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Ⓓ 'Fencing and Duelling through the Centuries' by C. D. Dimsdale
'The sword
Clanging imperious
Forth from Time's battlements
His ancient and triumphing song
Production by John Richmond
(Empire Programme)
Briefly in this dramatic feature will be described the different types of swords used through the centuries up to the modern fencing foil, now of world-wide popularity with both sexes. The interludes will present the medieval ' battel ' or judicial duel, as described by Shakespeare in Richard II. and the skilled fencing with foils which he represented inHamlet.
Belonging to the age of duelling is D'Artagnan's maiden fight in 'The
Three Musketeers', which will be dramatised ; and further dramatic interludes reproduce the ferocious combat in 1712 between James Miller and Timothy Buck ; and one of the last duels with side-arms in this country, that in which one of the protagonists was Lord Byron, grand-uncle of the poet.


C. D. Dimsdale
Production By:
John Richmond
Richard Ii.
James Miller
Timothy Buck

@ ' Round the Countryside '
' The Nature Detective '
' More Convicting Evidence from the Snow'
A fall of snow provides a fresh and exceptionally good field of activity for the ' Nature Detective '. Cats and dogs prowling round the garden, different kinds of birds coming in search of food, and wild animals such as rabbits, hares, and foxes in the farmyards and fields, all leave clear evidence in the snow of their presence and of what they have been about. A year ago Watkin Williams introduced the subject of snow-tracking in one of his talks on ' Nature's Story-book ', and today he will have more to tell listeners about this fascinating subject.
2.25 @ Interval Music
2.30 Senior English
@ ' Poets and Poetry: Cowper'
2.55 @ Interval Music
3.0 Concert Lesson
Ⓓ ' The Minuet and Trio: Clarinet'
PAT WHELAN (clarinet) and F. J. HUGHES (basset-horn)
3.30 Ⓓ Interval Music
3.35 Early Stages in French @ E. M. STÉPHAN and HÉLÈNE SISSON


Watkin W. Williams
Stephen Potter
Thomas Armstrong
Pat Whelan
F. J. Hughes
E. M. Stéphan
Hélène Sisson

Gerald Cock, Director of Television
Fifteen months ago, on November 2, 1936, the BBC Television Service at Alexandra Palace was officially opened by the Postmaster-General, Major Tryon. Except for a three weeks' break last year for an overhaul and structural alterations, programmes have been televised regularly six days in the week. Very soon the service will be further extended when Sunday transmissions begin in April.
Working under extremely difficult conditions, those responsible for programmes at Alexandra Palace have convinced thousands of the excellence and permanence of television entertainment. Every kind of broadcast has been successfully undertaken-Variety, opera, orchestral programmes, plays, talks features, ballets, and outside broadcasts. Some of the outstanding programmes will probably be discussed this evening by Gerald Cock, who has been in charge from the start.


Gerald Cock

National Programme Daventry

About National Programme

National Programme is a radio channel that started transmitting on the 9th March 1930 and ended on the 9th September 1939. It was replaced by BBC Home Service.

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