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: Housewives' Choice

David Jacobs introduces your request records


Presenter: David Jacobs

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


John Madin at the organ of the Granada, Tooting


Unknown: John Madin

: Music While You Work

Band of the Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
Conducted by Capt. David McBain
Director of Music


Conducted By: Capt. David McBain


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Jonquil Antony


Script By: Jonquil Antony


' The Criminal Type ' by Richard Carpenter
Read by John Slater


Read By: John Slater

: Music for Dancing

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


Musicians: Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra


at the BBC theatre organ


(Leader, Frank Thomas )
Conductor, Leo Wurmser
Lance Dossor (piano)


Leader: Frank Thomas
Conductor: Leo Wurmser
Piano: Lance Dossor


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
It is not only our ' under fives ' who sometimes realise a loss when they go to school and have to give up their programme; it may happen to mothers, too. ' Much to my surprise,' writes one, 'I found a big lump in my throat when I happened to turn on the programme one day. The sudden realisation that these happy times of listening together were over came as a great shock. But it is happy feature of our young audience that, as some of its members move away, others are drawn in. There can hardly be a day when the attention of some very small child is not caught, for the first time, by some part of the programme. Thus mother finds herself again ' rushing to tune in at 1.45.'
This week, today and on Friday, brings
Daphne Oxenford with ' Five Baby Pigs ' by Nesta Nuttall , and 'The Dolly that was Lost,' by Marjorie Mitchell ; tomorrow, Julia Lang with ' The Newspaper House,' by Emily Buxton ; and on Wednesday and Thursday, Dorothy Smith with ' The Little Engine who was Afraid of Tunnel's,' by Molly Thorne , and ' Patrick and the Milkman's Horse,' by Charlotte Mitchell. Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Daphne Oxenford
Unknown: Nesta Nuttall
Unknown: Marjorie Mitchell
Unknown: Julia Lang
Unknown: Emily Buxton
Unknown: Dorothy Smith
Unknown: Molly Thorne
Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor


A daily programme for women at home
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson and including:
' Around and About Britain': news from the West of England, including an interview with Pat Smythe, who, in her early twenties, has become one of Britain's leading show-jumpers
' Woman's Hour Microscope': a weekly examination of new products for the home. 4 — ' More Floor Coverings '
' The Daily Mail National Radio Awards': Mary Hill meets some of the panel of judges
' Reflections from the Screen Gordon Gow on the events of the month in films
' I Knew Her': Mary Agnes Hamilton, C.B.E., recalls some memories of Beatrice Webb
Serial: ' Vanity Fair ' by William Makepeace Thackeray Abridged by Becky Cocking. Read by Ronald Simpson


Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson
Unknown: Beatrice Webb
Unknown: William Makepeace Thackeray
Abridged By: Becky Cocking.
Read By: Ronald Simpson


Southern Serenade Orchestra
Directed by Lou Whiteson
Giba de la Fuente (soprano)
(Continued in next column)


Directed By: Lou Whiteson
Soprano: Giba de la Fuente


Cecil Norman and the Rhythm Players


Unknown: Cecil Norman


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Jonquil Antony
Last week the Dales' grandfather clock stopped and Dr. Dale set about repairing it. Bob helped him to dismantle the works and laid all the parts on the dining-room table. In the midst of this operation Dr. Dale was called out to an accident, and left word that no one was to use the dining-room. Unfortunately the window cleaner called and let Jemima's kitten into the room-who playfully scattered the parts all over the room. When Dr. Dale eventually reassembled the clock it was still found to be inaccurate, so he took it to a watch-maker, who explained that a small wheel was missing. Dr. Dale in a determined effort to find the wheel searched through the dustbins.
Bob took" up his new position with Malcolm Reeves. Mrs. Sandiman tried to persuade the Dales to take part in a Coronation Pageant which she was endeavouring to organise. Later Mrs. Freeman told Mrs. Dale that the bank manager was also producing a pageant.


