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: Housewives' Choice

John Ellison introduces your request records


Presenter: John Ellison

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


John Madin at the organ of the Granada, Tooting, London


Unknown: John Madin

: Music While You Work

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


Conducted By: Mr. Roger Barsotti


Script by Jonquil Antony
(Friday's recorded broadcast


Script By: Jonquil Antony


Billy Mayerl and his Players with Alys Sherry (soprano)


Unknown: Billy Mayerl
Soprano: Alys Sherry


' The Forgotten Yard by F. B. Walton
Told by Victor Maddern


Unknown: F. B. Walton
Told By: Victor Maddern


at the BBC theatre organ

: Music for Dancing

Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra


Unknown: Victor Silvester


(Leader, Philip Whiteway )
Conductor, Rae Jenkins


Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conductor: Rae Jenkins


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
The kitchen chairs are horses for " Ride-a-Cock-Horse " and Humpty Dumpty's wall and, for " This is the Way the Ladies Ride," the two children crash down into the ditch most realistically. "Pop goes the Weasel " is the current favourite, each trying to outdo the other in the loudest and most ear-splitting " PopI " ' Many lively pictures such as this show us how our under-fives take part in their own programme, and illustrate particularly how, though the broadcast is the same for all listeners, the effects of it are quite different and individual.
The kitchen chairs will be needed again this week, for ' Ride-a-Cock Horse' and 'This is the Way' are included in the programmes. The stories today and on Wednesday are ' Tommy's Garden ' by June Colbourne, and. The Little Stopping Train,' by Eileen Mathias , with storyteller Dorothy Smith ; tomorrow comes ' Winkie ' by Cicely Cole , told by Daphne Oxenford , and on Thursday and Friday, 'Taking Father's Dinner' by R. M. Ward and ' The Five Little Gibby Boys and Chum Chivers ,' by Elizabeth Sheppard-Jones , both told by Julia Lang ". Nursery rhymes and stories are introduced by Lorna Peeram Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Eileen Mathias
Unknown: Dorothy Smith
Unknown: Cicely Cole
Told By: Daphne Oxenford
Unknown: R. M. Ward
Unknown: Gibby Boys
Unknown: Chum Chivers
Unknown: Elizabeth Sheppard-Jones
Told By: Julia Lang
Introduced By: Lorna Peeram
Introduced By: Elizabeth A. Taylor


A daily programme for women at home
Introduced by Jean Metcalfe and including
' This Week's Menu': Louise Davies suggests a menu for a well-balanced meal based on her recommendations in ' Week-End
Shopping Basket' last Friday
' Coming Shortly': H. M. Burton talks about some of the films that will be appearing soon in local cinemas.
A report on the Women's Amateur Athletic Association Championships by Marjorie Pollard
' How to Shop': Taking a few of the essentials of kitchen equipment as examples, Phyllis Garbutt , an authority on the subject, tells Ruth Drew the kind of points shoppers should look for.
(Continued in next column)
' Birds that Peck Windows ': R. S. R. Fitter examines some of the theories that have been put forward and suggests an explanation of this phenomenon
Serial : The Diary of Fanny Burney.' Extracts selected by Becky Cocking. Read by Mary O'Farrell
' Topic for Talk': Janet Grey opens a subject to start listeners talking
For the Woman Listener facing inside back cover


Introduced By: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Louise Davies
Talks: H. M. Burton
Unknown: Marjorie Pollard
Unknown: Phyllis Garbutt
Unknown: Ruth Drew
Unknown: Peck Windows
Unknown: R. S. R. Fitter
Unknown: Becky Cocking.
Read By: Mary O'Farrell
Unknown: Janet Grey


Eugene Pini and his Tango Orchestra with Julian Bream (guitar)


Unknown: Eugene Pini
Guitar: Julian Bream


' Max's Magazine ' by J. E. Miles
1 — ' Max's Advertisement Column'
The first of a series of four talks about an imaginary Forces newspaper in Germany. The British editorial staff of the newspaper are ill and Max, a German clerk, is left to produce one edition on his own. In it he publishes word for word what he is given by British contributors and fails to edit the material for grammar and style. The talks enquire into the cause and cure of the ' errors ' that Max has put into print


