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Forces Programme


from a hotel in the South
Listen to :
Oliver Wakefield (' the voice of inexperience '), Jean Colin (the stage and screen star), Jack and Daphne Barker (the sophisticated stylists of song) and dance to :
Gaby Rogers and his music
Presented by Leslie Bridgmont
Forces Programme


with Navarre Patricia Rossborough from a Northern seaside resort
On 877 kc/s 342.1 m.
Forces Programme


Lionel Gamlin interviews Madge Elliott and Frank Pettingell
This evening 'Close-Up' comes to an end after having run continuously once a week since the beginning of the programme for the Forces, bringing famous film, stage, and cabaret stars to the microphone. Now the series winds up by presenting two stars from those highly successful shows - Swinging the Gate and Come Out of your Shell. Madge Elliott in Stringing the Gale has thoroughly established her reputation as an artist of uncommon versatility. Frank Pettingell has been a 'straight' comic on stage and screen for many years, and is now making his debut in revue.
Forces Programme


A sophisticated gramophone cabaret, presented by Robin Duff
From 11.10 p.m. to 12.15 a.m.
342.1 m. will radiate the Home
Service programme
Forces Programme


Leslie Mitchell interviews
Florence Desmond and Tod Slaughter
Certainly few stage artists could have been chosen to afford greater contrast than the pair to broadcast tonight-one a prince of melodrama, the other one of the most brilliant musical-comedy and cabaret artists of our time. Tod Slaughter has been a pillar of English melodrama for years, and his name is inextricably associated with such plays as Maria Marten , Sweeney Todd , Jack Shep pard, and The Crimes of Burke and Hare. Nor does Florence Desmond need much introduction. Her name stands out among those of musical-comedy and music-hall enthusiasts, as well as radio listeners, by her impressions of her fellow artists, among the most accomplished (and wicked) impersonations to be heard today.
Forces Programme


Stainless Stephen, Dicky Hassett , and Don Twidale and his Band, with Carol Hodgman and Wally Winn
From a Northern seaside resort
Forces Programme

Sid Phillips Trio

with Sam Browne, Diana Ward, the Greene Sisters, in a mixture of rhythm and melody.
Diana Ward, born of Italian parents, was an American citizen until she married Jock Manby-Colegrave, the British racing motorist, two years ago. She came to this country in 1935, sang at the Dorchester Hotel and played the Ethel Merman rôle in London in "Anything Goes". The following year she returned to New York to appear in the road show of the "Ziegfeld Follies".
During 1938 and 1939 she and her husband toured France, Egypt, Greece, and Italy, and returned only when war broke out. He joined the London Scottish, and she has been singing regularly in cabaret in London. She has starred in a number of radio successes.
Forces Programme


A cabaret entertainment featuring records of Arthur Young and the Hatchett Swingtette , with Stephane Grappelly
Walsh and Barker and Vera Lynn
Forces Programme


Entertainment under the blue, with several star turns, on gramophone records
Written and presented by Giorgio R. Foa
Produced by Leslie Perowne
In this programme Giorgio R. Foa invites you to wander with him through little Mediterranean towns, across vineyards, over hillsides, and beside warm harbours, where, under benevolent skies, the people seem always to be making music. From the countries of the guitar, the serenade, and the mandolin come the melodies that you will hear tonight -great tenors such as Gigli and Tito Schipa singing operatic arias, the silvery concord of a mandolin band, the thrumming of a low guitar.
Throughout the programme you will be very much aware of the atmosphere in which such music is born, and there is half an hour's sure-fire entertainment from the first Florentine love ditty to the last sound of the sea washing the Mediterranean shore.
Forces Programme


Leslie Mitchell interviews your favourite stars of stage, screen, and cabaret-
Polly Ward and Hugh Wakefield
Hugh Wakefield , with his wry humour, has been on the stage since he was ten years old, and since then -with the exception of the Great War years when he served in the R.F.C. and R.A.F.-he has been practically non-stop before the footlights. He has appeared in comedies, farces, and straight plays, and since 1936 has made a number of films. His most recent success has been in Good Men Sleep at Home at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London.
Polly Ward would certainly seem to have no excuse for not being on the stage. Her mother was Winifred Ward, well-known actress and impersonator ; her uncle is Gus McNaughton of Naughton and Gold; and her grandfather was one of thf famous Polluski brothers. She is also related to the Lupino family. She has appeared in plays, pantomimes, and films, and for television, and is making a name in cabaret.
Forces Programme


A disappointing cabaret, presented by David Porter
Continuity by Ronnie Hill and Peter Dion Titheradge , with ' Hutch ' (Leslie A. Hutchinson)
Kenway and Young
The Cavendish Three
The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Billy Ternent
Production by David Porter
Forces Programme


Leslie Mitchell interviews your favourite stars of stage, screen, and cabaret
Binnie Hale and Cyril Ritchard

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