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: Reveille!

Cheerful gramophone records

: News

Programme summary

: Show Selection

Some records of Rudolf Friml's "The Vagabond King".

: Downbeat

Dave Rose and his Orchestra (recording)


Musicians: Dave Rose and his Orchestra

: Cairo Calling

for the Middle East Forces. Messages recorded by members of the Services for their relatives and friends in Great Britain, introduced by Peter Haddon


Presenter: Peter Haddon

: Sunday Serenade

Scottish Variety Orchestra (conductor, Ronnie Munro), with Jae Fraser, Ann Rich, and Ian Gourlay


Musicians: Scottish Variety Orchestra
Conductor: Ronnie Munro
Singer: Jae Fraser
Singer: Ann Rich
Singer: Ian Gourlay

: For Isolated Units

Sunday Service from Bristol Cathedral, conducted by the Dean (Very Rev. Harry W. Blackburne, D.S.O., M.C.)


Service conducted by: The Very Rev. Harry W. Blackburne

: For the Indian Forces

Introduced by Q.A. Husain
'India Calling': personal messages from India to the members of H.M. Forces in Great Britain (by the courtesy of All India Radio)
Apke aur Hamare. Piare vatan ke geet Adab Arz


Presenter: A. Husain

: Creswell Colliery Band

Conductor, Harold Moss

March: Avondale...Verner
Overture: Napoleon...Bilton
Selection: Mirella...Gounod
Waltz: The Skaters...Waldteufel


Musicians: Creswell Colliery Band
Conductor: Harold Moss

: Workers' Playtime

BBC recording of the programme broadcast to North America during the midnight break yesterday, from a factory somewhere in Britain.

: Van Phillips

and his Two Orchestras


Musicians: Van Phillips and his Two Orchestras


[Starring] Tommy Handley
Recording of last Thursday's broadcast, with Horace Percival, Fred Yule, Dorothy Summers, Sydney Keith, Dino Galvani, Bill Stephens, Bryan Herbert, Jean Capra, and the BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.


Comedian: Tommy Handley
Performer: Horace Percival
Performer: Fred Yule
Performer: Dorothy Summers
Performer: Sydney Keith
Performer: Dino Galvani
Performer: Bill Stephens
Performer: Bryan Herbert
Performer: Jean Capra
Musicians: The BBC Variety Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Shadwell
Script/Lyrics: Ted Kavanagh
Producer: Francis Worsley

: Paul Whiteman Presents...

with Bill Goodwin, Mike Pingitore, Dinah Shore, Victor Moore, and William Gaxton, and Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra

(Recorded in America by arrangement with the Special Service Division of the War Department of the United States of America)


Performer: Bill Goodwin
Performer: Mike Pingitore
Singer: Dinah Shore
Performer: Victor Moore
Performer: William Gaxton
Musicians: Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra


and his Music, with Jack Cooper


Unknown: Jack Cooper


Resume by Foster Hewitt of last night's National Hockey League Game at the Maple Leaf Garden, 'Toronto, relayed from.Canada for the Canadian Forces in Britain. Presented in co-operation with the BBC


Unknown: Foster Hewitt


Variety show by members of the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Sgt. Stan Shedden and the Canuck's Orchestra ; Cpl. Bill Smith ; L.A.C. Ted Hockridge ; Gunner Carl Asplund, and a fun department presided over by Cpl. Ernie Holden and Pte. Chick Zamick. Master of Ceremonies, Gerry Wilmot. Produced by the London office of the CBC


Unknown: Stan Shedden
Unknown: Bill Smith
Unknown: Ted Hockridge
Unknown: Gunner Carl
Unknown: Ernie Holden
Unknown: Chick Zamick.
Unknown: Gerry Wilmot.


