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: Housewives' Choice

Your request records introduced this week by Alvar Lidell.


Presenter: Alvar Lidell

: (Request Week) Tchaikovsky and the Orchestra

Two movements from Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony will he played, with a commentary on the orchestration.

: Morning Melodies

Peter Kilby at the organ of the Gaumont Palace, Hammersmith.
Eight Minutes with Fred Astaire


Organist: Peter Kilby
Singer: Fred Astaire

: Elevenses

Music for the mid-morning break played by the BBC Midland Light Orchestra.
conductor, Gilbert Vinter


Musicians: The BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Conductor: Gilbert Vinter

: On the Sweeter Side

Dance music on gramophone records.

: Keyboard Cavalcade

Robinson Cleaver at the organ of the Granada, Tooting.


Organist: Robinson Cleaver

: Harold Jager

at the piano


Pianist: Harold Jager

: Concert Hour

BBC Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Harold Lowe


Musicians: BBC Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Harold Lowe

: Bandstand

Band of the Grenadier Guards, conducted by Captain F.J. Harris, Director of Music, Grenadier Guards


Musicians: Band of the Grenadier Guards
Conductor: Captain F.J. Harris

: Songtime

on gramophone records

: Wynford Reynolds and his Orchestra

in a programme of uninterrupted music.


Musicians: Wynford Reynolds and his Orchestra

: The Prisoner of Zenda: 14: The Game is Up

by Anthony Hope.
abridged for broadcasting in fifteen instalments.
Read by Deryck Guyler.


Author: Anthony Hope
Reader: Deryck Guyler

: (Request Week) Plain English: It isn't Grammar

A programme about some of the common mistakes made in everyday writing.

: Music While You Work

Roy Wallis and his Band


Musicians: Roy Wallis and his Band

: The Robinson Family

The day-to-day history of an ordinary family.


Producer: David H. Godfrey.

: Music of the Masters

played by the BBC Scottish Orchestra: conductor, Ian Whyte
Concert given before an audience of children at the Town Hall, Ayr (under the auspices of the Ayr branch of the Saltire Society).


Musicians: The BBC Scottish Orchestra
Conductor: Ian Whyte

: I'll Play to You

with Monia Liter (piano) Joseph Dollinger (tenor), and Lloyd Thomas at the theatre organ.
Introduced by Sandy Macpherson.


Pianist: Monia Liter
Tenor: Joseph Dollinger
Organist: Lloyd Thomas
Presenter: Sandy MacPherson

: Sports Magazine

including extracts from the commentary on the World Heavyweight Championship fight between Joe Louis and Tami Mauriello.
Edited and introduced by Geoffrey Peck.


Boxer: Joe Louis
Boxer: Tami Mauriello.
Editor/presenter: Geoffrey Peck

: Sweetheart Mine

An excerpt from Act 1 of the musical play by Lauri Wylie and Lupino Lane (based on Albert Chevalier's 'My Old Dutch').
[Starring] Lupino Lane

Presented by Lane Plays, Ltd.
Cast includes Billy Russell, Barbara Shotter, Violet Blythe, Barry Lupino, Wallace Lupino, Lauri Lupino Lane, Vernon Kelso, the Doyle Kids, Nellie the Donkey, and full supporting company.
From the Victoria Palace, London


Writer: Lauri Wylie
Writer: Lupino Lane
Lyrics: Frank Eyton
Music: Noel Gay
Orchestra under the direction of: Marcel Gardner
Commentator: John Ellison [Actor]: Billy Russell
[Actress]: Barbara Shotter
[Actress]: Violet Blythe
[Actor]: Barry Lupino
[Actor]: Wallace Lupino
[Actress]: Lauri Lupino Lane
[Actor]: Vernon Kelso
Themselves: The Doyle Kids
Himself: Nellie the Donkey

: Sweetheart Mine

A further excerpt from Act 1.

: Music from the Movies

played by Louis Levy and his Orchestra.
Sung by Beryl Davis, Maria Perilli, Jack Cooper, Benny Lee, the Georgettes, and Male Voice Choir.


Musicians: Louis Levy and his Orchestra
Singer: Beryl Davis
Singer: Maria Perilli
Singer: Jack Cooper
Singer: Benny Lee
Singers: The Georgettes
Presented by: Elisabeth Tyson

: The Phantom Fleet: Episode 5: Lady in Distress

A thriller in eight episodes, adapted from the novel by 'Sea-Lion'.


Producer: Hugh Stewart.
Commander Richard Norton: Christopher Quest
Baron Carl von Marnitz: Herbert Lom
Jacqueline Benson: Roberta Huby
Lt -Commander John Prentice: Kim Peacock
A German servant: Eric Lugg
Admiral Sir William Lessington: Richard George
Leading Telegraphist Welsh: Roland Andrea
The Narrator: Anthony Marlowe

: Music in Miniature

A musical entertainment given by Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick (two pianos), Henry Hoist (violin), Ernest Element (violin), Herbert Downes (viola), Anthony Pini (cello), and Eve Maxwell-Lyte (soprano).


Pianist: Cyril Smith
Pianist: Phyllis Sellick
Violinist: Henry Hoist
Violinist: Ernest Element
Viola: Herbert Downes
Cellist: Anthony Pini
Soprano: Eve Maxwell-Lyte

: Northern Music-Hall

Variety from the Theatre Royal, Stockport.
Introduced by David Southwood.


Presenter: David Southwood

: Radio Forfeits

[Starring] Michael Miles A new all-comedy quiz, in which victors win a prize and victims pay a penalty. Billy Ternent and his Band provide the music, and the producer is Jacques Brown.


Presenter: Michael Miles Musicians: Billy Ternent and his Band
Producer: Jacques Brown

: Evergreen

Val Merrall, with the Four Voices and the Players, sings melodies that live in your memory.


Singer: Val Merrall
Singers/musicians: The Four Voices and the Players
The music arranged and directed by: Arthur Wilkinson
Presented by: Eric Spear

: The Melodians

with Ivor Dennis and Jimmy Bailey at the two pianos in a programme of uninterrupted music.


Pianist: Ivor Dennis
Pianist: Jimmy Bailey

: Old-Time Night

Dance music in the old-fashioned style played by Eddie Shaw and his Band.
From the Plaza Ballroom, Belfast.


Musicians: Eddie Shaw and his Band

: Robin Richmond and his Sextet

with Benny Lee


Musicians: Robin Richmond and his Sextet
Singer: Benny Lee

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