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BBC Radio 2

The Impresarios: Two Generations: George Black and Sons

Michael Craig continues the stories of the men who create the world of entertainment.
"A Black show was always spectacular, beautifully dressed, very good decor and always a great deal of comedy - George was a man who appealed to the masses. You know when I originally took Vera Lynn to George Black and Val Parnell, Val was not really in favour, but George was the man who said, 'Val, this is the type of girl who appeals to our type of public.' He was a man who had that judgment. A great man of the theatre." (LESLIE MACDONNELL)
with the voices of Arthur Askey, Alfred Black, Pauline Black, Dan Collins, Bud Flanagan, Pat Kirkwood, Leslie Macdonnell, Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Elsie and Doris Waters
Research BILL SULLIVAN
Written by FRANK SALTER
Producer DAVID RAYVERN ALLEN
Forces Programme

George Black invites you to listen to ' HAW-HAW I'

his latest medley of music, laughter, and personalities from the Holborn Empire
The cast includes
Max Miller
Bebe Daniels
Ben Lyon
Syd Seymour and his Mad Hattert
Band
The Three Musketeers and Franklyn Bennett
The Empire Orchestra under the direction of Sydney Kaplan
George Black , who has thirty-six theatres under his control, has been in the business since he was twelve years old, when he started life looking after a flea circus for his father. He served throughout the Great War as a private in the Northumberland Fusiliers and rose to the rank of Lance-Corporal !
After the war he decided to revive
Variety, which the critics said was dead. His Crazy Gang shows were an accident. Crazy Weeks developed into Crazy Months. The Little Dog Laughed has just passed its 250th performance at the London Palladium, and his Black Velvet is one of the best revues in town. He gives tonight's broadcast as his contribution to the Forces in memory of his days in the ranks in the Great War.
Forces Programme

George Black presents DEBROY SOMERS AND HIS BAND

in a programme of popular hit-tunes associated with the productions of .this great impresario
The programme compered by George Black and presented by Douglas Moodie
National Programme Daventry

ERNEST LOTINGA

(By permission of Mr. George Black ) in ' Josser's Detective Agency'
This revue will be repeated in the Regional programme tomorrow night
Forces Programme

'BLACK VANITIES'

An excerpt from George Black 's third intimate rag
Produced by Robert Nesbitt
The cast includes
Frances Day
Flanagan and Allen
Naunton Wayne
Delroy Somers and his Band
BBC Home Service Basic

' H.M.S. KING GEORGE V OPENS FIRE'

Commentary recorded during firing-practice at sea, by Wynford Vaughan Thomas on the flag-deck, George Black in 'Y' turret, and John Byrd in the cordite handing-room
BBC Home Service Basic

George Black invites you to ' STRIKE IT AGAIN ! '

Excerpt from the show designed and produced by Alec Shanks. Cast includes Sid Field , Jerry Desmonde , Roberta Huby , Stella Moya , Lind Joyce , Lynn Taylor , Bernard Hunter , Bonar Colleano , Syd Railton , and Pauline Black. Orchestra under the direction of Jimmy Campbell. From the Prince of Wales Theatre, London
BBC One London

THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW

starring
THE MITCHELL MINSTRELS with JOHN BOULTER
DAI FRANCIS
TONY MERCER
Compere, Leslie Crowther also starring
Margaret Savage
The Television Toppers
Delia Wicks, Don Cleaver
Penny Jewkes , Les Rawlings
Sheila Bernette , Roger Avon
Dance direction by Roy Gunson
Vocal arrangements by George Mitchell
Orchestrations by Alan Bristow
Orchestra
Leader, FREDDY CLAYTON
Conducted by George Mitchell and Eric Robinson
Settings by Lionel Radford Devised and produced by GEORGE INNS
First shown on BBC-2
Leslie Crowther is appearing in ' Let Sleeping Wives Lie ' at the Garrlck Theatre. London; The Black and White Minstrel Show is appearing at the Victoria Palace. London. and at the Futurist Theatre. Scarborough
BBC One London

THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW

starring
THE MITCHELL MINSTRELS with JOHN BOULTER
DAI FRANCIS
TONY MERCER
Compare, Leslie Crowther
Also starring
Margaret Savage
The Television Toppers
Delia Wicks
Don Cleaver
Penny Jewkes
Les Rawlings
Jackie Farn
Dance direction by Roy GunsoB
Vocal arrangements by George Mitchell
Orchestrations by Alan Bristow
Orchestra
Leader. FREDDY CLAYTON
Conducted by George Mitchell and Eric Robinson
Settings by Lionel Radford
Devised and produced by GEORGE INNS
Leslie Crowther is appearing In ' Let Sleeping Wives Lie ' at the Garrick Theatre. London: The Black and White Minstrel Show is appearing at the Victoria Palace, London. and at the Futurist Theatre. Scarborough
National Programme Daventry

