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Thur, 06/01/1927, BBC Daventry 5GB (Experimental), 20:00-20:45

Variety

Billy Barxes (syncopated numbers), Norman Cox (entertainer at the piano), Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Fri, 25/03/1927, BBC London 2LO, 21:30 – 22:30

Variety

Angela Baddeley (in a monologue, ‘The Public Call Box,’ by A.P. Herbert), Harry Hemsley (child impersonations), Doris & Elsie Waters (entertainers), Cecil Alexander (violin), Paul England and His Revellers.

 

Mon, 25/04/1927, BBC London 2LO, 19:25 – 20:30

Variety

Ronald Frankau ; Normal Long (a Song, A Story, and a Piano) ; Harmonized syncopation, by Just Four Fellers ; Original duets, by Elsie & Doris Waters ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ;

 

Fri, 20/05/1927, BBC London 2LO, 19:45 – 21:00

Variety

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; Sydney Nesbitt and Kel Keech (syncopated items)  ; Elsie & Doris Waters (duets) ; Angela Baddeley, in a sketch,  “the Musical Avalos.”

 

Mon, 25/05/1927, BBC London 2LO, 19:25 – 20:30

untitled show

Ronald Frankau (entertainer) ; Norman Long (entertainer) ; Harmonized Syncopation, by “Just Four Fellers” ;  Duets, by Elsie & Doris Waters ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Wed, 25/05/1927, BBC Cardiff 5WA, 20:30 – 20:45

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator)

 

Thu, 26/05/1927, BBC Manchester 2ZY, 19:45 – 20:00

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator)

 

Fri, 27/05/1927, BBC Birmingham 5IT, 21:35

Popular Programme

Station Orchestra ; Herbert Simmonds (baritone) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; Elsie Gaskell (soprano).

 

Tue, 21/06/1927, BBC London 2LO & Daventry, 16:30 – 17:00

The Wave Trap, Theatrical Garden Party – Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea

A large marquee was erected in the Royal Hospital Grounds, Chelsea, by the BBC for the Theatrical Garden Party, in aid of the Actors’ Orphanage. In the marquee was a platform used for variety performances at the BBC’s Savoy Hill studio. In addition, a microphone, control box, red and white lights, and the usual appurtenances of the broadcasting studio were installed, and the audiences, for whom there were 250 seats, had the opportunity of seeing some of the regular BBC artists broadcasting.

A series of broadcasts were given in the Wave Trap between 15:00 and 19:00, by Miss Mavis Bennett ; Miss Phyllis Panting ; Mr. Charles Heslop ; Miss Vivienne Chatterton ; Mr. Maurice Cole ; Solloway ; the Don Vocal Quartet ‘ the British Vocal Quartet ; Miss Angela Baddeley ; Miss Marie Dainton ; Miss Muriel George & Mr. Ernest Butcher ; Mr. Tommy Handley ; Miss Ann Penn ; Clapham & Dwyer ; John Henry & Blossom ; and Mr. Harry Hemsley. Items will be relayed to London and Daventry between 16:30 and 17:00.

 

Wed, 06/07/1927, London Daventry 5XX, 19:50 – 21:00

Variety

Cockney Humour, by Angela Badddeley ; Paul & Lascelles in harmony ; child impersonations by Harry Hemsley ; Just Three Sexes ; Harry Hopewell (baritone) ; Payne & Hilliard (entertainers).

 

Fri, 29/07/1927, BBC London 2LO, 19:45 – 21:00

untitled show

Syncopated songs by Joesphine Trix ; Ed. Lowry (Keep Smiling) ; Jan Wein (banjo) ; child impersonations by Harry Hemsley.

 

Tue, 23/08/1927, BBC Daventry 5GB, 22:30 – 23:15

Variety

Colleen Clifford (entertainer at the piano) ; duets by Haydon & Nevard ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Will Oakland.

 

Fri, 23/09/1927, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 19:45 – 21:00

Variety

J.R. Philips (mimicry) ; Muriel George & Ernest Butcher (folk songs) ; Norah Blaney (syncopated songs at the piano) ; Harold Clemence and Miriam Ferris ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Doris & Elsie Waters (in harmony).

 

Thu, 13/10/1927, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 21:35 – 22:30

Vaudeville

Part 2 (first part between 19:45-21:00 with other acts). Ray Vincent and His Trio ; Ray Vincent (vocalist) ; Cecil Norman (pianist) ; Leslie Norman (saxophonist & violinist) ; Leo Herbert (pianist) ; Dennis Eadie ; Phyllis Titmuss ; Vincent Sternroyd in “The Marriage Will Not Take Place,” a play in one act by Alfred Sutro ; Ivy St. Helier (impersonations) ; Neil Kenyon (comedian) ; Harry Hemsley (compere).

 

Sat, 26/11/1927, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 21:35 – 22:30

Variety

Neil Kenyon (Scots comedian) ; Yvette Darnac (light ballads) ; Wish Wynne (character studies) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; Kel Keech & Ord Hamilton (syncopated osngs with piano and ukulele).

 

Mon, 12/12/1927, BBC Glasgow 5SC, 19:45 – 20:00

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ;

 

Tue, 13/12/1927, BBC Manchester 2ZY, 19:45 – 20:00

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Wed, 14/12/1927, BBC Cardiff 5WA, 19:45 – 20:00

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Fri, 16/12/1927, BBC Newcastle 5NO, 23:00

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Sat, 17/12/1927, BBC Bournemouth 6BM, 20:40 – 20:55

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator).

 

Tue, 27/12/1927, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 21:35 – 22:30

Variety

Little Anne Rogers (impersonations) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; George Lister (Yorkshire entertainer) ; Reg Anders and his Florida Reds ; Clapham & Dwyer.

 

Tue, 03/01/1928, BBC Newcastle 5NO, 19:45 – 21:00

A Mosaic of Inferral Paving Stones.

Featured by Harry Hemsley (compere) ; Harold Kimberley, Olive Groves, Mabel Constanduros.

 

Fri, 06/01/1928, BBC Daventry Experimental 5GB, 20:00 – 20:45

untitled show

Syncopated numbers, by Billie Barnes ; Norman Cox (entertainer) ; Child impersonations, by Harry Hemsley.

 

Wed, 11/01/1928, BBC London & Daventry 5XX, 21:35-22:00

Variety

A live broadcast from The Catterall Quartet Chamber Concert, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester which was relayed to London 2LO and Daventry. Lord Phillimore spoke on “the World Court of Justice,” and Mr. Harry Hemsley and Miss Josie Fearon gave entertainments.

 

Fri, 03/02/1928, BBC Daventry 5GB (Experimental), 21:00 – 22:00

Variety

Duets, by Elsie & Doris Waters ; Will Gardner (entertainer) ; child impersonations, by Harry Hemsley ; Winnie Victoria (entertainer) ; Syncopation on two pianos, by Munro and Mills.

 

Fri, 30/03/1928, BBC Daventry 5GB, 21:00 – 22:00

Vaudeville

The Emile Grimshaw Banjo Quartet ; Lena Copping & Partner (the syncopated two) ; Gwen Lewis (entertainer at the piano) ; Child Impersonations, by Harry Hemsley ; Leslie Taylor and his Miami Band.

 

Mon, 30/04/1928, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 22:30 – 23:00

Vaudeville

Lights songs, by Yvette Darnac ; Child impersonations, by Harry Hemsley ; Harry Peppar and a piano, in his own compositions ; B.B.C. Dance Orchestra.

 

Wed, 02/05/1928, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 19:45-21:00

Vaudeville

Clapham & Dwyer and t Harry Hemsley’s children in ‘Babes in the Wood’ A burlesque pantomime written by Harry Hemsley.

With Henri Leoni (tenor(, Jessie Matthews (light songs), Tom Clare (at the piano), Deslys & Clark (syncopated harmony), the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra personally conducted by Jack Payne.

 

Tue, 19/06/1928, BBC Daventry Experimental 5GB, 18:45 – 20:00

untitled show

B.B.C. Dance Orchestra ; Florence Oldham  (songs at the piano) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations).

 

Mon, 08/10/1928, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 19:45 – 21:00

Vaudeville

Gracie Fields, comedienne ; Elsie Carlisle, giving a show number with the Revue Chorus, accompanied by the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, conducted by Jack Payne ; Harry Hemsley, well-known child impersonator ; Muriel George & Ernest Butcher, in their folk songs and traditional songs ; Leonard Henry, the comedian ; the Balalaika Seven, which is a recently-formed combination of Russian musicians ; and Tommy Fields & Nino Rossini, in a  pot-pourri of music and song.

 

Thu, 13/12/1928, BBC London 2LO, 19:45

Vaudeville

Variety programme with Cicely Courtneidge, Florence Oldham, Harry Hemsley, Barrie Oliver, Edward Cooper.

 

Sat, 05/01/1929, BBC Cardiff 5WA, 15:00-16:45

A Concert for Blind and Disabled Soldiers and Blind Workers

Provided by the Marquis and Marchioness of BCTE relayed from the Celtic Rooms.

The Station Orchestra conducted by Reginald Redman

Harry Hemsley - ‘Childlife’ and ‘Dlippant Art’

Stainless Stephen - Professor of Punktuation, One of Television’s Drawbacks

Nellie Norway - Silver Hand-Bell Solos

 

Tue, 15/01/1929, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 19:45 – 21:00

Vaudeville

Clapham & Dwyer (in “Another Spot of Bother”) ; the Trix Sisters (in selections from their repertoire of syncopated numbers) ; child impersonations, by Harry Hemsley ; Light Ballads, by Geoffrey Gwyther ; Piano Solos, by Billy Thorburn ; Claude Hulbert and Enid Trevor in “Our Difficulties,” by Arthur Wimperis ; Dance Orchestra.

 

Thu, 09/05/1929, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 21:35 – 22:35

Vaudeville

Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; the Troy Sisters and Helen (songs in harmony) ; Hayman & Franklin (in “Cohen, commercial traveler”) ; Mario de Pictro (mandolin and banjo solos) ; Jack Payne and the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra ; Winnie Melville & Derek Oldham (relayed from the Alhambra).

 

Thu, 15/08/1929, BBC Cardiff 5WA, 15:45 – 16:00

The Gaieties Concert Party, under the direction of Wilson James, assisted by The Australs, Gladys Knight, Wilson James, Jack Lennol, Algernon More, Ethel Bryant, Reginald Morphew, Elsia May, Charles Forward ; Musicians from Jan Hurst’s Orchestra ; “Wot’s ‘E Done?” a sketch, arranged by Hemsley, relayed from the Princes Hall, Aquarium, Brighton.

 

Tue, 12/11/1929, BBC London 2LO & Daventry 5XX, 21:40 – 22:45

Variety

Clara Evelyn Gordon Cleather (excerpts from Comic Operas) ; Harry Hemsley (Child Impersonator) ; George Pizzey (singing compere) ; Patricia Rossborough & Ivor Dennis (at the pianos) ; David Wise (violin) ; Ernest Sefton & Betty Le Breck ; Ronald Frankau (entertainer) ; a sketch by Mabel Constanduros & Michael Hogan with Olive Groves and Harold Kimberley ; Jack Payne and the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra.  

