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: Patrick Magee and Patrick Wymark with Kathleen Michael and James McKechnie in ' THEY MET ON GOOD FRIDAY'

A sceptical historical romance by Louis MacNeice
The battle of Clontarf was fought in A.D. 1014, just north of Dublin, between the Irish and the Vikings. This is a dramatisation of an odd bit of history. with members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company
Harp played by Mary Rowland
Music and specially devised sounds by Tristram Cary
Production by Louis MacNeice


Played By: Mary Rowland
Production By: Louis MacNeice
Old Woman: Bee Duffell
Thorstein: James McKechnie
Earl Sigurd: Patrick Wymark
Sigtryg: Denys Hawthorne
Bishop: Brian O'Higgins
Gormflaith: Kathleen Michael
King Brian: Patrick Magee
Harper: Robert Mooney
Poet: Robert Irwin
Halgerda: Mary Wimbush
Slave Girl: Sheila Brennan
Etain: Patricia Leventon
Brodir: Kenneth J Warren
Muragh: P G Stephens
Mael Seachlainn: Eamonn Keane
Captain of the Guard: Rio Fanning
Turlough: Donal Donnelly


Lassus: the church music
Schola Polyphonica
Director, Henry Washington
Domine, labia mea aperies; Veni Sancte Spiritus; Salve Regina ; Tristis est anima mea; Christus resurgens; Musica dei donum; Quare de vulva (first and second settings); Cum essem parvulus; Nunc dimittis
Fourth of six programmes devised and introduced by Jeremy Noble From Brompton Oratory, London


Director: Henry Washington
Unknown: Salve Regina
Introduced By: Jeremy Noble


Harold Truscott introduces this work to be broadcast in The Saturday Concert at 9.0


Introduces: Harold Truscott


Translated and introduced by Geoffrey Bownas
The Manyoshu was the first great anthology of Japanese poetry. Compiled in the latter half of the 8th century A.D., it included poems from as early as the 5th. The poets represented range from emperor, prince, and courtier to fisherman and frontier-guard.
Readers: Nakamura Miyako
Tokugawa Tsunenari
Olive Gregg , Godfrey Kenton
Music composed by Yuize Shinichi and played on two koto by the composer and Nakashima Yasuko
Production by Anthony Thwaite


Introduced By: Geoffrey Bownas
Readers: Nakamura Miyako
Readers: Tokugawa Tsunenari
Readers: Olive Gregg
Unknown: Godfrey Kenton
Composed By: Yuize Shinichi
Production By: Anthony Thwaite

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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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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