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Taking a nostalgic look back through the BBC archives at some of Robert's radio appearances from 1952-1972. These consist of radio plays, interviews and clips from his films.

Radio

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Radio version of the play performed by the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company with Peggy Ashcroft as Portia and Michael Redgrave as Shylock. Produced by William Hughes from Denis Carey’s 1953 production at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. The music is composed by Julian Slade, orchestrated and conducted by Harold Ingram and played by the Memorial Theatre Orchestra.


Recording Date: October 11th 1953

Transmission Date: 25th October 1953 at 3pm

Running Time: 150 minutes including inter
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A BBC recording from Birmingham studio.

Rehearsals took place from 9/10/1953-11/10/1953

There was a 10-minute interval at 16.10 approximately

CAST

Michael Redgrave - Shylock

Harry Andrews - Antonio

Tony Britton - Bassanio

Peggy Ashcroft - Portia

Robert Shaw - Gratiano

Basil Hoskins - Lorenzo

Denys Graham - Singer

Donald Pleasence - Launcelot Gobbo

George Hart - Leonardo

John Bushelle - Prince of Morocco

Marigold Charlesworth - Nerissa

Mervyn Blake - Tubal

Michael Turner - Solanio

Noel Howlett - Old Gobbo

Peter Duguid - Balthazar

Philip Morant - Duke of Venice

Powys Thomas - Prince of Arragon

Raymond Sherry - Servant to Antonio

Richard Martin - Stephano

William Peacock - Salerio

Yvonne Mitchell - Jessica

Producers: Denis Carey & William Hughes

Writer: William Shakespeare

Music: Julian Slade

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Shakespeare’s tragedy produced for radio by Wilfrid Grantham. This version is adapted from George Devine’s theatre production at the Stratford Memorial Theatre, with Michael Redgrave in the title role. With music composed by John Gardner and played by the Stratford Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Harold Ingram.
 

Recording Date: 29th December 1953

Transmission Date: 29th December 1953 at 7:55pm 

Running Time: 185 minutes (incl. interval)

Availability: No archive copy known

Rehearsals: 27/12/1953-28/12/1953

The press night for the stage performance at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, was on 14/07/1953.

 

The programme is broadcast in two parts with a 15-minute interval at 21:15.

CAST

Michael Redgrave - Lear

Yvonne Mitchell - Cordelia

Noel Howlett - Earl of Gloucester

Leo McKern - Fool

Basil Hoskins - Edgar/Tom o’Bedlam

Alan Townsend - Captain

Bernard Kay - Knight

Charles Gray - Officer

David King - Duke of Burgundy

Donald Eccles - Old Man

George Hart - Officer

Harry Andrews - Earl of Kent

James Wellman - Servant

Jerome Willis - Curan

Joan Sanderson - Goneril

John Glendenning - Officer

Mervyn Blake - Servant

Michael Hayes - King of France

Michael Turner - Doctor

Michael Warre - Duke of Albany

Peter Duguid - Servant

Peter Johnson - Gentleman

Philip Morant - Knight

Rachel Kempson - Regan

Robert Shaw - Edmund

Thomas Powys - Duke of Cornwall

William Peacock - Oswald

Director: George Devine

Producer: Wilfrid Grantham

Writer: William Shakespeare

Music: John Gardner

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Radio version of Shakespeare’s play produced by Donald McWhinne. With Peggy Ashcroft and Tony Britton in the title roles. Marius Goring doubles as Chorus and Mercutio. The programme is prefaced by a 10-minute interview between Peggy Ashcroft and Franklin Engelmann.

Transmission Date: 6th January 1954 at 8:45pm

 

Duration: 150 minutes (incl. interval)

 

Availability: Unknown

Part of a ‘Stars in their Choices’ programme sequence in the Curtain up! series on BBC’s Light Programme. Broadcast in 2 parts with a 15-minute break for the news at 10pm.

