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: Housewives' Choice

Maurice Denham introduces your request records


Presenter: Maurice Denham

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn. and a prayer


at the BBC theatre organ

: Music While You Work

Band of the Royal Military Academy (Sandhurst)
Conducted by Captain J. E. Thirtle, Director of Music


Conducted By: Captain J. E. Thirtle

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Joan Carr-Jones


Ernest Wilson at the piano


Unknown: Ernest Wilson


and his Salon Orchestra


at the BBC theatre organ

: Music for Dancing

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


Played By: Victor Silvester


and his Tziganes
Directed by Alvin Gould


Directed By: Alvin Gould

: Listen with Mother

A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
'To satisfy our little boy,' writes a mother, 'could you repeat the introductory music of the fife and drum band? Every day he asks without fail, 'Why don't they play the fife and drum music again?'
It is always with pleasure that we receive such a request, for we like to know that the music which opens our programmes can be left without comment to speak directly to our listeners. Not that the message it conveys is necessarily that implied in the title! Tchaikovsky's 'Chinese Dance,' for example, conjured up for certain under-fives a potent image of trains! And no doubt the marching rhythm and stirring sounds of the drums and fifes will have more significance for them than one title 'The Buff Coat,' when they hear this music again this week.
For stones, we have 'The Hole in the Road,' by Elsie Wood, and 'Uncle Henry and the Duckpond,' by Mary Wilson, to be told, today and on Thursday, by Dorothy Smith. Tomorrow comes Daphne Oxenford with R. H. Bevan's 'Mary Lou Goes to School' and on Wednesday and Friday Julia Lang with Monica Jarrett's 'The Little Silver Aeroplane' and 'Blow, Blow, Whistle,’ by J. C. Kennett


Woman's Hour becomes Everybody's Hour
In this programme for ' the holiday season you hear :
' No More Meadows ’ : a novel by Monica Dickens , abridged by Honor Wyatt , and read in serial form by Sheila Mitchell
' I Like This ’ : records chosen by a Woman's Hour personality
This week, Antonia Ridge
' Old Folks' Corner': a place of their own for the over sixty-fives
Presented by Stuart Kibberd and Richard Tatlock
Programme introduced by Marjorie Anderson


Novel By: Monica Dickens
Abridged By: Honor Wyatt
Unknown: Sheila Mitchell
Unknown: Antonia Ridge
Presented By: Stuart Kibberd
Presented By: Richard Tatlock
Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson


(Leader, Philip Whiteway )
Conductor, Rae Jenkins
Sydney Humphries (violin)


Leader: Philip Whiteway
Conductor: Rae Jenkins
Violin: Sydney Humphries


Lou Preager and his Orchestra
(Lou Predger and his Orchestra are appearing at the Hammersmith Palais)


Unknown: Lou Preager
Unknown: Lou Predger


Mrs. DaJe, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Joan Carr-Jones
(Continued in next column)
Mrs. Mountford has been spread ng a rumour that Dr. Dale had prevented Mrs. Baily's acceptance in the local hosp tal. Both the Doctor and Mrs. Dale were told of the rumours. Mrs. Dale intervewed Mrs. Mourrtford .and made her promise That she would not repeat phe story. Mollie Lambert asked Mrs. Freeman to tea, but when Mrs. Freeman arrived Mollie was off-hand and rude. The Dates decided it would be better to leave Mo.h: alone fot a while. Bob wrote to say he was leaving his job in Sandbourne and coming home at the end of the week. Affai.'s were stih unhappy between Isabel and Edward; the latter invited friends to stay so that Isabel would be too busy to be able to go out. Bruce Laurie told Dr. Dale that he felt he had been wrong to oppose she new hospital so strongly and rhat he was trying to get a practice in the country and go into semi-retirement.