Primo Scala 's Accordion Band, directed by Harry Bidgood


Unknown: Primo Scala
Directed By: Harry Bidgood


Conducted by Muir Mathieson. Alan Soulsby (piano)


Conducted By: Muir Mathieson.
Piano: Alan Soulsby


with spontaneous answers to ' Any Questions ? ' Dr. Malcolm Sargent , Commander A. B. Campbell , Lieut. Commander Rupert Gould , Professor Gilbert Murray , and James Frank Dobie (University of Texas). Question-Master, Donald Mc-Cullough . Producer, Howard Thomas.


Unknown: Dr. Malcolm Sargent
Unknown: Commander A. B. Campbell
Unknown: Lieut. Commander Rupert Gould
Unknown: Gilbert Murray
Unknown: James Frank
Question-Master: Donald Mc-Cullough
Unknown: Howard Thomas.


Members of the Fighting Services, and of the Home Front who work behind them, come to the microphone with their choice of gramophone records. Introduced by Hamilton Kennedy


Introduced By: Hamilton Kennedy


by Dilys Powell


Unknown: Dilys Powell


No. 40—'The Road to Dover', written and produced by Marjorie Banks
This is the story of the journey from
Canterbury to Dover, told by some of the bus-drivers, conductresses, and passengers who have endured shelling, bombing, and machine-gunning ever since the fall of Dunkirk, when for the first time in history land-based enemy guns were able to fire on this island


Produced By: Marjorie Banks


Community hymn-singing from a public school in the West of England, conducted by John Sterling and introduced by the Chaplain, the Rev. Jack Winslow. The Head-master, T. F. Coade , is also taking part


Conducted By: John Sterling
Unknown: Rev. Jack Winslow.
Unknown: T. F. Coade


Review of the week's news

: The Happidrome

with Billy Tasker, Dorothy Parfitt and Esme Webb, Ernest Shannon, Suzette Tarri, and Harry Korris as 'Mr. Lovejoy', assisted by Cecil Frederick ('Ramsbottom') and Robbie Vincent ('Enoch').
Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus
Show produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe


Performer: Billy Tasker
Performer: Dorothy Parfitt
Performer: Esme Webb
Performer: Ernest Shannon
Performer: Suzette Tarri
Mr Lovejoy: Harry Korris
Ramsbottom: Cecil Frederick
Enoch: Robbie Vincent
Musicians/Singers: Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus
Producer/Conductor: Ernest Longstaffe

: Vera Lynn

in a series of her popular Sunday evening broadcasts, accompanied by Peter Yorke and Orchestra.


Singer: Vera Lynn
Musicians: Peter Yorke and Orchestra
Producer: Reita Hendry

: Grand Hotel

Albert Sandler and the Palm Court Orchestra, with Essie Ackland (contralto), in a programme of the kind of music heard in the Palm Court of your favourite hotel in the days before the war.


Conductor: Albert Sandler
Contralto: Essie Ackland
Producer: Fred Hartley
Producer: Douglas Lawrence

: Big Ben Minute; News; followed by a postscript

(Recording of the postscript will be broadcast tomorrow at 1.0 pm in the Home Service)

: The Stage Presents...

Theatreland's tribute to the Forces everywhere - a programme sponsored by every branch of the entertainment world and produced with the co-operation of the Theatres War Service Council.

The programme, produced by Michael North, comes from a theatre in the heart of London and is transmitted throughout the world-wide network of the BBC.


Producer: Michael North

: Epilogue

'Thy will be done', Make me a captive, Lord (S.P. 576); St. Matthew 26, vv. 36-54; My God, my Father, make me strong (S.P. 583); St. Matthew 26, v. 39

: The Armchair Traveller

On the magic carpet of records you are taken on a visit to Latin America - this week, Chile. Your guide is Oscar Faura, with Diana Lincoln. Written by Jonquil Antony. Music chosen and edited by Peter Eton.


Presenter: Oscar Faura
Presenter: Diana Lincoln
Writer: Jonquil Antony
Editor: Peter Eton

: Music While You Work

Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra


Musicians: Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra

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