Introduced by Jeanne Heal.
I'd like you to meet...: Gladys Cooper
A preview of an exhibition of furniture organised by the Design and Industries Association.
Marghanita Laski recommends additions to the family reference library.
Peter Smithers, M.P. Chairman of the British Mexican Society, introduces this week's exhibition of Mexican Art at the Tate Gallery, London.
Antony Hopkins plays some of the music of Beethoven.
Guest (I'd like you to meet...):
Item presenter (Bookshelf):
Item presenter (Mexican Art):
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Film)
Narrator/script, music and settings:
A new series written for television in four parts by Barbara Euphan Todd.
The action takes place in and around Scatterbrook Farm.
Settings designed by:
From the Nuffield Centre.
Before an audience of H.M. Forces
including: Alan Rowe, Harriott and Evans, The Merry Martins, Marion Sanders
Guest artist, Bill Kerr
At the pianos, Steve Race and Malcolm Lockyer
At the drums, Geoff Lofts
A comedy by S.N. Behrman.
[Starring] Michael Denison and Joyce Heron
The action of the play takes place in Clark Storey's flat on the West Side of New York City
"...For, together with, and as it were behind, so much pleasurable emotion, there is always that other strange second man in me, calm, critical, observant, unmoved, blase, odious."
Tonight's play, though it is produced in the dress and settings of the present day, was written a quarter of a century ago - at the tail-end of the jazz and flapper age, when the first world war was fading comfortably from memory and the second had not yet begun to cast its shadow over the Bright Young Things. The period has been preserved in the English theatre, like a beetle in amber, in the works of Coward, Lonsdale, and the later Maugham; and in America by a number of similarly witty craftsmen who included Samuel Nathaniel Behrman. It was the twentieth-century's golden age in the field of glossy, sophisticated comedies-elegant, civilised trifles, with dialogue that had the sparkle of the champagne that inevitably found its way into every one of them.
The Second Man, set in a studio apartment on New York's West Side, omits the more obvious trappings of this restlessly gay era (no one dances the Charleston or speaks of 'speakeasies'), but it is as well to realise that the characters have their roots in that careless world of 1927.
Their talk and their problems have to do mostly with the stuff that, so legend has it, makes the world go round; with the joys and sorrows of the world's oldest emotion; in short, with love-and with infatuation (which is the faintly deprecatory word we give to love when we get over it).
Clark Storey and the three people who are in and out of his apartment throughout the play are all suffering the pangs and uncertainties of the amorous condition, and their affairs overlap and interlock in a way which is remarkably hostile to synopsis. It is enough to say, perhaps, that Storey himself-a part-time writer and full-time cynic - is fighting a growing love for Monica, because he wants to marry Kendall who is nice and rich and can support him in the manner to which he would like to become accustomed; that Kendall is willing to accept him on these outrageous terms; but that Monica, although affianced to Austin, carries a blazing torch for Storey and is, moreover, both pretty and predatory.
(Kenneth A. Hurren)
Major the Rt. Hon. Gwilym Lloyd-George, M.P. Minister of Food
Speaker (Party Political Broadcast):
Major the Rt. Hon. Gwilym