 

Fri, 07/03/1930, BBC Daventry 5GB (Experimental), 19:15-20:30

Vaudeville

From Birmingham.

Lily Burns & Partner - light songs and harmony

Harry Hemsley - child impressions

Renee Rudani & Billy Carlton - present their instrumental act

Gwen Lewis - entertainer with a piano

Stainless Stephen

James Donovan - saxophone

The Hyde Sisters - in light entertainment

Philip Brown’s Dominoes Band

 

Thur, 03/04/1930, BBC National Programme, 19:45-21:00

Vaudeville

Wish Wynne (in character studies), Fred Lake & Constance Wentworth (folk songs and duets), Mario de Pietro (in mandolin and banjo solos), Corporal J.B. Phillips (animal imitations), Harry Hemsley (child impersonations). During the programme Patricia Rossborough, Ivor Dennis and Harry Jacobson will be playing on three pianos.

 

Fri, 02/05/1930, BBC National Programme, 19:4-21:00

Vaudeville

Art Fowler (ukelele solos), Harry Hemsley (child impersonations), Julian Rose (our Hebrew friend), Eric Pritchard (cornet solos), Jack PPadbury and His Cosmo Club Six.

 

Sat, 31/05/1930, National Programme, 19:30 – 21:00

untitled show

The Lyrical Three (two violins and a soprano) ; “Many Happy Returns,” a sketch by Stanley Cooke ; Mabel Marks (light comedy songs at the piano) ; Harry Hemsley in child impersonations ; Muriel George & Ernest Butcher (folk songs and duets) ;  Morris Harvey in stories and impersonations ;  Edgar Fairchild & Robert Lindholm (duo pianists).

 

Tue, 30/09/1930, BBC National Programme, 20:30 – 21:40

Vaudeville

Stuart Robertson (baritone) ; Burns & Allen (American musical comedy duo) ; Harold Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Edith Gunthorpe & Cecil Baumer (duets for two pianos) ; “Cavalleria Cockniana” by Edith Reynolds, players Vivienne Chatterton, Dino Galvini, Yvette Darnac ; B.B.C. Orchestra.

 

Fri, 26/12/1930, National Programme, 19:30 – 21:00

A Vaudeville Programme Surrounded by Golf

Bobby Comber – the plus-fifteen man, will introduce ; First Golf Skit, by Paul England ; Lional Claff and his Imperial Hawaiians ; Max and Harry Nesbitt, in songs and duets with ukulele accompaniment ; Second Golf Skit, by A.P. Garland ; Harry Hemsley, child impersonations ; Marius Winters’ Band ;  Third Golf Skit, by A.P. Garland – We Three Girls, in a musical act ; Clapham & Dwyer.

 

Tue, 16/06/1931, BBC London Regional Programme, 19:30 – 20:40

Vaudeville

Ronald Frankau (entertainer) ; The Hulbert Brothers (Jack & Claude Hulbert) ; Patricia Rossborough ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; Yvette Darnac (in light ballads) ; Norman Long ; Sydney Baynes and His Dance Orchestra will play throughout the programme.

 

Tue, 29/09/1931, BBC National Programme, 19:35 – 20:30

Vaudeville

Wee Georgie Wood, in Wee Macgregor ; Lena Chisholm and Ord Hamilton, in something new ; Harry Hemsley in child impersonations ; Claude Hulbert & Enid Trevor, in Some More Nonsense ; Ann Penn (impersonations) ; Keith Wilbur (mimic) ; the Orchestra, directed by Leslie Woodgate.

IMPERSONATIONS of three kinds - Ann Penn mimicking her contemporaries, Keith Wilbur emulating various animals and musical instruments, Harry Hemsley with his ‘family’ of ‘children.’ Ann Penn is an established favourite with the radio audience. Those who think her an American are wrong ; she was born in England, though she began her career in the States. She first returned to England as a star of musical comedy until a theatrical bigwig, chancing to overhear her 'impressions' at a party, vaudeville and revue claimed her.

Keith Wilbur leaves next week for a tour of America; we shall not be hearing him again for some time.

Claude Hulbert and Enid Trevor are, of course, husband and wife. She is the daughter of Colonel Philip Trevor , whose name is known to sportsmen for his cricket and football writings in The Daily Telegraph. She is a little depressed by the verdict of her daughter Jill, who, last time she and her husband were broadcasting, remarked: ' I fink I'll go to bed early tonight, mummie— then I won't have to listen-in !'

 

Mon, 11/01/1932, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Sandy Rowan (Scottish Comedian) ; London Garbutt (xylophone) with Hal Taube (at piano) ; Harry Tate in “Peacehaven” ; Clarice Mayne (comedian) ;  Joseph Norman’s Cuban Rumba Band , with Andrea Malandrinos (vocalist), by courtesy of Maurice Browne Ltd ; programme compered by Harry Hemsley.    

 

Wed, 09/03/1932, BBC London Regional Programme, 20:00 – 21:15

Vaudeville

Harry Hemsley, child impersonator ; Max & Harry Nesbit, songs and duets with ukulele accompaniment ; Mamie Soutter and Blake Adams in ‘An Omnibus Romance’ (Episode 1), by Daisy Fisher ; music by Philip Park ; Ashmoor Birch, baritone ; Peggy Cochrane & Patrick Waddington ; Stainless Stephen, comedian ; Gwen Lewis, entertainer ; Jack Payne and the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra.

 

Mon, 20/06/1932, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Vaudeville

Mamie Soutter and Blake Adams in ‘An Omnibus Romance’ (Episode 3), by Daisy Fisher ; music by Hero de Rance ; Geoffrey Gwyther (vocalist) ; the Four Fayre Sisters (concertina quartet) ; Nellie Wallace (comedienne) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Tom Burke and his Human Voice Orchestra ; the B.B.C. Dance Orchestra, directed by Henry Hall.

 

Fri, 19/08/1932, BBC National Programme, 20:40 – 21:40

Vaudeville

Scott & Whaley, Koloured Komedy Kings ; Frederique, soprano ; Louis Hertel, in mirth and modesty ; Herbert Thorpe & Foster Richardson, in comedy duets ; Harry Hemsley, child impersonations ; Arthur Lucan & Kitty McShane, in “The Match Seller” ; Jack Padbury and his Band, from Prince’s Golden Brasserie.

 

Tue, 13/09/1932, BBC London Regional Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

untitled show

Harry Hemsley, child impersonations ; Carson Robison and his Pioneers ; Baby Valle, soprano ; Mr. & Mrs. Sargent, developers of comedy ; Mario Lorenzi, harp solos ; Morton & Ridley, syncopated songs at piano ; Tommy Handley, comedian ; B.B.C. Theatre Orchestra, directed by S. Kneale Kelley.

 

Sat, 31/12/1932, BBC London Regional Programme, 21:20 – 22:20

Vaudeville

Douglas Vine and Algy More (new comedy songs) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Yvette Darnac (light soprano) ; Robert Easton (bass-baritone) ; Nosmo King (comedian) ; Elsie & Doris Waters (entertainers) ; Nellie Wallace ; Sydney Baynes and his Band.

 

Wed, 12/04/1933, BBC London Regional Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Variety

The Carlyle Cousins (syncopated songs) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Mario Lorenzi (harp solos) ; Johnson Clark (the sportsman ventriloquist) ; Ronald Frankau (entertainer) ; Nancie Lovat (soprano) ; Alexander and Mose (dark subjects) ;  the Orchestra, directed by S. Kneale Kelly.

 

Mon, 22/05/1933, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Variety

Mary Lee & Ronald Hill (syncopated songs at the piano) ; Ernest Butcher (selection of songs) ; Hugh E. Wright (raconteur) ; Patricia Rossborough (syncopated piano solos) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Clarice Mayne (comedienne) ; Ann Pean (impersonations) ; B.B.C. Theatre Orchestra.

 

Tue, 04/07/1933, BBC London Regional Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Please Ring

Please Ring, an entertainment of Jingles and Jangles in song, sketch and story, by Ernest Longstaffe, with Harry Hemsley, Ernest Butcher, Patrick Waddington, Philip Wade, Marjory Wyn, Vivienne Chatterton, Bobbie Comber, the Revue Chorus and B.B.C. Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Wed, 27/09/1933 BBC London Regional Programme, 20:00-21:00

Variety

Helen Raymond; the Western Brothers (Kenneth and George); Mary Lee and Ronald Hill (syncopated songs at the piano); Harry Hemsley (child impersonations); Van Denys (piano solos); Jeanne de Casalis in a Mrs. Feather episode; Davy Burnaby; the Orchestra, directed by S. Kneale Kelley.

 

Wed, 20/12/1933, BBC London Regional Programme, 21:15 – 22:15

Variety

Layton & Johnsone ; Yvette Darnac (soprano) ; Sutherland Felce (joker) ; Clapham & Dwyer ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Clarice Mayne (comedienne) ; B.B.C. Theatre Orchestra.

 

Thur, 18/01/1934, BBC Belfast 2BE, 20:00 - 21:00

Variety

Mick & Maria (the accordion entertainers)

Harry Hemsley (child impersonations)

The New Versatile Two (a variety of syncopation)

Cathal O’Byrne (Irish song and story)

Jerry & Jim (our tame comperes)

Mary Braid (syncopated piano solos)

David Curry and his Orchestra

 

Mon, 05/03/1934 BBC National Programme 20:10 – 21:00

This Radio Racket

A radio burlesque, by Godfrey M. Hayes and F. Keston Clarke ; incidental numbers by Jack Venables ; produced by Charles Brewer ; with Doris Gilmore, Dorothy Summers, Reginald Purdell, John Roke, Harry Hemsley, Phil Ray, Philip Wade, Ernest Sefton, Anona Winn, and Fred Hartley & his Novelty Quintet.

 

Fri, 06/04/1934, BBC North Regional Programme, 20:50 – 21:50

Easter Eggs

“Easter Eggs” – a sitting of idle idylls ; with Foster Richardson, Betty Davies, Hermione Gingold, Alec McGill, John Rorke, Harry Hemsley, the Revue Chorus and Orchestra.

 

Thu, 24/05/1934, BBC Midland Regional Programme, 21:30 – 22:15

Divertissement

Two variety plays using largely the same cast, the first is The Hut on the Moore, in which Harry Hemsley appears, the second is Winsome Winnie, which Harry does not appear in.

produced by Martyn C. Webster ; The Leslie Taylor Trio ; The Hut on the Moor, by Douglas Allen, with Stuart Vinden, Vera Ashe, Dorothy Summers, John Lang, the Stuart Sisters, Harry Hemsley ; Winsome Winnie, by V.C. Clinton-Baddeley and Stephen Leacock, with John Lang, Vera Ashe, John Bentley, Stuart Vinden, Mabel France, Reginald Smith, Francis Robins, Dorothy Summers.

