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: Reopening of the BBC Television Service

by The Postmaster-General, the Earl of Listowel.

The programme includes:

Pas Seul
Margot Fonteyn (by permission of the Administrator of the Covent Garden Opera Trust), John Cockerill (harp)

David Low talks and draws.

Mickey's Gala Premiere
This cartoon film was the last item transmitted before the Television Service was interrupted on Friday, September 1, 1939.

Variety Party
introducing Mantovani and his Orchestra, Jackie Hunter (the Canadian Comedian), Kay Cavendish ('Kay on the Keys'), Jean Cavall (Singer, formerly R.C.A.F.), Peter Waring (in comedy), Beryl Orde (in impressions), Gwen Catley (soprano), The Three Admirals
(Peter Waring broadcasts by permission of the Windmill Theatre)

The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
by George Bernard Shaw.

A visit to the Mall for the preparations for tomorrow's Victory Parade.

(to 16.30)


Announcer: Jasmine Bligh
Announcer: Winifred Shotter
Announcer: McDonald Hobley
Master of Ceremonies: Leslie Mitchell
Dancer (Pas Seul): Margot Fonteyn
Harpist (Pas Seul): John Cockerill
Producer (Pas Seul): Philip Bate
Speaker/Artist: David Low
Musicians (Variety Party): Mantovani and his Orchestra
Comedian (Variety Party): Jackie Hunter
Pianist (Variety Party): Kay Cavendish
Singer (Variety Party): Jean Cavall
Comedian (Variety Party): Peter Waring
Impressionist (Variety Party): Beryl Orde
Soprano (Variety Party): Gwen Catley
Singers (Variety Party): The Three Admirals
Producer (Variety Party): Eric Fawcett
Author (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): George Bernard Shaw
Producer (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): G. More O'Ferrall
Shakespeare (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): Henry Oscar
The Dark Lady (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): Lesley Deane
Queen Elizabeth (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): Dorothy Black
Beefeater (The Dark Lady of the Sonnets): Alban Blakelock

Blog posts that mention this programme:

Radio Times in the 1940s - War and Peace 8 December 2018
Radio Times in the 1940s - War and Peace 8 December 2018

: Geraldo and his Orchestra

with Sally Douglas, Carole Carr, Archie Lewis, Sid Bright, Dick James, Three Boys and a Girl.


Musicians: Geraldo and his Orchestra
Singer: Sally Douglas
Singer: Carole Carr
Singer: Archie Lewis
Pianist: Sid Bright
Singer: Dick James
Singers: Three Boys and a Girl

: The Silence of the Sea

A television play of the story by 'Vercors', "Le Silence de la Mer".
Translated by Cyril Connolly.
Dramatised for television and produced by Michael Barry.
The story is set in a small country house in France during six months from the winter of 1943 to the spring of 1944


Author: 'Vercors'
Translated by: Cyril Connolly
Dramatised for television and produced by: Michael Barry
The uncle: J.H. Roberts
The niece: Antoinette Cellier
The German officer: Kenneth More
Servant girl: Tamara Chahverdian
German NCO: Denis McCarthy
German trooper: John Mackwood
German trooper: Tom Raynor
Nazi officer: Douglas Vine
Nazi officer: Alan Lawrence

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: The Forsyte Saga Saga 8 January 2017

: News Maps: 1939-1946

J.F. Horrabin returns to illustrate the news with maps, diagrams, and pictures.


Presenter/Illustrator: J.F. Horrabin
Presented by: Mary Adams

: Pouishnoff (piano)


Pianist: Leff Pouishnoff

: News

(sound only)
(to 22.40)

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