Oxford v. Cambridge
A commentary during the first day's play, by E. W. Swanton, from Lord's Today the rival universities start on their second century of matches. Last year's game was the hundredth, and of these hundred Cambridge have won 46, Oxford 38, and 16 have been left drawn. It is an interesting, if somewhat disquieting, reflection on modern cricket that of these sixteen drawn matches five have occurred during the last ten years, and a similar tendency has been noticed in the Eton v. Harrow matches. All the same 'Varsity cricket is usually cricket at its best, with both sides all out to win, and the match this year should prove to be a closely fought game.
The 'Varsity match is generally regarded as a testing ground for future amateur county cricketers, and more than a few who have proved themselves in this game at Lord's have gone on to win higher honours. Among these might be mentioned C. B. Fry , A. P. F. Chapman , E. Crawley. E. R. T. Holmes , R. W. V. Robins , Norman Yardley , P. A. Gibb , and the wizard Duleepsinjhi.
by T. H. White
Adapted for broadcasting by Marianne Helweg. With music specially composed by Benjamin
Part 2, ' Merlyn's New Job'
(by permission of Drury Lane Theatre)
(by permission of Maurice Browne)
Production by John Cheatle
Last week listeners heard how the Wart brought Merlyn home to be his tutor. In this week's story Merlyn will start the education of his pupil.
On a hot day the Wart envies the fish in the castle moat, so Merlyn lets him find out for himself what it is like to be a fish. He meets the harmless Roaches and the terrifying Pike, and emerges very much wiser than he went in. Whilst his friend Kay is having a tilting lesson, the Wart wants to see a real joust, and Merlyn again obliges. Listeners will hear his commentary on the encounter between King Pellinore and Sir Grummore.
Madeline Howard (soprano)
The Whinyates String Quartet:
Seymour Whinyates (violin)
Dorothy Everitt (violin)
Veronica Gotch (viola)
Helen Just (violoncello)
Part 2-The Guv'nor of Daly's
An illustrated biography compiled and written by S. R. Littlewood
The cast will include the following artists
Compère, S. R. Littlewood
The BBC Theatre Chorus and BBC Theatre Orchestra (leader, Tate Gilder ), conductor, Stanford Robin son
Production by Gordon McConnel , in collaboration with Mark H. Lubbock
Listeners will remember that the first George Edwardes programme, broadcast in June, traced ' the Guv'nor's ' history from the days of the early Gaiety burlesques — Faust Up-to-Date, Carmen Up-to-Date, and the rest-to the musical-comedy period.
This second programme, covering the Daly's period, will trace the gradual evolution of musical comedy into operetta with such productions as The Merry Widow, The Count of Luxembourg, and The Dollar Princess. It is an exciting story, for Edwardes was saved almost from ruin by The Merry Widow and the £150,000 it brought him.
This programme will be broadcast again on Saturday (Regionaf, 6.0)
Licensee and Manager,
Iceland's antidote for the deep depression with Hubert
Public Nuisance No. 1
Rupert Hazell and Elsie Day
The Bright, Breezy Couple
England's Ambassador of Song Murgatroyd and Winterbottom
Two Minds with not a Single
Robin Richmond and his Modern Miracle Organ
Claude Dampier The Irrepressible
Assisted by Billie Carlyle
Chairman, Philip Ridgeway
The BBC Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Ernest Longstaffe
A Jubilee of Association
Devised by Stephen Potter
From chaos to order - the history of the internal organisation of a great game; with scenes from the past, and some account of difficulties overcome. Further illustrated by comments on the present by the game's leaders today
Produced by John Pudney and Stephen Potter
Among those whose voices will be heard are:-
C.E. Sutcliffe, President of the League
George Allison, Manager of the Arsenal
S.F. Rous, Secretary of the Football Association
Ivan Sharpe, leading Football Journalist
Also taking part are:
This is the jubilee year of the Football League, founded by William McGregor in 1888, and the idea of the programme is to tell its eventful history in short dramatised scenes, linked up by a narrator. Listeners will hear about the days when clubs refused to make fixtures, and how the League at last organised them and arranged that clubs of the same status should play together. With every match a cup-tie as it were, the Football League has enormously increased interest in professional football, with an organisation that is copied all over the world.
