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: Big Ben; Morning Music

BBC West of England Light Orchestra
The Mandoliers
Directed by Jack Mandel
The Charlie Katz Novelty Sextet
(BBC recording)

News Summary at 7.30 and 8.30

At 7.45 on 1,500 m.
G.T.S.: Shipping Forecast


Musicians: BBC West of England Light Orchestra
Musicians: The Mandoliers
[Mandoliers] directed by: Jack Mandel
Musicians: The Charlie Katz Novelty Sextet

: Greenwich Time Signal; Housewives' Choice

Introduced by Lionel Gamlin.

News Summary at 9.30


Presenter: Lionel Gamlin

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer.

: The Music Box

Michael Brooke opens The Music Box
Cecil Norman Rhythm Players, Patricia Webb (soprano) and Hugo D'Alton (mandolin)
(Patricia Webb is in 'The Boy Friend' at Wyndham's Theatre, London)


Presenter: Michael Brooke
Musicians: Cecil Norman Rhythm Players
Soprano: Patricia Webb
Mandolinist: Hugo D'Alton

: News Summary; Music While You Work

The Robin Richmond Trio


Musicians: The Robin Richmond Trio

: Morning Story: The Interview

by David Glover.
read by David Garth.


Writer: David Glover
Reader: David Garth

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

(Tuesday's recorded broadcast)

: News Summary; Southern Serenade Orchestra

Directed by Lou Whiteson
with Sophie Terne


Musicians: Southern Serenade Orchestra
[Orchestra] directed by: Lou Whiteson
Singer: Sophie Terne

: The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band

Presented by Geoffrey Owen.
(The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band is at the Dominion Theatre, London)


Musicians: The Hermanos Deniz Cuban Rhythm Band
Presenter: Geoffrey Owen

: News Summary; The Carroll Levis Talent Show

Carroll Levis presents Lynn Barrie, Jean Holland-Bowyer, Denis Riley, Jimmy Gilhooley, Ted Carr, The Ron Finden Four accompanied by The Jackie Brown Quintet.
(BBC recording)


Presenter: Carroll Levis
Performer: Lynn Barrie
Performer: Jean Holland-Bowyer
Performer: Denis Riley
Performer: Jimmy Gilhooley
Performer: Ted Carr
Performers: The Ron Finden Four
Musicians: The Jackie Brown Quintet
Producer: John Hooper

: Cricket: Surrey v. The New Zealanders - First day

Commentary by Rex Alston with summaries by Bill Merritt.
From The Oval.

One-minute news summary between 1.30 and 1.35 app.


Commentator: Rex Alston
Summariser: Bill Merritt

: Caribbean Fiesta

Super Orquesta 'San Jose' de la Voz Dominicana
Conducted by Papa Molina
on gramophone records

Shipping Forecast at 1.40 on 1,500 m.


Musicians: Super Orquesta 'San Jose' de la Voz Dominicana
[Orchestra] conducted by: Papa Molina

: Listen with Mother

Today's story: I'm Going to London Town: Part 2 by Diana Ross. told by Julia Lang. (BBC recording)


Author: Diana Ross
Storyteller: Julia Lang

: Greenwich Time Signal; Madam, Will You Talk?

A mystery story by Mary Stewart.
Read by Mary Wimbush.
Third of fourteen instalments.
(Requested by Woman's Hour listeners; originally broadcast in Spring 1957)


Writer: Mary Stewart
Reader: Mary Wimbush

: Commanded to Windsor

Frank Wolfe recalls the reception of theatrical companies at the Castle.
(The recorded broadcast of April 4 in the Home Service)


Speaker: Frank Wolfe

: News Summary; South American Way: 1: Macumba

Wilfrid Thomas presents South American Way
In six programmes Wilfrid Thomas recalls a recent journey to South America and introduces some of the music he heard there.
(BBC recording)


Presenter: Wilfrid Thomas
Production: Joe Burroughs

: Greenwich Time Signal; Racing at Goodwood: The Goodwood Stakes

A handicap for three-year-olds and upwards, over two miles and three furlongs.
From the Grandstand


Commentary: Raymond Glendenning
Assisted by: Roger Mortimer

: Cricket: Surrey v. The New Zealanders

Further commentary.

