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: First Light

BBC Variety Orchestra (Leader, George Deason )
Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet


Leader: George Deason
Conductor: Paul Fenoulhet


A monthly programme reflecting life in the country
C. Gordon Glover and Eric Simms introduce personalities to talk about happenings in the countryside. The programme also includes recordings of December countryside sounds
Programme edited by Eric Simms
Produced by Bernard Lyons


Unknown: C. Gordon Glover
Unknown: Eric Simms
Edited By: Eric Simms
Produced By: Bernard Lyons


by Bernard Wetherall


Unknown: Bernard Wetherall

: Hullo There!

A weekly radio magazine for young listeners
Edited and produced by Lionel Gamlin

Happy Hogmanay
Tom Masson remembers some of the traditional New Year customs in his native Scotland, and illustrates a few of them for 'auld lang syne'

Stamp Collectors' Bulletin - 1953
Kenneth F. Chapman, Editor of Stamp Collecting, draws your attention to some recent stamp-news items of particular interest

Report in Rhythm
Billy Mayerl and the Fleeting Footnotes report for duty in the New Year with their latest musical resolutions

Let's Have a Story
Mary Field tells you the story of children's film-making in Britain, in an interview with Mary Hill

Such A Musical Creature
Michael Bell closes his gramophone-gallery of animal portraits by inviting you to listen to some remarkably musical fowls


Editor/Producer: Lionel Gamlin
Speaker (Happy Hogmanay): Tom Masson
Speaker (Stamp Collectors' Bulletin - 1953): Kenneth F. Chapman
Pianist (Report in Rhythm): Billy Mayerl
Musicians (Report in Rhythm): The Fleeting Footnotes
Speaker (Let's Have a Story): Mary Field
Interviewee (Let's Have a Story): Mary Hill
Speaker (Such A Musical Creature): Michael Bell

: Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan in 'THE GOON SHOW '

Written by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens with the Ray Ellington Quartet
Max Geldray


Written By: Spike Milligan
Written By: Larry Stephens
Unknown: Ray Ellington Quartet
Unknown: Max Geldray


Bernard Monshin and the Concert Tango Orchestra
Programme introduced by Roy Williams


Unknown: Bernard Monshin
Introduced By: Roy Williams


' Can I Come In? ' to some of the people of Tottenham, London

: People's Service

' Search ye the scriptures ; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: nnd these are they which testify of me
What does the Bible really say ...?
Service conducted by the Rev. Austen Williams
From St. Alban's Church,
Westbury Park, Bristol
Reader, Douglas Vaughan
Organist, R. L. Keens


Reader: Douglas Vaughan
Organist: R. L. Keens


From London, the tunes you have asked us to play. From Germany, the tunes that make them think of you
In London, Jean Metcalfe
In Hamburg, Dennis Scuse


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Dennis Scuse


in ' There's Music In My Heart' with the BBC Revue Orchestra
Production by Alfred Dunning


Production By: Alfred Dunning


with Joe Loss and his Orchestra
Rose Brennan
Howard Jones
Presented by Rikki Fulton
Produced by Donald McLean


Unknown: Joe Loss
Unknown: Rose Brennan
Unknown: Howard Jones
Presented By: Rikki Fulton
Produced By: Donald McLean

: Peter Brough and Archie Andrews in * EDUCATING ARCHIE '

with Max Bygraves
Harry Secombe , Beryl Reid
Ronald Chesney , Peter Madden
Hattie Jacques s Kirkintilloch Junior Choir
Conducted by the Rev. J. R. MacPherson
BBC Revue Orchestra
Script by Eric Sykes
Produced by Roy Speer


Unknown: Max Bygraves
Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Beryl Reid
Unknown: Ronald Chesney
Unknown: Peter Madden
Unknown: Hattie Jacques
Unknown: Rev. J. R. MacPherson
Script By: Eric Sykes
Produced By: Roy Speer


A programme of stories and songs of the American people presented in a musical journey through the United States
This week : Kentucky


Highlights of the Show World
You are invited to listen to stars of the stage, screen, radio, and concert platform, with the BBC Revue Orchestra
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnston


Produced By: Alastair Scott-Johnston


A winter programme looking back to last summer and forward to next
Memories of sunlit days
Plans for leisure to come with musical excursions conducted by Paul Fenoulhet and the Augmented Variety Orchestra
This week:
You are invited to come
' Walking in the Lake District' with Garry Hogg
On a trip to Holland with Michael Barsley and to listen to Noel Vincent 's hint* for would-be walkers and to your own holiday questions answered by a travel expert introduced by Franklin Engelmann
Edited by Bernard Lyons
Produced by Arthur Phillips