TAKE YOUR CHOICE
A Scene from ' Twelfth Night ' in modem and in Elizabethan speech
Shakespearean pronunciation by F. G. Blandford
Act 1, Scene 5
When London Calling A.D. 1600, broadcast in April, 1936, was discussed between the producer, M. H. Allen , and the author, Herbert Farjeon , the latter happened to mention that he had seen F. G. Blandford 's production of Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene 5, in Elizabethan English at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge. It was decided to ask Mr. Blandford to do a scene for this broadcast, and he came up from Cambridge and took the rehearsals. It was one of the most effective things in London Calling, which conjectured what listeners might have heard had broadcasting been invented in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Now Miss Allen and Miss Burnham are going to produce part of Act 1, Scene 5, first in modem English pronunciation and then in Elizabethan pronunciation, the scene which Mr. Blandford gave at Cambridge. The producers believe that, spoken in this way, Shakespeare has a music and rhythm which Edith Evans , almost alone among actresses, gives it today. In the Elizabethan version the girls' parts will be played by boys as they were played in Shakespeare's day.
Harold Reese , who broadcasts as Viola, took that part in London Calling.
Stanley Axham , who broadcasts as Olivia, played Isaac in Miss Allen's production of Abraham and Isaac last July and again in the revival on November 28.
A programme specially arranged for the Eve of All Saints' Day by R. Ellis Roberts
Produced by Robin Whitworth with Robert Speaight
(By permission of Rcandco)
The BBC Chorus, Section B
A Section of the London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, W. H. Reed
The music arranged by Trevor Harvey
Conducted by Leslie Woodgate
(This programme was first broadcast on the Eve of All Saints', 1936)
Unlike Christmas and Holy Week, which were the subjects of the radio programmes ' Unto Us' and' Maundy Thursday', no actual event is celebrated on All Saints' Day. It is a day that emphasises (as this programme will) that saints may be unknown and poor people, who do their work for love's sake with no reward but love of the work itself.
2.5 'Our Village'
A Special Course for Rural
Schools devised by EDITH E. MACQUEEN , Ph.D.
' Our Village'
In this new series listeners are going to hear all about an English village, thanks to the intelligent curiosity of a boy called Robin who has lived all his life in a town, but not long ago came to live in the country-with his uncle on a farm near the village of Stanwellstead. Because Robin is intelligent he wants to find out all he can about his new home, the things to be seen, the nicest walks, the occupations of the villagers.
Listeners will hear what the post-man has to tell him and what he learns from ' the innkeeper, the policeman and the blacksmith, the schoolmaster and the vicar, and especially from old Gaffer Brown. You will like Gaffer, who is so old that he can remember things that happened years before most people in the village were born-at least, that is what he says
2.25 Interval Music
2.30 British History
From Pre-Roman Times to the Fifteenth Century
' The Face of Britain'
A dramatic interlude written for broadcasting by HUGH Ross WILLIAMSON
' There runs a road on Merrow
In today's broadcast listeners will hear about the old trackways and cattleways on the downs, which were there long before the Romans came to Britain. The second part of the broadcast tells how the Romans built their great paved roads, some of which have lasted down to our own day.
Racing as it is Today
A talk on the progress and improvement of racing, and its presentation as a national entertainment and diversion by Captain Eric Rickman
(' Robin Goodfellow ' of the Daily
Captain Eric Rickman has been a racing journalist for seventeen years. He began on the Sportsman and has been ' Robin Goodfellow ' of the Daily Mail for the last ten years. He spends nearly every racing day on a racecourse, meeting owners, trainers, and jockeys, watching the running of every race with an eye to an interesting ' story' and the future. At the end of the day he telegraphs or 'phones his ' story' (as his contribution is called) from distant meetings or takes it back with him to the office from near-at-hand courses, as he records in his most interesting book 'On and Off the Racecourse ', published this year.
