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(Tickets 3s. to 10s. may be obtained from the Royal Albert Hall and the usual agents)
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For the Younger Listeners
' Colin and the Five Adventures '
A serial play by Allan MacKinnon
1—' The World Beneath the Waves '
Produced by Kathleen Garscadden
The story of a little boy who picks up a shell on the shore, holds it to his ear, and hears a most important message.
5.30 ' Play Up '
A magazine programme about sports and games
This edition includes:
Five minutes with a coach
A report on the Pakistan tour
The history of Athletics
First Aid on the field
A guest celebrity
Introduced by Peter Cranmer
5.50 The week's programmes
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For Children of Most Ages
' To See the Queen'
A serial story in seven episodes abridged from the book and told by the author, Ann Shead who writes on page 21
1—' The Trek is Planned '
5.15 For Older Children
* Captain Fortune *
A serial play by John Darran
6—' Full Ahead-Both'
Production by Lorraine Davies
Although Sian has now been rescued and tine diamonds recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Bragelza, a dangerous situation has developed for David Meredith and his friend. Just as David is being congratulated by them on 'his brilliant salvage work, Anna Svensen turns on the company and holds them up at the point of a gun while her confederates, Cotteir and her father Captain Svensen, board the Captain Fortune.
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A series of six programmes about mental health, bringing from-the-spot evidence of how it concerns us
'To cure sometimes,
To relieve often,
To comfort always.'
— Edward L. Trudeau
2- Feeble Mind and Feeble Body
Neither Wembley nor Hampden Stadium is big enough to hold all the mental defectives registered and under supervision in the United Kingdom. Out of every eleven children born, one is educationally sub-normal.
The programme is concerned with the difference between mental illness and mental deficiency; the fallacy that feeble-mindedness must be inherited; and methods of care. It also touches on problems of maintaining mental health in old people.
Narrator. James McKechnie
Script by J. S. Campbell
If you have questions on these subjects, please write to ' Mental Health,' Broadcasting House, Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow, W.2. A panel of specialists will deal with points raised by correspondents in the final programme of the series on Tuesday, June 4.
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For Children of all Ages
' The Borrowers Afield' by Mary Norton abridged as a serial story in twelve instalments by Honor Wyatt and told by Jo
11 —' Fortune Favours the Brave '
5.15 For Children of Most Ages
'Secret of the Rocks '
A six-part serial play set on the upper reaches of the River Severn nearly a hundred years ago
Written by Henry Garnett
5--' Quaker Smuggler '
Produced by Graham Gauld
Last week Annie was brought to Benny's house by Moses and Benny. Cornelius Beale and Tabernacle Joe intensified their search for Simon and the missing ship Phantom. Meanwhile, Luke and Bunk continued their voyage down-stream on the Phantom and threw overboard all the cargo in the ship's hold, including a large oil drum in which Simon was hidden. followed by On the Wing
A series of six talks in which
' B.B.' tells you about birds and their various characteristics
5-Wings and Tails
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by Reginald L. Ottley
Horse and rider edged along the dangerously narrow mountain track. 'Suddenly the horse slipped, going down on his knees, his fore hooves dangling underneath him into space. How he managed to hold himself on that wall-like surface is beyond me. But he did. I swear I could feel him thinking. Time stood still.'
Mr. Ottley describes a ride in the mountains of Fiji on a grey horse that saved his life.
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Saturday-Night Theatre: Pompey the Great

