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' Winter Work on a Vegetable Holding,' by C. P. Quarrell .
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BRIDGE ON THE AIR Polling the Experts

Partner opens One Diamond: holding S: A J 9 7 6 4, H: 6, D: K 9 7, C: K J 4, you respond One Spade; partner bids Two Clubs. What would you bid now?
This is one of the questions that Terence Reese puts to a group of expert players
Introduced by Stewart MacPherson
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At love ai- you open One Spade, an opponent overcalls with Two Hearts, and partner doubles. The next opponent passes. You hold
S: KQ9642 H: —
D: AQ104 C: J 63
Do you take out the double, or do you pass. in the assurance that partner holds a long string of Hearts?
This bidding situation illustrates one of the common fallacies, which Terence Reese discusses with leading players
Introduced by Henry Rid dell
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If your partner, vulnerable opened Five Diamonds, what would you respond holding:
S: AK73 H: KJ95 D: 6 C: AK62
This is one of the questions, sent by listeners, to be discussed by Terence Reese and Maurice Ellinger
Introduced by Henry Riddell
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Polling the Experts
After two passes the bidding is opened on your right with a call of One Heart. What overcall should you make, holding:
S: 4
H: K Q 10 9 5 D: A Q J
C: A K 7 3
(a) at love all, and (b) your side vulnerable?
This is one of the questions that Terence Reese puts to a group of expert players
Introduced by Henry Riddell
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' Design for Bidding '
A new book by the late S. J. Simon , . Design for Bidding,' has recently been published. Terence Reese discusses the book with leading players, some of whom hold views on bidding which Simon strongly criticises
Introduced by Henry Riddell
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Fay Compton and Andre Morell in ' THE HISTORY OF HENRY ESMOND'