CAST

Tony Britton - Romeo

Peggy Ashcroft - Juliet

Marius Goring - Mercutio

Robert Shaw - Tybalt

Donald Eccles - Friar Laurence

Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies - Nurse

Brian Hayes - Gregory

Cyril Shaps - Friar John

Cyril Shaps - Sampson

Derek Birch - Balthasar

Frank Tickle - Abram

James Dale - Montague

James Wellman - Apothecary

Janet Burnell - Lady Montague

Jerome Willis - Benvolio

Joan Sanderson - Lady Capulet

Marius Goring - Chorus

Mervyn Blake - Capulet

Peter Duguid - Peter

Powys Thomas - Escalus, Prince of Verona

Richard Martin - Paris

Producer: Donald McWhinnie

Writer: William Shakespeare

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Radio version of Shakespeare’s play produced for broadcasting by Peter Watts from the 1953 production by Glen Byam Shaw at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

With Michael Redgrave and Peggy Ashcroft in the title roles. The music is composed by Antony Hoskins and the Theatre Orchestra is directed by Harold Ingram. Basil Hoskins is Plutarch, the historian/narrator.

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Full-length radio version of Shakespeare’s play produced and adapted for broadcasting by Peter Watts. With Mary Wimbush as Kate and Joseph O’Conor as Petruchio. The music is collected and arranged by Jeremy Noble.

The Monday Matinee presents

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Transmission Date: Monday December 22nd 1952 at 4.00pm

CAST

Field: Hamilton Dyce

First Sub-Editor: Douglas Hayes

Second Sub-Editor: Aubrey Richards

Angus Collie: Andrew Faulds

Millie Trent: Betty Baskcomo

Tillman: Malcolm Hayes

Captain John Leslie: Jack Hulbert

Frank Sutton: Robert Shaw

Beryl Stedman: Audrey Mendes

Lewis Friedman: Arthur Ridley

Police Sergeant: Frank Tickle

Bill Annerley: Frank Atkinson

Alphonse: Rupert Davis

Jim Annerley: Lewis Stringer

A Reporter: Geoffrey Bond

Producer: Norman Wright

Writer: Edgar Wallace

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The Lads of Chimney Hill

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This is the story of a fight for the life of a pit and the wide-reaching effects which a decision to close it would have on the lives of a whole community.

Transmission Date: Tuesday May 2nd 1961 at 7.30pm

Written by James Tucker

Producer: Nesta Pain


C
AST

 

Victor Barnes, a miner: Robert Shaw

Catherine, his wife: Brenda Bruce

Richards, a colliery manager: Frank Partington

His assistant: Andrew Irvine

Warren: Oliver Johnston

Mrs Warren: Molly Rankin

Adams: John Westbrook

Jenkins: James Thomason

Cross: Hugh Manning

Bob: Thomas Bowman

Miss Nelmes: Mairhi Russell

Goronwy Jones: Basil Jones

A Bishop: Wilfred Babbage

Tiger at the Gates

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On the platform stage, bare but for a pair of immense gates, stalks the inevitable tiger of war. Hector returns from battle as a peacemaker and convinces Ulysses and the populace of the insanity of war. Together they agree that the Trojan War shall not take place.

Transmission Date: Sunday October 4th 1964 at 2.30pm

Initial Broadcast: November 2nd 1959

Written by Jean Giraudoux

Translated by Christopher Fry

Producer: Cedric Messina


CAST

 

Hector: Michael Redgrave

Andromache: Barbara Jefford

Cassandra: Mary Morris

Paris: John Humphry

Priam: Ronald Baddiley

Demokos: David March

Hecuba: Sylvia Coleridge

Polyxene: Sheila Grant

Helen: June Tobin

Olpides: Jon Rollason

Troilus: David Spenser

Busiris: Rolf Lefebvre

Ajax: Trevor Martin

Ulysses: Robert Shaw

A Topman: Leigh Crutchley

Peace: Judy Bailey

Iris: Eva Stuart

Take-Over

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Two men sit chatting over their coddee and brandy in a London club. It is a comfortable Victorian room, with its portraits of Queen Victoria and Edward VII, its ponderous grandfather clock, its leather armchairs and its air of unruffled permanence. They are talking about their old-established family business, and the way someone has been buying up its shares.

