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: Morning Music

BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conducted by Arwel Hughes
The Billy Mayerl Ensemble
'Continental Music'
Directed by Jack Mandel
News Summary at 7.30 and 8.30


Conducted By: Arwel Hughes
Directed By: Jack Mandel

: Housewives' Choice

Howard Lockhart introduces your request records
News Summary at 9.30


Introduces: Howard Lockhart

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


at the organ of the Odeon Leicester Square, London


Jack Salisbury and his Salon Orchestra


Unknown: Jack Salisbury

: Morning Story

From the West of England
'Single Again' by Margaret Boulting
Read by Aileen Mills


Unknown: Margaret Boulting
Read By: Aileen Mills

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

Script by Robert Turley


Script By: Robert Turley


Conductor, Col. A. H. Jakeway


Conductor: Col. A. H. Jakeway

: From My Post-Bag

Listeners' requests
Introduced and played by Sandy Macpherson at the BBC theatre organ


Played By: Sandy MacPherson

: News Summary; followed by Workers' Playtime

from a factory canteen
In Newtown, Montgomeryshire with Lorrae Desmond , Ossie Morris
Avril Angers , Bert Weedon
James Moody at the piano Introduced by Alan Taylor
Production by Mai Jones


Unknown: Lorrae Desmond
Unknown: Ossie Morris
Unknown: Avril Angers
Unknown: Bert Weedon
Unknown: James Moody
Introduced By: Alan Taylor
Production By: Mai Jones

: Those Were the Days

Harry Davidson and his Orchestra
William Parsons (baritone)
Introduced by Ivan Samson
Master of Ceremonies, Charles Crathorn
Producer, Eric Arden
News Summary at 1.30
Shipping Forecast at 1.40 on 1,500 m.


Unknown: Harry Davidson
Baritone: William Parsons
Introduced By: Ivan Samson
Unknown: Charles Crathorn
Producer: Eric Arden

: Listen With Mother

A programme for children under five
Today's story: 'The Bus Ride' by Christine Chaundler , told by Dorothy Smith.


Unknown: Christine Chaundler
Told By: Dorothy Smith.


'Miss Great Britain': Leila Williams describes how she won this title
You Ask For It: 23-A doctor talks about the endocrine system and what is known of its effects on personality. Joys of the Job: A dress designer; the cloak-room attendant in a famous night-club; a barrow-boy; a cook; and a fashion photographer offer glimpses of a working life.
Reading Your Letters: expressing listeners' points of view
Any Complaints about Knitting Wool?: Some questions for the manufacturers
Serial: Ladies' Delight' by Emile Zola
April Fitzlyon 's translation of ' Le Bonheur des Dames '
Abridged by Becky Cocking
Read by Howard Marion-Crawford The second of thirteen instalments
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson
News Summary at 2.30


Unknown: Emile Zola
Unknown: April Fitzlyon
Abridged By: Becky Cocking
Read By: Howard Marion-Crawford
Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson

: Grand Hotel

Reginald Leopold and the Palm Court Orchestra
Visiting artist: Harold Blackburn
News Summary at 3.30


Unknown: Reginald Leopold

: Music While You Work

played by Claude Cavalotti and his Orchestra


Played By: Claude Cavalotti

: News Summary MRS. DALE'S DIARY

Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Robert Turley


Script By: Robert Turley

: Stage and Screen

Music from theatre and films played by the BBC West of England Light Orchestra (Leader, Frederick Lunnon) Conductor, Frank Cantell


Leader: Frederick Lunnon
Conductor: Frank Cantell


A melody miscellany from the Continent including a portrait in words and music of the life and times of Franz Liszt with Richard Tauber
The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and The Munich Radio Orchestra and the music of Berlioz, Rubinstein, and Rossini
Compiled and presented by Irene Prador
Produced by Humphrey Burton
Shipping Forecast at 5.58 on 1,500 m. only