The Black Watch

'Am Freiceadan Dubh'
A Play for the Anniversary of the Regiment
The cast includes:
Gordon Mcleod, Cyril Nash, Geoffrey Wincott, Dennis Astell, Margaret Adams, Douglas Allen, Douglas Armstrong, C.R.M. Brookes, Archibald Buchanan, R.J. Buchanan, Thos. P. Dawson, Anthony Francis, Harold B. Goring, Rex de la Haye, William McKinlay, James MacPhee, Charles Maxwell, Douglas Moodie, Bruce Morgan, Hugh Purves, George Robb, Masson Roberts, Jean Taylor Smith, Andrew Stewart, Hal D. Stewart, J.A. Stewart, George Summers, Mary Sutherland, R.B. Wharrie
In this play the author of The Royal Scots dramatises the long and honourable history of another famous Scots regiment - The Black Watch. The story begins in France in 1917, then flashes back to the eighteenth century to tell of the origin of the regiment and of notable episodes in its history. It relates the dark chapter of the 'mutiny' of 1743, the baptism of fire at Fontenoy, the strange story of Duncan Campbell and the Ghost of Ticonderoga: acknowledges the regiment's impressive record in the Napoleonic Wars - the Duke of Wellington received his first commission in the 73rd - and rises to its climax with a vivid reconstruction of the wreck of the troopship Birkenhead in 1852: drafts from ten regiments were on board, amongst them seventy-four officers and men from the 73rd battalion. The play concludes with a return to the opening scene in France, followed by a recital, with the regimental march in the background, of the Battle Honours of the Black Watch.
(From Edinburgh)
BBC Radio 2

By George! - a Celebration of George Martin's 80th Birthday

Cilla Black profiles record producer George Martin , who is 80 today. An oboe student before switching gear to record both comedy (the Goons, Flanders and Swann) and jazz (John Dankworth and Cleo Laine), Martin eventually hit his stride with the Beatles. He revolutionised popular music by transforming the guartet's raw rock 'n' roll sound into highly influential polished pop. Those paying tribute include Paul McCartney, Midge Ure, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, John Williams and Rolf Harris.
Producer Emma Kingsley
National Programme Daventry

Royal Command Performance

with an ALL STAR CAST in aid of The Variety Artists'
Benevolent Fund
At the LONDON PALLADIUM under the direction of George Black
IN THE PRESENCE OF
THEIR MAJESTIES THE
KING AND QUEEN
Announced from the stage by GILLIE POTTER
Relayed from the PALLADIUM
National Programme Daventry

GEORGE FORMBY

(By permission of George Black)
Assisted by Beryl Formby in • A LANCASHIRE LAD IN
LONDON'
No I. 'The Honeymooners
Arrive'
Written by Howard Thomas
(From Stagshaw)
This is the first of six sketches by Howard Thomas that are to give listeners the opportunity of hearing George Formby in a series of adventures. Listeners should read Max Kester 's article on page 12. The Lancashire lad is a local boy from Posselthwaite - an imaginary place which Thomas made familiar to listeners in his radio play Beauty Queen broadcast in March
BBC One London

George Gently

One-off detective drama starring Martin Shaw. It is 1964, drugs are about to hit the streets, the sexual revolution is under way and George Gently is one of the few officers in Scotland Yard who is untouched by corruption. But when his wife is murdered by gangster Joe Webster , Gently is after revenge.
Writer Peter Flannery
Producer Jake Lushington ; Director Euros Lyn The Gently touch: page 25; The Inside Story: page 68
BBC Home Service Basic

George Black presents ' JENNY JONES'

Excerpt from the musical play by Ronald Gow , adapted from stories by Rhys Davies -, with music by Harry Parr Davies and lyrics by Harold Purcell. Directed by Hugh Miller. Cast includes Carole Lynne. Jimmy James. Mary Waterman , Sydney Bland, Ronald Millar , Ballol Holloway. Malcolm Thomas , Deering Wells. Robert Sydney. Kurt Wagener , Paula Grey. Vincent Tildsley 's Mastersingers. The Augmented Orchestra. under the direction of Debroy Somers. From the London Hippodrome
BBC Radio 2

