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: Housewives' Choice

Alan Gibson introduces your request records


Presenter: Alan Gibson

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


at the organ of the Granada, Tooting


National Military Band
Conductor, George Holley


Conductor: George Holley

: Mrs. Dale's Diary


Script: Basil Dawson


' A Bull Came to Our Street' byW. John Morgan
Read byCynddylan Williams


Unknown: W. John Morgan
Read By: Cynddylan Williams

: Music for Dancing

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


Played By: Victor Silvester


Directed by George French


Directed By: George French


at the BBC theatre organ


(Led by Donald Sturtivant )
Conducted by Leo Wurmser


Unknown: Donald Sturtivant
Conducted By: Leo Wurmser


A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
'Are you ready for the music?asks the announcer — and it is pleasing and interest ingto learn from our correspondence how large is the number of under fives who are indeed ready actively to enjoy the musical excerpts which come at the beginning of their programme, and to discover which seem to emerge as tiheir favourites. Very higlh on the list, we find, stand the ' Chinese Dance,' the ' Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy ' and the Dance of the Little Swans,' by Tchaikovsky; tihe ' Prelude ' theme, from the suite called ' The Birds ' by Respighi; the V.ennese Clock music from ' Hary Janos' by Kodaly, and part of an oboe concerto by Corelli. Greatly loved, too, are the bassoon antics of Senaille's 'Allegro Spiritoso,'the strident sounds of barrel organ tunes and the pretty tinWings of musical boxes while another universal favourite is ' Peter's Tune from Prokofiev's musical fairy tale, ' Peter and the Wolf.' This is the piece we shall play again this week, to preface the familar nursery songs and the stories. Today's sitory is called 'The Robin's Breakfast.' It is by Joan Barter , and will be told by Daphne Oxenford. Elizabeth A. Taylor


Unknown: Joan Barter
Told By: Daphne Oxenford.
Told By: Elizabeth A. Taylor


Cooking with Ann Hardy : 7-Answers to listeners' queries about the basic essentials of good cookery
Letters from Peppino: Michael Harald tells the story of an Italian boy he knew during the war
Thirty-Six-Thousand Friends: Margery Wood, who was personal Private Secretary to the Lord Mayor of London during the year of the Coronation of George VI, talks about the interest of entertaining all the people who visit a Lord Mayor during his year of office
Personality Diary: Minnie Pallister is this week's diarist
' Giant ' by Edna Ferber
Abridged by Barbara Henderson
Read by Jane Fergus
Programme introduced by Marjorie Anderson


Unknown: Ann Hardy
Unknown: Edna Ferber
Abridged By: Barbara Henderson
Read By: Jane Fergus
Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson


Billy Mayerl and his Players
Mary Denise (soprano) and Gregori Tcherniak (balalaika) accompanied by Geoffrey Sisley (guitar)


Unknown: Billy Mayerl
Soprano: Mary Denise
Balalaika: Gregori Tcherniak
Guitar: Geoffrey Sisley


Harry Leader and his Band


Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings la the life of her family
Script by Basil Dawson
To be repeated tomorrow at 11.0 a.m. Bob and Jenny had tea with Gwen and David, and Billy stood for the first time.
Bob took David for a ride on his motor bicycle and they both fell off. Later in the week Bob met Linda Grant in the canteen at the airport. Isabel wanted Mrs. Freeman to be wardrobe mistress for the Operatic Society's Ohristmas production, but Mrs. Date thought itt would be too much for her. Mr Fulton made a scene in Mr. Roger's shop; and when Sally took him to rask over it he promised not to interfere again. They decided to send out Christmas cards from the shop. Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Morgan discussed The departure of the Lauries and the arrival of Dr. Gardiner.


Script By: Basil Dawson
Mrs Dale: Ellis Powell
Dr Dale: Douglas Burbidge
Bob Dale: Leslie Heritage
Gwen Owen: Beryl Calder
David Owen: Gordon Morrison
Mrs Freeman: Dorothy Lane
Sally Lane: Thelma Hughes
Mrs Morgan: Grace Allardyce
Isabel Fielding: Thea Wells
Henry Thornton: Hugh Moxey
Richard Fulton: Norman Chidgey
Dr Gardiner: Grey Blake
Elaine Allardyce: Elizabeth London
Jenny Owen: Julie Somera
Fickling: Robert Webber

: Monday Matinee presents Robert Eddison in * QUEEN IN DANGER'

by Simon Rattray
Adapted for broadcasting by Elleston Trevor
Cast in order of speaking:
Production by Norman Wright


