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: Weather and News

followed by
Morning Music
BBC Northern Ireland Light Orchestra
Leader, David Adams
Conductor, David Curry
BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader, James Hutcheon
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
George Scott-Wood and his Music
Ian Stewart and his Quintet
The Robin Richmond Trio


Leader: David Adams
Conductor: David Curry
Leader: James Hutcheon
Unknown: George Scott-Wood
Unknown: Robin Richmond

: Housewives' Choice

Godfrey Winn introduces your request records


Presenter: Godfrey Winn

: Five to Ten

A story, a, hymn, fund & prafyer

: Sing Me a Souvenir

The Bowman-Hyde Singers and Players
Directed by Eric Wilson-Hyde


Directed by: Eric Wilson-Hyde

: Music While You Work

Cecil Norman and his Rhythm Players

: Morning Story: A Slow Train on Sunday

by Tom Waldron
Read by Noel Johnson


Author: Tom Waldron
Reader: Noel Johnson

: Mrs. Dale's Diary

(Wednesday's recorded broadcast)


Script: Jonquil Antony

: Music with a Beat

Bringing you each week some of Britain's brightest and beat pop music groups and singers
The Ronnie Keene Six
The Quartette Italiano
with a song from Juliet Rolls
Produced by Geoffrey Owen
BBC General Overseas Service recording


Musicians: The Ronnie Keene Six
Musicians: The Quartette Italiano
Singer: Juliet Rolls
Produced by: Geoffrey Owen

: Jimmy Young

with his Twelve O'Clock Spin of popular records.

: Workers' Playtime

from a lighting equipment factory in Birmingham
The Tracy Sisters
Jack Watson
Reg Dixon
Harry Engleman (piano) Sid Gateley (string-bass) Bob Mansell (drums)
Presented by James Pestridge


Unknown: Jack Watson
Unknown: Reg Dixon
Unknown: Harry Engleman
Unknown: Sid Gateley
Presented by: James Pestridge

: Lunch Date

with the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader, James Hutcheon
Conductor, Gilbert Vinter
and Denis Martin.

News Summary at 1.30
followed by Cricket Scoreboard


Musicians: The BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader: James Hutcheon
Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
Singer: Denis Martin

: Listen with Mother

Today's story: 'White Socks for Fuss-Penny ' by Ann Elliott, told by Julia Lang.


Unknown: Ann Elliott
Unknown: Julia Lang

: Woman's Hour

Introduced by Marjorie Anderson
and including
"Rome Revisited" by Diana Graves
"Out of the News": involving a topic of interest
"Monument to Olaf": Antonia Ridge recalls her Swedish grandfather
"French to Get By": Mr. and Mrs. Wood learn from Claudia Worsthorpe
Reading Your Letters
"Away From It All?": some aspects of country living
Norman Shelley reads from 'Wagstaff's England' by Robert Greenwood

(The fourth item is recorded)


Presenter: Marjorie Anderson
Reporter: Diana Graves
Reporter: Antonia Ridge
Presenter (French to Get By): Claudia Worsthorpe
Author (Wagstaff's England): Robert Greenwood
Reader (Wagstaff's England): Norman Shelley

: A La Carte

Irene Prador offers a miscellany of music with a continental flavour
Produced by Mary Mitchell


Presenter: Irene Prador
Producer: Mary Mitchell

: Music While You Work

Fredric Cooper and his Tipica Orchestra


Musicians: Fredric Cooper and his Tipica Orchestra


and cricket scoreboard

: Playtime

Records spun by Robin Richmond for the young and the young at heart

: Edward Rubach

and the Novelairs

: Records at Six

Three Band Session
Count Basie and his Orchestra
Chaquito and his Orchestra
Percy Faith and his Orchestra
Introduced by Tim Gudgin
followed by Tonight's Topic


Presenter: Tim Gudgin

: Sports News

including racing results and cricket close of play scores

: The Archers


Written By: Geoffrey Webb
Edited By: Godfrey Baseiey
Produced By: Tony Shryane


: What Do You Know?

Grand Finale

Franklin Engelmann is the Chairman of this general knowledge contest in which the three finalists, who have won through from the fifty-six contestants representing all parts of the British Isles, compete for the title 'Brain of Britain 1961'

Mrs. Irene Thomas, London, Singer, Mrs. Joan Taylor NewcastIe-upon-Tyne, Lecturer, and the winner of last week's programme
The programme devised and written by John P. Wynn
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Unknown: Mrs. Irene Thomas
Singer: Mrs. Joan Taylor
Written By: John P. Wynn
Produced By: Joan Clark


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Unknown: Eric James

: Listeners Answer Back

from Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt
where Roy Jenkins, M.P. and Peter Kirk, M.P. answer questions about The Commen Market
Chairman, Bernard Storey


Chairman: Bernard Storey
Panellist: Roy Jenkins
Panellist: Peter Kirk

: Does the Team Think?

Members of the public and invited personalities put questions to a team of distinguished experts.

The great minds are:
Jimmy Edwards
Ted Ray
Tommy Trinder
Bernard Braden
In the chair,
McDonald Hobley
This week's special guest Edmundo Ros
Produced by Edward Taylor
(The recorded broadcast of April 11)


Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Ted Ray
Unknown: Tommy Trinder
Unknown: Bernard Braden
Produced By: Edward Tay

: Semprini Serenade

with the BBC Revue Orchestra
Leader, Julien Gaillard
Conducted by Malcolm Lockyer
Semprini plays his own arrangements for piano and orchestra
Tonight's programme includes

Produced by Frank Hooper


Conducted By: Malcolm Lockyer
Produced By: Frank Hooper


: Jazz Club

Traditional and mainstream jazz played by Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band with Beryl Bryden and The Fairweather-Brown All Stars. Introduced by Alan Dell.


Musicians: Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band
Singer: Beryl Bryden
Musicians: The Fairweather-Brown All Stars
Introduced by: Alan Dell
Producer: Terry Henebery

: A Harlem Nocturne

Harry Belafonte
Errol Garner
Sidney Bechet and Billy Eckstine
Introduced by Neil Stevens
Produced by David AIlan


Unknown: Harry Bejafonte
Unknown: Sidney Bechet
Produced By: David Aitan

: Late News

: Close Down

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