 

Tue, 29/05/1934, BBC Belfast 2BE, 21:20 - 22:10

Variety

Lily Clough-Herring (Musical Glasses and Bells)

Mat Mulcaghey (The Oul’ Besom Man)

Anna Meakin and Dorothy Morrow (Harmony at two pianos)

Harry Hemsley (Juvenile Humour)

Tarrant Bailey (Junior Banjo)

David Curry and his Orchestra

 

Sat, 11/08/1934, BBC Midland Regional Programme, 21:15 – 22:15

Variety

George Burns & Gracie Allen (American film and radio artists) ; The Southern Sisters, with John Ridley (piano) ; Robb Wilton, in “The Fireman,” assisted by Iris Parnell ; Norman Long ; Lella May (comedienne) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; B.B.C. Theatre Orchestra.

 

Thu, 23/08/1934, BBC Regional Programme & National Programme, 19:15 – 20:00

Divertissement

produced by Martyn C. Webster ; Harry Hemsley introduces the children ; Joan and the Two Jacks ; Dorothy Summers has a Brush with the Highbrows (from the Trials of Topsy, by A.P. Herbert) ; the Two Jacks (syncopation) ; Five Birds in a Cage, by Gertrude Jennings, with Dorothy Summers, John Bentley, Cecily Gay, Denis Felwell, Arthur Freeman.

Broadcast simultaneously from BBC Midland Regional Programme and on the National Programme..

This diverting programme should show National listeners Midland variety at its best. Harry Hemsley rings up the curtain with his popular child impersonations, and then a child herself in Joan Daniels (for she is only fifteen) is to repeat the big hit she made on the air as a singer when she made her debut a month ago. The Two Jacks are to keep the ball rolling in between two sketches in which Dorothy Summers is to star. A Brush with the Highbrows, from ' The Trials of Topsy ', by A. P. Herbert and Five Birds in a Cage by Gertrude Jennings.

This brilliant one-act play, featuring five people trapped in a lift, is possibly the best ever written by the best known writer of one-act plays of modern times. It sparkles with wit and draws character with a deft hand. It was originally produced at the Haymarket Theatre, London, for a special matinée in 1915, and went into the evening bill, where it remained for 284 consecutive performances. A radio version was broadcast from 2LO in 1926, and it was one of Martyn C. Webster 's most popular productions last winter.

 

Thur, 11/10/1934, BBC Belfast 2BE, 20:00 - 20:50

Belfast Radio Exhibition

Promoted by the Ulter Radio Traders Association, Ltd). Second Variety Relay from the Broadcasting Theatre. The programme will be selected from

The Houston Sisters, Norman Long, Anona Winn, Leonard Henry, Stanelli, Harry Hemsley, Charles Coborn, Nosmo King & Partner, Olive Groves, Hazell & Day, Mat Mulcaghey, Mrs Rooney, Arnie Kitson, Moody & Pearl, Ray Warren supported by David Currey and his Orchestra and The Eight Step Sisters (by arrangement with Mrs. Rodney Hudon). Relayed from the King’s Hall, Balmoral.

 

Sat, 24/11/1934, BBC National Programme, 20:30 – 21:30

Music-Hall

The Carlyle Cousins (syncopated songs) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) ; Muriel George (entertainer) ; Arthur Prince & Jim ; Clarice Mayne and her pianist, Bobby Alderson ; Leslie Fuller, in “Guarding the Tower of London,” by Sidney Courtney ; Josie Fearon ; the Dancing Daughters, trained by Rosalind Wade ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, directed by Kneale Kelley.

 

Wed, 15/05/1935, BBC Regional Programme, 19:05 - 19:43

Variety

Harry Hemsley (Child Impersonations)

Mat Mulcaghey (The Oul’ Besom Man)

David Wilson & Elsie McCulloch (Musical Comedy Duets)

Edward Pearl (at the Piano)

 

Mon, 27/05/1935, BBC Regional Programme, 20:30 – 21:30

Winnie’s Hour

devised by Harry Hemsley, produced by Ernest Longstaffe. Sponsored by Harry Hemsley’s Famous Radio Children ; Winnie, aged 4 1/2 years ; Elsie, aged 7 years ; Horace.

Specially featuring ; Clarice Mayne, Rupert Hazell & Elsie Day, Webster Booth, Billie Baker, Harry Hemsley, Leonard Henry, and the B.B.C Variety Orchestra, directed by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Mon, 19/08/1935, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Radiolympia Still Going Strong (Variety from Olympia)

Programme will be selected from Jenny Howard and Percy King ; Harry Hemsley ; Leslie Sarony and Leslie Holmes (the Two Leslies) ; Stanelli ; Lily Morris ; Harold Ramsey (at the organ) and Parry Jones ; Wynn Richmond ; In Town To-night ; Tommy Handley ; Scott and Whaley ; Olive Groves ; Geraldo and his Gaucho Tango Orchestra ; the Radiolympia Girls ; Sydney Baynes and his Band ; programme staged by John Sharman.

 

Thu, 20/08/1935, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 20:15

Ashley Sterne and Harry Hemsley.

 

Fri, 30/08/1935, BBC Northern Ireland, 19:45 – 20:40

Winnie’s Hour

From Northern Ireland. A variety entertainment devised by Harry Hemsley with his Famous Radio Children who will have the pleasure of meeting, co-operating with, and interrupting

Mat Mulcaghey (The Oul’ Besom Man), Hugo Thompson and Mary Johnston, Jerry and Jim, Mrs Rooney of Belfast, James Johnston, David Currey and his Orchestra and Harry Hemsley himself.

 

Sat, 31/08/1935, BBC Regional Programme, 22:40 - 23:00

Cabaret

Relayed from The Heart o' Down Roadhouse, Ballynahinch, County Down.

Harry Hemsley (Entertainer in Juvenile Humour)

 

Mon, 30/12/1935, BBC West Regional Programme

Western Cabaret

Harry Hemsley (child impersonations) and Phillip Browne’s Dominoes Band. Relayed from The Headland Hotel, Newquay.

(See review from Western Morning News of Monday 30th December 1935, left)

 

Tue, 14/01/1936, BBC Midland Regional Programme, 10:10 – 11:15

Northern Programme

An interlude from the Birmingham studio by Harry Hemsley (child impersonator), by permission of the management of the Empire Theatre, Birmingham [where Harry was appearing that week]

 

Wed, 05/02/1936, BBC Regional Programme, 19:30 - 19:45

Harry Hemsley

in an Interlude of Juvenile Humour. Accompanied on the Piano by Jean Melville,

 

Sat, 06/03/1936, BBC National Programme, 18:45 – 19:00

When We Were Seven or So Much A Wordsworth

Harry Hemsley with Herbert Aldridge in a sketch by Dudley Clark.

 

Mon, 23/03/1936, BBC Northern Ireland, 20:30 – 21:30

Winnie’s Hour

Or (as Johnny says) A ‘Questionable’ Entertainment devised by Harry Hemsley.

Mortals ;

Mat Mulcaghey, Mrs Rooney, Jerry the compere, Mary Johnston, Belgravia Male Quartet.

Immortals ;

Elsie, Winnie, Johnny, Horace.

Supported by the Variety Orchestra conducted by David Curry. Produced by Edward Wilkinson.

 

Thu, 20/08/1936, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 20:15

Ashley Sterne and Harry Hemsley in an unusual interview.

 

Mon, 31/08/1936, BBC Regional & National Programme, 18:30 – 19:15

Variety

from Radiolympia, produced by Charles Penley, with Carlyle Cousins ; Harry Hemsley ; Mario Lorenzi; Clapham & Dwyer ; Peter Bernard (compere) ; Charles Manning and his Orchestra.

The first engagement of the Carlyle Cousins was with Ambrose and his Band, with whom they broadcast regularly for six months. They were in Tell Her the Truth and Give Me a Ring, and they .have been appearing in Variety or broadcasting ever since. Last year, owing to their being on tour, they missed Radiolympia for the first time. The 'Cousins' add filming to their other activities and few artists have retained their popularity for so long.

Harry Hemsley is famous on the halls and on the air. His impersonations of the Hemsley children-Winnie, Elsie, and Johnny—are almost a national institution. He is a very clever painter and caricaturist and seldom returns a script to Ernest Longstaffe , after playing in his revues, without caricatures of the cast pencilled in the margins.

Mario Lorenzi is almost alone as a brilliant exponent of syncopation on the harp and makes a speciality of playing the harp unaccompanied. He is as great an artist as he is a favourite.... and Clapham and Dwyer must be known to everyone.

Tonight's broadcast is again being compered by Peter Bernard , who was the original singer of ' Alexander's Ragtime Band ' in this country. He was associated with Albert de Courville at the London Hippodrome and must have been about the first rag-time singer to be heard in England.

 

Sat, 03/10/1936, BBC Northern Regional Programme, 18:00 – 19:00

Variety

Harry Hemsley ; Navarre Tollefson ; Uke Henshaw & June Arliss ; the Gordon Ray Girls ; Jan Ralfini and his Band, from the Manchester “Evening Chronicle” Radio Exhibition at the City Hall, Manchester.

 

Sat, 20/02/1937, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Music-Hall

Murray Ashford and Edgar Sawyer (entertainers) ; Jenny Howard, assisted by Percy King ; Alberta Hunter (American “Blues” singer) ; Leonard Henry (comedian) ; Al Bowlly (singer of songs, with piano and guitar) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator); Robb Wilton (comedian) ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

 

Sat, 29/05/1937, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Tune In, Daddy

A Saturday night variety episode written by Harry Hemsley and Ernest Longstaffe. The broadcasters - Joan Young ; Morgan & Hadley ; Warden and West ; Harry Champion ; Neil McKay ; the Arnaut Brothers, assisted by Mitzy Bobs ; Peter Bernard and his Ragtimers, with Sherman Fishers Six High Steppers ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe. The listeners – Elsie, Winnie, Johnny, Horace, Father (Harry Hemsley), Mother (Gladys Young).

 

Tue, 22/06/1937, BBC Regional Programme, 19:40 – 19:50

Trifles

Harry Hemsley and Hermione Gingold in “Trifles,” an imaginary conversation by Harry Hemsley.

 

Mon, 05/07/1937, BBC West Regional Programme, 21:00 – 21:40

Live at Bobbie’s Restaurant, Bournemouth.

Leonardi and his Orchestra, with Emilio (piano accordion) ; Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; Cecil Johnson (comedy commentator). From Bobbie’s Restaurant, Bournemouth.

 

Fri, 27/08/1937, BBC West Regional Programme, 21:00 – 21:50

Variety

from the Concert Hall, Bourneville. Peggy Cochrane ; Harry Hemsley, in “Juvenile Humour” ; Professor Whupp ; Gloucestershire George ; Yvette (French comedienne) ; Jack Wilson and his Band.