by John Masefield adapted for broadcasting by Peter Watts
featuring Stephen Murray with the BBC Drama Repertory Company
In the years 50 and 49 B.C., Pompey the Great contended with Julius Caesar, the popular leader, for supreme power in the state.
Pompey the Great
Other parts portrayed by Nigel Anthony , Beth Boyd John Dearth , Alan Dudley
Nigel Graham. Noel Howlett Basil Jones. Godfrey Kenton Michael Kilgarriff
Arthur Lawrence , Carol Marsh Geoffrey Matthews Susan Maudslay
Michael McClain , Tim Seely
Repeated: Monday, 3.15 p.m.
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The story of the Jamaican Banana Trade compiled from recordings made in the island recently Written and narrated by Roy HAYWARD
See facing page
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Howard Marshall
What more dramatic than being in London this week, except, perhaps, an account of it ? The tenseness and preparation, and yet the calmness ; a glimpse of those who hold the destiny of England in their hands going quietly to and fro ; the ideal before us all, and the symbol of it everywhere. Who better than Howard Marshall could describe it ?
His deep voice, his lack of hesitation, his power of filling in the colour of the scene he is describing, whether it be the missing of Hammond in a Test Match, when, as Guy Pocock said in a recent article in The Listener, one could almost see the fielder dazzled by the sun' ; whether it be the Coronation, or a boxing match, or the wonderful talk he gave the other day on the evacuation of school children, Howard Marshall has, to quote Pocock again, ' his broadcast in hand and plays on his audience with quiet confidence'.
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Standing on a dangerous corner
Michael Standing keeps an eye on road-users at a big traffic centre
' somewhere in London '
This broadcast is not meant to entertain, though it is meant to show in an entertaining way how all of us, whether motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians, perhaps unconsciously, but continually, do the wrong and dangerous thing.
Visualise a busy traffic centre, with traffic converging from all sides. There are policemen to guide you, or traffic lights to let you by or hold you up. It should be fool-proof, but because of human nature it is not.
Listeners will hear directions given from a police car to various users of the road who make mistakes. And Michael Standing will be heard interrogating some of those who have made them.
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An Anglo-American Panorama. Written by Louis MacNeice. Produced by Laurence Gilliam
Today Americans the world over celebrate the birth of their nation on July 4, 1776. On Independence Day 1943 the free peoples of the world hold this truth to be self-evident : ' The spirit of the American Revolution has become the spirit of the United Nations.'
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A free, unscripted argument. On the Socialist aide, Harold Laski , Vice-Chairinan of the National Executive of the Labour Party, and Professor of Political Science at London University; on the Conservative side, Douglas Jerrold , writer, historian, former editor of the ' English Review,' and head of several publishing
, firms. Sir Frederick Whyte holds the ring
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BBC Symphony Orchestra: conductor. Sir Adrian Boult. Shulamith. Shafir (piano)
From the Corn Exchange. Bedford
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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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'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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Saturday-Night Theatre presents ' HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE'

by J. B. Priestley
Adapted and produced by Martyn C. Webster
Scene: the sitting-room of the Black Bull Inn. Grindle Moor, North Yorkshire. during Whitsuntide
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' Once Upon a Time.' Fairy Tales from Grimm freely translated by Wanda Gag
Jo tells the story of 'The Frog Prince'
5.15 For Older Children
'Captain Fortune’
The last episode of the serial play by John Darran
'Full Ahead-Both'
Production by Lorraine Davies
Aitihough Sian has been rescued and the diamonds have been recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Bragelza, a dangerous situation has developed for David Meredith and his friends. Just as David is being congratulated by them on his brilliant salvage work, Anna Svensen turns on the company and holds them up at the point of a gun while her confederates, Cotter and her father Captain Svensen, board the Captain Fortune.
BBC Home Service Basic

Children's Hour

For Children of All Ages
'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame
Arranged for broadcasting in eight instalments by May Jenkin
7 - 'Plots and Counterplots'
Production by Josephine Plummer
'Down Toad went, under the water, and came up breathless and spluttering. Presently he saw that he was approaching a big dark hole in the bank, just above his head, and as the stream bore him past, he reached up with a paw, caught hold of the edge and held on. Then slowly and with difficulty he drew himself up out of the water, till at last he was able to rest his elbows on the edge of the hole As he sighed and blew and stared before him into the dark hole, some bright small thing shone and twinkled in its depths, moving towards him. As it approached, a face grew up gradually around it, and it was a familiar face! Brown and small, with whiskers. Grave and round, with neat ears and silky hair. It was the Water-Rat'

5.30 When You Look Back...
A programme of reminiscence
'Going to Bed in a Tramcar' by John Merrett and 'A Comedian, a Heroine and some Acrobats' by Audrey Cameron

5.50 The week's programmes
BBC Home Service Basic

The May Meetings

by Shaun Herron, Editor of the British Weekly.
The older Free Churches of this country - Baptist, Congregationalist, and Presbyterian-hold annual assemblies that are usually referred to as the May Meetings. These assemblies are inspirational and also afford opportunities for a denomination to pass resolutions on matters of public interest. In this talk Shaun Herron examines the function of these May Meetings in the life of the older Free Churches, and reports on the meetings held this year.

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