by William Makepeace Thackeray
Dramatised for broadcasting by John Keir Cross
12-' Indian Summer'
With Franklyn Bellamy , Donald Gray Stanley Groome Joan Hart Preston Lockwood. Hugh Manning. Ella Milne. Elsa Palmer , and Ronald Sidney
Produced by Peter Watts
All has toppled, it seems, in Esmond's great design. He has succeeded in bringing James Stuart to England in readiness for his dramatic proclamation as James III the moment that Queen Anne should die. He has succeeded beyond his wildest hopes in holding the Pretender secretly hidden in Rachel's little house in Kensington for the moment of moments. But when the moment of moments came at last-when all was ripe for the great disclosure that the last of the Stuarts was actually in England and willing to mount the throne — James himself was not ready for it, as Henry and all his other supporters were. His Royal Highness had gone-to Castlewood,, and on the direct invitation of Beatrix. It was for her that Henry had dared aU, and it was through her, it seemed, that all was to be destroyed after all — his fatal, fatal Beatrix '
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A united act of worship and witness from Emmanuel Congregational Church, West Wickham, Kent. Conducted by the Vicar of St. Francis' Church
Introduction by Frederick Grisewood Come, Holy Ghost (Cong. H. 191; A. and M. 157)
Lesson: Ephesians 4, vv. 1-7 and 11-13 (read by the Baptist pastor)
Address by the Congregational minister
Breathe on me, breath of God
(Cong. H. 194; A. and M. 671)
Address by the Rector of West
Thy hand, 0 God, has guided (A. and M. 604)
Address by the Methodist minister
0 thou who earnest from above
(Cong. H. 500; A. and M. 698)
Prayers led by an Anglican priest An Affirmation of Faith Blessing.
Organist, Daisy Garlett
The Secretary of the West Wickham, Kent, Fraternal of Clergy and Afinisters, here introduces tonight's service:
' I don't hold with all these denominations. After all, we're all making for the same place.' That is sometimes said as an excuse for not belonging to any church by those who are not making for anywhere in particular. But in one typical outer London suburb, West Wickham in Kent, ' all these denominations ' will be making for the same place this evening. From six different churches, Church of England, Baptist, Congregational, and Methodist, processions of worshippers will converge on the High Street and go together to Emmanuel Congregational Church: last year they made for a Parish Church; all have their turn. These processions will come from the old Parish Church, still on the edge of open country, where rectors of West Wickham have ministered for six and a half centuries before there was any London suburb on their doorstep; from two new Parish Churches, and from three new Free Churches, all built or at least begun only just before the war, to serve this new town of some twenty thousand people living in road after road of houses built for city workers.
At West Wickham. along with many other places, we see no reason why we should just sit down and accept ' our unhappy divisions.' We do not expect every member of a family to be made on the same pattern; we do expect them to be a united family, however differently Peter puts things from Paul. So on Whit Sunday this united service will be conducted by the whole Fraternal of clergy and ministers.
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'Merry Minstrel'
A story based on one of Grimm's fairy tales
Script and music by Grace Williams
BB.C Welsh Orchestra
Conductor, Mansel Thomas
Children who know their Grimm's Fairy Tales may remember the story of the musician who played his fiddle in the forest and had exciting encounters with a wolf, a fox, and a hare. This evening children can hear the story, but with this difference: the musician, who is called the Merry Minstrel, plays not only his fiddle but practically every instrument in the orchestra. In fact. his collection of instruments is so vast and so varied that he needs a caravan to hold them all, and the caravan jogs on through the forest.
Sound Quiz
Another medley of recorded sound effects to puzzle you, with Meurig Jones to present them
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' Sally the Cow': story by Cyril Roberts , told by the author
5.15 'A Naval Adventure'
Serial play in four parts by ' Sea-Lion '
Produced by David Davis 2
— ' Storm at Sea '
News comes of a sensational hold-up and robbery of the Malta dockyard cashier by three crooks, Borg, Zammit, and Micallef, who make their escape with a haul of a hundred thousand pounds. Several warships are sent on patrol of the island, including H.M.S. Vampire in which Tiger Ransome and Snort Kenton are now serving. While Tiger and Snort are searching an apparently innocent fishing boat they are overpowered by Borg and his confederates. The Vampire has had to leave them to pursue another craft...
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Saturday-Night Theatre Edward Chapman and Hugh Burden ' THE PARAGON'

by Roland Pertwee
and Michael Pertwee
Adapted for broadcasting by Michael Pertwee
Produced by Archie Campbell
Time: The Present
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Wilfred Pickles and Belle Chrystall in 'THE CARD'

