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Introduced by MARJORIE ANDERSON
Parliamentary Notebook: NOR
MAN SHRAPNEL of The Guardian reports on the parliamentary scene
Reading Your Letters
Cure by Compassion: ELIZABETH JENNINGS tells how she was helped to recovery from illness
' Baby in The House ':
RICHARD and MARY GORDON talk to LEIGH CRUTCHLEY about their latest book
Betes Noires: ANNE WILD, JUNE
ROSE, PETER TREWARTHA , and others list some of their pet hates
JILL BALCON reads Strokes of Havoc by EDWARD CANDY
Eighth of ten instalments
A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
' Pansy,' which will be broadcast tomorrow, is a story from Jamaica, sent by Julia Goodey. In Jamaica they do things differently from us. For instance, they carry their shopping on their heads-and without holding on! Even young children can do it, and the story of ' Pansy ' tells how one little girl learned the art. We think the under-fives will enjoy the idea. Referring to the children's names in her story, Julia Goodey wrote ' These peculiar names are ordinary here,' but she suggested others for us to use if we felt them too unusual. So we chose some of these, for we did not expect to find many Raphaels, Luthers, and Icildas among our listeners. This is a matter of some importance when broadcasting to the under-fives, as many mothers will agree who have seen the delighted astonishment of a child, when his name comes unexpectedly through the loudspeaker. 'This is a story about me I 'and the satisfaction goes very deep, for a small child's world centres around himself. The . names we have substituted are Edward,- Louise, and Rupert, and we are sure some of those will be listening.
Elizabeth A. Taylor
World-wide exchange of Christian scenes and Christmas greetings to mark the first Christmas of Peace
Part 1. Christmas in Britain and with British Forces Overseas. Village Christmas in Sussex: Liberation Christmas in Singapore; Christmas in a Services hospital; with the Desert veterans; on a minesweeper: with the Rhine Army
Part 2. Christmas in Transit. S.S. 'Queen Elizabeth' in mid-Atlantic; a British air-liner homeward bound
Part 3. Christmas in the British Commonwealth Overseas. New Zealand; Australia; Canada: South Africa
Part 4. Christmas in Liberated Europe. From Prague (Czechoslovakia). Oslo (Norway), and Caen (France)
Part 5. Christmas at Home. A reunited family in Britain; an exile returns to the Channel Islands
Introducing the worldwide programme of Christmas scenes and greetings which will precede His Majesty the King's broadcast on Christmas afternoon at 3.0
For six long years the Christmas afternoon programme from London has carried a yearly progress report to the people of Britain and to the people of the Commonwealth and Empire. In 1940 we transmitted a picture of 'Christmas Under Fire,' with the Coventry Carol sounding the final note in a paean of hope and defiance from a Britain bombarded, keeping the Christmas feast in ruined homes and underground shelters.
In 1943 the tide had turned, and in 'We are Advancing' the first strong chords of triumph rang out from London. Last Christmas we painted the picture of 'The Journey Home.' Our advancing armies were on the fringes of Germany. France, Belgium, and half Holland were free again. But the barrier of the Rhine remained, and the wooded slopes of the Ardennes had not uncovered their menace.
The twelve months that have passed have seen changes more rapid and more deep-rooted than any in our memories. The immortal leap across the Rhine; the grave happiness of VE-day, lit by the darting flambeaux of our cities and the glow of the village fires over the whole countryside; the stunned triumph of VJ-day; the General Election; and the last grim spectacle of the criminals of war on trial before the Court of Nations.
At the end of such a year the ordinary man and woman take refuge in the hard-won security of their own surroundings, in their own circle, in their own country, in their own home. So, for the first Christmas of peace, our microphone will follow the men and women of the Commonwealth and Empire and the United Kingdom as they move away from their battle-stations, back again to their homes. We call them, on this Christmas Day, wherever they may be.
Our first picture 'Christmas in Peace' comes from Sussex. Here among the lovely beaches and oaks of Kipling's wooded hills the villagers are preparing a boisterous welcome for the boys from overseas; men whose eyes have been starved of green fields for five years are back from the deserts and the oceans. The whole village, including the 'Thirsty Eight' who make up the village band, will be tuned to the greatest welcome to their returning heroes in living memory. There will be changes - Pook's Hill is still being burned out by the bomb-disposal experts to get rid of the five hundred butterfly bombs that fluttered down in 1941 - but they will find the face of the English countryside as it always has been, and as they hoped to find it. That is the Christmas picture that the transmitters will send to the wounded holding their Christmas party in a hospital, to the men waiting their turn, spending Christmas in Austria with the C.M.F., in Cairo with the M.E.F., in Singapore and Burma with S.E.A.C., in Germany with the Army of the Rhine, and in British waters aboard one of His Majesty's minesweepers. That is the picture we send to twelve thousand Canadians homeward bound on Queen Elizabeth, who send their farewell greeting to us from mid-Atlantic in company with the liner captain's Christmas message to all men of the Merchant Navy, and to the pilot of the B.O.A.C. airliner who echoes the greetings to all airmen From the pictures of Christmas at home and with the Forces overseas, we turn to the Dominions. From New Zealand, twelve thousand miles away, an officer of a Maori battalion answers. From Australia, a young airman back on his father's farm From South Africa, a picture of Christmas Day on a citrus farm. From Canada, a glimpse of a young wife spending her first Christmas in her new Canadian home. The men of the Dominions are home again, back in their rich, young lands.
