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THE SMALL BACK ROOM....1969
By Peter Watts, adapted from the 1943 novel by Nigel Balchin. With Alec McCowen & Isobel Black; producer Roger Pine. 27 Dec 69.

A fuse expert is called in to try and solve the mystery of unexploded bombs which are being scattered after German air raids.

Cast:
Rice...................................................Alec McCowen
Susan..................................................Isobel Black
Captain Stuart........................................Nigel Anthony
Waring.................................................John Bentley
Colonel Strang.........................................Victor Lucas
Pinker/ Pearson....................................Frederick Treves
Professor Mair........................................Charles Simon
Professor Brine......................................Godfrey Kenton
Till/ Writer..........................................Nigel Lambert
Joe......................................................Bill Lyons
Mrs Davis/ Girl.........................................Jan Edwards
Bobby Davis/ Gillian................................Olwen Griffiths
Dick Rice..........................................Geoffrey Collins
The Minister/ Gladwin................................Peter Williams
Easton/ Doctor.........................................John Gabriel
Colonel Holland.........................................Hector Ross

    A related biographical documentary, 24 Apr 08:

    DBC Pierre reassesses the work of Nigel Balchin. In addition to writing thillers such as The Small Back Room, Balchin was a scientist and one of Britain's first industrial psychologists. When working for Rowntree's chocolates, he invented the Kit Kat brand name. After his literary career had taken off with novels such as Lord I Was Afraid, No Sky and Mine Own Executioner, Balchin wrote for films and worked in Hollywood, but his personal life became increasingly complicated.

    thanks to s-j, radiofans.....ND

Tell me a story....1969
By Gerry Jones. 22 November 1969, 20:30 hrs, with Tony Steedman/Tony Britton/Prunella Scales/Robin Bailey


THE LIAR....1969
By Henry James. 27 Dec 69. 45m. A painter does a portrait of a man who cannot stop romancing.

KITTENS ARE BRAVE...1969
By Giles Cooper. A duel between a trendy media man and a disillusioned priest.

EVELYN....1969
By Rhys Adrian. The repercussions of extra-marital affairs. With Ian Richardson and Pauline Collins.

THREE THREES ARE SEVEN....1969
15 Oct 69. By Kenneth John. Conflict between a mother who always has to have the last word, a long-suffering husband, and their son. Much of the story is set in a school. 45m. With Philip Hinchley, Mary Ann Turner, Brian Cant, Peter Tuddenham, Emily Grey, Preston Lockwood, F.R.Buckley, Elizabeth Riglan, Martin Holmes. Producer Anthony Cornish.


TRAVELLERS' JOY....1969
27 Sep 69, 2030. Saturday Night Theatre. By Arthur Macrae. Beatrice Pelham, a divorced Englishwoman selling textiles in Stockholm, finds she cannot pay her hotel bill. Her ex-husband Reggie, recently made Baron Bamberley, is also in Stockholm -- and hes broke, too. In desperation they turn to another English couple, the Fowlers, for help. But in this 'farcical comedy', nobody is what he seems.

Cast:
Jessie Matthews ... Beatrice 'Bumble' Pelham
Richard Murdoch ... Reggie Pelham
Jo Manning Wilson ... Eva
Barbara Mitchell ... Lil Fowler
Felix Felton ... Sidney Fowler
Godfrey Kenton ... Lord Tilbrook
Irene Prador ... Miss Tilsen, the hotel manageress
Michael Harbour ... Tom Wright, Beatrice's assistant
Dennis Adams ... Nicholas Rafferty, a flight lieutenant
Frederick Treves ... Olsen
Produced by John Powell.

The play was produced in 1948 at the Criterion featuring Yvonne Arnaud and Charles Victor, who appeared in a 1951 Saturday Night Theatre production of the play. A film version was made in 1950 with Googie Withers and John McCallum. ....Greg Linden

Compensating Error....1969
By R.D. Wingfield; R2 3.9.1969/2015 Deryck Guyler/George Benson. Two crafty old buffers devise a plot to outwit a bank.

Night Ride to Dover....1969
By Julian Symons, R2, 7.5.1969/2015 Bernard Bresslaw/Michael Deacon. 45m.

WHERE'S THE MUSIC?....1969
1 Feb 69, by David Bartlett. A whale is washed up on the shore. A fishy tale tied up with the relationship of a girl with her boyfriend. Producer Gerry Jones. 45m.

THE ARREST....1969
Army play - a new commanding officer in France, just after the war. He's never fought. Unfortunately he doesn't realise that there's more to army life than obeying orders, or that some of his officers are conscripts. Nor does he know that respect is not a right; it has to be earned. 55m. By Kenneth John; produced by Charles Lefeaux. With Wm. Fox, Nicholas Edmett, John Hollis, Frederick Treves, Leonard Fenton, John White, Rolf Lefebrve, Michael Spice. 29 Jan 69. Afternoon Theatre.

A SHILLING FOR CANDLES....1969
By Josephine Tey. 90m.

PRIVATE LIVES....1969
Classic play by Noel Coward. Edward de Sousa as Elyot.



Nigel Deacon / Diversity website

Above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections

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