 

Thu, 16/09/1937, BBC Regional Programme, 20:00 – 20:45

Radio Rodeo (September Edition)

presented by Harold Ramsay ; continuity and special lyrics by Phil Park ; produced by Leon Pollock ; with Gracie Fields, Bower and Rutherford, Harry Hemsley, the Saxophone Six, Leslie Strange, Fred Hudson ; at the organ, Sidney Torch, H. Robinson Cleaver, Phil Park, Harold Ramsay, from the Union Cinema, Kingston-on-Thames.

 

Sat, 13/11/1937, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Palace of Varieties

Splinters (Les Rouge et Noir), the famous war-time entertainers, presented by Lew Lake Jnr., with Hal Jones ; Vera Wooten, comedienne ; Billy Fordham, comedian ; Harry Hemsley, child studies ; Fred Douglas, mimic ; the Radio Revellers (Kings of Syncopation) ; Bower and Rutherford (The Joy Bombs in New Explosions) ; Chairman, Vernon Watson.

 

Thur, 09/12/1937, BBC National Programme, 21:20 - 22:00

Variety

from The New Hippodrome, Coventry. The artists who may be heard in the broadcast include the following:

Ronald Frankau

Ivor Moreton and Dave Kaye

Harry Hemsley

Jan Zalski

Alf Thomas

The New Coventry Hippodrome, on an island site adjoining the old theatre, was opened on November 2 with Harry Roy and his Band as top of the bill. In celebration, Midland broadcast a tour of the theatre, in which David Gretton and S. H. Newsome , the managing director, took part. The stage is the largest music-hall stage in the provinces, and there is a special studio for broadcasts by the New Coventry Hippodrome Orchestra.

 

Mon, 13/12/1937, BBC National Programme, 16:00 – 16:30

Friends To Tea

A vest-pocket vaudeville, produced by Ernest Longstaffe ; with Wynne Ajello ; Hughes and Lever ; Doris Collett and Harry Hemsley, accompanied by Rae Jenkins (violin and viola) ; Fred Alexander (cello and guitar) ; Ivor Dennis at the piano ; Compere, Walter Hix.

 

Wed, 22/12/1937, BBC Regional Programme, 12:45 – 13:00

Winnie’s Novel

Harry Hemsley in a sketch, “Winnie’s Novel.”

 

Tue, 04/01/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 19:30 - 20:15

Land of Song

Another slice of life, as written and told by Bruce Sievier

Music composed by Albert Arlen

Cast (by permission of Irving Denes)

At the piano, Albert Arlen

A Section of the BBC Revue Chorus and the Orchestra conducted by Louis Levy

Musical arrangements by Eddie Griffiths

Production by Ronald Waldman

Harry Hemsley provided the voice of Christopher Robin, aged 3.

 

Tue, 15/02/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 21:15 - 22:00

Variety

from Aston Hippodrome. Among the acts which may be included in the broadcast are the following: Macari's Accordion Band, Harry Hemsley, The Troy Sisters and Sidney Wilson

 

Mon, 21/02/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 16:30 – 17:00

Friends to Tea

produced by Ernest Longstaffe ; with Hughes and Lever ; Harry Brunning, Doreen, and Harry Hemsley, accompanied by Rae Jenkins (violin and viola) ; Fred Alexander (violoncello and guitar) ; Ivor Dennis at the piano.

 

Sat, 19/03/1938, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Palace of Varieties

Caryll and Mundy ; Fred Hutchings (Mrs. What’s Her Name) ; Bennett and Gratton (in comedy) ; Al Bowlly ; Ella Retford ; Curtis and Ames ; Harry Hemsley (child studies) ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra. Chairman, Vernon Watson.

 

Wed, 13/04/1938, BBC West Regional Programme, 21:00 – 21:45

Les Dames Blanches, a Radio Roadhouse

White & Woodman (in original songs at the piano) ; Harry Hemsley (marvellous child studies) ; June Bussell (impressions) ; the Five Microtones (in close harmony) ; Al Durrant and his Dance Orchestra, with Richard English, George McDowell ; manager and compere, Ross Hutchinson.

 

Thur, 19/05/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 21:00 - 21:30

Variety

from The New Theatre, Northampton. Among the artists you may hear in this broadcast are the following; De Haven and Page, Harold Walden, Harry Hemsley, Renara (Midland programme).

 

Fri, 03/06/1938, BBC Welsh Regional Programme, 21:20 – 22:00

Preview of Summer

devised by Marjorie Wynn-Williams, prodeuced by Sam Jones, with The Colwyn Follies ; Harry Hemsley ; Les Sawyer and his Craigside Hydro Band ; a Snowdonian Guide ; Conway Fisherman ; a Llanddwyn Cottager ; and a Youth Hostel Warden.

 

Mon, 13/06/1938, BBC National Programme, 16:30 – 17:00

Friends To Tea

produced by Ernest Longstaffe ; with Harry Hemsley ; Bernard Verrey ; Pat Crowther and Teddy Harley, and Suzette Tarri, accompanied by Rae Jenkins (violin and viola) ;  Fred Alexander (violoncello and guitar) Ivor Dennis at the piano.

 

Sat, 25/06/1938, BBC North National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Palace of Varieties, a fortnightly radio vaudeville show

with George Robey ; The Five Herons ; Cheerful Charlie Chester ; Suzette Tarri (comedienne) ; Harry Hemsley (child studies) ; Collinson & Dean (in Another Argument) ; Tommy Handley (comedian) ; Chairman, Vincent Watson ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Thu, 14/07/1938 BBC National Programme, 21:00-21:40

Cads' College No. 6 - End of Term

devised and presented by the Western Brothers; produced by George Barker, with Davy Burnaby, Paddy Browne, Archie Glen, Fred Morris, Tom Kinniburgh, and the Western Brothers. Visiting Old Boy: Harry Hemsley.

 

Tue, 27/09/1938, BBC National Programme, 21:00-21:40

Variety Mansions

adapted by Robert Rutherford, from an idea by Robert W. Trender and Arthur F. Thorn ; produced by Ernest Longstaffe ; with Winsor and Lever, Paulo ; Harry Hemsley and Family ; Claude Dampier and Billie Carlyle ; Charlse Penrose ; Suzette Tarri ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell.

 

Thu, 20/10/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 16:30 – 17:0

Afternoon Calling (Mr and Mrs. Whiffleton At Home)

with Chas. Penrose ; Fay Dawn ; Jean Melville & Clarence Wright ; guest artist, Harry Hemsley, Ivor Dennis at the piano.

 

Wed, 02/11/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 21:20 - 21:45

Variety

from The Theatre Royal, Worcester. Among the artists listeners may hear:

Harry Hemsley, Douglas Maynard, Bert Weston, Clarke and Murray.

 

Sat, 12/11/1938, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Sing Song

Tommy Handley ; Rupert Hazell & Elsie Day (hosts and hostess) , with Harry Hemsley (child studies) ; The Radio Revellers and The Three in Harmony ;  Cyril Fletcher ; Caryll & Mundy ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Thu, 24/11/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 21:15 – 21:30

Harry Hemsley in a ‘Winnie’ programme.

 

Tue, 29/11/1938, BBC Regional Programme, 15:15 – 16:00

Steamboat

A programme of Variety, music, and drama from the floating playhouse, reviving for you some of the glories of the old showboat days. The cast will include, Dick Francis as the Showman, Lorna Stuart, Brian Lawrence, Jack Train, Edward Orchard, Bernard Miles, The Three in Harmony, and Harry Hemsley ; the orchestra.

 

Sat, 03/12/1938, BBC West Regional Programme, 21:30 - 22:00

Dance Cabaret

Bennett & Young (comedians) ; Cecil Johnson (the comedy commentator) ; Harry Hemsley (in marvellous child studies) ; Dorothy Morrow (singer) ;  Fred Ballerini and his Dance Band ; compere, Raymond Bennett. From the Polygon hotel, Southampton.

 

Wed, 04/01/1939, BBC Regional Programme, 19:30 – 20:15

Land of Song

Bruce Sevier’s second slice of life, “Land of Song,” with Raymond Newell and chorus  (songs) ; and Harry Hemsley.

Hemsley contributed a clever study to this show as young Christopher Robin, aged three.

 

Fri, 03/03/1939. BBC Regional Programme, 18:0 - 19:00

Western Magazine

Entertainment—interest—information

Being a weekly programme by and for West Country people.

Devised and produced by Pat Beech including

' If I had a million '

Harry Hemsley and Western Notebook

' This Week's Recipe '

Microphone Bows

West Country Visitors' Book and other topical talks

Compere, Victor Fawkes

 

Tue, 25/04/1939, BBC National Programme, 16:15 – 16:30

Harry Hemsley, the well-known child impersonator, in his latest sketch.

 

Tue, 25/04/1939, Rediffusion Hull Network, 16:15 – 16:30

Harry Hemsley.

Rediffusion Hull was an independent, wired, radio network in Hull which had been broadcasting occasionally since 1928 and regularly since 1936, it closed down in the mid 1980s.

 

Tue, 23/05/1939, BBC National Programme, 16:15 – 16:30

Harry Hemsley, the well-known child impersonator, in his latest sketch.

This brilliant child-impersonator has been broadcasting regularly since 1927. He confesses in his book ' Harry Hemsley 's Stories for Children', ', published last year, that he has studied the psychology of children and gathered together their quaint remarks and observations for years. In the early part of his career he was a child-portrait painter. Memories of his sitters and of cousins, nieces, and nephews are embodied in the imaginary children he portrays so inimitably in story, and on the halls, and on the air.

 

Fri, 26/05/1939, BBC West Regional Programme, 19:45 – 20:15

Variety in Miniature

with Harry Hemsley (child impersonator) ; The Three Nomads  (in close harmony) ; Jack Ferris & Tony Grant on two pianos, with Bob Peters-Lee at the drums.

 

Thu, 06/07/1939, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Life Begins at Sixty, A Boarding House Saga

with Wynne Ajello ; Graham Payn ; Bobbie Comber ; Winifred Doran ; Vic Wise & Alda Campbell ; Sylvia Saetre ; Elsie, Johnny, Winnie & Horace Hemsley (by kind permission of Harry) ; C. Denier Warren ; the Three in Harmony ; the Three Musketeers ; John Reynders and his Orchestra.

 

Sat, 19/08/1939, BBC National Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Sing Song

Rupert Hazell & Elsie Day (host and hostess) ; Gene Autry (the singing cowboy of the screen) ; Regan & Ann (such ado about nothing) ;  Harry Hemsley (child studies) ; Campbell & Wise ; Vine, More & Nevard (entertainers) ; Albert Burdon ; the B.B.C. Revue Chorus, Al Bollington at the B.B.C. Theatre Organ ; the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Mon, 04/12/1939, BBC Home Service, 22:45 – 23:15

Sing It Through – Episode 8 - The Smilers’ League

“The Smiler’s League,” the eighth installment of the “Sing It Through” series, written by Ernest Longstaffe and Leonard Henry. With Harry Hemsley ; Mr. Flotsam & Mr. Jetsam ; Leonard Henry & Margaret Eaves ; the B.B.C Revue Chorus and the B.B.C Variety Orchestra.

