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Written and read by Isobel Macdonald
This story was awarded a prize in the Third Programme competition earlier this year.


Read By: Isobel MacDonald


Surya Sena (tenor)
Nelun Devi (accompanist)
Saranam sarane (Devotional Song) Oru vannama (Boatman's Song) Goyam vannama (Reaper's Song)
Sinharaja vannama (Lion's Song)
Hanuman vannama (Monkey's Song) Hava vamnama (Hare's Song)
Kirala vannama (Contest Song)


Tenor: Surya Sena
Accompanist: Nelun Devi


Copernicus and the Planets by Herbert Dingle , Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science in the University of London
Third of sixteen talks by various speakers on the origins and results of the Scientific Revolution, which culminated in the seventeenth century


Unknown: Herbert Dingle


Elsie Suddaby (soprano)
Anne Wood (contralto)
Rene Soames (tenor)
Gordon Clinton (baritone)
The BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Leslie Woodgate )
John Francis (flute)
Maurice Clare (violin)
Lucille Wallace (harpsichord)
A Wind Ensemble
The Boyd Neel String Orchestra Conducted by Nadia Boulanger


Soprano: Elsie Suddaby
Contralto: Anne Wood
Tenor: Rene Soames
Baritone: Gordon Clinton
Chorus-Master: Leslie Woodgate
Flute: John Francis
Violin: Maurice Clare
Harpsichord: Lucille Wallace
Conducted By: Nadia Boulanger


Alan Pryce Jones reviews Karl Jaspers ' book on national guilt


Unknown: Alan Pryce Jones
Unknown: Karl Jaspers


Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 played by Solomon

: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

by Christopher Marlowe
Adapted for broadcasting by E.J. King Bull from the version by Basil Ashmore, together with some passages from the Chap-book published in England in 1592 [Starring] Robert Harris, Peter Ustinov


Author: Christopher Marlowe
Adapted for broadcasting By: E.J. King Bull
Unknown: Basil Ashmore
Production By: E.J. King Bull
Faustus: Robert Harris
Wagner: Peter Doughty
Valdes: Richard Wordsworth
Cornelius: Stanley van Beers
The Emperor of Germany: Donald Gray
Martino: Robert Marsden
Frederick: Richard Hurndall
Benvolio: Alan McClelland
An old man: Arthur Young
First scholar: Hugh Manning
Second scholar: Tarver Penna
Third scholar: Richard Hurndall
Good Angel: Jill Balcon
Evil Angel: Marjorie Westbury
Mephistophllis: Peter Ustinov
Lucifer: Rupert Davies
Pride: Peter Doughty
Covetousness: Richard Wordsworth
Wrath: Deryck Guyler
Envy: Ella Milne
Gluttony: Arthur Young
Sloth: Hugh Manning
Lechery: Marjorie Westbury
The Chorus: Robert Speaight
The Reader: Deryck Guyler


Quartet in A, Op. 26 played by the Robert Masters Piano Quartet


A Painter's First Impression by William Townsend


Unknown: William Townsend

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