He is to broadcast a talk on the subject he knows inside out, and will discuss among other things the cost of keeping a racehorse in training, the finance and control of racing, and some of the many improvements that have been made for the benefit both of the public and of the great industry of racehorse breeding and racing with which he has been so intimately connected during the last twenty years.
' Famous Races and Race Courses '
A talk by ' Capt. Eric Rickman and Freddie Fox
It is good news for racing enthusiasts that Captain Eric Rickman (' Robin Goodfellow ' of the Daily Mail) is to bring to the microphone one of the best-known jockeys of modern times in the person of Freddie Fox , who was Champion Jockey in 1930-the year he won the 2,000 Guineas on Diolite. The following year he won the Derby on Cameronian, arid won it for a second time on Bahram in 1935. Fox started to ride in 1907, his first important winner being Yentoi, owned by Lady de Bathe (Lily Langtry , who raced under the name of ' Mr. Jersey '), on, which he won the Cesarewitch. Among other big races he won the 1,000 Guineas in 1911 on Atmah, the St. Leger in 1932 on Firdaussi, and the 2,000 Guineas on Bahram in 1935. He would have also won the St. Leger on the Aga Khan's unbeaten three-year-old that year, and so have completed the Triple Crown, but for an accident the day before the race.
Fox retired at the end of last season and is now assisting Captain Gooch, the well-known trainer, in Berkshire. He is known as the Mayor of Wantage', having lived there so long.
RUPERT HAZELL AND ELSIE DAY in Harmonylarity
LESLIE HATTON the Air-Craftsman
PHYLLIS ROBINS the Personality Vocalist
AND BEN LYON the Famous Film Stars from
FLANAGAN AND ALLEN the Popular Comedians-Oi !
. THE BBC VARIETY
ORCHESTRA conducted by CHARLES SHADWELL
A Pageant of Christmas
Devised and produced by ROBIN WHITWORTH
Literary Editor, R. ELLIS ROBERTS
Musical Editor, WALFORD DAVIES
Conductor, TREVOR HARVEY
Composed from the Holy Bible, and from the works of Arnold Blake , Chesterton, Gwent, Jonson, de la Mare, Milton, Shakespeare and Tennyson
And from the works of Handel, Haydn Parry , Warlock, Hely-Hutchinson, and others
THE BBC CHORUS
THE BBC ORCHESTRA
Led by Laurance Turner
This is a shortened version of the programme which was broadcast on Christmas Day last year, under the title, 'Unto Us'
The Winning Band in the Brass Band Contest at Belle Vue, Manchester, held on September 7, 1936
The first Monday in September ! What memories it conjures up in the minds of thousands of bandsmen all over the world, for on that day is held the great championship Brass Band Contest at Belle Vue, Manchester. Founded in the year 1853-J. H. Elliot tells the story in full in his article on page 9-the contest attained such popularity that this particular Monday was known all over Lancashire and Yorkshire as ' Belle Vue Monday '. Bands from all parts of Great Britain, which have survived the preliminary ' combing out' contests in February, May, and July, compete for the £2,000 trophy. To the brass band world Belle Vue is as much an institution as the Derby is to the racing world, and there is at least one old gentleman who has been present at every Belle Vue September contest for the past 66 years.
Tonight the winners of yesterday's contest are to broadcast from the Manchester studio. This year's specially commissioned test-piece is Henry Geehl 's overture, ' Robin Hood '. Mr. Geehl's Crystal Palace test-pieces, ' Oliver Cromwell ' and ' On the Cornish Coast ', are now brass band classics and lovers of ' banding ' will look forward with keen interest to hearing this new work of his.