 

Sat, 23/12/1939, BBC Home Service, 16:15 – 17:00

Henry Hall’s Guest Night – Children’s Party

Harry Hemsley and his family, with Horace Craddy and his banjo, along with stars The Western Bros., Kitty Masters, Harold Ramsay, and Kenway & Young. This show was recorded live by the BBC at Colston Hall in Bristol earlier from 15:00, and then broadcast on the Home Service in a 45 minute slot from 16:15.

 

Sat, 03/02/1940, BBC Home Service, 15:45 – 16:15

Tea-Time Cabaret

with Major & Minor ; the Three in Harmony and James Moody ; Elsie Sterndale ; Harry Hemsley ; Bunny Doyle ; Leslie Weston ; and the Dance Orchestra, conducted by Bill Ternent.

 

Sat, 10/02/1940, BBC Home Service, 20:00 – 21:00

Garrison Theatre

with Jack Warner ; Charles Austin ; Albert Sandler ; Harry Hemsley ; Garrison Theatre Orchestra.

 

Fri, 05/04/1940, BBC Forces Programme, 17:00 – 17:30

Crazy Café

Among those who may be there are Harry Hemsley with Winnie and the other kids, Lorna Stuart, Three in Harmony, C. Denier Warren, Mabel Constanduros, Sam Costa, Jacques Brown, and Variety Orchestra.

 

Wed, 07/08/1940, BBC Forces Programme, 15:30 – 15:50

Laugh It Off

produced and presented by Ernest Longstaffe, with Harry Hemsley, Margaret Eaves, Clarence Wright, Alan Paul and Ivor Dennis (two pianos).

 

Fri, 06/09/1940, BBC Forces Programme, 17:30 – 18:00

What’s Yours? (Number 14)

with Sydney Burchall, Harry Hemsley and his family, and other guest artists.

 

Wed, 09/10/1940, BBC Forces Programme, 20:15 – 21:00

Follow the Flag (No. 2)

with Nosmo King ; Bertha Wilmott ; Harry Hemsley’s Children and Sidney Burchall; BBC Variety Orchestra and Review Chorus.

 

Sat, 14/12/1940, BBC Home Service, 16:30 – 17:00

Tea Time Cabaret

with Harry Hemsley (wonderful child studies) ; Margaret Eaves (the Girl with the Golden Voice) ; Harry Evans and his Band. Broadcast live from the Grand Hotel, Torquay..

 

Wed, 25/12/1940, BBC Forces Programme, 16:45 – 17:15

Grand Children’s Party

with Leonard Henry and Harry Hemsley.

Broadcast from the Town Hall, Weston-Super-Mare, where 250 evacuees were entertained at a rollicking party on Christmas Day afternoon (only half an hour of the proceedings broadcast out of a longer live show). On entering the gaily decorated hall each child received a gift, and after games and songs, led by Charles Shadwell and the B.B.C. Variety Orchestra, they sat down to a sumptuous tea during which crackers were pulled. The broadcast opened with carol-singing, which was followed by a tune-guessing competition, a spelling bee conducted by Neil Munro, and “Nuts and May” for the younger children. Then Leonard Henry entertained and Harry Hemsley introduced some of his “family.” John Watt, B.B.C. Director of Variety, compered, and Michael North was Master of Ceremonies.

(See pic and review from Western Daily Press of Friday 27th December 1940, below)

 

Sat, 28/12/1940, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

Donald Peers (radio’s cavalier of song), Jack Barty (comedian), Harry Hemsley (radio’s vocal child), Vic Oliver (England’s favourite American comedian), Lily Morris (comedienne).

 

Sun, 23/03/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 13:15 - 14:15

The Happidrome

presents Bennett and Williams, Bertha Willmott , Trefor Jones , Patricia Rossborough , Harry Hemsley , George Doonan , and Harry Korris as Mr. Lovejoy, assisted by Cecil Frederick and Robbie Vincent

The Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus

Produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

 

Sun, 20/04/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 14:15 - 14:50

Sunday Matinee

including ' Services Spotlight' and featuring

Harry Hemsley

Elisabeth Welch

Harry Leader and his Band

Compere, Gerry Wilmot

From a dance hall

 

Sun, 22/06/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 20:00 - 21:00

The Happidrome

Presents; Mr. Jetsam, Harry Hemsley , Jimmy James , Harry Tate Jr. , Jimmy Plant,

Harry Korris as Mr. Lovejoy assisted by Cecil Frederick and Robbie Vincent

The Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus

Produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

 

Fri, 20/07/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 20:00 - 21:00

The Happidrome

presents

Harry Champion, Gwen Catley, Dennis Noble, Trefor Jones, Tessie O'Shea,

Murray and Mooney, Harry Hemsley and , assisted by Cecil Frederick , and Robbie Vincent, The Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus

The show produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe

 

Sat, 06/09/1941, BBC Home Service, 20:15 - 21:00

Old Mother Riley Takes to the Air

The twelfth of a Saturday-night series, introducing that lovable character of stage and screen, this week accompanied by Bobby Howes and Harry Hemsley

Compere, Hugh Morton

The augmented Dance Orchestra and BBC Revue Chorus, directed by Billy

Tement. Programme devised by Harry Alan Towers

Script by Arthur Lucan

Produced by Tom Ronald

 

Sun, 23/09/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 13:15 – 14:15

The Happidrome

Bennett & Williams ; Bertha Willmott ; Trefor Jones ; Patricia Rossborough ; Harry Hemsley ; George Doonan ; and Harry Korris as Mr. Lovejoy, assisted by Cecil Frederick and Robbie Vincent.

 

Tue, 21/10/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 19:15 - 20:00

Just Kidding

Fifth of a series broadcast from or near the Goode Shippe Catastrophe, with Bobbie Comber ; Bennett and Williams ; Joan Young ; Charles Hawtrey ; Helen Hill ; Trefor Jones ; and the capture of the week, Harry Hemsley. Dance Orchestra conducted by Billy Tern ent. Theatre organ played by Sandy Macpherson. Revue Chorus ; and the 800 members of the Brotherhood of Boathooks. Devised by Loftus Wigram. Produced by Tom Ronald.

(A recording of this broadcast will be given in the Forces programme tomorrow, at 9.45)

 

Thur, 23/10/1941, BBC Forces Programme, 21:40 - 22:20

The Old Town Hall

(Second series, No. 29)

Master of ceremonies, Clay Keyes. Richard Goolden as Old Ebenezer, with Gladys Keyes as Martha his daughter

' The Musical Newsreel' ; This week's famous visitor, Harry Hemsley ; and ' Can you beat the band ? ' The Town Hall Orchestra under the direction of Billy Tement. Weekly meetings organised by Gladys and Clay Keyes and presented by Eric Spear

 

Sun, 04/01/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 20:00 - 21:00

The Happidrome

with Vine, More, and Nevard, Gwen Catley , Jean Kennedy , Harry Hemsley, Murray and Mooney, and Harry Korris as Mr. Lovejoy, assisted by Cecil Frederick and Robbie Vincent. Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus. Devised, produced, and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

A popular feature tonight should be the first broadcast of Harry Hemsley 's enfant terrible, ' Horace ', with the Male Voice Choir, an event which Hemsley himself has pictured in anticipation on page 5 (Radio Times).

 

Wed, 21/01/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 17:20 - 18:00

Wednesday Radiogram

Record fans are invited to meet Harry Hemsley. Your fellow guests are men and women of the Empire and Allied Forces, and Muriel George pours the tea. Host, Leslie Perowne. Written and produced by Alec Bristow.

 

Mon, 09/03/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 20:15 - 21:00

Women At War

Special weekly magazine programme for and by the W.R.N.S., A.T.S., and W.A.A.F. including items from them and those working with them. Other features include ' General knowledge quiz', in which two Forces teams meet ; tonight's ' Introduction ', presenting a famous woman ; Harry Hemsley with the children-because Elsie wants to join up ; ' Monsewer ' Eddie Gray with Elena Silver. Music by Carroll Gibbons and his Band, with Leslie Douglas. Presented by Bill MacLurg and Janet Quigley.

 

Sat, 14/03/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 18:30 - 19:15

The Whoopee Club

Radio ' jollificasion', ', Maurice Win nick and his Band, Mabel Constanduros, and Harry Hemsley. Chapter 6 of ' Jazz Novelette', serial story in song, featuring Helen Clare and Bernard Hunter. Devised and presented by Philip Brown.

 

Thur, 14/05/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 17:15 - 18:00

Ack-Ack, Beer-Beer

Special twice-weekly radio magazine for men and girls in Anti-Aircraft and Balloon Barrage units. Entertainment, gossip, and interest features. Another visit from the Radio

Padre and more news from the Radio Allotment. Harry Hemsley with his imaginary family. Editor, Bill Mac Lurg

 

Tue, 16/06/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 11:15 – 11:30

King Pins of Comedy – No. 94

Harry Hemsley. The Interviewer; Wilfred Pickles. Produced by Richard North.

 

20/06/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 20:15 - 21:00

Old Mother Riley and Her Daughter Kitty

Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane accompanied this week by Harry Hemsley , and compered by Michael Lynd. BBC Revue Chorus and augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, directed by Mansel Thomas. Script by Arthur Lucan. Produced by Tom Ronald.

 

Sat, 11/07/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 21:25 - 22:10

The Whoopee Club

Sixteenth radio ' jollificasion' with George Scott-Wood and his Band, Jeanne de Casalis , and Harry Hemsley. Chapter 16 of Jazz Novelette ', serial story in song, with Helen Clare and Bernard Hunter. Devised and presented by Philip Brown.

 

Mon, 13/07/1942, BBC Forces Programme, 19:30 - 20:00

Stay-At-Home Holiday Movement

Excerpt from an all-star Variety bill provided for their workers by the management of a Midland factory to encourage war-workers to spend their holidays at home. The artists are being retained for the whole of this week, and those appearing in tonight's broadcast excerpt are Malcolm McEachem, Kenway and Young, Harry Hemsley, Will Kings, and the Hurlingham Club Dance Orchestra, with Sylvia Handel.

 

Sat, 12/09/1942, BBC Home Service & Forces Programme, 20:00 – 21:00

Music Hall

Western Brothers, Harry Hemsley, Binnie Hale, Foster & Clarke, Cyril Fletcher.

 

Sat, 23/01/1943, BBC Forces Programme, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

Delya, with BBC Men's Chorus, and Reginald Foort at the organ. Harry Hemsley ; Renee Houston and Donald Stewart. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. presented by John Sharman.