News Summary at 3.30

: Music While You Work

BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Jack Leon


Musicians: BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
[Orchestra] conductor: Jack Leon

: News Summary; Mrs. Dale's Diary

(BBC recording)
Repeated on Thursday at 11.15 a.m.

: Music All the Way

BBC Concert Orchestra
(Leader, William Arrnon)
Conductor, Vilem Tausky
plays a programme of incidental music with Joan and Valerie Trimble (two pianos).


Musicians: BBC Concert Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: William Arrnon
[Orchestra] conductor: Vilem Tausky
Pianist: Joan Trimble
Pianist: Valerie Trimble

: Cricket: Surrey v. The New Zealanders

Commentary by Rex Alston with summaries by Bill Merritt.
From The Oval.

One-minute news summary between 6.30 and 6.35 app.


Commentator: Rex Alston
Summariser: Bill Merritt

: Key-Time

with Russ Conway playing some piano 'Pops'.
on gramophone records


Pianist: Russ Conway

: The Archers

Written by Edward J. Mason and Geoffrey Webb.
A story of country folk.
(BBC recording)


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

: News Summary; Fine Goings On

[Starring] Frankie Howerd
with Dora Bryan, Freddie Mills, Ronnie Barker, Maria Charles, Betty Marsden, Lee Young, John Forde
(BBC recording)
(Dora Bryan is appearing in "Living for Pleasure" at the Garrick Theatre, London; Lee Young in "The Fel-De-Rols" at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne)


Script: Terry Nation
Script: John Junkin
Producer: Bill Worsley
Comedian: Frankie Howerd
[Actress]: Dora Bryan
[Actor]: Freddie Mills
[Actor]: Ronnie Barker
[Actress]: Maria Charles
[Actress]: Betty Marsden
[Actor]: Lee Young
[Actor]: John Forde

: Dennis Lotis Presents

Songs and rhythms reflecting the current musical scene.
Accompanied by The Tony Osborne Group.
(BBC recording)


Singer: Dennis Lotis
Musicians: The Tony Osborne Group
Producer: John Hooper

: News Summary; Blackpool Night

A star-spangled visit to the seaside.

Hylda Baker, She Knows Y'know

David Whitfield, Cara mia

The Western Brothers, Jolly good show, chaps

Semprini, Old ones, new ones

Harry Bailey, A bit of blarney

The Maple Leaf Four, Singing Canadians

Your resident stars are:
Reginald Dixon, Mr. Blackpool himself and the Littlewood Songsters
Introduced by Jack Watson.

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
(BBC recording)

(Hylda Baker and Harry Bailey are appearing in 'The New Hylda Baker Show' at the Winter Gardens Pavilion; David Whitfield in 'The Big Show of 1958' at the Opera House, Blackpool; Semprini in 'Light Up the Town' at the Winter Gardens, Morecambe)
(Repeated on Friday at 7.0 p.m. Home Service - not Scottish or Welsh)


Comedienne: Hylda Baker
Tenor: David Whitfield
Comic singers: The Western Brothers
Pianist: Semprini
Comedian: Harry Bailey
Singers: The Maple Leaf Four
Organist: Reginald Dixon
Singers: The Littlewood Songsters
Presenter: Jack Watson
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
[Orchestra] conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: John Ammonds

: News Summary; Family Favourites

Tunes you have asked us to play, including some records chosen by Service men and women overseas.
Presented by Michael Brooke.


Presenter: Michael Brooke

: Dance Date

presents Geraldo and his Orchestra
with Terry Burton and Les Howard.


Musicians: Geraldo and his Orchestra
Singer: Terry Burton
Singer: Les Howard
Producer: John Fenton

: News Summary; In A Sentimental Mood

Reginald Leopold and his Players with Jennifer Leigh.


Musicians: Reginald Leopold and his Players
Singer: Jennifer Leigh

: Big Ben; Close Down

followed by Shipping Forecast on 1,500 m.

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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