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A satire for radio about radio by M. Charles Cohen
Music composed and conducted by Carl Davis
with Paul Carpenter as Jerry Janus of the Heart-Line Program, Mavis Villiers as Grace, his wife, Joan Young as 'Mom', Annie Ross and the Nigel Brooks Singers as 'The Vocal Group'.
(Third broadcast)
Calling this programme "a radio classic," the Glasgow Herald wrote after its original broadcast: "Whatever is to follow, the BBC has now made one blazing contribution to the age of satire, and with it has broken new ground in the marriage of words and sound"; The Times adding that "author and composer parody with brutal comic relish and create a cheap, glib mindlessness that is horribly effective." The Sunday Telegraph called it "some sort of milestone" in satirical plays. "It may not tell you much about the human condition,' remarked the Sunday Times, but it is quite a production."


Writer: M. Charles Cohen
Music composed and conducted by: Carl Davis
Production: H. B. Fortuin
Jerry Janus: Paul Carpenter
Grace, his wife: Mavis Villiers
'Mom': Joan Young
'The Vocal Group': Annie Ross And The Nigef Brooks Singers
The Woman Announcer: Tucker McGuire
Harry, announcer: Trevor Martin
Dick, announcer: Roger Snowdon
The people who phone in - The Moron: John Baddeley
The people who phone in - The Man who hates his guts: Peter Pratt
The people who phone in - The Woman who loves Jack: Shirley Cooklin
The people who phone in - The Lonely Woman: Hilda Kriseman
The people who phone in - The Invalid: Earle Grey
The people who phone in - The Drunk: John Baddeley
The people who phone in - The Desperate Father: John Pullen
The people who phone in - The Loving Daughter: Elizabeth Morgan


played by JOHN CLEGG (piano)


Piano: John Clegg


A group of six talks
1: Education and Mobility
† by A. H. HALSEY
Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford
Our modern society requires such a constantly growing education system that this in turn has become a major factor in speeding social change. How far can sociological studies give us a clearer knowledge of this interaction?
Sociology of Work, by J. A. Banks: April 23
See page 25


Conducted by BRUNO MADERNA
Recording made available by courtesy of Westdeutscher Rundfunk


Flute: Severino Gazzeloni
Conducted By: Bruno Maderna
Conducted By: Karlheinz Stockhausen
Conducted By: Pierre Boulez

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