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: Big Ben; News

: Housewives' Choice

Humphrey Lestocq introduces your request records.


Presenter: Humphrey Lestocq

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer.

: State of the Parties

followed by Neville Meale at the BBC theatre organ


Organist: Neville Meale

: State of the Parties followed by Music While You Work

Felix King and his Orchestra

(Felix King and his Orchestra are appearing at the Colony Restaurant, London)


Musicians: Felix King and his Orchestra

: State of the Parties followed by BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra

(Leader, Jack Nugent)
Conductor, Michael Collins


Musicians: BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Jack Nugent
[Orchestra] conductor: Michael Collins

: State of the Parties

followed by Sandy MacPherson at the BBC theatre organ


Organist: Sandy MacPherson

: State of the Parties

followed by Harry Leader and his Band

(Harry Leader and his Band are appearing at the Astoria Dance Salon, London)


Musicians: Harry Leader and his Band

: State of the Parties followed by The Gwendwr Players


Musicians: The Gwendwr Players

: General Weather Forecast

and forecast for farmers and shipping

: Trends in the Results

In this special survey the up-to-the-minute situation is assessed by Sound Broadcasting's team of statisticians and commentators, with the help of calculations made by the Electronic Computer that has been at work continuously since polling closed.

: Folk Melodies of the British Isles

played by the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, Donald Sturtivant)
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter


Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra [Orchestra] leader: Donald Sturtivant
[Orchestra] conductor: Gilbert Vinter

: State of the Parties

followed by Lou Preager and his Orchestra

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


Musicians: Lou Preager and his Orchestra

: Piano Playtime

Felix King at the piano


Pianist: Felix King

: State of the Parties followed by Band of the Irish Guards

Conducted by Capt. C. H. Jaeger, Director of Music.

(BBC recording)


[Band] conducted by: Capt. C. H. Jaeger

: State of the Parties followed by Music While You Work

Jack Coles and his Orchestre Moderne


Musicians: Jack Coles and his Orchestre Moderne

: State of the Parties followed by Footlight Favourites

played by the BBC Welsh Orchestra
(Leader, Philip Whiteway)
Conductor, Rae Jenkins

The episode of 'Mrs. Dale's Diary' that would normally have been broadcast at this time can be heard at 11.0 a.m. in the Light Programme on Tuesday, May 31


Musicians: The BBC Welsh Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Philip Whiteway
[Orchestra] conductor: Rae Jenkins

: State of the Parties followed by MAKE WAY FOR MUSIC

from the BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Alyn Ainsworth with Les Howard , Barbara Law
Introduced by Roger Moffat


Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth
Unknown: Les Howard
Unknown: Barbara Law
Introduced By: Roger Moffat


at the BBC theatre organ


and his Orchestra with Alma Warren , Martin Moreno


Unknown: Alma Warren
Unknown: Martin Moreno

: 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

: Sport

including cricket close of play scores

: The Goon Show: The Canal

presents 'The Man in Black' with Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan
The Ray Ellington Quartet
Max Geldray
After forty-three years at school young Ned Seagoon returns to Seagoon's Folly, the ancestral home, to find it empty save for a sinister oriental valet, a refugee heroin importer, and Gravely Headstone, the butler. Where is Seagoon's father, his four mothers, the first cook, the under-footman and the over-footman? All Ned's queries are met with silence. Then one night three mysterious strangers are seen digging a grave nearly fifty-foot long in the rose-garden. Hollow knockings and weird moans are heard in the buttery, and Strangler Aagonschmidt, a notorious schizophrenic, is discovered in the act of setting fire to the library. Why is there a secret passage from the grave to Seagoon's bedroom? What is the secret of 'The Canal'?
(The recorded broadcast of November 2 in the Home Service)


Script: Spike Milligan
Musicians: The Ray Ellington Quartet
Harmonica player: Magx Geldray
Production: Peter Eton
Lord Valentine Seagoon: Valentine Dyall
Ned Seagoon: Harry Secombe
Doctor Kurt Eidelberger: Peter Sellers
Yakkamoto: Spike Milligan
Gravely Headstone: Peter Sellers
Nurk, the gardener: Harry Secombe
Mr Henry Crun: Peter Sellers
Miss Minnie Bannister: Spike Milligan
First mysterious stranger: Harry Secombe
Second mysterious stranger: Peter Sellers
Third mysterious stranger: Spike Milligan
Reuben Croucher: Peter Sellers


discussed spontaneously by: Mary Stocks , Frank Byers
Ted Leather , J. P. W. Mallalieu
Travelling Question-Master,
Freddy Grisewood
Produced by Michael Bowen
From the Public Hall, Shirehampton, Bristol


Unknown: Mary Stocks
Unknown: Frank Byers
Unknown: Ted Leather
Unknown: J. P. W. Mallalieu
Question-Master: Freddy Grisewood
Produced By: Michael Bowen


See column 3



Cyril Stapleton directs the BBC Show Band
Pianist, Bill McGuffie
Songs from the Stargazers
Harold Smart, Bert Weedon
Guest singer, Monty Norman
Producer, John Browell


Unknown: Cyril Stapleton
Pianist: Bill McGuffie
Singer: Monty Norman
Producer: John Browell


' Fish Out of Water ' by Gilbert Hackforth-Jones
(to be read in fourteen instalments)
Read by Norman Shelley
Abridged by Eve Howland
9 — ' Sir Eric's Strategy'


Unknown: Gilbert Hackforth-Jones
Read By: Norman Shelley


Music for a later hour including
Eric Jupp and his Player*


Unknown: Eric Jupp

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