Unknown: Simon Rattray
Broadcasting By: Elleston Trevor
Production By: Norman Wright
Hugo Bishop: Robert Eddison
Gorry: Noel Hood
Maurice Jerrold: Godfrey Kenton
Thelma: Mary Wimbush
Marjorie: Monica Grey
Victor Tasman: Ian Lubbock
Detective Inspector Frisnay: Wensley Pithey
Mervyn Speight: Brian Haines
Rex Willison: Arthur Lawrence
A woman: Eileen Thorndike
Mrs Martin: Elizabeth Gray
A dealer: Brian Hayes

: 'HUTCH' (Leslie A. Hutchinson) and RICHARD HAYMAN

and his Orchestra on gramophonp records


Six illustrated talks about light music
I-An introduction by Martin Cooper


Unknown: Martin Cooper


A tale of the future
Episode 8
Music composed and conducted, by Van Phillips
Written and produced by Charles Chilton
Jet Morgan and his crew, having landed on the Moon, began their exploration of the lunar surface. But unexplainable things begin to happen; Jet disappeared for more than two hours and Doc saw the image of a dome-like structure appear on the televiewer screen.
The men were not sorry when the time to return to Earth came round but, when they attempted to take off, neither the rocket motor nor anything else in the ship would function.


Conducted By: Van Phillips
Produced By: Charles Chilton
Unknown: Jet Morgan
Jet Morgiam: Andrew Faulds
Lemmy: David Kossoff
Mitchell: Don Sihanp
Doc: Guy Kingsgley Poymitar


Spotlighting the world of popular music
Show Band's Victim:
Max Bygnaves
Hit Parade
The best of the best sellers
-past and present
Fireside Melody: Bill McGuffie
The Stargazers' Music Shop
Songis in style
/ Hear a Violin: Louis Stevens
Just For You
Tunes you have specially asked for
BBC Show Band
Directed by Cyril StapLeton Julie Dawn , Harold Smiart
The Show Band Singers
Introduced by Rikki Fulton Productionby Johnnie Stewart


Unknown: Max Bygnaves
Unknown: Bill McGuffie
Violin: Louis Stevens
Directed By: Cyril Stapleton
Directed By: Julie Dawn
Directed By: Harold Smiart
Introduced By: Rikki Fulton
Introduced By: Productionby Johnnie Stewart


A story of the Boxing Ring in eight episodes by David Cameron and Terry Stanford
Round 2
Music composed by Jack Jordan
Production. by Vernon Harris


Unknown: David Cameron
Unknown: Terry Stanford
Composed By: Jack Jordan
Production By: Vernon Harris
Jack Sayers: Michael Ripper
Sally Hicks: Myrtle Reed
Hanny Hicks: Philip Ray
Steive Nelson: Russell Napier
Mick Lomax: Sydney Tafler
Bill Brown: Michael Logan
Charlie Cartwright: Harry Towb
Nosher Oakes: Sidney Viviain
Johnno: Max Brimmell
Con: Joe Sterne

: What Do You Know?

A programme of problems and brain-teasers devised for your entertainment
Beat the Expert with Jessie Matthews
Major Harry S. Knowles
Ask Me Another
Naomi Lewis
James Revie and Sam Pollock
Taking part in the sketches:
Maurice Denham, Virginia Winter, Ian Sadler, Gwen Day Burroughs
Chairman, Franklin Engelmann
Programme devised and written by John. P. Wynn
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: Jessie Matthews
Unknown: Major Harry S. Knowles
Unknown: Naomi Lewis
Unknown: James Revie
Unknown: Sam Pollock
Unknown: Maurice Denham
Unknown: Ian Sadler
Unknown: Gwen Day Burroughs
Unknown: Franklin Emgelmann
Written By: John. P. Wynn
Produced By: Joan Clark


A selection of Anglo-American light music given by the Light Music Choir of the Statsradiofonien, Copenhagen
Conductor, Sven Saabye
Siiddeutscher Rundfunk
Light Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Farnon
Pearl Carr (soprano)
The first of a series of recordings of the Light Music Festival in Stuttgart


Conducted By: Robert Farnon
Soprano: Pearl Carr


'The History of Mr. Polly' by H. G. Wells
(to be read in fifteen instalments)
Reader, Ronald Simpson
11—' Flames in the High Street'


Unknown: H. G. Wells
Reader: Ronald Simpson

: Melody Mixture

Jack Byfield and his Players
Frederic Curzon at the organ


Musicians: Jack Byfield and his Players
Organist: Frederic Curzon

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