems, but playwright Geoffrey Thomas has planted them on real true-to-life people.
(to 16.30)


Writer: Geoffrey Thomas
Producer: Leonard Sachs
Arranged for television by: Michael Barry
Mary Chester: Hazel Terry
Tom Chester: Desmond Marshall
Frank Holbrook: Michael Ashwin
Clare Debenham: Peggy Livesey
Henry Chester: John Garside
Jinny Chester: Barbara Everest
Frieda Chester: Joan Sterndale-Bennett
Edith: Amy Dalby
Peter Burne: Patrick Waddington
Herr Kaufmann: Aubrey Mather

: In the Barber's Chair: No. 4: Percy on Lack of Confidence

by Reginald Arkell.
With Charles Heslop as Percy Ponsonby


Writer: Reginald Arkell
Percy Ponsonby: Charles Heslop

: A Divertissement

'Pavane for a Dead Infanta'
(a ballet by Pauline Grant to the music of Ravel)
Elizabeth Darbishire (soprano), Max Oldaker (tenor), Rose Woodland, Lina Marpelli,
Peggy Best, Betty Synes and Pauline Grant (dancers)
The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader, Boris Pecker
Conductor, Hyam Greenbaum


Writer: Pauline Grant
Soprano: Elizabeth Darbishire
Tenor: Max Oldaker
Dancer: Rose Woodland
Dancer: Lina Marpelli
Dancer: Peggy Best
Dancer: Betty Synes
Dancer: Pauline Grant
Musicians: The BBC Television Orchestra
Leader: Boris Pecker
Television presentation: Philip Bate

: The Monkey's Paw

by W. W. Jacobs and Louis N. Parker.


Writer: W. W. Jacobs
Writer: Louis N. Parker
Production: Moultrie R. Kelsall
Mr. White: Eliot Makeham
Herbert White: Nigel Stock
Mrs. White: Olive Walter
Sergt.-Major Morris: Gordon James
Mr. Sampson: Campbell Logan

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