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BBC Revue Orchestra
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz
BBC N Ireland Light Orchestra
Conductor, David Curry
Billy Ternent and his Orchestra
At 6.45 on 1,500 m. G.T.S. ; Shipping Forecast
News Summary at 7.30


Conductor: Harry Rabinowitz
Conductor: David Curry
Conductor: Billy Ternent
Unknown: M. G.T.S.


BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conducted by Arwel Hughes


Conducted By: Arwel Hughes


Introduced by Peter West
News Summary at 9.30


Introduced By: Peter West

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn. and a prayer


at the BBC theatre organ plays music from stage and screen


' The Window in the Fog' by A. W. Brighouse
Read by Geoffrey Wincott


Read By: Geoffrey Wincott

: News Summary Sidney Davey and his Players provide MUSIC TILL MIDDAY

with Joseph Ward (baritone)
Josephine Lee (piano)


Baritone: Joseph Ward
Piano: Josephine Lee


Sandy Macpherson at the BBC theatre organ


Unknown: Sandy MacPherson

: News Summary; Workers' Playtime

from a factory canteen in Sheffield
The Fraser Hayes Four, Joe Gladwin, John Hanson, Jack Storey
accompanied by The Harry Hayward Trio
Introduced by Randal Herley
Produced by Geoff Lawrence


Unknown: Joe Gladwin
Unknown: John Hanson
Unknown: Jack Storey
Introduced By: Randal Herley
Produced By: Geoff Lawrence


A musical escape to blue skies
Return Ticket issued to Don Michel
Your courier, Denys Gueroult
News Summary at 1.30
Shipping Forecast at 1.40 on 1,500 m.


Unknown: Don Michel
Unknown: Denys Gueroult


Today's storv: 'White Socks for Puss Penny ' by Ann Elliott , told by Julia Lang.


Unknown: Ann Elliott
Told By: Julia Lang.


Diana Graves learning from life; a magistrates' clerk speaking of bad boys in court; a talk with music from Dobson and Young; session of Good Looks Club intended for older listeners
Serial:' Lost Horizon ' by JamesHilton
The ninth of ten instalments
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson
News Summary at 2.30


Unknown: Diana Graves
Introduced By: Marjorie Anderson


Reginald Leopold and the Palm Court Orchestra
Visiting artist, Morris Barr


Unknown: Reginald Leopold
Artist: Morris Barr


Topham Trophy
A handicap chase run over a distance of two miles six furlongs.
Commentary by Raymond Glendenning, assisted by Claude Harrison as race-reader from the Grandstand; Michael O'Hehir at Becher's Brook; and Peter O'Sullevan at the Sixteenth Fence
From Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool


Commentary By: Raymond Glendenning
Assisted By: Claude Harrison
Unknown: Michael O'Hehir
Unknown: Peter O'Sullevan


Band of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Conducted by Captain O. Bilkin Director of Music


Conducted By: Captain O. Bilkin Director

: News Summary; Mrs. Dale's Diary

Script by Lesley Wilson


Script By: Lesley Wilson


A musical journey with the BBC West of England Light Orchestra
(Leader. Frederick Lunnon )
Conductor, Frank Cantell
Guide, Hugh Shirreff
Including Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
A parade of popular melodies from the stage recalled by Jean Curphey, John Heddle Nash
BBC Studio Choir
BBC Concert Orchestra (Leader, William Armon)
Conductor, Vilem Tausky
Introduced by Jonh Webster
Produced by John Tylee
This week's programme includes music from 'The Emerald Isle,' 'Chu Chin Chow,' and ' The Three Musketeers'


Leader: Frederick Lunnon
Conductor: Frank Cantell
Unknown: Hugh Shirreff

: News Summary ROUNDABOUT

Music for everyone
New.?, views, and: interviews
The latest and best of records
Your host tonight is
Ken Sykora
This edition includes
Roundabout's Singer of the Week:
Gwen Bari
Crosby Cameo
Looking for a Job?
Catherine Avent suggests a machine operator in a bank
The Bobcats
Six-fifteen Spin
Music from Cuba
Science Spot
Zeta: Heat from the sea by Nigel Calder
6.29 Weather and News Headlines followed by Tonight's Topic by Brian Groombridge Teenage Talking Point
Dennis Wilson at the piano Produced by Jack Singleton
Shipping Forecast at 5.58 on 1,500 m.


Unknown: Gwen Bari
Unknown: Catherine Avent
Unknown: Nigel Calder
Unknown: Brian Groombridge
Unknown: Dennis Wilson
Produced By: Jack Singleton

: The Archers

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


Writer: Geoffrey Webb
Writer: Edward J. Mason

: News Summary WHAT DO YOU KNOW ?

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 1959 '
10—Wales (i)
The first panel of contestants representing Wales is:
Olive Stephens (Penarth)
Leslie Davies (Wrexham)
Dudley Whitehouse , M.A. (Barry)
George Okell (Machynlleth)
The programme also includes
' Hear! Hear! '
A test of memory for listeners at home and in the audience
Devised and written by John P. Wynn
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Unknown: Leslie Davies
Unknown: Dudley Whitehouse
Unknown: George Okell
Written By: John P. Wynn
Produced By: Joan Clark

: You are invited to JOIN IN AND SING

with the people of London and Bryan Johnson
The Welwyn Garden City
Male Voice Choir
Conductor, Gordon Williams
Jackie Brown at the electric organ
Kathleen O'Hagan at the piano
The singing directed and the show produced by Glyn Jones


Unknown: Bryan Johnson
Conductor: Gordon Williams
Conductor: Jackie Brown
Unknown: Kathleen O'Hagan
Produced By: Glyn Jones

: 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 Vivian Ogilvie


Introduced By: Freddy Grisewood
Produced By: Vivian Ogilvie

: Beyond Our Ken

A sort of radio show
[Starring] Kenneth Horne
with Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee, Patricia Lancaster
The Fraser Hayes Four and the BBC Variety Orchestra (Leader, John Jezard)
Conductor, Paul Fenoulhet
Eric Merriman and Barry Took wrote the script and Edwin Braden the incidental music
Produced by Jacques Brown
First of a new series


Unknown: Kenneth Williams
Unknown: Hugh Paddick
Unknown: Betty Marsden
Unknown: Bill Pertwee
Unknown: Patricia Lancaster
Unknown: Fraser Hayes
Leader: John Jezard
Conductor: Paul Fenoulhet
Conductor: Eric Merriman
Conductor: Barry Took
Conductor: Edwin Braden
Produced By: Jacques Brown

: News Summary Thirty-Minute Theatre 'TOP PRIZE'

A radio play by Philip Levene and Produced by Archie Campbell


Play By: Philip Levene
Produced By: Archie Campbell
Ted Adams: Frederick Treves
Flo, his wife: Betty Baskcomb
Gillian, their daughter: Jane Asher
Peter, their son: Karl Lanchbury
Fairground attendant: Jeffrey Segal
Woman contestant: Hilda Schroder
The Quiz-Master: Pete Murray

: Wilfred Pickles asks WHERE ARE YOU NOW ?

Have you lost touch with old friends, neighbours, workmates, or comrades in the Forces? -
Wilfred would like to help bring about a reunion by telling your story and playing a record for you


Modern jazz played by The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra
Introduced by Johnny Dankworth
Presented by Cyril Drake


Unknown: Johnny Dankworth
Introduced By: Johnny Dankworth
Presented By: Cyril Drake


Sidney Bright and his Music with Belle Gonzalez

: Close Down

followed by Shipping Forecast on 1,500 m.

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