Script By: Jonquil Antony
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
Tony Coppard: Ronan O'Casey
Miss Simmons: Evelyn Moore
Mrs Skeats: Joan Clement Scott
Mrs Mount ford: Vivienne Chatterton
Mrs Sandiiman: Gwen Nelson
The Auctioneer: Rolf Lefevre
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Trudi Baume: Daphne Maddox
Miss Pink: Viola Merritt
Stan Skeats: Lewis Stringer
Marleen: Violet Loxley
Tiggy Fielding: Sheila Moloney

: Monday Matinee presents Claire Bloom in ' THE WITCH'

by H. Wiers-Jenssen with Clive Morton , Robert Eddison and Gladys Young
Adaptation by Owen Reed and E. J. King Bull
Other parts played by Geoffrey Wincott and Howieson Culff
Music by John Buckland
Conducted by Leighton Lucas
Organist,Charles Spinks
Produced by E. J. King Bull


Unknown: H. Wiers-Jenssen
Unknown: Clive Morton
Unknown: Robert Eddison
Unknown: Gladys Young
Unknown: Owen Reed
Unknown: E. J. King Bull
Played By: Geoffrey Wincott
Unknown: Howieson Culff
Music By: John Buckland
Conducted By: Leighton Lucas
Organist: Charles Spinks
Produced By: E. J. King Bull
Absolom, Palace Chaplain: Clive Morton
Merete Beyer, his mother: Gladys Young
Anne Pedersdotter his wife: Claire Bloom
Martin, his son by a former marriage: Robert Eddison
Bishop Jena Schelderup: Howieson Culff
Master Klaus, Priest in Manger: Rupert Davies
Master Laurentiius, Pries in Fjeldberg: Duncan McIntyre
Master Johannes, Priest in Fane: Geoffrey Wincatt
Choirmasiter David: Antony Kearey
Leader of the Town Guard: Geoffrey Bond
Herlofs-Marte: Phyllis Morris
Servants in Absolom's house:Bente: Gladys Spencer
Servants in Absolom's house: Jorund: Monica Grey

: Monday Matinee ' THE WITCH'

by H. Wiers-Jenssen


Unknown: H. Wiers-Jenssen


Conducted by Major F. J. Harris M.B.E.
Director of Music with Edith Lewin (mezzo-soprano)


Conducted By: Major F. J. Harris M.B.E.
Mezzo-Soprano: Edith Lewin

: 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

: Round the British Isles with TOP OF THE FORM

John Ellison and Robert Mac-Dermot are the question-masters in this inter-country contest between representative teams from girls' and boys' schools in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
14-Northern Ireland v. Wales
Richmond Lodge School for Girls,
Belfast v.
Grammar School for Girls, Bangor
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: John Ellison
Produced By: Joan Clark

: DEAR SIR ...

A correspondence column of the air
Edited and introduced by Adrian Thomias


Introduced By: Adrian Thomias


Tunes you have asked us to play


A series of programmes for parents about some of the different phases through which a child's mind passes as it grows up
5-'Finding Out About Life' by Dr. Cecily de Monchaux
Although the child has been observing the outside world all his Life he has never learnt to observe it with the feelings of a grown-up. During adolescence, these new grown-up feelings begin to develop and the picture he has of the world begins to change. He starts to experiment anew. This programme is illustrated by conversations between actual teenagers and by dramatic interludes acted by: Mary O'Farrell , Rosamund Barnes
Jane Barrett , Patricia Fryer
William Eldridge , Stanley Groome
Geoffrey Wincott


Unknown: Dr. Cecily de Monchaux
Unknown: Mary O'Farrell
Unknown: Rosamund Barnes
Unknown: Jane Barrett
Unknown: Patricia Fryer
Unknown: William Eldridge
Unknown: Stanley Groome
Unknown: Geoffrey Wincott

: Joy Nichols, Dick Bentley and Jimmy Edwards in ' TAKE IT FROM HERE'

with Wallas Eaton , The Keynotes
Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra
Script by Frank Muir and Denis Norden
Produced by Charles Maxwell


Unknown: Wallas Eaton
Script By: Frank Muir
Script By: Denis Norden
Produced By: Charles Maxwell


Directed by Sidney Bright with Jill Day. Alma Warren. Bob Dale


Directed By: Sidney Bright
Unknown: Jill Day.
Unknown: Alma Warren.
Unknown: Bob Dale


' Barmy in Wonderland by P. G. Wodehouse
Reader, Richard Hurndall
11-' Fritchie's Dream Comes True '


Reader: P. G. Wodehouse
Reader: Richard Hurndall

: Music Tapestry

Light Music String Ensemble
Directed by Max Jaffa with Eric Harrison (piano)


Directed By: Max Jaffa
Piano: Eric Harrison

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