Unknown: Franz Liszt
Unknown: Richard Tauber
Presented By: Irene Prador
Produced By: Humphrey Burton

: The Band Waggon each Thursday presents KEN MACKINTOSH AND HIS ORCHESTRA

in ' These Were Hits '
An all-time hit parade
-with Kenny Bardell
Kay Elvin , Bobby Johnson and The Mackpies
Introduced by Brian Matthew
Produced by Cyril Drake
News Summary at 6.30


Unknown: Kenny Bardell
Unknown: Kay Elvin
Unknown: Bobby Johnson
Introduced By: Brian Matthew
Produced By: Cyril Drake

: The Archers

Written by Edward J. Mason and Geoffrey Webb.
A story of country folk.


Writer: Edward J. Mason
Writer: Geoffrey Webb
Editor: Godfrey Baseley
Producer: Tony Shryane

: News Summary; What Do You Know?

Devised and written by John P. Wynn
Franklin Engelmann is the Chairman of this general knowledge contest In which listeners from all over the British Isles compete for the title ' Brain of Britain 1958 '
S-Midlands and East Anglia
The contestants representing the Midlands and East Anglia are:
Les Page (Warwickshire)
•Elf Stevens (Suffolk)
Builders' Clerk
Terence Bond (Nottinghamshire)
Local Government Officer
Edward Moult (Derbyshire)
(Continued in next column)
The programme also includes
What Do You Want to Know?
Listeners' questions answered by well-known authorities
This week:
Sir Adolphe Abrahams,
M.D., F.R.C.P.
Medical Adviser to the British Amateur Athletic Board on ' Why children are record-breakers in swimming'
Produced by Joan Clark


Written By: John P. Wynn
Written By: Franklin Engelmann
Unknown: Elf Stevens
Unknown: Terence Bond
Produced By: Joan Clark

: Those Record Years

Ken Sykora invites you to glance back at what the personalities of jazz and pop music were doing in 1953.


Presenter: Ken Sykora

: News Summary ANY ANSWERS?

A radio correspondence column in which listeners add their comments to the views expressed in last Friday's ' Any Questions ? '
Introduced by Freddy -Grisewood
Produced by Michael Bowen


Produced By: Michael Bowen

: Tony Hancock in HANCOCK'S HALF-HOUR

featuring Sidney James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques , Kenneth Williams
Written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton
Produced by Tom Ronald


Unknown: Sidney James
Unknown: Bill Kerr
Unknown: Hattie Jacques
Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Written By: Alan Simpson
Written By: Ray Gaiton
Produced By: Tom Ronald

: News Summary Vera Lynn introduces YOURS SINCERELY

in which she sings and reminds you of songs you will want to remember with Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra
Produced by David Miller


Unknown: Woolf Phillips
Produced By: David Miller

: The Goon Show

With Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan
The Ray Ellington Quartet
Max Geldray
Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott
Announcer, Wallace Greenslade
Script by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens
Production by Charles Chilton


Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Spike Milligan
Unknown: Max Geldray
Conducted By: Wally Stott
Announcer: Wallace Greenslade
Script: Spike Milligan
Script: Larry Stephens
Production: Charles Chilton

: Jazz Club

The Don Savage Seven and The Eddie Thompson Quintet
Introduced by Dill Jones


Musicians: The Don Savage Seven
Musicians: The Eddie Thompson Quintet
Presenter: Dill Jones
Producer: Jimmy Grant

: A Moonlight Serenade

[Starring] Ronnie Carroll and Mary Morgan
Music with a restful rhythm introduced by Paul Fenoulhet who also conducts the BBC Variety Orchestra (Leader, John Jezard)
Producer, Rex Burrows
News Summary at 11.30


Introduced By: Paul Fenoulhet
Leader: John Jezard
Producer: Rex Burrows

: Close Down

followed by Shipping Forecast on 1,500 m. only

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