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: Housewives' Choice

Stephen Grenfell introduces your request records


Presenter: Stephen Grenfell

: 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 Life Guards
Conducted by Lieut.-Col. A. Lemoine
Director of Music


Conducted By: Lieut.-Col. A. Lemoine


' The Sleeper ' by James Edgar
Read by Valentine Dyall


Unknown: James Edgar
Read By: Valentine Dyall

: Music for Dancing

Played by Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra


Played By: Victor Silvester


at the BBC theatre organ


(Leader, Frank Thomas )
Conductor, Leo Wurmser


Leader: Frank Thomas
Conductor: Leo Wurmser

: Listen with Mother

A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
"I don't like Dickory Dock song," said a four-year-old boy, "but I like This is the way the ladies ride." Our under-fives are quite clear about their likes and dislikes where their programme is concerned.
They listen intelligently, too, and ponder what they hear. "He sings it first," said a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, when George Dixon sang Hickory Dickory Dock "alone and then with Eileen Browne." He sings it first to show her how, and then he sings it with her to help her."
We hope that the small boy quoted above will tolerate this particular rhyme on Friday this week, since be will hear "This is the way the ladies ride" today.
Catherine Edwards is with us again this week and next, and will introduce these and all the other rhymes, and the story-tellers, too — Julia Lang for the first three days to tell stories of Galloper the Horse and Bouncer the Dog, by Margaret Jacobson; Daphne Oxenford on Thursday with that favourite story about a Teddy Bear by Margaret Gore; and Dorothy Smith on Friday with "Ian and the Watch," by Esther Provia.
(Elisabeth A. Tayler)


A daily programme for women at home
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson and including:
' Woman's Hour Microscope': a weekly examination of new products for the home. 5-The
Microscope takes another look at paints, and scrutinises their colours
' Around and About Britain': ' Call of the Pipes': Jack Arm-strong plays the Northumbrian small pipes, accompanied by Alice Ellis oh the Celtic harp, and discusses pipers and piping with Richard Kelly
' How to Hang a Suit': treated the right way a suit looks spickand-span and keeps its shape. Alice Hooper Beck describes the simple yet effective routine she follows in caring for her clothes
' Talking of Things you don't Understand,' by Eric Roberts, who undertook to compere a dress show
' What I've Been Reading': Pamela Hansford Johnson reviews some recently published books
Serial: Vanity Fair' by William Makepeace Thackeray. Abridged by Becky Cocking. Read by Ronald Simpson


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


Owen Walters and his Orchestra


Unknown: Owen Walters


Jack White and his Band
(Jack White and his Band are appearing at the Astoria Dance Salon, London)


Unknown: Jack White


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings In the life of her family
Script by Joan Carr-Jonca
Last week Mrs. Dale collected the Doctor's suit from the cleaner, who had discovered the missing part of the Dalt Grandfather clock in the turn-up of the trousers! Mrs. Dale, accompanied by Miss Sirrvmonds, went to an auction sale but she was outbid by Mrs. Moumford and Mrs. Sandiman on every purchase she tried to make. She did, however, manage to get a miniature at a wedding present for Miss Pink. Gwen persuaded Richard Fulton to write the Coronation Pageant for Parkwood Hill. Isabel Fielding had a sharp attack of influenza and Dr. Dale ordered her to stay in bed for a few days. Trudi volunteered to look after her, as the maid had left that morning. Miss Pink told Sally that the Reverend Francis Austen was not in love but quite fond of her, and needed a wife to help him with his pastoral work.


Script By: Joan Carr-Jonca
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dala: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: Frank Partington
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Sally Lane: Alvye Maiben
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Trudi Bäume: Daphne Maddox
Miss Pink: Viola Merritt
Evelyn Amory: Nancy Nevinson
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Francis Austen: John Kidd
Malcolm Reeves: Richard Johnson
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Mr Langley: David Enders
Mr Smith: Middleton Wooda

: Monday Matinee presents: Man and Superman

A comedy by Bernard Shaw
[Starring] John Clements and Kay Hammond


Author: Bernard Shaw
Producer: Frederick Bradnum
John Tanner: John Clements
Ann Whitefleld: Kay Hammond
Ramsden: Barry Letts
Octavius: Allan Cuthbertson
Mrs Whitefleld: Barbara Everest
Miss Ramsden: Margaret Scudamore
Violet Robinson: Peggy Simpson
Straker: Brian Hayes
Hector Malone: John Bushelle
Malone: Joseph Tomelty
The Maid: Rosamund Greenwood
Narrator: Derek Hart


on gramophone records

: 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

: DEAR SIR....

A correspondence column of the air
Edited and Introduced by Adrian Thomaa


Introduced By: Adrian Thomaa


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
6-Spreading Wings by Dr. Cecily de Monchaux
As the teenager develops a necessary independence and perhaps enters on his first job, the feelings of the parent become somewhat mixed. His help is still needed but it sometimes becomes a little difficult to decide how it can best be given. Probably the greatest contributon he can make at this time is to understand the changes of attitude that take place both in his children and himself.
This programme is illustrated by conversatins between actual teenagers and by dramatic interludes acted by: Vivienne Chatterton. Stephen Jack
Macdonald Parke , Charles E. Stidwill
William Strange , Warren Hearnden


Unknown: Dr. Cecily de Monchaux
Unknown: Stephen Jack
Unknown: MacDonald Parke
Unknown: Charles E. Stidwill
Unknown: William Strange
Unknown: Warren Hearnden

: 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 , and Bob Dale


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


' String Lug the Fox' by David Stephen
Reader, Tom Fleming
1 — ' How a Fox Cub was Named'


Reader: David Stephen
Reader: Tom Fleming

: Music Tapestry

The Spa Orchestra
Directed by Tom Jenkina
Jean Merlow (piano)


Directed By: Tom Jenkina
Piano: Jean Merlow

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