Conducted By: Paul Fenoulhet
Unknown: Garry Hogg
Unknown: Michael Barsley
Unknown: Noel Vincent
Introduced By: Franklin Engelmann
Edited By: Bernard Lyons
Produced By: Arthur Phillips

: Clifton Webb in 'MARCHING ALONG'

The story of John Philip Sousa with Debra Paget , Robert Wagner
Ruth Hussey , and Finlay Currie
An adaptation from the sound-track of the new Twentieth Century-Fox picture in Technicolor
Adapted by Gordon Gow Programme produced by Thurstan Holland


Unknown: John Philip Sousa
Unknown: Debra Paget
Unknown: Robert Wagner
Unknown: Ruth Hussey
Unknown: Finlay Currie
Adapted By: Gordon Gow
Produced By: Thurstan Holland


Val Guest plans his ideal day's entertainment for himself and his friends and Barbara McFadyean brings his plan to life with gramophone records


Unknown: Val Guest
Unknown: Barbara McFadyean


London v. Scotland
Fourth of eight contests
Hubert Phillips
Cedric Cliffe
Quiz-Master,Lionel Hale Scotland
Sir James Fergusson
Jack House
Quiz-Master, Gilbert Harding


Unknown: Hubert Phillips
Unknown: Cedric Cliffe
Unknown: Lionel Hale
Unknown: Sir James Fergusson
Unknown: Jack House
Unknown: Gilbert Harding

: Bebe Daniels

and Ben Lyon in ' LIFE WITH THE LYONS '
(Third series)
8-' Ben's Handicap'


Unknown: Ben Lyon

: News and Radio Newsreel

A summary of events of the past week

: Radio Theatre presents the BBC Drama Repertory Company in: Bomber's Moon

(See columns 1 and 2)

Twenty-four hours in the life of an R.A.F. Bomber Squadron - April, 1943 by Wing-Commander E.W. Anderson, O.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C.
Edited by Cynthia Pughe

Principal characters in order of speaking:


Writer: Wing-Commander E.W. Anderson, O.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C.
Edited by: Cynthia Pughe
Music played by: A section of the BBC Revue Orchestra
Production: Ayton Whitaker
Flight-Lieut. Murdoch (Narrator): Hugh Manning
Sergeant: Douglas Hayes
Corporal 'Susie' Moon: Virginia Winter
Wing-Cdr. Martin: William Fox
Flight-Lieut. 'Johnny' Bannerman: Patrick Troughton
Flying Officer Carter: Derek Hart
Flight-Sgt. Gray: Norman Mitchell
Sgt. Murgatroyd: John Cazabon
'Mike': Brian Hayes
Mabel (Mrs. Gray): Nancy Nevinson
Flight-Lieut. Griffiths: Aubrey Richards
Also taking part: Wyndham Milligan
Also taking part: Antony Kearey
Also taking part: Geoffrey Bond
Also taking part: Garard Green
Also taking part: Alan Reid
Also taking part: Rupert Davies
Also taking part: Arthur Lawrence


Community hymn-singing from the Albert Hall Methodist Mission, Nottingham. Hymns introduced by the Rev. Kenneth Waights , Superintendent
Organist, L. Gordon Thorp
Onward! Christian soldiers (M.H.B.
822: Tune, St. Gertrude)
Soldiers of Christ, arise (M.H.B. 484:
Tune, From Strength to Strength)
0 thou who cam'st from above
(M.H.B. 386: Tune, Wilton)
The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
(M.H.B. 667: Tune, St. Clement)
Praise to the Holiest in the height
(M.H.B. 74: Tune, Gerontius)
We love the place, 0 God (M.H.B.
677: Tune. Quam Dilecta)
Sun of mv soul. thou Saviour dear
(M.H.B. 942: Tune, Abends)


Unknown: Rev. Kenneth Waights
Organist: L. Gordon Thorp


Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra with Nancy Thomas (contralto)
Robert Easton (bass)
(Continued in next column)


Unknown: Tom Jenkins
Contralto: Nancy Thomas
Bass: Robert Easton


at the piano


Christian hymns, their music, and their meaning
It came upon the midnight clear
(Tune, Noel)
Give heed. my heart (Tune,
Von Himmel hoch)
Fill thou my life (Tune, Arden)


Unknown: Von Himmel


A programme of melody introduced and played by Sandy Macpherson at the BBC theatre organ


Played By: Sandy MacPherson


Records selected and introduced by Neal Arden


Introduced By: Neal Arden

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