The Impresarios

Michael Craig continues the stories of the men who create the world of entertainment. George Black
The Palladium was a dead duck, they'd tried everything there - circuses, films, plays. It was going through a terribly bad patch and they said to Dad ' That's yours, what are you going to do with itt ' and Dad said ' I'll make it the number one Variety theatre of the world.' (ALFRED BLACK) George Black invited Hannen Swaffer to come and see me at the Holborn Empire and at the end of the performance George Black said ' What d'you think, Swaff!' and Swaff said 'I don'know whether it's genius or sheer ignorance.'
(TOMMY TRINDER ) with Roma Beaumont
Alfred Black , Pauline Black
Alec Shanks , Tommy Trinder Research BILL SULLlVAN
Written by FRANK SALTER
Producer DAVID RAYVERN ALLEN
BBC Radio 2

The London Palladium Story

Max Bygraves , in a series of eight programmes, introduces 70 years of the finest in popular entertainment as presented at the world's premier variety theatre.
2: Life Begins at Oxford Circus
George Black takes over and breathes life into its flagging fortunes, turning a mediocre music-hall into the ace variety theatre of the world.
' I would regard George Black as the greatest producer of his time. He put the London
Palladium on the map.'
(CHESNEY ALLEN) contributions from
George Burns ,
Chesney Allen , Danny Kaye. Anne Shelton , Alfred Black , Jr, Martha Raye , Max Wall and the voices of many others, including
GRACIE FIELDS, TED RAY and BUD FLANAGAN Written by MICHAEL POINTON
Additional research
PETER BOND
Producer JOHN DYAS
BBC One London

The Black and White Minstrel Show

Television's fastest spectacular bringing back the Magic of the Minstrels starring
The Mitchell Minstrels featuring
John Boulter Dai Francis
Margaret Savage Andy Cole Peter Kaye with The Television Toppers and LES RAWLINGS , ELSPETH HANDS DELIA WICKS , BENNY GARCIA LES WANT , JEAN MCGUIRE
DAVE PROWSE , CAL MCCORD THE JOLAES PUPPETS Orchestra leader FREDDY CLAYTON conducted by GEORGE MITCHELL and ALAN BRISTOW
Choreography by RALPH TOBERT Vocal arrangements by GEORGE MITCHELL
Orchestrations bv ALAN BRISTOW
Additional material by ALAN FIELD and PETER ROBINSON
Make-up by CECILE HAY-ARTHUR Costumes by JOYCE MORTLOCK Lighting by TOM MONCRIEFF Settings by MARTIN COLLINS Devised and produced by GEORGE INNS
(The Black and White Minstrels are appearing in ' Magic of the Minstrels ' at the Victoria Palace, London, and in ' The Black and White Minstrel Show at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford)
PETER KAYE
Getting the job as host of The Black and White Minstrel Show was 'the biggest break of my life' says Peter Kaye.
Four years ago he threw in his job as a commercial artist to become a singer-starting work in pubs for a few shillings. Now he's making the big time with the Black and White Minstrels: 8.25.
National Programme Daventry

Music Hall THE COMEDIAN HARMONISTS ELSIE AND DORIS WATERS

Radio's ' Gert and Daisy '
CLAPHAM AND DWYER in another spot of bother
ANONA
WINN GEORGE DOONAN
The Life and Soul of the Party
(By permission of George Black , Esq.)
GEORGIE WOOD
The Peter Pan of Vaudeville
(By permission of George Black , Esq.)
THE B B C VARIETY
ORCHESTRA
Conducted by KNEALE KELLEY
Tonight listeners are to hear the radio debut in Britain of the Comedian Harmonists, who broadcast with such brilliant success in Berlin, Paris,
Vienna, and all over the Continent.
They are a sort of Continental equivalent of the Mills Brothers-five singers and a pianist.
Two popular broadcasters who have not been on the air for some time are to be heard tonight. George Doonan , the patter comedian known all over the country for his work on the halls and in revues, makes his return after a year's absence, while Georgie Wood , who has just finished playing ' Buttons ' in Cinderella at Birmingham, is back after two years.
Elsie and Doris Waters and Clapham and Dwyer grow better each time they broadcast. And listeners will extend as hearty a welcome as ever to Anona Winn.
Regional Programme London

Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon in ' THE SILENT MELODY'

A Musical Play by Raife Growenor
Radio version by Giorgio R. Foa and Wensley Johnston
Based on a synopsis by Archie Campbell
Additional dialogue by Lionel Aldous
Orchestrations by Arthur Sandford and Jack Beaver
The cast in order of their appearance
(By permission of George Black )
(By permission of George Black )
Chorus girls, Society people, call-boys, stage-hands etc.
The BBC Revue Chorus and Augmented Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
At the pianoforte, Arthur Sandford
The action of the play takes place on the roof-garden and different floor-levels of a modem apartment building in New York City. Later at Palm Beach, and subsequently at a Broadway Theatre
Production by Archie Campbell
The Silent Melody ' was broadcast in the National programme last night






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