by Arnold Bennett
Adapted as a serial in eight episodes by Olivia Manning
4— ' The Mercantile Marine '
(Continued in. next column)
Councillor Rhys Jones. Geoffrey Lewis
Produced by William Hughes in the BBC's Midland studios
Denry Machin 's first serious love affair was with Ruth Earp but her extravagance during their holiday at Llandudno quickly led to a quarrel and the engagement was broken off. Denry had other ideas about spending his money, and he bought the old Llandudno lifeboat which had rescued the crew of a Norwegian ship in a recent storm. With the help of Simeon Edwards he organised lifeboat trips out to the wreck. When he found that he made a profit of twelve pounds on his first day, Denry was afraid that his luck could not hold. But somehow, good fortune persisted and the future seemed bright.
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From France
Yvonne Gouvernay Choir
Orchestre de la
Radiodiffusion Frangaise
(Leader, Rene Alix )
Conductor, Roger Desormlere
Suite No 2, in B minor, for flute and strings
Concerto in C minor, for violin, oboe, and strings
Cantata No. 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
Recorded by Radiodiffusion Franchise
Bach wrote four Suites for orchestra, though he himself called them Overtures, taking the title, of the opening movement as that of the whole Suite. No. 2 in B minor has an extended overture in the French style, consisting of a brilliant Allegro preceded and followed by a slow section. The succeeding movements comprise a Rondo, a Sarabande, two Bourrees, a Polonaise, a Minuet and Badinerie.
The Concerto in C minor is usually played on two claviers with string orchestra, but according to the German musicologist Max Seiffert , it was originally designed for violin, oboe, and strings.
Cantata No. 106, ' God's time is the best time,' was composed at Weimar and is a funeral cantata, though it is not known for whose death it was written. In Parry's words, it is ' one of the earliest of Bach's works of this kind which has taken a very deep hold on the affections of musicians.'
Harold Rutland
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MUSIC AND MOVEMENT I, by Marjorie Eele. To be repeated tomorrow at 9.45 a.m.
11.20 HISTORY I. ' Siege of Leyden ': Protestants of Holland hold out against the Spanish Army (1574). Script by Douglas Allan
11.40 PANORAMA. 'A Rabbit in the Air': a radio adaptation of David Garnett's book on learning to fly. Script by Ivor Jones
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The Resurrection and Ourselves
Evening Service from Middlegate Congregational Church, Great Yarmouth. Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. J. M. Todd
All hail, thou victor in the strife
(C.H. 125)
The strife is o'er, the battle done
(C.H. 126)
Lesson: St. Luke 24. w. 13-36
Jesus, the very thought of thee (C.H.
Rejoice, the Lord is King (C.H. 137) Blessing
Organist, H. Edgar Wright
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.' Jesus Christ spoke those words of himself before his death and his Resurrection helps us to understand their meaning. But they do not i.pply only to him; they lay bare a principle of ' life through death ' which is God's purpose for all men, and for all spheres of life. Apart from this faith, we tend to. hold on to what we know, fearful of what the future may bring.
This service is the first of four that will apply this principle to our own lives, to the life of the Church, to the Bible, and to the world in which we live.
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Problems of Small Farm Management by B. W. L. Veysey
If a small farm is to be run profitably, using labour to the best advantage in view of its high cost, there must be proper planning-just as much as there is on the large, mechanised holding. Mr. Veysey, who examines some of these management problems, is the Estate Manager on the Land Settlement Association's farm in Bedfordshire.
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from Hope, Presbyterian Church of Wales, Merthyr Tydfil. Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. D. R. Thomas
Call to Worship
The Lord's Prayer
(Continued in next column)
A gladsome hymn of praise we sing
(R.C.H. 28: Tune. Deganwy)
Reading: from the Servant Songs
Isaiah 49. vv. 1 and 3-6; 52, vv. 3-12
0 God of love 0 King of peace
(R.C.H 646: Tune. Melcombe)
The God of Abraham praise (R.C.H.
571: Tune, L.,oni)
Organist. Ann Lewis
Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.' Jesus Christ spoke those words of himself before his death, and his Resurrection helps us to understand their meaning. But they do not apply only to him; they lay bare a principle of ' Life through death ' which is God's purpose for all men. and for aU spheres of life. Apart from this faith, we tend to hold on to what we know. fearful of what the future may bring.
This service is the second of four that will apply this principle to our own lives, to the life of the Church, to the Bible, and to the world in which we live. In each of these spheres, what does it mean to find life through losing it?
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Conductor, Charles Groves
Overture and Venusberg Music (Tannhäuser)
Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)
Overture: The Mastersingers
Apart from the Tannhauser overture, all the music in this programme belongs to Wagner's maturity. The second act of Siegfried, from which the ' Forest Murmurs ' aretaken, was completed in 1857, when Wagner was forty-four, and it was at this pomt that he laid aside The Ring in order to realise two long-cherished ambitions, the operas Tristan and Isolde and The Mastersingers. In between these two works, he found time to revise the Venusberg music in his earlier opera Tannhauser for the Paris production of 1861; this revised version he later dovetailed on to the original overture, for concert performance. The overture begins with the Pilgrims' Hymn, later leading to Tannhauser's song in praise of Venus; the Venusberg music is a Bacchanale portraying the delights and temptations with which Venus tries to hold Tannhauser in thrall. Deryck Cooke

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