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: Reveille!

A cheerful selection of gramophone records

: News

Programme summary

: Morning Star

Records of Cleo Brown, the American swing pianist

: On Parade

Popular artists and bands fall in for your entertainment on gramophone records
(Until 8.00)

: Music While You Work

played by Wynford Reynolds and his Orchestra


Musicians: Wynford Reynolds and his Orchestra

: Christopher Stone

reminds us of today's anniversaries

: Swing It

Some records of good jazz.

: Tom Jenkins

at the theatre organ.
Selection: Good company

: Accent on Rhythm

Presented by James Moody with the Three in Harmony


Presented by: James Moody

: Music, Maestro, Please!

A parade of song hits arranged by Mai Jones and Glyn Jones with Marion Browne, Haydn Adams, John Morgan, Cliff Earnshaw, and the Revue Chorus
At the pianos, Mai Jones and Frank Davison
Produced by Glyn Jones


Arranged By: Mai Jones
Arranged By: Glyn Jones
Unknown: Marion Browne
Unknown: Haydn Adams
Unknown: John Morgan
Unknown: Cliff Earnshaw
Pianos: Mai Jones
Pianos: Frank Davison
Produced By: Glyn Jones


The sixth of a new series of concerts given by regiments of the Canadian Active Service Force in Great Britain

: Melody and Romance

Les Allen with the Dance Orchestra, directed by Billy Ternent
Produced by Tom Ronald


Unknown: Les Allen
Directed By: Billy Ternent
Produced By: Tom Ronald


at the theatre organ

: Boxing

Bantam Weight Championship of the British Empire
Kid Tanner v. Jim Brady
A commentary on the fight from the ringside


Unknown: Jim Brady

: Charles Ernesco

and his Quintet with Mervyn Saunders
Charles Ernesco's first important engagement was as an 'extra' for the London Symphony Orchestra at the Leeds Festival in 1925. From 1926 to 1932 he was in the orchestra at Covent Garden. Since 1933 he has worked with such artists as Van Phillips, Ben Frankel, Eugene Pini, Ray Noble, and Leslie Bridgewater. He formed his quintet, in which he plays the first violin, in 1934.


Unknown: Mervyn Saunders
Unknown: Charles Ernesco
Unknown: Van Phillips
Unknown: Ben Frankel
Unknown: Eugene Pini
Unknown: Ray Noble
Unknown: Leslie Bridgewater.

: Ring Up the Curtain: No.3: Madam Butterfly

Favourite tunes from the operas on gramophone records
Presented by Anna Instone
Madam Butterfly is one of the most popular operas all the world over and is full of lovely melodies. The action takes place in Japan, near Nagasaki, where a ship of the United States Navy is stationed. Pinkerton, in command of the ship, falls in love with a Japanese girl, known as Butterfly, and against the wishes of his friends and the curse of Butterfly's relatives he goes through a form of marriage with her.
Shortly afterwards Pinkerton has to return to America and is away for three years, during which time he has married an American. According to Japanese law, an absence of even one month constitutes a divorce, but Butterfly firmly believes that Pinkerton will come back to her. When his ship returns Butterfly sits up all night to watch for him, but when Pinkerton hears of Butterfly's devotion he cannot face her and sends his wife to offer to adopt their child. Butterfly at last realises the truth and kills herself with her father's sword.


Presented by: Anna Instone

: Any Questions?

Things worth knowing, presented in a way worth hearing.
Questions set by men and women serving in the Forces.
Answers given by a panel of five great personalities of our time.
The Question Master, W. D. H. McCullough
Presented by Howard Thomas and Douglas Cleverdon


Question Master: W. D. H. McCullough
Presented By: Howard Thomas
Presented By: Douglas Cleverdon

: NAAFI presents The ENSA Half-Hour

With guest stars, a composer in uniform - George Posford, and Geraldo and his Orchestra


Guest: George Posford
Musicians: Geraldo and his Orchestra

: Britain and Its Music

Central Scotland: Perthshire
Devised and produced by Moultrie R. Kelsall and Ian Whyte
Joan Alexander (soprano)
Matthew Nisbet (baritone)


Devised and produced byy: Moultrie R. Kelsall
Devised and produced by: Ian Whyte
Soprano: Joan Alexander
Baritone: Matthew Nisbet

: Sports News from Canada

A weekly summary by the Canadian Press, specially prepared for Canadians overseas and read by Gerry Wilmot
(In collaboration with the CBC and the Canadian Press)


Reader: Gerry Wilmot

: Sandy MacPherson

at the theatre organ

: Meet the Empire

by Elspeth Huxley and Spike Hughes
Bob and Bill try to find out some more about Kenya with the help of S. F. Deck


Unknown: Elspeth Huxley
Unknown: Spike Hughes
Unknown: S. F. Deck

: Radio Boost

Your favourite commercial radio station.
Sir Sam Nightingale, manufacturer of Nightingale's nightshirts
Cyril Nightingale, his infant prodigy son
The Sales Manager of 'Radio Boost'
The 'Dream Lover' of 'Radio Boost'
Betty Bragg, of Bragg and Bellow, Ltd., the famous advertising agency
With radio announcers, song pluggers, crooners, producers, and The 'Radio Boost' Mighty Orchestra conducted by Billy Cotton
The offices of Bragg and Bellow (Advertising) Ltd.
On the air with 'Radio Boost'
Behind the mike at 'Radio Boost'
The Nightingale Nightshirt factory
A programme sent to you by courtesy of Nightingale's Natty Nightshirts and the BBC
Presented by Bill MacLurg and Howard Thomas


Conductor: Billy Cotton
Presented by: Bill MacLurg
Presented by: Howard Thomas

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Billy Cotton - Old School Showman 14 August 2016

: Geraldo

and his Orchestra with Dorothy Carless , Len Camber , and Jackie Hunter


Unknown: Dorothy Carless
Unknown: Len Camber
Unknown: Jackie Hunter

: Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra

Conductor, William Pethers


Conductor: William Pethers

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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