 

Sun, 28/03/1943 , BBC Forces Programme, 19:10 - 20:00

The Happidrome

with Campbell and Wise, Margaret Eaves , Harry Hemsley , Nat Mills and Bobbie, and Harry Korris as ' Mr. Lovejoy', assisted by Cecil Frederick (' Ramsbottom '), and Robbie Vincent (' Enoch '). The Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus. The show devised, produced, and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Fri, 16/07/1943, BBC Forces Programme, 12:30 - 12:55

Break For Music

ENSA concert for war-workers from a factory canteen. Manchester City Police Band (by permission of the Chief Constable, Mr. J. Bell ). Guest artists, Harry Hemsley and Helen Clare.

 

Thur, 11/11/1943, BBC Forces Programme, 17:15 - 18:00

Navy Mixture

Entertainment of all kinds blended to suit the taste of the Royal Navy. This week's mixture includes Decima Knight , Connor and Drake, Ronald Chesney , Harry Hemsley , Malcolm McEachern ,. and Arthur Askey (by permission of Jack Hylton ). BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Introduced by ' Hubert ' and produced by Alick Hayes.

 

Fri, 10/12/1943, BBC Home Service, 12:30 - 13:00

Break For Music

ENSA concert for war-workers from a factory canteen. Billy Mayerl and his Band. Guest artists, Ruth Naylor and-Harry Hemsley.

 

Thur, 16/12/1943, BBC Foorces Programme, 19:00 - 19:30

Variety

from the Aston Hippodrome. The artists appearing in an excerpt from this week's bill are Harold Ramsey and his theatre organ and choir, Harry Hemsley , and Payne and Hilliard

 

Sat, 25/12/1943, BBC Home Service, 12:30 – 13:00

Christmas Charivaria

A ' hubbub ' of recorded music and song, prose and poetry for today, contrasted and introduced by Raymond Raikes , with Bransby Williams , Joseph Macleod , and Geoffrey Wincotf , and the recorded voices of Harry Hemsley , Peter Dawson , Ernest Lough , and Paul Robeson. Programme edited by Peter Eton.

 

Sun, 26/12/1943, BBC Forces Programme, 19:10 - 20:00

The Happidrome

Ashford and Sawyer, Adelaide Hall, Harry Hemsley , Gillie Potter , with Harry Korris as ' Mr. Lovejoy' assisted by Cecil Frederick (' Rams-bottom ') and Robbie Vincent ,

(' Enoch '). Happidrome Orchestra and Chorus. Show produced and Conducted by Ernest Longstaffe.

 

Wed, 05/01/1944, BBC Home Service, 12:30 - 13:00

Break For Music

ENSA show for war-workers from a factory canteen, introduced by Bryan Michie. Geraldo and his Orchestra with Sally Douglas , Len Camber , and Johnny Green. Guest artist, Harry Hemsley.

 

Tue, 25/01/1944, BBC Home Service, 16:10 - 16:40

The Dansant

From the Winter Gardens, Droitwich Spa, with Harry Hemsley, Sgt. Frederick Ferrari (tenor), and Pte. Marjorie Cowsill (soprano), from the Army concert-party, the ' Norton Follies'. Dance music played by Vernon Adcock and his Aristocrats.

Produced by Jacques Brown.

 

Tue, 08/02/1944, BBC Forces Programme, 19:05 - 19:30

Variety

with Harry Hemsley , Bill Burke , and the Classic Three. Orchestra under the direction of Jimmy Carroll. From the Palace Theatre, Reading.

 

Sun, 11/06/1944, BBC General Forces, 14:00 - 14:30

Palestine Half-Hour

Weekly programme for Forces in Palestine, Persia, and Iraq : Frank Weir and his Orchestra. Guest stars, Elisabeth Welch and Harry Hemsley. Introduced by Georgie Henschel. Produced by Howard Agg.

 

Thur, 22/06/1944, BBC Home Service, 16:15 - 17:00

The Dansant

from the Winter Gardens, Droltwich Spa, with Alex Penney , Harry Hemsley , and dance music by Vernon Adcock and his Aristocrats.

 

Sat, 01/07/1944, BBC Home Service, 0:00 -21:00

Music-Hall

with Kean and Mather. Harry Hemsley , Stainless Stephen, Turner Layton , Robb Wilton , ' Roses of Piccadilly,' with Shaun Glenville , Ida Barr , and Peggy Maude (by permission of Lew Lake). BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman. (BBC recording).

 

Thur, 16/11/1944, BBC Home Service, 16:15 - 17:00

The Dansant

featuring Evelyn Dove , Harry Hemsley , and the Five Strands, with Sim Grossman and his Music. Produced by Hamilton Kennedy. From the Green Park Hotel, Bournemouth.

 

Mon, 27/1/1944, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Monday Night At Eight

with Roma Milne ; ' The Memoirs of Andr6 d'Amell' —weekly detective problem featuring Keneth Kent and Linden Travers , written by Francis Durbridge ; ' With a Star and a Song '; Harry Hemsley ; Richard Murdoch in ' Puzzle Comer'; Mr. Gillie Potter ; 'May We Introduce ...? ' (by arrangement with Leonard Urry ): interviewer, Ronald Waldman. The Singing Commeres, the Revue Chorus, and BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shad well. Produced by Harry S. Pepper.

 

Wed, 29/11/1944, BBC Home Service, 21:30 – 22:00

Flotsam & Jetsam

(and their fellow-travellers). Trip No. 5, on which they meet Irene Eisinger and Harry Hemsley. BBC Revue orchestra, conducted by Alan Crooks. Produced by Michael North

Flotsam & Jetsam on a railway journey in which they meet different people in their carriage each week.

 

Mon, 25/12/1944, BBC General Forces, 10:00 - 10:30

A Christmas Party

for the children of men serving with the British Commands overseas, with Stanley Black and the Dance Orchestra, Helen Clare. Peter Brough and his dummy, 'Archie Andrews ,' Harry Hemsley 's children: Winnie and Horace, and Lupino Lane and Company in a radio harlequinade by C. Denier Warren. Introduced and produced by Joan Gilbert.

 

Thur, 08/03/1945, BBC Home Service, 16:15 - 17:00

The Dansant

with Renee Powell , Harry Hemsley , Jack and Eddy Eden , and Lew Stone and his Nova-Tones, with Helen Mack. Produced by Hamilton Ken nedy. From the Court Royal Hotel, Southampton.

 

Sat, 10/03/1945, BBC General Forces, 17:30 - 18:00

Atlantic Spotlight

flashes between Britain and America. From London: Harry Hemsley , and Clive Richardson and Tony Lowry (Four Hands in Harmony), with Leslie Mitchell as Master of Ceremonies in London, and Ben Grauer in New York. Produced in New York by Ross Filion and in London by Jimmy Dyrenforth and Tom Ronald.

 

Mon, 12/03/1945, Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Monday Night At Eight

with Norman Long ; Reginald Purdell and Frederick Burtwell in ' Same Time-Same Place '; ' With a Star and a Song '; Harry Hemsley ; Richard Murdoch in ' Puzzle Corner'; Tommy Handley in the winning script submitted in the Script Writers Competition; ' May We Introduce?' (by arrangement with Leonard Urry ): interviewer, Ronald Waldman

The. Singing Commerce, Revue Chorus, and BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Produced by Harry S. Pepper.

 

Thu, 15/03/1945, BBC Home Service, 16:00 -16:30

The Dansant

Hector Davies Dance Octet ; Harry Hemsley, in his famous child studies ; Marian Zigmunt (bass). Broadcast from the Pillar Room of the Town Hall, Cheltenham, where the full live event ran from 15:30 till 17:30. Tickets at 3/-. About 200 people attended.

(See ad from the , and review from Gloucester Echo of Friday 16th March 1945, right)

 

Sat, 28/04/1945, BBC General Forces, 10:00 - 10:30

Know What I Like

Today's choice of records is by Harry Hemsley.

 

Mon, 21/05/1945, BBC Hoome Service, 12:30 - 13:00

Break For Music

ENSA show from a military hospital somewhere in the South, introduced by Bryan Michie. Geraldo and his Orchestra with Carole Carr , Len Camber , Archie Lewis , and Johnny Green. Guest artist, Harry Hemsley.

 

Sat, 11/08/1945, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

with Billy Kay, Harry Hemsley, Talbot O'Farrell, Ted Ray, Margaret Eaves, Bob Under and Ben Tupp. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer. John Sharman..

 

Fri, 31/08/1945, BBC Home Service, 12:30 - 13:00

Break For Music

ENSA show introduced by Byran Michie. Jack Leon and his Orchestra. with Gloria and Alan Kane. Guest artists, Harry Hemsley and the Martello Trio: Signalman Henry King. Telegraphist Basil Hewer , and Wireman Ted Wade.

 

Fri, 26/10/1945, BBC Light Programme, 17:30 - 18:15

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

Weekly party for Forces in hospitals everywhere, with Margaret Lock wood and Jeanne de Casalis. Two competitions: 'Stars and Sterling'; and ' Sporting Chance,' with John Snagge and a famous sportsman. Harry Hemsley. Dorothy Carless , Monsieur E. M. Stephan. Charles Ernesco and his Sextet, and Rita Williams. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Sat, 22/12/1945, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

with Bennett and Williams, Harry Hemsley, 'Hutch' (Leslie A. Hutchinson), Roy Lester

Florence Desmond, Robb Wilton. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Charles Shadwell. Announcer, Norman Wooland. Producer, John Sharman.

 

Mon, 21/01/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:15 - 19:45

The Old Town Hall

Master of Ceremonies, Clay Keyes. Gladys Keyes as Martha, the village carrier; Susan Scott as Phoebe, the post-girl; and this week's famous visitor; ' The Court of Melody'; Variety guest star, Harry Hemsley ; ' Beautiful Memory ' ; ' Can You Beat the Band ? ' Richard Gray , Olwen Brookes , Stanley Dale , Kenneth Morgan , and the Old Town Hall Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Stanley Black.

Written and devised by Gladys and Clay Keyes , and produced by Tom Ronald.

 

Wed, 03/04/1946, BBC Home Service, 21:30 - 22:00

Vic Oliver Introduces...

his programme of stars, personalities, songs, and music. This week, Doris Arnold , Harry Hemsley , Sally Rogers , Janet Hamilton-Smith , and Frederick Sharp , with Vic Oliver and his Concert Orchestra. Script by Ray Sonin. Produced by Eric Spear.

 

Sun, 08/09/1946, BBC Light Programme, 18:16 - 19:00

Variety Band-Box

broadcast from the Camberwell Palace, with Richard Murdoch and Kenneth Home,

Harry Hemsley, The Ramblers, Peggy Reid, Katchinski & Katina, and Ronnie Munro and his Orchestra. Introducing ' Songs that Cheered us through the War,' sung by the BBC Revue Chorus, with guest soloist Janette Sclanders. Programme introduced by Joan Hopkins and produced by Joy Russell-Smith and Bryan Sears.

 

Fri, 04/10/1946, BBC Home Service, 12:30 – 13:00

Workers’ Playtime

The artists taking part in this edition are Harry Hemsley, Johnny Riscoe and Violet Terry, Edith Lewin, at the piano George Myddleton. The broadcast was produced by Bryan Sears and was recorded in the staff canteen at the Horstmann Gear Co. at Newbridge, Bath.

