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: Housewives' Choice

Bruce Belfrage introduces your request records


Presenter: Bruce Belfrage

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


George Blackmore at the organ of the Capitol, Aberdeen


Unknown: George Blackmore

: Music While You Work

Central Band of the Royal Air Force
(by permission of the Air Council)
Conducted by Wing-Cdr. A. E. Sims, O.B.E., Organising Director of Music, Royal Air Force


Conducted By: A. E. Sims

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Joan Carr-Jones


BBC Welsh Orchestra
(Leader, Philip Whiteway)
Conductor, Rae Jenkins


Conductor: Rae Jenkins


' Miss Bunty's Man ' by Kift Berry
Told by Nora Nicholson
(Nora Nicholson is appearing in ' The Millionairess ' at the New Theatre, London)


Unknown: Kift Berry
Told By: Nora Nicholson
Told By: Nora Nicholson


at the BBC theatre organ

: Music for Dancing

Strict tempo dance music played by Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra


Played By: Victor Silvester


(The Blues)
Conducted by Captain David McBain
Director of Music


Conducted By: Captain David McBain


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
'My boy,' writes a mother, ' was delighted when you played the " Peter and the Wolf music some weeks ago. He thinks this postcard will act like magic, and will be disappointed every day until he hears it againl ' The ' magic ' has worked for this small boy-and for numerous others — and ' Peter's Tune,' by Prokofiev, will be our introductory music for this week.
The comments of children on the programme's opening music are often acute and illuminating. One boy said of the ' Village Dance' from Coppelia, by Delibes, the man keeps pushing this music,' while another interpreted the ' Chinese Dance ' by Tchaikovsky as the mechanical noise of a train. To these children the music came as pure sound and conveyed its individual message, irrespective of any suggestions in the title. Hence our reluctance in general, in spite of some requests, to announce its name at the beginning of the week. For stones this week we have three by Philippa Pearce about Judith at cherry time, told today, tomorrow, and on Wednesday by Julia Lang , and two by Margaret Gore about the adventures of Twopence the rabbit, told on Thursday and Friday by Dorothy Smith. They are all introduced by Catherine Edwards. Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Philippa Pearce
Unknown: Julia Lang
Unknown: Margaret Gore
Unknown: Dorothy Smith.
Introduced By: Catherine Edwards.
Introduced By: Elizabeth A. Taylor


The Halle Orchestra
(Leader. Laurance Turner )
Conducted by George Weldon
From the Free Trade Hall.


Leader: Laurance Turner
Conducted By: George Weldon


and his Octet

: PLAIN ENGLISH ' Max's Magazine '

by J. E. Miles
3 — ' The Editor's Page '
The third of a series of four talks about an imaginary Forces newspaper in Germany. The talks enquire into the cause and cure of the ' errors ' that Max, a German clerk who has been left in charge of one edition, has put into print.


Unknown: J. E. Miles


Lou Preager and his Orchestra


Unknown: Lou Preager

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

(To be repeated tomorrow at 11.0 a.m.)

Last week Gwen overheard Edward Fielding telling Isabel bow much he disliked the idea of having a baby in the house. Gwen decided she must leave their flat and find somewhere else to live. Dr. and Mrs. Dale were ignored by Mrs. Sandiman at the golf club. Bill Donaldson, Mrs. Mountford's great-nephew from Australia, called on Mrs. Dale to find out what charities his great-aunt subscribed to. His obvious interest in Mrs. Mountford's money amused Mrs. Dale. Maggs and his pen-friend, Mrs. Dolly, were happy together until Maggs realised she considered they were engaged. He was horrified and consulted Mrs. Morgan and Albert. Albert teased him unmercifully and talked as if the wedding had already been arranged.

Principal characters this week: [see below]


Script: Joan Carr-Jones
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 Allardyre
Maggs: Jack Howarth
Albert Morgan: Frank Foster
Michael Fanshawe: Andrew Fauids
Paul Vernon: Cavan Malone
Mrs Mountford: Vivienne Chatterton
Brigadier Mutty: Sydney Moncklon
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Mrs Dolly: Patience Collier
Miss March banks: Harriet Petworth
Nurse: Angela Neville
Edward Fielding: Keith Pyott
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Jenny Owen: Jeanette Tregarthen
Cynthia: Anne Leon

: Monday Matinée ' DEEP ARE THE ROOTS'

by Arnaud d'Usseau and James Gow
Adapted for broadcasting by Peggy Wells
Produced by Hugh Stewart


Unknown: Arnaud D'Usseau
Unknown: James Gow
Broadcasting By: Peggy Wells
Produced By: Hugh Stewart
Senator Langdon: Jack Lester
Alice Langdon: Rita Vale
Genevra Langdon: Peggy Hassard
Howard Merrick: John McLaren
Brett: Earl Cameron
Bella: Vivienne Chatterton
Honey: Denise Bryer
Roy Maxwell: Leslie Bradley
Sheriff Serkin: Richard George
Chuck Warren: David Kossoff
Bob Izay: Frank Atkinson


Latest results and commentaries by Max Robertson and Rex Alston
From the All England Club,


Unknown: Max Robertson
Unknown: Rex Alston


and his Band
'with Denny Dennis


Unknown: Denny Dennis

: The Archers

A story of country folk.
Pictures - facing inside back cover

: Sport

including cricket close of play scores

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

The George Mitchell Choristers
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'

Script by Alan Stranks
9—' The Case of the Double Trouble '
Produced by Vernon Harris


Script By: Alan Stranks
Produced By: Vernon Harris
P C 49: Brian Reece
Joan: Joy Shelton
Chief Inspector Wilson: Leslie Perrins
Detective-Sgt Wright: Eric Phillips
Gus: Geoffrey Lewis
Chummy: Victor Maddern
Millie: Doreen Duke
Buckridge: George Cross
Chief Inspector Curry: Cyril Conway
Sergeant Moreton: Peter Bathurst
Charley: Tommy Duggan
Constable: Kenneth Cleveland


See Both Sides of the Microphone'


' Charlie Chester and Tony Hancock introduce a programme for Services everywhere
The Forces try to stump
Leslie Welch , the Memory Man
Music Master
Winifred Atwell
Your Request Favourite
Derek Roy 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 Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Produced by Jacques Brown and 'John Hooper


Unknown: Charlie Chester
Unknown: Tony Hancock
Unknown: Leslie Welch
Unknown: Winifred Atwell
Unknown: Derek Roy
Unknown: Carole Carr
Conducted By: Stanley Black
Script By: Ray Galton
Script By: Alan Simpson
Produced By: Jacques Brown
Produced By: John Hooper


and his Orchestra with Jill Day
Derrick Francis , and Bob Dale


Unknown: Jill Day
Unknown: Derrick Francis
Unknown: Bob Dale


' Herself Surprised 'by Joyce Cary
Reader, Marjorie Westbury
1 — ' Mrs. Matt Monday '


Reader: Joyce Cary
Reader: Marjorie Westbury

: Music Tapestry

The Pavilion Players directed by David Wolfsthal with Winifred Davey (piano)


Directed By: David Wolfsthal
Piano: Winifred Davey

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