Script By: Joan Carr-Jones
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: John Springett
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Sally Lane: Thelma Hughes
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Bruce Laurie: John Rae
Mrs McMorran: Janet Bruce
Edward Fielding: Rupert Davies
Jenny Owen: Sulwen Morgan
Isabel Fielding: Olga Dickie
Maud French: Gwen Day Burroughs
Dr Andrew Gardiner: Grey Blake
Mrs -Mountford: Vivienne Chatterton
Maggs: Jack Howarth
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey


and his Continental Music with songs by Barbara Jordan


Songs By: Barbara Jordan

: Monday Matinee presents BBC Repertory Company in 'THE GIRL IN THE DARK'

by A. A. Kennington
Produced by William Hughes


Unknown: A. A. Kennington
Produced By: William Hughes
Dllys: Rosamund Greenwood
The Girl: Virginia Winter
Mrs Westoby: Nan Marriott-Watson
Larry Tremaine: Patrick Troughton
Inspector Simonds: Tony Quinn
Jet: Thelma Hughes
Colonel Ranger: Allan Jeayes
Doctor Meredith Ranger: John Cazabon


Conductor, Albert Coupe with Four Hands in Harmony
(Tony Lowry and Clive Richard son at two pianos)


Conductor: Albert Coupe
Unknown: Tony Lowry
Unknown: Clive Richard

: The Archers

A story of country folk.
All About the Archers - page 5


‘ Union Pacific ’
Episode 13 with Paul Carpenter as ‘Jeff Arnold ’
Charles Irwin as ' Luke '
Carole Carr , Bob Mallin
Macdonald Parke , Alan Keith
Guy Kingsley Poymter
Reed de Rouen and ' Rustler '
Music by the Four Ramblers
Freddie Phillips and the Sons of the Saddle led by Jack Fallon
Written and produced by Charles Chilton


Unknown: Paul Carpenter
Unknown: Charles Irwin
Unknown: Carole Carr
Unknown: Bob Mallin
Unknown: MacDonald Parke
Unknown: Alan Keith
Unknown: Guy Kingsley Poymter
Unknown: Jack Fallon
Produced By: Charles Chilton

: Dick Bentley in ' GENTLY, BENTLEY! '

with Dorothy Carless
Pearl Carr and Malcolm Lockyer and his Orchestra
Produced by Roy Speer


Unknown: Dorothy Carless
Unknown: Pearl Carr
Unknown: Malcolm Lockyer
Produced By: Roy Speer


A serial in five episodes dramatised by Giles Cooper from the novel by Ngaio Marsh
5— ‘ The Final Touches ’
Other parts played by Alan Reid , Cyril Shaps , Tony Quinn
Produced by Martyn C. Webster


Dramatised By: Giles Cooper
Novel By: Ngaio Marsh
Played By: Alan Reid
Played By: Cyril Shaps
Played By: Tony Quinn
Produced By: Martyn C. Webster
Chief Detective Inspector RoderickAlleyn: Richard Hurndall
Inspector Fox: Charles Leno
Sergeant Bailey: Emrys Leyshon
Nigel Bathgate: Peter Wyngarde
Valmai Seacliff: Mary Wimbush
The Hon Basil Pilgrim: Guy Verney
Agatha Troy: Avice Landone
Lady Alleyn: Gladys Spencer
Captain Pascoe: Michael O'Halloran
Dr Curtis: Lee Fox
The Narrator: Emrys Leyshon


A programme of gramophone records suggested by men and women serving abroad in the Navy, Army, and Air Force, in the Merchant Navy, the Colonial Police Forces, and the Nursing Services
Presented by Franklin Engelmann


Presented By: Franklin Engelmann


Some diversions in search of an outlet for self expression with Peter Ustinov , Peter Jones and the Aeolian Players
Written by Peter Ustinov and Peter Jones
Produced by Pat Dixon
(The recorded broadcast of May 26 in the Home Service)


Unknown: Peter Ustinov
Unknown: Peter Jones
Written By: Peter Ustinov
Written By: Peter Jones
Produced By: Pat Dixon

: Topic for Tonight

Tonight this regular series of talks returns to the air for its sixth session. Members of Topic's panel of speakers sketch in the background of themes and events in or around tihe news


and his Music with Dickie Valentine
Lita Roza and Dennis Lotis


Unknown: Dickie Valentine
Unknown: Lita Roza
Unknown: Dennis Lotis


' Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson
(to be read in ten Instalments)
Reader, Frederick Allen
6—‘ Return of White-tip ’


Unknown: Henry Williamson
Reader: Frederick Allen


Southern Serenade Orchestra directed by Lou Whiteson with John Gavall
(songs with guitar)


Directed By: Lou Whiteson
Unknown: John Gavall

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