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by Charles Vernon of the Department of Chemistry.
University College, London


Unknown: Charles Vernon

: John Laurie in 'GILFILLAN'S HEYDAY'

Script by Eric Ewens
Production by Douglas Cleverdon
A programme on The Spasmodics, a quartet of poets discovered and launched by the Rev. George Gilfillan (1813-1878). Like ether critics before and since, Gilfillan was at his weakest in judging the poetry of his own time. The tide of the school dates from their dethronement by W. E. Aytoun in his satire ' Firmilian, a Spasmodic Tragedy.'


Script By: Eric Ewens
Production By: Douglas Cleverdon
Unknown: Rev. George Gilfillan
Unknown: W. E. Aytoun
The Rev George Gilfillan: John Laurie
Sydney Yendys (Sidney Dobell): Frank Duncan
Alexander Smith: Ian Lubbock
Gerald Massey: Tony Church
J Stanyan Bigg: Anthony Jacobs
Firmilian: Valentine Dyall
Haverillo: Charles Hodgson
Apollodorus: Frederick Treves
Sancho: William Eedle
Verse reader: Prunella Scales
Narrator: Allan McClelland


Nina Milkina (piano)


Piano: Nina Milkina


by A. L. Goodhart K.B.E., Q.C., F.B.A. ,
Master of University College, Oxford
The American Press Conference plays a much more important and a much more noisy role in the national life than its British counterpart. There are constitutional reasons for this difference.


Unknown: A. L. Goodhart K.B.E., Q.C., F.B.A.


Margaret Fraser (soprano)
Julian Bream (guitar)
Wilfred Lehmann (violin)
Eiluned Davies (piano)
Musica da Camera:
Roger Lord (oboe)
Vera Kantrovitch (violin) Lorraine du Bal (violin)
Cecil Aronowitz (viola)
Joy Hall (cello)


Soprano: Margaret Fraser
Guitar: Julian Bream
Violin: Wilfred Lehmann
Piano: Eiluned Davies
Oboe: Roger Lord
Violin: Vera Kantrovitch
Violin: Lorraine du Bal
Viola: Cecil Aronowitz
Cello: Joy Hall

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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