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: Housewives' Choice

George Elrick introduces your request records


Presenter: George Elrick

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


Reginald Porter-Brown at the organ of the Granada, Tooting


Unknown: Reginald Porter-Brown

: Music While You Work

Band of the Coldstream Guards
Conducted by Major Douglas A. Pope
Director of Music


Conducted By: Major Douglas A. Pope

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Lesley Wilson


' Cloakroom Ticket No. 3 ' by H. B. Fortuin
Read by Anthony Jacobs


Unknown: H. B. Fortuin
Read By: Anthony Jacobs

: 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
Raymond Cohen (violin)


Leader: Frank Thomas
Conducted By: Harold Gray
Violin: Raymond Cohen


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
'Ding-a-dong, Bing-balong,' sing our small Listeners to the chiming tune which' announces their programme. These sounds, we are told, cause even incredibly small babies to smile or wave their hands, and draw their older brothers and sisters in from far away. Most children, it seems however, are already awaiting them, in position,' long before the time-like the girl who, sitting patiently through the preceding concert, sighed at last, When is this music going to stop? I can't wait all the time! '
Occasionally impatience expresses itseif in action. The parents of a small boy wondered why the clock gained fifteen minutes every day, until his mother spotted him putting the big hand on from half-past one to a quarter to two.'
The stories which the chimes will herald this week are two by Joan E. Cass about Wilfred and his dog Ginger, to be told today and tomorrow by Julilee ' Lang; ' Charlie the Cuckoo,' by Monica Jarrett and The Dirty Doll's House,' by Ruth Ainswonth , which ' Daphne Oxenford Lady ' relates on Wednesday and Friday; and ' The Bus Ride,' by Christine Chaundler , on Thursday, with storyteller Dorry Miff. ' All will be introduced by ' Laura Pegroom. ' Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Joan E. Cass
Unknown: Monica Jarrett
Unknown: Ruth Ainswonth
Unknown: Christine Chaundler
Unknown: Dorry Miff.
Unknown: Laura Pegroom.
Unknown: Elizabeth A. Taylor


A daily programme for women at home
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson and including
' Barbados ' : Harold Champion talks about a recent visit to the island
' Around and About Britain': news from the West of England
'Reflections from the Screen': Gordon Gow on the events of the month in films
' Woman's Hour Microscope': a weekly examination of new products for the home. 6-The Microscope looks at wall coverings
Serial: Yeoman's Hospital,' by Helen Ashton. Abridged by Arthur Calder-Marshall . Read by Marjorie Westbury
For the Woman Reader-page 45


Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson
Unknown: Gordon Gow
Unknown: Helen Ashton.
Abridged By: Arthur Calder-Marshall
Read By: Marjorie Westbury


Reginald King and his Salon Orchestra with Keith Warwick (tenor)


Unknown: Reginald King
Tenor: Keith Warwick


Ronnie Pleydell and his Orchestra


Unknown: Ronnie Pleydell

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Lesley Wilson
As Dr. and Mrs. Dale were about to leave Sanbourne, Mrs. Freeman rang to say
Tiggy was missing. Isabel decided to return with them immediately. Shortly after they arrived at Virginia Lodge Tiggy appeared. He had been at the railway station all day awaiting his father's return. Trudi received a Valentine, which openly annoyed Bob; but he was well pleased when he sold a flat and its contents for more than a thousand pounds. Tuesday was Sally's birthday and Richard Fulton took her out to celebrate. When they returned to Sally's flat they found Tony Coppard waiting for her in a drunken mood. Mrs. Freeman heard that Dr. Dale was going to visit his solicitor and also a specialist, which rather troubled her.


Script : Lesley Wilson
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
Bill Francis: Eric Anderson
Miss Pink: Viola Merrltt
Christopher Allardyce: Rolf Lefebvre
Elaine Allardyce: Susan Sylvester
Jenny Owen: Julia Braddock
Peter Kingston: David Oxley
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Mr Mortimer: Brian Haines
Trudi Baume: Daphne Maddox
Mrs Mountford: Vivienne Chatterton
Mr Cooper: Alexander Davion
Mr Smith: Leslie Phillips

: Monday Matinee presents ' FRIENDS AND RELATIONS'

by St. John Ervine
Adapted for radio by Preston Lockwood
Characters in order of speaking:
Produced by Norman Wright


Unknown: St. John Ervine
Unknown: Preston Lockwood
Produced By: Norman Wright
Fanny Cairns: Lydia Sherwood
Kate: Nora Nicholson
Arthur: David Enders
Edward Scantlebury: Felix Felton
Doreen: Joy Hodgkinson
Adam Bothwell: Godfrey Kenton
Mrs Corken: Nan Marriott-Watson
James Finlay: Duncan McLntyre
Jenny Conn: Joan Hart

: Central Band of the ROYAL AIR FORCE

(by permission of the Air Council)
Conducted by .W/Cmdr A. E. Sims, O.B.E .
Organising Director of Music
Frederick Harvey (baritone)


Conducted By: .W/cmdr A. E. Sims, O.B.E
Baritone: Frederick Harvey

: 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

: 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

: Geraldo and his Orchestra

with Jill Day, Alma Warren, and Bob Dale


Musicians: Geraldo and his Orchestra
Singer: Jill Day
Singer: Alma Warren
Singer: Bob Dale


' Old London ' by E. F. Benson
Reader, Norman Shelley
' Portrait of an English Nobleman'
Part 1


Reader: E. F. Benson
Reader: Norman Shelley

: Music Tapestry

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


Directed By: Tom Jenkins
Piano: Jean Merlow

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