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A series of four programmes
To some extent the past is always used as a deposit of experience or wisdom. But attitudes towards it vary from time to time, and also in different spheres of human activity. Some of the inheritance -in the form of ceremonies and institutions - is common to all spheres; some is craft-knowledge. At present there is, it seems, a fairly general impatience with tradition. What is it that the impatient ones want to reject? Can they do it? Frank Kermode discusses such questions, with people variously expert in the arts and professions.
3: Ceremony and the Body of Knowledge
In this programme PROFESSOR KERMODE moves on to what he calls the ' more conservative ' disciplines — those which depend more on a cumulative body of knowledge or practice.
He presents conversations with H. W. R. WADE , Professor of English Law, University of Oxford
AUSTIN FARRER, Theologian and Warden of Keble College, Oxford
A. B. PIPPARD, Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge
J. M. CAMERON , Professor of Philosophy, University of Leeds


Unknown: Frank Kermode
Unknown: H. W. R. Wade
Unknown: J. M. Cameron


SYBIL MICHELOW (contralto)


Contralto: Sybil Michelow
Piano: Clifton Helliwell


A portrait of William Cobbett drawn from recollections of his children and his contemporaries by Eric Ewens
Other parts played by Robert Ayres. Denys Blakelock Cecile Chevreau , Leigh Crutchley Frank Dunne. James Dyrenforth Alec Finter , Neville Hartley Guy Kingsley Poynter
Lew Luton , Eric Phillips Peter Pratt. Jack Shaw
Norman Shelley , Geoffrey Wincott and Norman Wynne
Produced by CHRISTOPHER SYKES Second broadcast


Unknown: William Cobbett
Unknown: Eric Ewens
Played By: Robert Ayres.
Played By: Denys Blakelock
Played By: Cecile Chevreau
Played By: Leigh Crutchley
Played By: Frank Dunne.
Played By: James Dyrenforth
Played By: Alec Finter
Unknown: Neville Hartley
Unknown: Guy Kingsley Poynter
Unknown: Lew Luton
Unknown: Eric Phillips
Unknown: Peter Pratt.
Unknown: Jack Shaw
Unknown: Norman Shelley
Unknown: Geoffrey Wincott
Unknown: Norman Wynne
Produced By: Christopher Sykes
William Cobbett: John Sharp
Anne Cobbett: Beatrix Lehmann
James Cobbett: Rolf Lefebvre
John Cobbett: Gary Watson


Organ Concerto in C major ALBERT DE KLERK (organ)
Conducted by ANTHON VAN DER HORST on a gramophone record followed by an Interlude at 10.55


Conducted By: Anthon van Der Horst



: Closedown

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