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: Children's Television

Muffin the Mule
with Annette Mills (who writes the songs) and Ann Hogarth (who pulls the strings).

Children's Newsreel

Mr. Dooley, Jnr.
A comedy by Rose Franken and Jane Lewin.
The action takes place in a small American town.
(Previously televised last Thursday)
Mr. Dooley keep a pet shop, which, as we would expect, is a favourite haunt of children. Tommy and Jank, the two children in our play, are great friends of Mr. Dooley, and when he gives them a little sick puppy to take care of, they name the dog after him. But Mr. Dooley, Junior. lets them in for a lot of trouble as you will see...

(to 18.20)


Presenter/Songwriter (Muffin the Mule): Annette Mills
Puppeteer (Muffin the Mule): Ann Hogarth
Writer (Mr. Dooley, Jnr.): Rose Franken
Writer (Mr. Dooley, Jnr.): Jane Lewin
Settings (Mr. Dooley, Jnr.): Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer (Mr. Dooley, Jnr.): Joy Harington
Mr. Dooley: John Welsh
Tommy: Bunny May
Janle: Carol Wolveridge
Miss Meany: Natalie Benesch
Gus: Robert Cawdron
Miss Daisy: Virginia Bedard
Bridget: Tucker McGuire
Father: Arthur Hill
Mother: Peggy Hassard
Jake: Peter Swanwick
Mr. Dooley, Jnr, the Puppy: Tinker

: What's My Line?

with Ghislaine Alexander, Barbara Kelly, Jerry Desmonde, Gilbert Harding trying to find the answers and Eamonn Andrews to see fair play.
('What's My Line?' was devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and is presented by arrangement with C.B.S. of America and Maurice Winnick)


Panellist: Ghislaine Alexander
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Jerry Desmonde
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: The Passing Show: Our Marie

The Passing Show presents Pat Kirkwood in Our Marie
The story of the great Marie Lloyd - Queen of Comedy
Pat Kirkwood

"It is strange that of all the women of the Victorian era, the most generally remembered are: Queen Victoria herself, and Florence Nightingale, and Marie..." (Max Beerbohm)
Viewers who saw The Passionate Pilgrim, the television play about Florence Nightingale, and the recent Happy and Glorious plays, can now meet the third of Sir Max's famous Victorians: the undisputed Queen of the British Music-Hall, Miss Marie Lloyd.
She was born Matilda Wood in Hoxton on February 12, 1870 (eighty-three years ago next Thursday), and though her family background was not in the least theatrical, her natural talent for the stage was so great that on May 9, 1885, when only fifteen, she made her first appearance at the Grecian Room, a music-hall in the City Road, under the stage name Bella Delmare. A year later she was appearing regularly in such West-End music-halls as the Oxford, Collins, the Bedford, and the Middlesex (the 'Old Mo') and during the next nine years worked her way steadily to the top of the bill. There she remained an unchallenged star for twenty-eight years, until her death in 1922.
For a few years she appeared in pantomime (from 1891 to 1893, she played Principal Girl at Drury Lane with Little Tich, Herbert Campbell, and Dan Leno), but pantomime never really attracted her, nor did musical comedy - at which she made one unsuccessful attempt. Too much of an individualist and too great a personality to subject herself to the limits of a script, she returned to her single act. There, alone on the stage, in direct communication with her audience she could hold and convulse them with a wink of the eye, a twitch of the body, a pause in the song.
Most people associate Marie Lloyd with such songs as 'The ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit,' 'Don't dilly dally,' or 'A Little of what you fancy does you good,' but it was only in the last ten years of her life that she specialised in her comic Character impressions. Before that there had been 'the little girl' period when, dressed as a child, she sang such songs as 'Wink the other eye' or 'There they are - the two of them on their own': later, in the middle of her career, came the 'naughty' period when she sang songs that offended Mrs. Ormison Chant and her League of Purity.

She was married three times. Each of the three men reacted differently to becoming 'Marie Lloyd's husband' and it is these reactions that form our story - a story in which you will see Marie both as a performer and as a woman.
Pat Kirkwood plays Marie - and a formidable task it is. She has no fewer than fifty changes of costume, sings fifteen different songs, and appears in nearly every one of the hundred-odd scenes in the show. In addition, she has to age from sixteen to fifty-two years of age in 105 minutes.
Many people seem to think of Marie as a big woman with a loud voice and a brassy manner of delivery. She was actually petite, 5 ft. 2 in. tall, had fair hair and blue eyes, a small voice (which could, however, penetrate to the back of any gallery) and she achieved her effects on the stage without any boisterousness. Physically, therefore, and in her style of work, Pat resembles Marie considerably and I feel sure that her performance will be a sincere and accurate portrait of a great and warm-hearted artist. However, Pat herself says: ' I hope that no one will think me presumptuous enough to give an " impersonation" of Marie Lloyd. With the advice and coaching of Marie Lloyd Jnr. (her daughter) and Daisy Wood (her sister) I shall try to give as accurate a picture of Marie as I can - within my own limits. I would like people to look on it as my interpretation of Marie Lloyd and not an impersonation.'


Script: Alfred Shaughnessy
Script: Christopher Barry
Settings: Stephen Bundy
Costumes Supervisor: Ena Nickalls
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Orchestrations: Ray Terry
Director: Peter Graham Scott
Producer: Michael Mills
Marie Lloyd: Pat Kirkwood
Marie Lloyd (as a child): Patricia Stark
Mrs. Wood: Freda Bamford
Mr. Wood: Leslie Spurling
George Ware: Peter Bull
Percy Courtney: Guy Middleton
Bella Burge: Patricia Raine
Alec Hurley: Anthony Oliver
Bernard Dillon: Jack Rodney
Walter Benrley: Leonard Sachs
Other parts played by: Sidney James
Other parts played by: Selma Vaz Dias
Other parts played by: Norah Nicholson
Other parts played by: Richard Caldicot
Other parts played by: John Witty
Other parts played by: Henry Longhurst
Other parts played by: Philip Dale
Other parts played by: Sidney Vivian
Other parts played by: Rose Howlett
Other parts played by: Charles Maunsell
Other parts played by: Harry Brunning
Other parts played by: Edward Barnes
Other parts played by: Bill Snaith
Other parts played by: Peter Tuddenham
Other parts played by: Max Barrett
Other parts played by: Margaret Wedlake

: The Gospel in Stone

The men who built the cathedrals of France ornamented the outsides with figures from the Bible. This film tells the simple story of the Gospels in episodes as conceived by French sculptors. It is illustrated by examples of their work in the cathedrals and churches of France.


Director: Andre Bureau

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