Unknown: J. E. Miles


Syd Dean and his Band


Unknown: Syd Dean


Script by Jonquil Antony
Last week Dr. and Mrs. Dale had a dinner party. Apart from Mrs. Sandiman's open hostility, it was a great success. Mrs. Dale insisted that Mrs. Burgess, matron of the Brimscombe House Old People's Home, should leave because she was unfit for the post. During the week Mrs. Sandiman visited Mrs. Dale and said that unless she resigned from the committee, Mrs. Burgess, the cook, and two maids, would leave. Later Mr. Moss, the Chairman of the Home, telephoned to say that Mrs. Burgess and her friends had walked out, and would she go and see him immediately. David told Dr. Dale about his visit to Devonshire, and said that, as they had suspected, Sally had taken Tony Coppard to her cottage at Gimlet Green. During the week, while Mrs. Dale was lunching with Sally, she was appalled to hear Sally was going to re-marry Tony.
Principal characters this week:


Script By: Jonquil Antony
Unknown: Tony Coppard
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: Frank Partington
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Sally Lane: Alvys Maben
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Mrs Mountford: Vivienne Chatterton
Mr Curtis: W E Holloway
Mr Appleyard: Martin Lewis
Mrs Briggs: Mary Morrell
Monument: Charles Lamb
Edward Fielding: Keith Pyott
Maggs: Jack Howarth
Paul Vernon: Brian Smith
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Maud French: Gwen Day Burroughs
Mrs Dolly: Susan Richards
Bill Donaldson: Richard Hutton

: Monday Matinee Gladys Young in 'THE SILVER CORD'

by Sidney Howard
Adapted and produced by Frederick Bradnum


Unknown: Sidney Howard
Produced By: Frederick Bradnum
Mrs Phelps: Gladys Young
David Phelps: Victor Ptatt
Robert Phelps: Derek Hart
Christina: Audrey Mendes
Hester: Yvonne Hills


Steve Race at the piano

: At the Console

Peter Keane at the BBC theatre organ


Organist: Peter Keane

: The Archers

A story of country folk.

: Sport

Including cricket close of play scores

: Vera Lynn with Tony Fayne and David Evan* in LET'S MEET AGAIN

accompanied by The George Mitchell Choristers Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Busby
Script by Ronald Wolfe
Produced by Dennis Main Wilson


Conducted By: Robert Busby
Script By: Ronald Wolfe
Produced By: Dennis Main Wilson

: Brian Reece and Joy Shelton in ' THE ADVENTURES OF P.C. 49'

Another incident in the career of Police-Constable Archibald
Script by Alan Stranks
7-' The Case of the Summer Storm '
Produced by Vernon Harris


Unknown: Police-Constable Archibald
Script By: Alan Stranks
Produced By: Vernon Harris
P C 49: Brian Reece
Joan: Joy Shelton
Chief Inspector Wilson: Leslie Perrins
Detective-Sergeant Wright: Eric Phillips
Tatty Ogle: Charles Lamb
Jakey Castle: Alfle Bass
Socker Ford: Sydney Taller
Mr Rundle: Humphrey Morton
Bill Mason: Eric Francis
Dolly Mason: Daphne Madox


A serial insixparts by Lester Powell
Based on the novel by E. F. Benson
5-' Detective Work '
Characters in order of speaking:
Produced by Norman Wright


Unknown: Lester Powell
Novel By: E. F. Benson
Produced By: Norman Wright
Geoffrey Langham: Richard Hurndall
Lord Vail: Laurence Payne
Templeton: John Hussey
Uncle Francis: John Wyse
Dr Godfrey: Oliver Burt
Caroline Aylwin: Jeanette Tregarthen
Lady Oxted: Fabia Drake
Receptionist: Freda Falconer


Charlie Chester and Tony Hancock introduce a programme for Forces everywhere
The Forces try to stump
Leslie Welch , the Memory Man
Mr. Music Master
Johnny Dankworth
Your Request Favourite
Harry Secombe , the star you asked to hear
Carole Carr sings songs of the Servicemen's choice
The Mitchellaires
The Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Stanley Black
Script by Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin
Produced by Jacques Brown and John Hooper


Unknown: Charlie Chester
Unknown: Tony Hancock
Unknown: Leslie Welch
Unknown: Johnny Dankworth
Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Carole Carr
Conducted By: Stanley Black
Script By: Bob Monkhouse
Script By: Denis Goodwin
Produced By: Jacques Brown
Produced By: John Hooper


and his Music with Dickie Valentine
Lita Roza , and Dennis Lotia


Unknown: Dickie Valentine
Unknown: Lita Roza
Unknown: Dennis Lotia


' No Other Tiger' by A. E. W. Mason
Reader, Felix Felton
6 — ' News of Archie Clutter '


Reader: Felix Felton
Unknown: Archie Clutter

: Music Tapestry

Dulcet Strings directed by Frank Stewart with Bernard Bowen (piano)


Directed By: Frank Stewart
Piano: Bernard Bowen

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