Transmission Date: Sunday June 28th 1959 at 9.15pm

Writer: Colin Morris

Producer: Nesta P
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CAST
 

Tom Lane: Edward Chapman

Jack Essex: Robert Shaw

Archie Paget: George Hagan

George Rowe: Sidney Monckton

Philpotts: Heron Carvic

Sonia Lane: Helen Jessop

Ralph Jordan: Duncan Carse

Fletcher: Basil Henson

Clerk: Harold Reese

Simon: Rolf Lefebvre

Miss Oakley: Molly Rankin

Joe: Keith Pyott

Narrator: Arthur Lawrence

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A child of eight years old is missing from her home. This programme tells the story of the search for her from the point of view of a Sunday newspaper.
 

Transmission Date: Sunday June 17th 1959 at 2.15pm

Written by: John Prebble

Producer: Nesta Pain

 

CAST

News Editor Jack Sargent: Robert Shaw

Bates: Godfrey Kenton

Mrs Sargent: Armine Sandford

Insp. MacLoughlin: Duncan McLyntyre

Reporters: Jimmy Conway, Richard Burrell, Hugh Mills,

Basil Jones, Arthur Turner, Charles Hodgson, Harry Finch and

Jeffrey Segal

Deputy News Editor: Stratford Johns

Hedges: Stephen Jack

Baker: Harold Reese

Dr Sidquick: Rolf Lefebvre

Mrs Derek: Patricia Hayes

Mrs Hedges: Ilona Ference

Landlord: John Scott

Narrator: Garard Green

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Let's Find Out

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Actor Robert Shaw and author and religious broadcaster Father Agnellus Andrew with four teenagers putting the questions.

In the chair, PETER HAIGH

Transmission Date: Tuesday January 11th 1966 at 12pm

Producer: David O'Clee

Filming in Montreal

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MARY URE, stage and film actress, talks about film-making with her husband Robert Shaw , and their experiences while shooting a film in Canada.

Interviewer: PHILIP OAKES

Transmission Date: Sunday June 27th 1965 at 5.30pm

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The Lively Arts

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A weekly review of the arts in the making
This week:


JOHN BOWEN talks to GORE VIDAL about his latest novel Washington, D.C. and discusses with ROBERT SHAW, playwright and HAROLD Pinter, director
The Man in the Glass Booth, a play which Shaw adapted himself from his latest novel.


Transmission date: Wednesday july 26th 1967 at 7.30pm

Interviewer: john bowen

gore vidal
robert shaw
harold pinter

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Movie Time

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CLIPS FROM THE NEW BOND MOVIE FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Adapted and introduced by GORDON GOW

 Starring SEAN CONNERY

also starring
PEDRO ARMENDARIZ, LOTTE LENYA, ROBERT SHAW and BERNARD LEE

and introducing DANIELA BIANCHI


Transmission Date: Tuesday 29th October 1963 at 11.30pm

Producer: Bobby Jaye

 

"From Morn to Midnight"

Between Two Worlds

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Translated and freely adapted by Peter Watts with period music specially composed and conducted by Matyas Seiber and members of the BBC Drama Repertory Company.

Transmission Date: Monday October 3rd 1955 at 9.15pm

CAST

 

The Onlooker: Valentine Dyall

The Cashier: Manning Wilson

The Fat Man: Richard Williams

The Lady: Catherine Salkeld

The Manager: Robert Shaw

The Young Man: David Enders

The Grandmother: Dorothy Holmes-Gore

The Wife: Cecile Chevreau

The Elder Daughter: Mairhi Russell

The Younger Daughter: Annabel Maule

The Director: George Hagan

The Salvation Army Lass: Joan Hart

The Waiter: James Thomason

The Masks: Annette Kelly

The Masks: Annabel Maule,

The Masks: Cecile Chevreau,

The Masks: Mairhi Russell

The Officer: Dorothy Holmes-Gore

First Soldier: George Hagan

First Penitent: Robert Shaw

Second Soldier: Annabel Maule

Second Penitent: Cecile Chevreau

Third Soldier: Ronald Sidney

Third Penitent: Edgar Norfolk

Fourth Soldier: Peter Claughton

Written by Georg Kaiser

Adapted and Produced by Peter Watts

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The World of Books

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News and views on books from
JANINA DAVID
G. R. DAVIES
GERALD LEACH


ROBERT SHAW in conversation with HAROLD HOBSON about his latest novel "The Flag".

and ELIZABETH SALTER on "Smollett".

