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: Housewives' Choice

Introduced by Robin Richmond


Presenter: Robin Richmond

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


Ena Baga at the BBC theatre organ


Unknown: Ena Baga

: Music While You Work

Metropolitan Police Central Band
Conducted by Mr. Roger Barsotti, Director of Music


Conducted By: Mr. Roger Barsotti

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Joan Carr-Jones


and his Octet with Roland Robson (baritone)


Baritone: Roland Robson

: The Archers

Written by Geoffrey Webb and Edward J. Mason.
A story of country folk.


Writer: Geoffrey Webb
Writer: Edward J. Mason
Editor: Godfrey Baseley
Producer: Tony Shryane Daniel Archer, the farmer: Harry Oakes
Doris Archer, his wife: Gwen Berryman
Philip Archer, their younger son: Norman Painting
Christine Archer, their daughter: Pamela Mant
Jack Archer their elder son: Denis Folwell
Peggy Archer, his wife: June Spencer
Mr Fairbrother, a wealthy farmer: Leslie Bowman
Grace Fairbrother his daughter: Monica Grey
Watter Gabriel, Dan's neighbour: Robert Mawdesley
Simon, the farm hand: Eddie Robinson


Eric Winstone and his Orchestra with Julie Dawn , Leslie Howard and the Stagecoachers
Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight
With Betty Taylor ,Jimmy Day
Introduced by David Jacobs
Produced by John Hooper


Unknown: Eric Winstone
Unknown: Julie Dawn
Unknown: Leslie Howard
Unknown: Harry Gold
Unknown: Betty Taylor
Unknown: Jimmy Day
Introduced By: David Jacobs
Produced By: John Hooper


(Leader, J. Mouland Begbie )
Conducted by John Hopkins


Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conducted By: John Hopkins


A programme for children under five
Why) and What? are two words which are frequent sources of parental exasperation! But they are two keys to knowledge and intellectual growth, and we must therefore be pleased that these programmes for our under-fives often encourage them to ask questions and give them opportunities for adding to their store of knowledge of situations, emotions, and things. After this week's stories, all by Ruth Amsworth , some mothers may find themselves answering questions about Dutch dolls, tortoises, or fir cones, and will perhaps have to demonstrate the process of plaiting pieces of string!
We are constantly delighted by the evidence we receive of willing co-operation by busy mothers. We realise, as one mother says who has to go many times through, ' This is the way the ladies ride.' inventing more verses, too, about soldiers and sailors and other characters, that ' it becomes a bit difficult at times! ' And our sympathy goes out to those mothers whose bones are not as young as they used to be, but who ' stick it out ' in ' Ring a ring o' roses ' to the very last ' fall down '!
Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Ruth Amsworth
Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Mary Hill
and including:
'Child Guidance Clinic: Poor Little Rich Girl.' The case of Lady Studson's four-year-old daughter, who is unhappy at home, is investigated by the medical director, the psychologist, and the psychiatric social worker
'As Cheap as One': Valerie Lorraine recalls some of her more light-hearted experiences looking for a house in Liverpool. (BBC recording)
'Reading Your Letters': a programme based on letters written to 'Woman's Hour' by listeners
'Speaking from Experience': the third of a new series of talks by Marian Cutler
Serial: 'Moment in Peking' by Lin Yutang. Abridged by Audrey Jones. Read by Gladys Young


Presenter: Mary Hill
Unknown: Valerie Lorraine
Unknown: Marian Cutler
Unknown: Lin Yutang.
Abridged By: Audrey Jones
Read By: Gladys Young


The Stradivari Orchestra
Directed by Michael Spivakovsky with Jean England and Eileen McLoughlin
(soprano duets)


Directed By: Michael Spivakovsky
Unknown: Jean England
Soprano: Eileen McLoughlin


People and Resources
A Journey through Britain
5 — ' Miles of Cars '
Why Is Coventry the town of motorcars? Colin Wills visits one of the factories, and tries to find an answer from the men, on the spot


Unknown: Colin Wills


Harry Leader and his Band


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Joan Carr-Jones


Script By: Joan Carr-Jones
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Derek Hart
Sally Lane: Thelma Hughes
Mrs Morgan: Grace Auardyce
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Bert Thompkins: Michael Harding
Susie Johnson: Molly Lawson
Fav Carrlngton: Daphne Maddox
Mrs Linton: Adza Vincent
Gerda Peterson: Pat Jamblin
Mr Hodgson: Bryan Powley
Mrs Jefferies: Ella Milne
Alison Stuart: Dorothy Smith
Mrs Johnson: Ivy Collins
Stan Skeats: Lewis Stringer
Mac: Jack Shaw
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Policeman: James E Thompson
Edward Fielding: James Mills
Mr Grant: Eric Anderson


