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: The Generations

by Rayner Heppenstall
Second of a group of three imaginary conversations illustrating changes of belief and attitude in our time.
The scene is Roger Post-Mayhew's flat in Bloomsbury. Godfrey and young Nicholas Plant are expected.


Writer/Producer: Rayner Heppenstall
Roger Post-Mayhew: Geoffrey Wincott
John Godfrey: Ronald Baddiley
Nicholas Plant: Charles Hodgson
Deirdre Fleisch: Lydia Sherwood


glass harp,
Adagio in C (K.617a) (Mozart) Fantasie fur Glasbarmonika
(Tomasek) on a gramophone record


A discussion between
John Kennedy and James Beament both of the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Dr. Beament challenges Dr. Kennedy's belief that there are laws unique to Natural History, which can only be uncovered by field experiments. Rather, he attributes the decline of Natural History to the reluctance of naturalists to use mathematics.


Unknown: John Kennedy
Unknown: James Beament


John Betjeman reads Chapters 8 and 9 of his new autobiographical poem
The chapter headings read by the Rector of St. Fagan's. Glamorgan Production by Douglas Cleverdon : second broadcast
Last of three programmes


Unknown: John Betjeman
Production By: Douglas Cleverdon


Suzarme Rozsa (violin)
Strings of the Leighton Lucas Orchestra Leader. Ronald Good
Conductor, Leighton Lucas


Violin: Suzarme Rozsa
Unknown: Leighton Lucas
Leader: Ronald Good
Conductor: Leighton Lucas

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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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