Introduced by ROBIN HOLMES


Transmission Date:  Saturday 16th January 1965 at 10:10pm

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Movie-Go-Round

Second House: Present and Future Scenes from



starring
HENRY FONDA, ROBERT SHAW, ROBERT RYAN and DANA ANDREWS

Adaptation by Richard Seymour

Star Guest: ANTHONY NEWLEY

Producer: DINA DE LAURENTIIS

A portrait by JOHN CARLIN

Inside Show Business by PETER EVANS

Introduced by PETER HAIGH

First and Second House scripted by Lyn Fairhurst

Produced by JOHN DYAS

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New Comment

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A weekly review of the arts

Robert Shaw discusses his new novel, The Flag, and his recent work in the theatre and cinema, with John Bowen.

Gene Baro on Laurence Olivier's production of "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller at the National Theatre.

Transmission Date: Wednesday January 20th 1965 at 8.00pm

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Thirty Minute Theatre

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The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber

by ERNEST HEMINGWAY


Francis Macomber and his wife Margot are on a big-game safari In Africa. We learn from the white, professional hunter and guide, Robert Wilson, that the "gun-bearers" and "personal boys" speak Yorùbá and sometimes receive illegal lashings. Earlier, Francis had panicked when a wounded lion charged him, and Margot mocks Macomber for his cowardice. Wilson is critical of Macomber, presented in interior monologue, but outwardly tries to shepherd Macomber toward a more accepted "code" practiced by experienced hunters. This is Francis' thirty-five-year-old "coming of age" story.

Transmission Date: Wednesday August 15th 1962 at 9.00pm 

Adapted for Radio by Eric Ewens

Produced by William Glen-Doepel


CAST


Robert Shaw as Wilson
Guy Kingsley Poynter as Francis Macomber
Diana Olsson as Margo

Other parts played by Godfrey Kenton and Andrew Irvine


 

The World of Books

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Introduced by PAT WILLIAMS

Eric Rhode on
Henry James at Home by H. Montgomery Hyde
Alex Hamilton on
Best Monte Stories and Robert Shaw's new novel
A Card from Morocco
Anthony Smith on The Compleat Flea by Brendan Lehane

Produced by Jocelyn Ferguson


Transmission Date: Thursday 1st May 1969 at 9:25pm

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Movie-Go-Round

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In the Spotlight: Robert Shaw

On the "Julius Caesar" set: Charlton Heston, John Gielgud, Jason Robards
and Richard Johnson

"Aboard Moon Zero"
Tiro James Olson, Warren Mitchell and Bernard Bresslaw

MATTHEW NORGATE reviews the new films

DAVID RIDER goes Behind the Screen

On film:
Maggie Smith, Robert Stephens and Celia Johnson in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" adaptation by Gordon Gow

Introduced by PETER HAIGH

Written and produced by Lyn Fairhurst

Transmission Date: Sunday 24th August 1969 at 4.15pm

The World of Books

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Introduced by JOHN METCALF

This week:
MARY LUTYENS talks about her study of Millais and the Ruskins published yesterday.

JILL BALCON reads letters from Mrs. Gaskell.


ROBERT SHAW interviewed about his new novel The Man in the Glass Booth.

CLIFF MICHELMORE on Conversations with Henry Brandon

Produced by Jocelyn Ferguson

Transmission Date: Tuesday 17th January 1967 at 8.00pm


 

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Marjorie Anderson introduces

Standing in /or Teacher: recalled by Jane Lysaght

Out of the News: involving a topic of interest

Born Under Scorpio: Hilda Jaffa gives the sun-sign characteristics; some people concerned comment

Pigeon Reporting: P. J. Walker remembers
Answering Your Questions


Robert Shaw reads from 'Clear Sky Above' by Neil Sheraton
(Robert's reading ran from Monday to Friday)



Transmission Dates: Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 1960 at 2.00pm

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Movie-Go-Round

Soundtrack from "The Luck of Ginger Coffey" starring ROBERT SHAW and MARY URE and Walt Disney's "The Monkey's Uncle" starring ANNETTE FUNICELLO

