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with Humphrey Lestocq and Mr. Turnip.

Box of Tricks with Geoffrey Robinson

Room for Music with Steve Race

Secrets of the Centuries: 3 - The Lost Explorers
by Larry Forrester.
with Alan Judd.

Hank Rides Again
with Francis Coudrill who writes the story speaks the voices draws and animates the pictures.
At the drums, Geoff Lofts


Devised and produced by:
Michael Westmore
Humphrey Lestocq
Mr. Turnip (Manipulation):
Joy Laurey
Mr. Turnip (voice):
Peter Hawkins Script: Peter Ling
Magician (Box of Tricks):
Geoffrey Robinson
Drawings (Box of Tricks):
Tony Hart
Musician (Room for Music):
Steve Race
Writer (Secrets of the Centuries):
Larry Forrester
[Actor] (Secrets of the Centuries):
Alan Judd
Writer/voices/illustrator/animator (Hank Rides Again):
Francis Coudrill
Drummer (Hank Rides Again):
Geoff Lofts

A serial in six parts by Michael Pertwee.
[Starring] Anne Crawford, John Bentley

In answer to an advertisement, Richard Williams, an unemployed ex-RAF officer, is hired to smuggle a suitcase to Dublin under the false name of Sean O'Donovan. Before the plane takes off Richard has a change of heart and decides not to go through with the job. The plane crashes, and the police tell reporters that Richard is dead. Very much alive, and wanting to remain that way, Richard learns that his gangster employers now want to kill him.
During a gun struggle, Richard kills one of the crooks by accident. With the police and the smuggling gang searching for him, Richard enlists the aid of Diana Wilson, a newspaper reporter. They each make their way to Dublin independently, only to find that the other passengers from the original plane are in the city too.
During a conversation between them in Diana's room, the telephone rings and a mysterious caller makes it clear that he knows that Richard and Sean O'Donovan are one and the same person. It must be one of the other passengers - but which one?


Michael Pertwee
Alvin Rakoff
Bryan Sears
Richard Wilmot
Incidental music composed by:
Eric Spear
Incidental music played by:
Tommy Reilly
Diana Wilson:
Anne Crawford
Richard Williams:
John Bentley
Wilfred (Wacko) Wainwright:
Geoffrey Sumner
Edward Jackson:
Grey Blake
Mark Leyroyd:
Harry Towb
Hotel receptionist:
Pamela Galloway

[Starring] Peter Cushing and David Stoll
See columns 2 and 3

A farce by Ben Travers

A largish house, Rookery Nook, with plenty of doors off its ample lounge - doors through which to escape or hide or enter unexpectedly: just the place, in fact, to cope with the sort of situation that arises when a pretty damsel in distress (and pyjamas) cornea in by way of the front lawn in the middle of the night.
Not that Clive and Gerald Popkiss are the men to let a little matter like this daunt them, even though the simple demands of Popkiss chivalry are soon enough complicated by the need to placate misplaced suspicions on the part of wives, sisters-in-law, and a really dreadful person known as 'the daily woman.'
And then of course there is Twine - that pillar of correct behaviour whose blundering involves Clive and Gerald in so much deception and even a little cheerful blackmail. Nor to mention the difficulties caused by the fearsome German, the irate Admiral, the halfwitted flag-seller. Does all this sound muddled? It could hardly be otherwise; the course of true farce never runs smoothly, and this is a classic farce. Rest assured that all the doors are fully used. (Peter Forster)


Ben Travers
Lionel Harris
Frederick Knapman
Presented by:
Alan Chivers
Gertrude Twine:
Lally Bowers
Edgar K Bruce
Mrs. Leverett:
Tonie MacMillan
Admiral Juddy:
Ian Fleming
Harold Twine:
David Kossoff
Clive Popkiss:
Peter Cushing
Gerald Popkiss:
David Stoll
Popkiss Anne Padwick
Rhoda Marley:
Beryl Bainbridge
Mrs. Possett:
Audrey O'Flynn

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