A Radio-Dramatic Study in Contrasts over Many Years by D. G. BRlDSON
Produced by Robin WHITWORTH
Jack Hylton's Orchestra: Sailing along on a carpet of clouds (She Shall Have Music) (Sigler, Goodhart, Hoffman)
Ginger Rogers: Don't mention love to me (In Person) (Levant Fields)
Jack Buchanan: Everything stops for tea (Come out of the Pantry)
Lily Pons (soprano): I'm the echo (I dream too much) (Fields, Kern)
Raymond Paige and his Orchestra: The Grasshopper and the Ant
Bing Crosby with Georgie Stoll's Orchestra: Sailor, beware (Anything Goes) (Robin, Whiting)
Frances Day: Between you me and the carpet (Public Nuisance)
Jan Kiepura: Give me your heart tonight (I love them all) (Stolz, Marischka)
Grete Natzler: Marching along (Grey, May); I lost my heart in Heidelberg (A Student's Romance) (Pepper, Raymond)
A Narrative Drama of Easter
by Mona Swann
(By permission of Lilian Baylis of the Old Vic)
John Kevan, Roland Culver, Christopher Casson (By permission of Lilian Baylis of the Old Vic), John Garside (By permission of Nancy Price), Lilian Harrison, Diana Morgan
4-' History, Legend and Custom PATRICK MONKHOUSE
Today, in his .last talk on the Peak,
Patrick Monkhouse is to tell listeners some important things that have happened in that historic district of England. For instance, he will refer to
Charles Stuart 's march to Derby, to the plague at Eyam, and to the cotton pioneers. Then he will describe some
Peak legends and customs. say something of that hero of English legend,
Robin Hood , and something of fairies.
And finally, he will describe the Tissington well-dressing on Ascension
Day, Winster Morris dancing, and •itrouf^l^m/^'log-book,
Then out will come that log-book, and the boy and girl who are making a chart of their village will dot down old rhvmes or sayings, and make a list ot local words or phrases a stranger might not understand. Have they ever seen their parish records? Is there any mention in them of the plague? Have any great inventors lived in their particular district? What did they invent ? And did Robin Hood ever ride through their village ? And did fairies ever frequent it before motorcars came?
2.30 World History-4
'The Birth of Science'
EILEEN POWER, Professor of Economic
History in the University of London
In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, there was growing up a new approach to the phenomena of the universe, and what we now call the 'scientific spirit' came into being. In this period were born Copernicus, Galileo, and William Harvey. And not long afterwards, in 1642, the great Isaac Newton first saw light of day. Soon the triumph of science was almost complete : scientific investigation was launched on the lines on which it has continued ever since.
All this will be discussed by Professor
Eileen Power this afternoon. In the course of her talk, moreover, she will mention such great research workers as Tycho Brahe, the astronomer, and William Harvey , whose experiments on living animals led to the formation of the modern theory of blood circulation.
The story of the coup d'etat by which Napoleon overthrew the Directory and established the Consulate
' Brumaire' will be repeated in the Regional programme on Wednesday, 8.0
At the period of Anthony Ellis 's play, Napoleon was a young man of thirty. Even he, with his almost irrational optimism, could scarcely have visualised the power he was to gain in the vcars following that fateful day of the 18th Brumaire, 1799-the date in the queer revolutionary calendar when the Directory was crushed.
Drama and Napoleon were inseparable. Not long before, he had abandoned the ill-fated Egyptian campaign, evaded the English cruisers in the Mediterranean, and landed in France to answer the challenge of Siévès— ' seek a sword.' The play deals with the dramatic events that led to the establishment of the Consulate.
Anthony Ellis , who plays the part of Napoleon, will be remembered for his broadcast reconstruction of the trial of Lord Byng, in which he also played the name-part.
A Narrative Drama of Easter by MONA SWANN
The Cast will include
(By permission of Sydyiey Carroll )
(By permission of Sydney Carroll)]
Produced by ROBIN WHITWORTH