MOLLY PLOWRIGHT reports on the Moscow Film Festival

NIGEL MURPHY recalls film musicals 1955-1965

PETER NOBLE with Headline News

Introduced by PETER HAIGH

Script and adaptations by LYN FAIRHURST

Produced by JOHN DYAS 

Transmission Date: Sunday 25th July 1965 at 3.00pm

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Scan

A weekly survey of the arts Introduced by Michael Billington

This edition includes:


Cato Street: ROBERT SHAW talks about his new play starring Vanessa Redgrave at the Young Vic Theatre

London Film Festival: a review by ALEXANDER WALKER

Victorian Church Art: BEVIS HILLIER takes a look at the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Producer ROSEMARY HART

Transmission Date: Thursday 18th November 1971 at 8.45pm

 

Movie-Go-Round

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Soundtrack
"That Funny Feeling" starring SANDRA DEE, BOBBY DARIN and DONALD O'CONNOR
Adapted by Lyn Fairhurst

and "Tickle Me" starring ELVIS PRESLEY
Adapted by Marjorie Bilbow

MOLLY PLOWRIGHT prepares for the Moscow Film Festival


MARY URE, ROBERT SHAW and IRVIN KERSHNER serve Ginger Coffey for three

PETER NOBLE with Headline News

Introduced by PETER HAIGH

Script by LYN FAIRHURST

Producer JOHN DYAS

Transmission Date: Sunday 4th July 1965 at 3.00pm

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Film Time

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Richard Attenborough, Carl Foreman, Simon Ward, Anne Bancroft and Robert Shaw preview the film YOUNG WINSTON.

Introduced by JOHN BENTLEY

Written by LYN FAIRHURST

Producer BOBBY JAYE

Transmission Date: Saturday July 15th 1972 at 4.00pm

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Movie-Go-Round

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Star guest: ANNE HEYWOOD

BRIAN CULLINGFORD on the set of "The Birthday Party" with ROBERT SHAW, DANDY NICHOLS, HELEN FRASER and director WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

Guess-the-track teasers to win sound-track L.P.s

What's new-critically speaking with MATTHEW NORGATE

On release:
"No Way to Treat a Lady" starring ROD STEIGER, LEE REMICK, GEORGE SEGAL and EILEEN HECKART

Introduced by PETER HAIGH

Written and produced by LYN FAIRHURST

Transmission Date: Sunday 16th June 1968 at 3.00pm

 

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Movie-Go-Round

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Showcase Spectacular: on the airfield locations for "The Battle of Britain" with Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw and director Guy Hamilton

 

Bryan Forbes meets David Rider

Behind the Screen
Matthew Norgate reviews the new films

On the set of "Spring and Port Wine" with James Mason, Rodney Bewes and

Susan George


Introduced by PETER HAIGH

Written and produced by LYN FAIRHURST


(Repeated: Wednesday, 9.35 am on Radio 4)

Transmission Date: Sunday 14th September 1969 at 4.15pm

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Movie-Go-Round

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A sound approach to the cinema including this week soundtrack from "Purple Noon" starring Alain Delon, Marie Laforet and Maurice Ronet and

"The Valiant" starring John Mills, Robert Shaw, Ettore Manni, Roberto Risso and Liam Redmond

Behind the Scenes of "Only Two Can Play" 
Brian Forbes, Peter Sellers and the film makers of Shepperton 


Stanley Black talking about the new British musical 'The Young Ones'
 

Film reports by Peter Noble
 

Music from the screen

Introduced by Peter Haigh

 

Script by Lyn Fairhurst


Produced by Alfred Dunning

Transmission Date: Sunday 28th January 1962 at 3.00pm

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The Lively Arts

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A view of the arts in the making
Introduced by DEREK HART


PETER WOOD, director of Congreve's TALKS ABOUT "Love for Love" a National Theatre production

JOHN LE CARRE on the filming of "The Spy who came in from the Cold"

BRYAN FORBES , director of the film "King Rat"


ROBERT SHAW on his part as German colonel in the film The Battle of the Bulge which opened on Friday

