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: Housewives' Choice

Robert MacDermot introduces your request records


Presenter: Robert MacDermot

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


Robinson Cleaver at the organ of the Granada, Tooting


Unknown: Robinson Cleaver

: Music While You Work

Band of the Welsh Guards
Conducted by Capt. F. L. Statham
Director of Music


Conducted By: Capt. F. L. Statham

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Joan Carr-Jones


' The Stowaway' by H. M. Raleigh
Read by David Garth


Unknown: H. M. Raleigh
Read By: David Garth

: Music for Dancing

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


Played By: Victor Silvester


at the BBC theatre organ


(Leader, Frank Thomas )
Conducted by Harold Gray
Philip Cranmer (piano)


Leader: Frank Thomas
Conducted By: Harold Gray
Piano: Philip Cranmer

: Listen with Mother

A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
Occasionally the radio is disparaged for encouraging 'passive' listening, but concerning our under-fives nothing could be less just. We have much evidence of the lively impact of their listening, expressing itself in spontaneous activities which arise from the need to absorb their radio experiences, to discuss them with themselves and others, and to relate them to those of real life.
We received a very fine drawing of a steamship from a three-year-old boy who 'loved the stories about the Empress.' 'You will see,' wrote his mother, ' the foghorn on the left and Jim looking out of one porthole. He asked me whether the Empress has two or three funnels, but as it is the largest ship in the world he's decided on no less than three.' Thus our young artist is not only reproducing the elements in Ruth Simonis' stories, but reflecting upon and applying knowledge acquired elsewhere.
Daphne Oxenford retells these tales this week, followed, on Thursday and Friday, by Dorothy Smith, with Joan E. Cass's two very different but equally perceptive stories about a girl called Shirley and her two kittens.
Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor


Introduced by Marjorie Anderson and including
' In the Drawers of the Cabinet': Marjorie Penney talks of the charm and importance of family history
' How much do we know-about Rheumatism ? ' by a doctor, who talks not so much about serious rheumatic disease as about the aches, discomforts, and stiffnesses we are apt to suffer as we get older and what we can do about them
Notes and Queries : questions and suggestions from listeners
' I Knew Debussy': Cyril Scott, the composer, tells of French musical society fifty years ago.
' Myself in India and Myself at Home,' by J. Margery Reilly
Serial: Vanity Fair ' by William Makepeace Thackeray. Abridged by Becky Cocking. Read by Ronald Simpson


Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson
Talks: Marjorie Penney
Unknown: J. Margery Reilly
Abridged By: Becky Cocking.
Read By: Ronald Simpson


The J, H. Squire Celeste Octet and Sylvia Handel (soprano)


Soprano: Sylvia Handel


Oscar Rabin and his Band


Unknown: Oscar Rabin


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daiily happenings In the life of her family
Script by Joan Carr-Jones
Last week Dr. Dale advised Isabel to take a holiday. She agreed to arrange this if Mrs. Dale went with her: so they decided to go to Sandbourne. On arriving there Mrs. Dale discovered that Isabel had no intention of spending the holiday convalescing! Trudi had a telephone call from a friend who was passing through London. She went to town to meet him, promising Gwen she would be back in two hours. When David got home at night Trudi was still out, and Gwen was completely exhausted with looking after Isabel and Billy. When eventually David reprimanded Trudi, Bob showed great annoyance. Malcolm Reeves bought a flat and its contents for £ 400, using Bob as the purchaser. Mrs. Dale planned a family party for Sally's birthday, but unfortunately she had already agreed to spend the evening with Richard Fulton.


Script By: Joan Carr-Jones
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: Aubrey Richards
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Sally Lane: Alvys Maben
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Trudi Baume: Daphne Maddox
Maud French: Gwen Day Burroughs
Miss Pink: Viola Merritt
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Tiggy Fielding: Sheila Moloney
Jenny Owen: Julia Braddock
Malcolm Reeves: Richard Johnson
Mr Cooper: Alexander Davion
Tony Coppard: Nicholas Stuart
Gerda Thornton: Sheila Raynor
Elaine Allardyce: Susan Sylvester

: Monday Matinee presents Ian Hunter in 'THE FAITHFUL HEART'

by Monckton Hoffe
Adapted by Mollie Greenhalgh
Produced by Hugh Stewart


Author: Monckton Hoffe
Adapted by: Mollie Greenhalgh
Producer: Hugh Stewart
Waverley Ango: Ian Hunter
Blacky: Shelagh Fraser
Blacky the second: Dorothy Gordon
Diana: Patricia Hilliard
Miss Gatiterscombe: Betty Warren
Major Lestrade: Allan Jeayes
Gilbert Oughterson: Hugh Falkus
Rackham: Patrick Troughton
Ginger: Virginia Winter
Brabazon: Eric Lugg
George: Joe Sterne
Miteham: Vincent Ball
A butler: Michael O'Halloran


Conducted by Major F. Vivian Dunn , M.V.O.
Director of Music
Gwen Catley (soprano)


Conducted By: Major F. Vivian Dunn
Soprano: Gwen Catley

: 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

: Cyril Fletcher in ' FLETCHER'S FARE'

. with Betty Astell
Bob Monkhouse , Denis Goodwin
Bob Sharpies and his Music and a few surprises
The show written by Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont


Unknown: Betty Astell
Unknown: Bob Monkhouse
Unknown: Denis Goodwin
Unknown: Bob Sharpies
Written By: Bob Monkhouse
Written By: Denis Goodwin
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont

: DEAR SIR ...

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


Introduced By: Adrian Thomas

: An excerpt from Emile Littler's ' LOVE FROM JUDY'

A musical version of Jean Webster 's play
' Daddy Long Legs'
Book by Eric Maschwitz and Jean Webster
Music by Hugh Martin
Produced by Charies Hickman Cast in the broadcast includes:
Introduced by Brian Johnston
From the Saville Theatre, London


Unknown: Jean Webster
Book By: Eric Maschwitz
Book By: Jean Webster
Produced By: Charies Hickman
Introduced By: Brian Johnston
Jerusha Abbot (Judy): Jean Carson
Butterfly: Adelaide Hall
Julia Pendleton: Audrey Freeman
Sally McBride: June Whitfield
Ji nmy McBride: Johnny Brandon
Gordon McLintock: William Greene
Jervis Pendleton: Bill O'Connor


Tunes you have asked us to play

: 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


and his Orchestra with Jill Day , Alma Warren , Bob Date


Unknown: Jill Day
Unknown: Alma Warren
Unknown: Bob Date


String Lug the Fox' by David Stephen
Reader, Tom Fleming
6-' A Series of Adventures'


Reader: David Stephen
Reader: Tom Fleming

: Music Tapestry

The Spa Orchestra
Directed by Tom Jenkins with Jean Merlow (piano)


Directed By: Tom Jenkins
Piano: Jean Merlow

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