Dick Chevillat – The Phil Harris – Alice Faye Show: Money, Beauty & Brains

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show was one of radios brightest lights; a hilarious situation comedy featuring a friendly sardonic and sarcastic edge that set it apart from its contemporaries. Featuring Phil Harris, fresh off plying his comedic and musical talents on The Jack Benny Program, and his movie-star wife, Alice Faye. The show also starred Elliott Lewis as the remarkable Frankie Remley – one of radios most unforgettable characters – a humorously irresponsible con-artist with an endless thirst for the good stuff. Rounding out the regulars is Walter Tetley as Julius Abruzzio, a nervy grocery boy with a Brooklynese accent who served alternately as foil or patsy for Phil and Remleys various schemes. Also starring are Gale Gordon, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, and announcer Bill Forman.
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Eve Arden, Jeff Chandler, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna – Our Miss Brooks: Volume Two

Pay attention class! Here are 18 more entertaining episodes of America’s most engaging English Teacher – Our Miss Brooks!Today’s lessons have less to do with language and more to do with love, as the falteringly forward Connie Brooks (Eve Arden) continues her quest for the romantically reserved Mr. Boynton (Jeff Chandler). Overseeing, and undermining, our heroine is the peevish Principal Conklin (Gale Gordon). And, dutiful student Walter Denton (Richard Crenna) is always on hand – along with side-kick Stretch Snodgrass – for Miss Brooks misadventures.
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Nazrin Choudhury – Mixed Blood

Nazrin Choudhury’s play, which won the Richard Imison Award for the best play by a writer new to radio, tells the story of a young British Asian woman whose life begins to unravel when she’s faced with the possibility that her real father may actually be white. When Sharmila finds some letters in her late mother’s belongings, she uncovers her mother’s affair with a man called Peter while she was at university. More importantly, Sharmila discovers that she may be the product of that affair. Outraged that her mother betrayed her and father for so long, Sharmila decides to track Peter down, and face the man who could be her father.
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Sean Magee – Desert Island Discs

For 70 years now Desert Island Discs has managed that rare feat – to be both enduring and relevant. By casting away the biggest names of the day in science, business, politics, showbiz, sport, and the arts, it presents a cross-sectional snapshot of the times in which we live. As the decades have passed, the programme has kept pace; never frozen in time yet always, somehow, comfortingly the same.
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D. H. Lawrence, Michael Butt (adaptation) – Sons and Lovers

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of D. H. Lawrence’s classic story about working class love, loss, and hardship. Sensitive, intellectual Gertrude Coppard married miner Walter Morel for his rich, ringing laugh and colourful character. But now, years later, she finds there is little behind the bluster and their marriage has become riddled with disillusionment. Instead, Gertrude pours all her love and attention into her two sons, William and Paul. Determined that they will not go down the pit and lead the same life as their father, Gertrude encourages the boys to succeed and is rewarded when they both secure jobs as clerks. But then tragedy strikes: William becomes ill with pneumonia and dies. In her grief, Gertrude draws even closer to her surviving son and the bond between the two becomes so strong that, even as Paul is torn between two loves of his own, he cannot fully break away from his mother.
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Eric Merriman – Beyond Our Ken: The Collector’s Edition Series 2

Four more episodes from the first series of the classic BBC Radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Ron Moody and Pat Lancaster. Between 1958 and 1964, ‘Beyond Our Ken’ lit up the airwaves and it remains as funny today as when it was first broadcast. In these 4 episodes, pick up some of Kenneth Horne’s beauty tips in ‘Tittle Tattle Magazine’, learn how to deal with a stork up the chimney, find out ‘What to Do in London’ and listen to Parisian cabaret artist Maurice Chandelier. In addition, you can hear about English imperturbability at home and abroad; go hunting with Charles and Rodney; meet Felicity and Ambrose, the happiest couple in Great Britain and join roving reporter Cecil Snaith at the Monte Carlo Rally. With musical entertainment from Pat Lancaster and The Malcolm Mitchell Trio, join genial host Kenneth Horne and his ensemble in this fantastic forerunner to Round the Horne.
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