GERDA FLOCKINGER , jewellery designer

BEVERLEY PICK about Christmas street decorations in London and Glasgow

Production team: Helen Rapp, George Angell and Leonie Cohn

TRANSMISSION DATE: SUNDAY 19TH DECEMBER 1965 AT 3.45PM


 

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Movie-Go-Round

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SHOWCASE PRESENTATION

 starring
ROBERT SHAW, MARY URE
TY HARDIN , JEFFREY HUNTER and LAWRENCE TIERNEY

Adapted by Marjorie Bilbow


This week's current release:
"Carry On...Follow That Camel" starring
PHIL SILVERS, KENNETH WILLIAMS,
CHARLES HAWTREY, JIM DALE,
JOAN SIMS and PETER BUTTERWORTH

Adapted by Lyn Fairhurst

 

MICHAEL SMEE goes "Up the Junction"


The Production Scene in Britain PETER NOBLE


What's New
Critically Speaking MATTHEW NORGATE and Celebrities in the News


Script by LYN FAIRHURST


Introduced by PETER HAIGH


Produced by JOHN DYAS


Shortened version: Friday, 4.00p.m. (Radio 4)

Transmission Date: Sunday 7th January 1968 at 4.00pm

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London Mirror

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A programme designed to reflect International, Commonwealth and United Kingdom artists appearing currently before London audiences.

What's New in the Theatre

Laurie Payne and Margaret Burton with songs from
' The Three Caskets'


At the Royal Court Theatre: ' The Changeling,' starring Mary Ure and Robert Shaw

The Song of the Week

Record Event
Ray Hartley composer-pianist from Australia
London Cabaret and a collection of other items

Introduced by Wilfrid Thomas

with The Bill Shepherd Singers and the BBC Revue Orchestra

Leader, Julien Gaillard

Conducted by Malcolm Lockyer

Produced by Trafford Whitelock

BBC General Overseas Service recording

Transmission Date: Saturday 11th March 1961 at 6.30pm

The Play's The Thing

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Six programmes on the art and technique of the theatre.

1: The Playwright

R D. SMITH talks to

JOHN ARDEN
ALAN PLATER
ARNOLD RIDLEY

ROBERT SHAW


Produced by PEGGY BRANFORD

Transmission Date: Saturday 11th July 1970 at 11.00pm

 

Saturday Night Theatre Presents

The Show

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by John Galsworthy

Adapted for radio by John Richmond

C
AST
 

Anne Morecombe: Renee Asherson

A detective: Leslie Perrins

Ellen, the maid: Mary Wimbush

Daisy Odiham: Molly Lawson

A reporter: Derek Hart

Colonel Roland: Wyndbam Goldie

Geoffrey Darrel: Lewis Stringer

An editor: Hugh Manniing

News editor: Arthur Lawrence

Lady Morecombe: Ella Milne

Mr Odiham: Toke Townley

Lieutenant Oswald: Robert Shaw

Foreman of the Jury: Derek Birch

Other parts played by: Garard Green, Nan Marriott-Watson,
John Cazabon, Mary Williams and Antony Kearey


Production by William Hughes

Transmission Date: Saturday 14th March 1953 at 9.15pm

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The Key of the Garden

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by Naomi Mitchison and Lewis Gielgud

Adapted for broadcasting by Mollie G
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CAST

 

A Roman soldier: Stanley Groome

Leah: Nan Marriott-Watson

A Temple scribe: Robert Shaw

Phoebe: Susan Richards

Daniel: George Merritt

Mary of Magdala: Betty Baskcomb

Mary: Mary O'Farrell

Joseph of Arimathea: Joseph O'Conor

Peter: T. St. John Barry

James: Robert Mooney

Barabbas: Harry Towb

Production By: Norman Wright

Transmission Date: Thursday 14th April 1955 at 3.45pm

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Time's Winged Chariot

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A play for radio by Elizabeth Dawson
Plays produced by Hugh Stewart

CAST

 

Charles Hendrick: Frederick Schrecker

Paul: Robert Shaw

Fanny Hendrick: Sarah Leigh

Dr Morley: Norman Mitchell

Transmission Date: Saturday 17th May 1952 at 3.35pm

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Movie-Go-Round