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: Housewives' Choice

Eamonn Andrews introduces your request records


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


Stanley Wyllie at the organ of the Ritz Cinema, Belfast


Unknown: Stanley Wyllie

: Music While You Work

Band of the Scots Guards
Conducted by Major S. Rhodes , M.B.E.
Director of Music


Conducted By: Major S. Rhodes


Script by Jonquil Antony


Script By: Jonquil Antony


' Deliberate Mistake ' by T. A. Lowe
Read by Eric Phillips


Unknown: T. A. Lowe
Read By: Eric Phillips

: Music for Dancing

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


Played By: Victor Silvester


Some records and reflections by Roy Bradford


Unknown: Roy Bradford


(Leader, Frank Thomas )
Conducted by Harold Gray


Leader: Frank Thomas
Conducted By: Harold Gray


Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
Half way through December, and Christmas in every mind! 'Listen with Mother,' too, in its music and its tales begins to reflect the coming of the festive season. Today Daphne Oxenford tells of some rather special Christmas shopping in the story of The Twin Dressing Gowns,' by Nancy Braham. On Wednesday Dorothy Smith touches on other Christmas themes in M. M. Connelly 's ale ' The Christmas Card' and Helen Christison 's rhyme ' This is the Cake,' and on Friday she describes the events at a Sunday School Christmas Party-the one attended by that naughty little sister-in Dorothy Edwards ' ' Naughtiest Story of all.'
Tomorrow's poetic little tale, ' The
Holly and the Chestnut Tree,' by T. Mallin , to be read by Julia Lang , reminds us of the welcome beauty of the holly in our homes at Christmas time, while Ursula Hourihan 's story, ' The Surprise Christmas Tree,' must keep its secret until Daphne Oxenford tells it on Thursday.
Our music for the week includes
' Christmas is coming,' I saw three ships,' ' There was a p:g went out to dig,' and a favourite carol of all small children, ' Rocking.'
Catherine Edwards introduces the songs and stories this week and next.
Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Daphne Oxenford
Unknown: Nancy Braham.
Unknown: Dorothy Smith
Unknown: M. M. Connelly
Unknown: Helen Christison
Unknown: Dorothy Edwards
Unknown: T. Mallin
Read By: Julia Lang
Unknown: Ursula Hourihan
Unknown: Daphne Oxenford
Introduces: Catherine Edwards
Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor


Introduced by Marjorie Anderson and including:
' Happy Jubilee': Sophie Wyss looks back on twenty-five years of singing
' At the London Theatre': two playgoers describe some plays they have seen recently
' Filling Up the Holes': T. A. Layton describes his first attempt at mending a road
' A Bird for Christmas':
Ruth Drew asks a poultry wholesaler for advice on buying turkey, goose, and chicken
' Cleopatra Started It': Patricia Brent gives some facts and figures about perfume
' Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty ' by Stacy Aumonier. Read by James Langham. Part 1
For the Woman Reader — page 50


Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson
Unknown: Sophie Wyss
Unknown: T. A. Layton
Unknown: Ruth Drew
Unknown: Patricia Brent
Unknown: Stacy Aumonier.
Read By: James Langham.


Bernard Bowen and his Orchestra with Tom Webster
(marimba and vibraphone solos)


Unknown: Bernard Bowen
Unknown: Tom Webster


Woolf Phillips and the Skyrockets Orchestra


Unknown: Woolf Phillips

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Jonquil Antony
Last week when Mrs. Dale and her mother re-turned from Christmas shopping, they found that Grandfather Dale had arrived from Scotland. He was set on the idea of having his great-grandson's photograph taken, holding the family rattle. This greatly worried Gwen because she could not find it. As the photographer arrived, Mrs. Freeman discovered she had gathered up the rattle in the loose covers she was making for Gwen as a Christmas present. Malcolm Reeves telephoned to Bob to see if he would like two theatre tickets. When Bob called at Reeves' flat he told Bob he could help him make a little money, and suggested he called to see him at his office on his next afternoon off. Trudi told Bob she was gong home to Switzerland for Christmas, which seemed to upset him. Miss Pink had lunch with Maud French and agreed to return to her on her own conditions.
(To be repeated tomorrow at 11 0 a.m.)


Script: Jonquil Antony
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: Frank Partington
Sally Lane: Alvys Maben
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Miss Marchbanks: Harriet Petworth
Albert Morgan: Frank Foster
Maggs: Jack Howarth
Trudi Baume: Daphne Maddox
Malcolm Reeves: Richard Johnson
Grandfather Dale: Jack Shaw
Margo Lister: Lucille Lisle
Elaine Allardyce: Susan Sylvester
Mrs Mustoe: Elsa Palmer
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Dotty: Sibell Gill
Mrs Marples: Barbara Trevor
Miss Garside: Olwen Brookes
Mr Smith: Middleton Woods

: Monday Matinee presents Gladys Young in ' THE FIRST MRS. FRASER'

by St. John Ervine
Adapted for broadcasting by Cynthia Pughe
Production by Martyn C. Webster


Unknown: St. John Ervine
Broadcasting By: Cynthia Pughe
Production By: Martyn C. Webster
James Fraser: Duncan McIntyre
Janet Fraser, his first wife: Gladys Young
Elsie Fraser, his second wife: Belle Chrystall
Murdo: Tom Fleming
Ninian: Simon Lack
Alice: Thea Wells
Philip Logan: Martin Lewis
Mabel: Dorothy Smith


at the piano with the Dance Orchestra
Johnnie Eager, Martin Moreno and Monty Norman


Unknown: Martin Moreno
Unknown: Monty Norman

: 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


John Ellison and Robert MacDermot are the question-masters in this inter-country contest between representative teams from girls' and boys' schools in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Bishop Gore Grammar School of Swansea (Boys) w. Monmouth School for Girls
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: John Ellison
Unknown: Robert MacDermot
Produced By: Joan Clark

: DEAR SIR ...

A correspondence column of the air
Edited and introduced by Adrian Thomas
To be repeated tomorrow at 12.15


Introduced By: Adrian Thomas


Presenting the best in Britain's show business
Introduced this week by Frankie Howerd and starring
Tessie O'Shea
Wilbur Evans
Stephane Grappelly
The Five Skyliners
The George Mitchell Glee Club
Interruptions by Graham Stark
Calling All Stars in which the listeners are invited to request their favourite tunes and choose the stars they wish to perform them
The Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Stanley Black
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Produced by Dennis Main Wilson


Unknown: Frankie Howerd
Unknown: Tessie O'Shea
Unknown: Wilbur Evans
Unknown: Stephane Grappelly
Conducted By: Stanley Black
Written By: Ray Galton
Written By: Alan Simpson
Produced By: Dennis Main Wilson


Directed by Ronnie Aldrich and the Stephane Grappelly Trio


Directed By: Ronnie Aldrich


' Whisky Galore'
Sir Compton Mackenzie reads an abridgement of his novel
11 — ' Mrs. Campbell's Defeat'


Unknown: Sir Compton MacKenzie

: Music Tapestry

Light Music String Ensemble
Directed by Max Jaffa with Wilfrid Parry (piano)


Directed By: Max Jaffa
Piano: Wilfrid Parry

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