Peggy Cochrane at the piano


Unknown: Peggy Cochrane

: Monday Matinée Arthur Hill in 'THE MILLION POUND NOTE'

by Rex Rienits
Adapted from the short story by Mark Twain
Produced by Cleland Finn


Unknown: Rex Rienits
Story By: Mark Twain
Produced By: Cleland Finn
Henry Adams: Arthur Hill
Skipper: David Kossoff
Butler: Howieson Culff
Charles: John Turnbull
Abel: Alastair Duncan
Patrick Harris: Harry Hutchinson
Constable: Stanley Groome
Shop attendant: Roger Delgado
Mr HaHiday: Charles Lefeaux
Waiter: Hamilton Dyce
Hotel manager: Richard Williams
Society photographer: Richard Hurndall
Salesman: Malcolm Hayes
Actress: Margaret Vines
American ambassador: Hamilton Dyce
Duke of Shoreditch: Roger Delgado
Portia Lahgham: Dorothy Smith
Eddie: David Kossoff
Al: Alastair Duncan


at the BBC theatre organ

: The Younger Generation UNDER-20 PARADE

A slice of life served up by Peter Watson and Tony East
' What Big Ears You've Got! '
Parade's Midlands correspondent visits ' Red Riding Hood' presented by the Pines Boys' and Girls' Clubs in the Town Hall, Ilkeston
Up My Street-4
Richard Dimbleby talks about rhythm
Something Wrong Somewhere
Hubert Phillips gets you guessing again
You're Only Young Once The everyday adventures of the Caldicott family
Script by Edward J. Mason
19-In which Colin goes berserk


Unknown: Peter Watson
Unknown: Tony East
Talks: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: Hubert Phillips
Script By: Edward J. Mason

: Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon in ' LIFE WITH THE LYONS '

A series of domestic comedies written by Bebe Daniels ,
Bob Block , and Bill Harding
13-' Ben Does It Again' with Barbara Lyon , Richard Lyon
Doris Rogers , Molly Weir
Horace Percival , Ian Sadler and David Enders


Written By: Bebe Daniels
Written By: Bob Block
Written By: Bill Harding
Unknown: Barbara Lyon
Unknown: Richard Lyon
Unknown: Doris Rogers
Unknown: Molly Weir
Unknown: Horace Percival
Unknown: Ian Sadler
Unknown: David Enders


Six weekly programmes spanning fifty years of eventful history
Marius Goring in 5-The Second World War
Written and narrated by Chester Wilmot
The story of five momentous years told in war despatches and historic recordings, including the voices of Mr. Churchill, Field-Marshal Montgomery, President Roosevelt, General MacArthur, and BBC war correspondents
Research by Graham Irwin
Music arranged and conducted by Marr Mackie
Production by Michael Barsley


Unknown: Marius Goring
Unknown: Chester Wilmot
Unknown: Graham Irwin
Conducted By: Marr MacKie
Production By: Michael Barsley


' The Voice of Variety ' accompanied by the BBC Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet
Introduced by Jean Metcalfe
Produced by Glyn Jones


Conducted By: Paul Fenoulhet
Introduced By: Jean Metcalfe
Produced By: Glyn Jones


Heralding Variety in the North with the Kordites
Larry Macari
Jimmy Wheeler
The Radio Revellers
Winifred Atwell
Josef Locke
Charlie Chester
Ray Martin and his Orchestra
Presented by Bowker Andrews


Unknown: Larry MacAri
Unknown: Jimmy Wheeler
Unknown: Winifred Atwell
Unknown: Josef Locke
Unknown: Charlie Chester
Unknown: Ray Martin
Presented By: Bowker Andrews


and his Orchestra


'The White Monkey' by John Galsworthy
Reader, Ronald Simpson
Part 11


Reader: John Galsworthy
Reader: Ronald Simpson

: Music Tapestry

The Pavilion Players directed by David Wolfsithal with Bernard Bowen (piano)


Directed By: David Wolfsithal
Piano: Bernard Bowen

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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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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