(See notice form Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette of Saturdayy 28th September 1946, right, and review from same of Saturday 12th October 1946)

 

Sat, 12/10/1946, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

with Low and Webster, Harry Hemsley, Max and Harry Nesbitt, Suzette Tarri, Don Kenito, Frank Randle. BBC Variety Orchestra, conducted by Rae Jenkins. Announcer, Lionel Marson. Producer, John Sharman.

 

Mon, 04/11/1948, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Monday Night At Eight

Produced by Harry S.-Pepper and Ronald Waldman

Maudie Edwards. Norman Shelley in ' The Old One-Two,' with Richard Wattis ; and 'Monday Night at Eight's' telephone challenge, this week to Brighton Musical Alphabet. Harry Hemsley. Puzzle Corner. Mackenzie Ward and Maxine Audley in ' John and Annabella,' by W. Gordon Duncalf

' Monday Birthday Party': a famous personality, whose birthday falls this week, is given ' The Freedom of the Air.' Host, Kenneth Home.

Singing introducers, Doreen Lundy and Cyril Grantham. BBC Revue Chorus and augmented Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black

 

Sun, 01/12/1946, BBC Light Programme, 18:00 - 19:00

Variety Band-Box

from the Palace Theatre, Camberwell, London, with Jessie Matthews, Harry Hemsley

Hella Toros and Edward Reach, Stephane Grappelly, Johnnie Riseoe and Violet Terry,

Morton Fraser and his Harmonica Rascals, Frankie Howerd.

Billy Ternent and his Orchestra Presenting ' Songs of Yesterday,' with the BBC Revue Chorus. Introduced by Brian Reece. Produced by Joy Russell-Smith

 

Wed, 04/12/1946, BBC Light Programme, 20:30 - 21:00

Round the Halls

Weekly broadcasts from well-known Variety theatres. This week, the Kingston Empire, with Kenway and Young, Harry Hemsley, and Monte Rey. Introduced by Brian Johnston

 

Thur, 26/12/1946, BBC Light Programme, 12:45 - 13:45

The Happidrome

Devised and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe with Ribton and Richards, Frank Titterton , Tessie O'Shea, Harry Hemsley, Harry Mooney with Victor King , and Harry Korris as Mr Lovejoy; Cecil Frederick as Ramsbottom. and Robbie Vincent as Enoch Percival. Mackey's Orchestra and chorus, conducted by Ernest Longstaffe Produced by Ernest Longstaffe and Petet Duncan.

 

Mon, 17/03/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:30 – 13:00

Harry Hemsley.

 

Mon 07/04/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Harry Hemsley.

 

Sun, 11/05/1947, BBC Light Programme, 16:00 – 17:00

Variety Band-Box

From the People's Palace, London with Harry Hemsley, Donald Peers, Derek Roy, Jimmy Miller, Valerie and Dey, Viera Pasquale, Billy Tcrnent and his Orchestra

Including ' The Leader of the Band ' and Ring in the New.' Produced by Joy Russell-Smith.

 

Sun, 24/08/1947, BBC Light Programme, 16:00 – 17:00

Variety Band-Box

from the People's Palace, London with Harry Hemsley, Jack and Daphne Barker, Sidney Burchall, Frankie Howerd, Lorna Martin and her Latin-American Music, Peter Bernard, Laurie Brewis and Johnny Wood, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra

Produced by Joy Russell-Smith

 

Thur, 27/11/1947, BBC Light Programme, 21:30 - 22:00

Northern Music-Hall

Variety with Roy Barbour assisted by Jack Hayes, Hal Swain and his Swing Sisters

Harry Hemsley, Doreen Harris. Introduced by David Southwood. From the City Palace of Varieties, Leeds

 

Sun, 07/12/1947, BBC Light Programme, 17:00 – 18:00

Variety Band-Box

from the People's Palace, London with Derek Roy, Vincent Tildsley 's Mastersingers, Harry Hemsley, Ronald Chesney, Marguerite Wolff, Leslie Haskell, Albert and Les Ward, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra. Produced by Joy Russell-Smith.

 

Wed, 31/12/1947, BBC West, 16:00 – 16:10

Harry Hemsley.

 

Mon, 02/02/1948, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Monday Night At Eight

Produced by Harry S. Pepper and Ronald Waldman with Clarence Wright, Heron Carvic and Jane Grahame in ' Meet Dr. Morelle' by Ernest Dudley, ' The Songs of the Stars '

Harry Hemsley, ' Puzzle Corner' including ' The Monday Night Accumulator ' Professor ' Jimmy Edwards, ' Monday Birthday Party '

Host, Kenneth Horne. Singing Introducers: Dick James and Bette Roberts

BBC Revue Chorus, Augmented Dance Orchestra Conducted by Stanley Black.

 

Sun 28/03/1948, BBC Light Programme, 17:00 – 18:00

Variety Band-Box

from the People's Palace, London

Adelaide Hall, Derek Roy, Harry Hemsley, Mario Lorenzi, Billy Williams, The Dunelm Singers, Jimmy Tripp, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra.

Introduced by Philip Slessor. Produced by Joy Russell Smith.

 

Sun, 18/07/1948, BBC Light Programme, 20:00 - 21:00

Variety Band-Box

From the Hippodrome Golders Green, London

Derek Roy , Harry Hemsley, Val Merrall and Peggy Brooks Regent Singers, Larry Macari, Chick Fowler , Maud Blake, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra.

Produced by Joy Russell-Smith.

 

Wed, 18/08/1948, BBC Light Programme, 21:15 - 22:00

Gert and Daisy’s Working Party

Guest artist, Harry Hemsley, Local talent from Northampton. Accordionist, Adriano Dante. At the pianos: Eric James and George Myddleton.

Produced by Bryan Sears and Philip Garston-Jones.

 

Wed, 18/08/1948, BBC Light Programme, 16:15 - 17:00

Gert and Daisy’s Christmas Working Party

Guest, Harry Hemsley, Supported by Joan Hinde , The Odd Spots, Bernard Cleave and the Kordites. At the pianos; Eric James and George Myddleton. Accordionist, Adriano Dante. BBC Revue Orchestra Conducted by Frank Cantell. Produced by Michael North.

 

Fri, 26/11/1948, BBC Home Service, 19:00 – 19:10

Harry Hemsley Records.

 

Sun, 27/02/1949, BBC Light Programme, 21:00 - 22:00

Variety Band-Box

from the Kilburn Empire, London with Derek Roy, Mario ' Harp ' Lorenzl, Harry Hemsley, Albert Ward and Les Ward, George Williams, Dennis Catlin and Ethel Wilmot, Jimmie Elliot, The Three Imps, BillyTernent and his Orchestra.

Introduced by Philip Slessor. Produced by Bryan Sears

 

Sat, 23/04/1949, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Music-Hall

with Sandy Sandford, Adelaide Hall, Jeanne de Casalis, The Maple Leaf Four, Harry Hemsley, George Doonan, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth, BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins. Announcer, Denys Drower. Producer, Michael North.

 

Mon, 11/07/1949, BBC Light Programme, 19:30 - 20:00

Clay’s College

The fun and games academy supervised by Clay Keyes. Lodgekeeper: Richard Goolden, Polly, the Cook : Gladys Keyes

Students: Hattie Jacques, Michael Moore, C. Denier Warren, Deryck Guyler, The Song Pedlars. New Pupil: Harry Hemsley

Music Master Frank Cantell conducts the College Orchestra

Syllabus written by Gladys Keyes and Clay Keyes. Production by Frederick Piffard

 

Thur, 15/09/1949, BBC Light Programme, 12:00 - 12:30

Hullo, Children!

A summer holiday programme. Edited and produced by Lionel Gamlin

Variety; Harry Hemsley with his radio ' family ' Winnie, Elsie, and Horace, Clarence Wright introduces some popular songs, Elton Hayes sings to a small guitar.

 

Fri, 23/12/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 - 15:00

Woman’s Hour

Will you come to our party? Olive Shapley takes Woman's Hour on its annual visit to some old people. This year the party is held at Torkington House, Acton. Toros and Reach, Talbot O'Farrell , Harry Hemsley , and Winifred Taylor are there to entertain, and Brian Johnston has thought up some games for everybody to join in.

 

Sat, 04/02/1950, BBC Home Service, 20:00 - 21:00

Mucic-Hall

with Sandy Sandford, Radcliffe and Ray, Aubrey Lucas, Tollefsen, Harry Hemsley

Joan Butler, Harry Korris with Elva Sheridan. BBC Variety Orchestra Conductor, Rae Jenkins. Master of Ceremonies; Ted Ray. Producer; Michael North.

 

Sun, 02/04/1950, BBC Light Programme, 21:00 - 22:00

Variety Bandbox

with Frankie Howerd, Barbara Sumner, Harry Hemsley, Avril Angers, Jan Rosol, Frank Baron his quintet and the Cherokeys. Billy Ternent and his Orchestra.

Introduced by Bruce Wyndham. Produced by Bryan Sears.

 

Tue, 11/04/1950, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 - 15:00

Woman’s Hour

Introduced by Olive Shapley, ' Letting Furnished Rooms,' by a barrister,

' Looking After Your Baby,' by Sister Margaret F. Myles, S.R.N., s.c.M. 5—‘Spoon and Cup Feeding’,  ' My Imaginary Family' by Harry Hemsley, ' I Planted a Banana Tree,' by Ethel Bensusan. Serial: ‘The Kon-tiki Expedition,' by Thor Heyerdahl. Abridged by Audrey Jones. Read by Gerik Schjelderup.

 

Tue, 23/05/1950, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 - 15:00

Woman’s Hour

Introduced by Olive Shapley, ' What's Your Worry': Marian Cutler answers some miscellaneous questions which listeners have sent her recently, 'Dependence and Independence in Little Children,' by a child-psychologist, ' My Imaginary Family,' by Harry Hemsley, ' The Vanishing Race of Small Dressmakers,' by Sally Havard.

 

Fri, 28/07/1950, BBC Light Programme, 20:45 - 21:30

Summer Showtime

Seaside entertainment presenting some leading artists appearing at holiday resorts this summer. This week the spotlight falls on the West Country and picks out

From Bournemouth; Derek Roy appearing in Jack Payne and Will Hammer's ' Holiday Fanfare ' at the New Royal Theatre, Harry Hemsley appearing in Harold Fielding's Music for the Millions at the Winter Gardens.

From Torquay; Arnie Kitson appearing at the Palace Hotel.

From Newquay; The Leslie Baker Sextet with Joyce Clark appearing at the Headland Hotel,

From Weston-super-Mare; Sidney Burchall and Isabel Barrie appearing at the Rozel Bandstand (by arrangement with the Borough of Weston-super-Mare Entertainments Department), Weston Girls Choir appearing at the Winter Gardens Pavilion (by arrangement with John Hess).

