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What must we give to get it?
11—' How would security affect us? ' Speakers from Europe and the Dominions give their impressions of the effect on society of a higher standard of living : Dr. Henry Mess , of the National Council of Social Service, puts the sociologist's point of view
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' How the Wireless Came to Toytown '
by S. G. Hulme Beaman
It all began because Mr. Noah lost-or mislaid, as Ernest the Policeman put it -one of his animals. It was a baby hippo, and it was wearing a blue and white jumper that Mrs. Noah had knitted for it. You may ask what the disappearance of a baby hippo can have to do with the arrival of wireless in Toytown. The answer is that when the Inventor starts messing about with one of those newfangled inventions anything may happen.
5.30 ' Children in France a talk by Anne Ortzen
5.50 Children's Hour prayers conducted by the Rev. Derek Tasker
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A programme on Naval Construction
Raymond Baxter visits the Admiralty Experiment Works at Haslar to describe how designs for hull and propeller are tested
Douglas Fleming is at PAMETRADA (Parsons and Marine Engineering Tunbine Research and Development Association) at Wallsend-on-Tyne
Max Robertson links the programme from the Daring Class destroyer Decoy during her full power acceptance trials off the Isle of Arran. In her. too. are H.S. Pengelly, Principal Deputy Director of Naval Construction. and Rear-Admiral 1. G. Maclean. Deputy Engineer-in-Chief. to explain the development of a ship's hull and engine design; and Patrick Hogg to learn what improvements there are on the mess decks
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Peter Sellers , Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan in ' The Affair of the Lone Banana
Fred Nurke is missing! An over-ripe banana, in a deserted Cannon Street shipping office, is the only clue to his whereabouts. Inspector Ned Seagoon follows the trail to a British Embassy in South America, where he is just in time to help the Embassy staff in a brush with the rebels. Why are Senor Gonzales Mess and his gang trying to cut down the only banana tree in the Embassy gardens, and what is the connection between Fred Nurke and the over-ripe banana in Cannon Street?
Cast in order of speaking:
The Ray Ellington Quartet
Max Geldray
Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott
Announcer, Wallace Greenslade
Script by Spike Milligan Production by Peter Eton
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with Peter Sellers
Harry Secombe , Spike Milligan in ' The End '
Cast in order of speaking:
The Ray Ellington Quartet
Max Geldray
Orchestra conducted by Wally Stott
Announcer, Wallace Greenslade
Script by Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan
Production by Peter Eton
Senor Gonzales Mess , string attache to the South-American Consulate in Salisbury, finds a loaded banana in a secret carboy of creosote consigned to the consul, Senor Scatheplunger. Inspector Neddie Seagoon is faced with the job of finding the consul's would-be assassin. What is an unopened box of lurgiridden Rumanian tennis balls doing in Major Bloodnok's overcoat pocket, and why is the mysterious Doctor Rheingold Fnutt furtively selling bagpipes mixture in Salisbury market?
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Last and greatest of the Ptolemies
A portrait by Ian Grimble
Dio Cassius. MICHAEL KILGARRIFF with Nigel Anthony and Hector Ross
See facing page
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Ted's Cathedral by Alan Plater
'Stands to reason flipping heck. if there's any place needs a cathedral it's round this way, isn'it? ' f Produced by ALAN AYCKBOURN
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* Promenade Concert

Part 2: Elgar
Symphony No. 2, in E flat major

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