The men of Europe are home again, too. But this is a different picture. The six years of war have left the homes of Europe in ruins and the families broken and scattered. From Eastern Europe, from Prague, comes a poignant reminder of Europe's tragedy; a young Czech airman, home again with his English wife, is giving a Christmas party to the children who have survived the horrible massacre of Lidice. From Norway, speaking for Scandinavia, comes a flash of the joyous reunion of underground fighters of the Home Army and men of the paratroop units who raided the islands and fjords of their native land. And from France another unforgettable link of the war years is honoured in a Christmas Day broadcast from the battered Norman town of Caen. Once again we hear the words 'Over to Normandy,' but the report that comes back will tell, not of war and the slaughter of Tilly, Villers Bocage and Falaise, but of the grim battle of peace fought by the people of France.
So, home again, to a family in Britain. Reunited after the years of bitterness and trial, they will speak on their first Christmas of peace for all families who are gathered together again. And last of all, we shall go to that part of the Empire family from which we have been cut off all these years, the Channel Islands. It is from the citadel of Castle Cornet, sentinel of St. Peter Port, Guernsey, that we shall introduce the last speaker: a Channel Islander from Jersey, back from a concentration camp, who will see before him all the lovely little islands of the Norman Archipelago, and whose honour it will be to send the loyal greetings of the whole Empire and Commonwealth to His Majesty the King.
Mrs. Dale, the doctor's wife, records the daily happenings in the life of her family
Script by Jonquil Antony
Last week when Mrs. Dale and her mother re-turned from Christmas shopping, they found that Grandfather Dale had arrived from Scotland. He was set on the idea of having his great-grandson's photograph taken, holding the family rattle. This greatly worried Gwen because she could not find it. As the photographer arrived, Mrs. Freeman discovered she had gathered up the rattle in the loose covers she was making for Gwen as a Christmas present. Malcolm Reeves telephoned to Bob to see if he would like two theatre tickets. When Bob called at Reeves' flat he told Bob he could help him make a little money, and suggested he called to see him at his office on his next afternoon off. Trudi told Bob she was gong home to Switzerland for Christmas, which seemed to upset him. Miss Pink had lunch with Maud French and agreed to return to her on her own conditions.
(To be repeated tomorrow at 11 0 a.m.)
From the West Country
Going to Work: Endd Williams describes her daily ride across the Quamtocks on horseback
An English Countrywoman in Normandy: Anne Ontzen talks about her life in a small French town
Marrying a Farmer: as Mary Lamgdon says there's never a dull moment'
Cornish Flower Farm: James Thorburn interviews Marjorie Clarry on her holding at Newlyn overlooking Mount's Bay
The Garden: how Dawn Mooney gave up a job in the Civil Service to tend a famous garden in Scotland
Short Notice: Doris Elliott describes her last minute preparations for an important visit to London
0 Rugged Land of Gold ' by Martha Martin
Abridged by Honor Wyatt
Read by Peggy Hassard
Programme introduced by Margaret Court
A serial by Francis Durbridge
Production by Martyn C. Webster
5—' Steve Takes Over '
Other parts played by Belle Chrystall , Edward Jewesbury and Peter Claughton
The Temples are staying with Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Greene , but Eileen Greene has disappeared. Her husband goes to the Temples' room, and while they are talking there is a loud thud on the door. They open it and find a knife stuck in the panel holding a scrap of paper on which is written ' Go to the boathouse.' Temple and Greene go to the lake and in the light of his torch Temple sees a hand in the water.
' Goering versus The Home Guard *
Written and narrated by Stephen Grenfell
It was 1940. The four men went about their work quietly. Not for them the legendary fame of 'The Few' or the glamour of desert sand on their battle dress. They were members of the Home Guard of a factory producing military aircraft. Goering unleashed his Stuka dive-bombers on the factory. It was holding up his plans. But the man who commanded the Luftwaffe had failed to reckon with the four civilians who wore their Home Guard insignia so proudly.