At the pianos: Winifred Taylor and Kathleen O'Hagan

Presented and introduced by Duncan Wood.

 

Sun, 30/07/1950, BBC Light Programme, 21:00 - 22:00

Variety Bandbox

with Arthur English, The Merry Macs, Harry Hemsley, Josh White

Janet Brown, Stephane Grappelly, Ray Buckingham

Johnny Ladd, The Three Imps, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra

Introduced by Philip Slessor. Produced by Bryan Sears -

(Arthur English is appearing at the Windmill Theatre, London; The Merry Macs are appearing at the London Pavilion; Ray Buckingham is appearing in ' Golden City ' at the Adelphi Theatre).

 

Mon, 04/09/1950, BBC Light Programme, 21:30 - 22:00

Variety Concert from Harry Feilding’s Music For the Millions

with Anona Winn, Harry Hemsley , Leslie Sarony, Irving Kaye , Enso Toppano,

The Winter Gardens Orchestra, Conducted by Leslie Wheeler.

Presented by Brian Johnston. From the Winter Gardens. Margate.

 

Tue, 26/12/1950, BBC Light Programme, 14:40 - 15:05

Horace Washes It Out

with Peter Sellers, Jean Carson, Bob Monkhouse, Josephine Crombie and the Stargazers

Incidental music by Peter Aikister,

Augmented BBC Revue Orchestra, Conductor, Robert Busby

Produced by Dennis Main Wilson

 

13/02/1951, BBC Home Service, 12:30 - 12:55

Workers’ Playtime

from a factory canteen in Wrexham with Harry Hemsley, Gwent Lewis, Nan Kenway and Douglas Young, James Moody at the piano. Presented by Alun Williams.

Here’s Wishing You Well Again started in March 1944 on the BBC’s General Forces network, as a fortnightly at first and later weekly, magazine show for sick and injured servicemen in hospitals and convalescence homes everywhere featuring regular features and competitions and guest stars, up until 12th July 1945. The next series of it started on what had by then been renamed the BBC Light Programme, on 7th September 1945, carrying on after the war as there were still plenty of injured servicemen in hospitals and homes. Harry Hemsley quested on one of the Light Programme shows on 26h October 1945, again on 28th December and a third time on 18th January 1946 from which point he became a regular for six consecutive shows until 22nd February. There series finally finished on 24th December 1946 when Claude Hulbert & Enid Trevor had been regular guests for many months.

 

Fri, 26/10/1945, BBC Light Programme, 17:30 - 18:15

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

Weekly party for Forces in hospitals everywhere, with Margaret Lock wood and Jeanne de Casalis. Two competitions: 'Stars and Sterling'; and ' Sporting Chance,' with John Snagge and a famous sportsman. Harry Hemsley. Dorothy Carless , Monsieur E. M. Stephan. Charles Ernesco and his Sextet, and Rita Williams. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 28/12/1945, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

A Christmas week and New Year greetings party for Forces in hospitals everywhere, with guest stars in London and Hollywood.

In London: Jeanne de Casalis , Claude Hulbert , Enid Trevor , Jessie Mat thews. Ben Lyon , Jack Warner. Maudie Edwards. Harry Hemsley , Jack and Daphne Barker. Rita Williams , John Snagge. Avril Angers, Kay Cavendish. Carroll Gibbons , Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra

In Hollywood: Bebe Daniels and guest stars. Edited and produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan in collaboration with Aubrey Danvers Walker. (BBC, recording) '

 

Fri, 18/01/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Bebe Daniels , Bob Hope , and Harry Hemsley. A weekly party for Forces in hospitals everywhere. Hostess, Maudie Edwards. Competition: ' Stars and Sterling ' with Bebe Daniels and Bob Hope calling from Hollywood: Rita Williams : Denny Dennis : Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 25/01/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Bebe Daniels , Marsha Hunt. and Harry Hemsley. A weekly party for Forces in hospitals everywhere. Hostess. Adele Dixon. Competition: ' Stars and Sterling.' with Bebe Daniels and Marsha Hunt calling from Hollywood; Jack and Daphne Barker ; Rita Williams ; Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 01/02/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Bebe Daniels. Susan Peters, and Harry Hemsley. A weekly programme for Forces in hospital everywhere. Hostess. Adele Dixon. Competition: ' Stars and Sterling,' with Beba Daniels and Susan Peters calling from Hollywood; B. C. Hilliam ('Flotsam'): Rita Williams ; Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 08/02/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Bebe Daniels , Lauren Bacall , and Harry Hemsley. A wCcekly programme for Forces in hospital everywhere. Hostess, Adele Dixon. Competition: 'Stars and Sterling.' with Bebe Daniels and Lauren Bacall calling from Hollywood: Harold Warrender ; Carroll Gibbons ; Rita Williams ; 'Things you may like to Know,' with Frank W. Lane ; Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 15/02/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Adele Dixon and Harry Hems ley. A weekly programme for Forces in hospitals everywhere. Hostess, Adele Dixon. Leslie Hutchinson ('Hutch'); 'Things you may like to know,' with Frank W. Lane ; Rita Williams ; Sally Hemsley : Charles Ernesco and his Qrchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

 

Fri, 22/02/1946, BBC Light Programme, 19:25 - 20:10

Here’s Wishing You Well Again

with Adele Dixon and Harry Hemsley. A weekly programme for Forces in hospitals everywhere. Competition: 'Stars and Sterling,' with the Western Brothers; Kay Cavendish ; Rita Williams ; 'Things you may like to Know,' with Frank W. Lane ; Charles Ernesco and his Orchestra. Produced by Jill Allgood and C. F. Meehan.

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The Ovaltiney’s Concert Party

Radio Luxembourg

Dec 1934 –  1939 (Original run, there were revivals after the war)

Sundays at 17:30 – 18:00

One of Radio Luxembourg’s biggest successes, the Ovaltiney’s Concert Party involved a group of children entertaining and playing popular music at a time when the BBC was considered stuffy and aloof, and it stole away many of the BBC’ viewership. It was sponsored by the makers of the Ovaltine drink and from 1935 there was a special membership club for children called The League of Ovaltiney’s which had secret codes and a badge and a Rules Book which started with the promise "To do the things that my parents tell me to, I want them to be proud of me and everything I do." By 1939 the League had 5 million members.

 

Some of the child stars would go on to have successful careers in entertainment as adults, such as Leslie Crowther and his future wife Jean Stone.

 

The famous theme song of these how We Are The Ovaltiney’s is still remembered today, and this was written and composed by Harry Hemsley, who also brought along his children to the show, Elsie, Johnny and Winnie. For this series the children with given the surname of the Fortune Family, and they featured in a regular five-minute adventure serial each week towards the end of the programme, all three children voiced by Hemsley.

 

The show ran from Dec 1934 until the Second World War broke out, when the Nazi’s occupied Radio Luxembourg to broadcast propaganda to England, such as William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw). By this time the Ovaltiney’s Concert Party had made over 200 broadcasts. The Ovaltiney’s was one of the first shows to return to the airwaves when it restarted properly in 1946.

 

The show ran on Sunday’s from 17:30 till 18:00 and were recorded at the J. Walter Thompson studios at Bush House, The Strand.

 

Further details and broadcasting of series to follow.

As the show was pre-recorded onto discs some episodes are likely to survive today and at least one is known to be floating around, although there is no official Radio Luxembourg archive, some recordings survive in private hands and the BBC also have some Radio Luxembourg recordings.

Harry Hemsley starring and regular series

Titles in RED are not known to survive anywhere

Titles in GREEN are known to survive in official archives or private hands

Titles in BLUE are known to have excerpts surviving but not full programme

Titles in BLACK have yet to be confirmed as surviving or not

The Ovaltineys Concert Party (1934-1939)

Here’s Wishing You Well Again (1945-1946)

BBC Home Service

Written by Harry Hemsley

Produced by Jacques Brown

Starring Harry Hemsley (as Winnie, Elsie, Johnny, and Horace) with

Fred Yule as Old Hearty

 

Mon, 10/03/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 1

 

Mon, 17/03/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 2

 

Mon, 24/03/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 3

 

Mon, 31/03/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 4

 

Mon, 07/04/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 5

 

Mon, 14/04/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 6

 

Mon, 21/04/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 7

 

Mon, 28/04/1947, BBC Home Service, 12:40 – 13:00

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman – Episode 8

Horace & Co. (1949)

BBC Light Programme

A 6 episode series of Harry Hemsley doing the voices of Johnny, Winnie, Elsie, and Horace as well as being Father, with Emmie Joyce co-starring as Mother. Emmie Joyce had worked with Harry 20 years earlier, having appeared playing the piano on his record ‘A Child’s Wish’ in November 1928, and written the music to Harry’s lyrics for Lather Father Mister Barber in 1929, and played ‘Auntie’ whilst playing piano on several other of Harry’s late twenties records. The show went out immediately before Ted Ray's popular series Ray’s A Laugh.

 

Sun, 17/04/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 1

 

Sun, 24/04/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 2

 

Sun, 01/05/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 3

 

Sun, 08/05/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 4

 

Sun, 15/05/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 5

 

Sun, 22/05/1949, BBC Light Programme, 14:00 – 14:15

Harry Hemsley introduces Horace & Co.

Episode 6

Hemsley’s Hotel (1949)

BBC Light Programme

with Elsie, Johnny, Winnie, and Horace

Script by Jill Allgood and Harry Hemsley

Produced by Audrey Cameron

Other Cast:

Pierre, the Headwaiter - Norman Shelley*

Miss Pilweed, the Receptionist - Molly Lumley

Madame Incognito, a guest - Cecile Chevreau

Pieface, the Chef - Martin Benson*

*For first episode Radio Times lists Shelley as Pieface the chef and Benson as Pierre the headwaiter so either they swapped roles after the first episode or the RT billed them wrong for first episode.

Harry and his fictitious family run a hotel.

 

Sun, 30/10/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 1

‘Unexpected Guests’

 

Sun, 06/11/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 2

‘The Mysterious Package’

 

Sun, 13/11/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 3

‘The Discovery’

 

Sun, 20/11/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 4

‘The Exposure’

 

Sun, 27/12/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 5

‘Trouble in the Kitchen’

 

Sun, 04/12/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 6

‘A Hapy Interlude’

 

Sun, 11/12/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Harry Hemsley in Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 7

‘A Shakespearean Episode’

 

Sun, 18/12/1949, BBC Light Programme, 13:15 – 13:30

Harry Hemsley in Hemsley’s Hotel – Episode 8

‘Christmas Preparations’

Harry Hemsley one-off radio appearances

Old Hearty, the Longshoreman (1947)

Harry Hemsley Documentary / Clip shows

Fri, 21/04/1978, BBC Radio 4, 16:05 – 16:35

What Did Horace Say?

Harry Hemsley’s career recollected. A commemoration by Peter Cavanagh.

 

Fri, 28/07/1995, BBC Radio 3, 16:20 – 16:30

Fairest Isle: Turns of the Century

Russell Davies celebrates Harry Hemsley.