Reviewing year by year the most memorable events in show business
Narrator, MARGARET RAWLINGS
DAME PEGGY ASHCROFT
Kenneth More. ARTHUR ASKEY
SIR BEVERLEY BAXTER
PETER NOBLE with selections from the shows of the year 'Sing-in' in the Rain'
'Love from Judy ' ' Call me Madam ' and featuring on gramophone records
Gene Kellv , Jean Carson
Bill O'Connor , Billie Worth Anton Walbrook ,Doris Day with The George Mitchell Choir
BBC Revue Orchestra
(Leader, Julien Gaillard )
Conductor, Harry Rabinowitz
Script by Roy Plomley
Production by Tom Ronald
A Saturday Supplement to Woman's Hour
Introduced by MARJORIE ANDERSON
You have to come in with a big smile: Roy CASTLE talks about his life in show business
Believable Children: MARGARET LANE reviews Doris Langley Moore's revised biography of E. Nesbit
'Living in Bondage: Slaves still exist in thirty countries: COLONEL PATRICK MONTGOMERY of the Anti-Slavery Society talks about their situation
Portrait of a Village: GORDON SNELL visits Llangadog, in Carmarthenshire
A Concert-Party Show
Revised and produced by Harry S. Pepper. Book written and remembered by C. Denier Warren
Tommy Handley , C. Denier Warren , Wynne Aiello , Dudley Rolph ,
At the pianos, Harry S. Pepper and Doris Arnold
The White Coons (as a concert party) made their last stage bow at
' Sandown, Isle of Wight, in September, 1925, after a non-stop run of many years at every seaside town of importance. Their proprietor was Will C. Pepper, father of Harry S. Pepper , who put them on the air.
' The idea that led to their debut on the air', he has recorded, ' came from John Watt , present Director of Variety, who rushed up to me one day and said : " I say, you are starting a series of White Coons soon", and rushed away again, leaving me staring after him saying feebly : " Oh, am I ? " '
It was among the happiest of ideas. They have been a constant feature in our summer programmes for five years or more, living up to their name of the ' Gay White Coons '. Among regular radio White Cooners, who will be broadcasting tonight, are Harry Pepper and Doris Arnold , at the pianos ; C. Denier Warren , who has invariably provided the material and done the compering ; and Wynne Ajello , alias Snow White, and lovely on the air, whatever she may do.
The White Coons were among the first to televise at Alexandra Palace, and very happy Harry Pepper was to put them in ruffles and pierrot costumes again. They will be without them tonight, but all the sparkle will be there. Gayer than ever in their first radio concert party of the second Great War.
An unoriginal revue with Doris Hare
BBC Theatre Chorus
Trained by Charles Groves
BBC Theatre Orchestra
Leader, Tate Gilder
Conducted by Mark H. Lubbock
Programme produced by Desmond Davis
Star of this show, Doris Hare first broadcast in the early Savoy Hill days with Jack Hulbert. A few years ago she went to America with Night
Must Fall. She was offered an audition by NBC, and her Cockney dialogue became a spotlight of the air. She was soon singing in the Vallee Hour, one of the most exclusive programmes across the Atlantic.
She was dubbed ' Dons Hare, the Piccadilly Hillbilly', and the name stuck. She is a film star, and has appeared in show after show in the West End. In It's in the Baa at the Saville she performed in a trampoline, a large mattress slung on springs. Her next show was with the Pelissier Follies, and. she then showed her versatility by playing in the comic relief in a Moliere play at the Apollo, The Robust Invalid, which was an English translation of Le Malade Imaginaire.
For Children of Most Ages presenting in Six Day Special
'Jim Starling by E. W. Hildick
Adapted as a serial for radio by Muriel Levy
1—' The Slasher'
Production by Herbert Smith
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6.15 Viera with her guitar presents
Songs from Many Lands
5.30 For Older Children
Now Showing in London
A review by Eric Gillett of some of the new films and plays
5.50 The week's programmes