Series edited by Alan Burgess
Introduced by Elsie Russell tScottish Guest of the Week:
In Sight of Greenland: MYRTLE SIMPSON talks about a family holiday on the most northerly peninsula of Iceland
Motes and Beams: Reflections on parents and children by ELSPETH GLENDINNING
Hampshire Holding to Glasgow Tenement: by ROSE GREAVES
Scribes and Pharisees: LAVI-NIA DERWENT talks about modern scribes of Turkey Yoga for Everybody:
ELSIE RUSSELL asks MURIEL GOODWIN about a system she has devised
BERNARD ARCHARD reads
' The King's Mirror ' by ANTHONY HOPE
Totalisator Champion Novices Steeplechase
Commentary by Peter Bromley, with a summary by Roger Mortimer
From Prestbury Park Race Course, Cheltenham
THE Ivy LEAGUE
AND THE TREMELOES
TAMMY ST. JOHN
THE ART WOODS
Long John Baldry
And THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN
ARTHUR GREENSLADE AND THE GEE MEN
Records you request and some new releases
Introduced by BRIAN MATTHEW
Produced by Jimmy GRANT and BRIAN WILLEY
A programme for children under five
Nursery rhymes, stories, and music
' May we,' writes a mother, 'have more stories, please. about the " Boy with the Useful Bag." My four-year-old girl has a brown " useful bag " holding an astonishing variety of " useful " things — any mislaid article turns up in it.' The boy in question, as some of our listeners may remember, was Charles, in the stories by Rutih Ainsworth , and his bag seems to have caught the imagination of his young admirers and emulators, including one who unfortunately got the wrong idea and could hardly be prevented from collecting bits of paper and oddments from out of the streets. Charles has a friend called Jenny and they behave together as small children always will. Indeed, much of the very strong attraction of these stories lies in their way of going right to the heart of the interests and attitudes of our under-hves, who are epitomised in Charles himself. This week our listeners will renew their acquaintance with him when Daphne Oxenford tells again the tales of ' Charles and the String Plait,' 'Charles and Jenny,' ' Charles on a Windy Day,' ' Charles' Long Morning,' and ' Charles at the Party.'
Elizabeth A. Taylor
with Glyn Jones featuring
Bob Winnette and the Song Pedlars
George Myddleton and Jimmy Blades
The joint Bexhill and District Old People's Clubs are holding a general get-together in the De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill The members' ages range from 60 to 101. and ' Saturday Sing-Song' is delighted to be with them on this occasion
Looking at the News: a commentary on current affairs
Reading Your Letters: expressing the listeners' point of view
Townswomen's Guilds: Audrey Russell reports from the Royal Festival Hall, where the National Union of Townswomen's Guilds are holding their'National Council Meeting
' Discipline': A personal interpretation of this word from Olivia Man ning, Peter Forster. C. A. Joyce , and Bill Marshall.
The Pond We Made: Betty Falk describes some of the pleasures of a home-made garden pond
Serial: ' The Round Voyage ' by John Rowan Wilson
Abridged by Honor Wyatt Read by Richard Hurndall
The fourth of nine instalments
Introduced by Marjorie Anderson
The Nightwatchman by G. K. Saunders with Leslie Dwyer
Fred. the nightwatchman. watched to the best of his ability-the very best. The trouble was that his best was more than good enough.
Cast in order of speaking:
Produced by KEITH WILLIAMS
A new serial in three stories and thirteen parts by JON ROLLASON and KEITH WILLIAMS with Keith Barron and Penelope Lee
FIRST STORY (in five parts)
Delivery of the parcel which had been entrusted to Douglas and Tony while behind the Iron Curtain had an extraordinary effect on its recipient-Lithgow, and broke up the reunion of the four old school friends. First Douglas and Penny ' lost ' Lithgow, then they ' found and lost ' a body. But at least they ended up holding the parcel.
3: The Killer Sheep
Produced by KEITH Williams
Take Care on Wednesday A play for radio by David Lawton and Caroline Ross with Isabel Dean
Nicolette Bernard and Peter Howell
Produced by DAVID H. GODFREY
A nostalgic panel game devised by Kenneth Bird based on recordings from the BBC Sound Archives
JOHNNY MORRIS PETER BLACK and VANESSA LEE take on Jimmy HANLEY
DOUGLAS JOHNSON and WENDY COOPER in an attempt to identify music, sounds, and voices from the past
Question-Master, ALAN MELVILLE
Research by Neil Stevens
Produced by Richard Maddock
Recorded at the Community College,
Introduced by HUMPHREY LYTTELTON
In the Jazz Club
MARK MURPHY with THE GEORGE KISH TRIO
Hear Me Talkin'
PETER CLAYTON with this week's topic New Releases reviewed by Alun MORGAN
Festival Highlights Late Jazz
THE JOHN SURMAN-MIKE OSBORNE
QUARTET and the best on records
Produced by STEVE ALLEN ,
TEDDY WARRICK , BRYANT MARRIOTT
Introduced by MARJORIE ANDERSON
† A Son is a Son till he gets him a Wife: some comments on the truth or otherwise of the old saying
Out of the News: involving a topic of interest
Reading Your Letters
The Wart: JACK OVERRILL tells how he got rid of it tA Gordon Clydo-scope: looking ahead to Woman's Hour in the Home Service
ROBERT RIETTY reads High Citadel by DESMOND BAGLEY
Seventh of ten instalments