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W. W. Robson speaks about some of the minor works of Herman Melville-Benito Cereno , Bartleby the Scrivener, and The Confidence Man-as examples of the successful use of symbolism in prose fiction.
(The recorded broadcast of June 1)


Unknown: W. W. Robson
Unknown: Benito Cereno


Mary Grierson (piano)
BBC Scottish Orchestra (Leader, J. Mouland Begbie )
Conductor, Ian Whyte


Piano: Mary Grierson
Leader: J. Mouland Begbie
Conductor: Ian Whyte


Talk by Darsie Gillie Paris correspondent of the Manchester Guardian
The years 1940-1944, the years of the Vichy regime, are an uneasy memory in the minds of most Frenchmen. After the Liberation it seemed to many people easy enough to label as traitors the Vichy Government and all who served under it; but this has proved an impossible attitude to sustain. Mr. Gillie, who thinks the time has come for a reassessment, discusses in this connection the recently published Histoire de Vichy by Robert Aron and Georgette Elgey.


Talk By: Darsie Gillie Paris
Unknown: Robert Aron
Unknown: Georgette Elgey.


A ballad-opera for broadcasting
Words by H. A. L. Craig Music by William Alwyn
Production by Douglas Cleverdon
(who writes on page 4)
Singing parts:
spoken by Allan McClelland Speaking parts
(Continued in next column)
The skipping song recorded by children of the Holy Faith Convent. Coombe, Dublin
Sinfonia of London Orchestra
(Leader. Leonard Hirsch ) with the BBC Chorus
(Chorus-Master, Alan G. Melville)
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
Repetiteur, Douglas Gamley


Music By: William Alwyn
Production By: Douglas Cleverdon
Spoken By: Allan McClelland
Leader: Leonard Hirsch
Conducted By: Muir Mathieson
Unknown: Douglas Gamley
Robert Emmet: Thomas Hemsley
Sarah Curran: Marion Studholme
Crazy Jane: Marion Studholme
Leonard McNally: Inia Te Wiata
Sullivan: Denis Quilley
Seamus: Andrew Downie
Quigiey: Joseph MacNally
A keening woman: Mary MacGoris
Dickson: Ranken Bushby
Reilly: Joseph MacNally
The Clergyman: Edmund Donlevy
William Wickham: Frank Duncan
Thomas Russell: Denis McCarthy
Matty: Jack MacGowran
Mr Foley: Harry Hutchinson
Denis: Paddy Joyce
The Jailor: Eddie Byrne
Speaker: Robert Mooney


A comedy by Aristophanes


Sonata in F: played by Albert Chasey (violin) Leslie Chasey (piano)


Violin: Albert Chasey
Piano: Leslie Chasey


This is the third of four talks, following his recent visit to the Middle East, in which Edward Atiyah is giving his impressions of evolution and revolution in the Arab world. Having observed the development of agricultural and industrial projects, he comments on the various ways in which the economic life of the Arab. countries is being transformed.
(The recorded broadcast of August 4)


Unknown: Edward Atiyah

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