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Muffin's Window Box
Muffin the Mule presents a film.
Helped by Annette Mills and Ann Hogarth.

5.15 Children's Newsreel

5.25-5.55 Leading Question
by Nicholas Stuart Gray.
The year, 1646
(Previously televised last Thursday)


Presenter (Muffin the Mule):
Annette Mills
Puppeteer (Muffin the Mule):
Ann Hogarth
Writer (Leading Question):
Nicholas Stuart Gray
Settings Designer (Leading Question):
John Clements
Producer (Leading Question):
Joy Harington
Major Carson, a Roundhead officer:
Robert Speaight
Peace-be-with-us Smith, a soldier:
Robert Brown
Lady Martin:
Joy Andrews
Maurice, her son:
Robert Scroggins
Edith, her daughter:
Caroline Denzil
Sir James Martin, a Royalist:
John Springett

A play by Gordon Sherry.
Adapted and produced for television by Dennis Vance.
[Starring] Margaret Rawlings and John Robinson with Jack Allen

Second performance: Thursday at 7.30

Away there in the far-off, full-fed days of 1937, Black Limelight came first on to the stage. (It has been on innumerable stages since.) The Times dramatic critic wrote of it then: "It is not a play of aesthetic consequence, but it is in its own kind an unusually intelligent thriller".
As soon as the fireside audiences saw Miss Margaret Rawlings recently give her poetic recital-or sketch-book of characters in poetry-they must have observed that here was an actress who knew all about the camera. So, for that reason among others, Black Limelight is a happy choice: Miss Rawlings is closely identified with it, for she created the part of the heroine. More especially, her creation doubled two parts: she played, in a busy evening, both the wife of the man accused of the murder of his little mistress and (in a flashback) the little mistress herself.
Peter Charrington is on the run after the discovery of the death of Lily James in the seaside bungalow and his faithful wife is fighting off the police. Cognoscenti of crime will find an original touch of drama in the Man Who Can See in the Dark-his technical description, for those who are interested, is a 'nyctalops'. He provides the play's climax. Back to Mother Times for the Olympian verdict: "It demonstrates anew that the thriller of the stage, unlike that of the novel, need not deceive the audience, and that the intelligent study of character is not beyond its range". Well, I say that it's pretty good anyway. Lionel Hale


Gordon Sherry
Adapted by/Producer:
Dennis Vance
Barry Learoyd
Nora Gordon
Barry Letts
Fanny Carby
Mrs. Brooks:
Gladys Boot
Mary Charrington:
Margaret Rawlings
Patrick Desmond
Detective-Inspector Tanner:
Peter Neil
Lawrence Manfred:
Jack Allen
Brian Wilde
Peter Charrington:
John Robinson
Lily James:
Margaret Rawlings
Victor Baring
John Howlett
Alun Owen
John Heather

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