Aladdin is a happy peasant boy from China. But the wicked Abanazar needs his help, as only Aladdin can enter the secret cave to find a very special lamp… Featuring Widow Twankey and Wishee-Washee, this traditional Christmas panto is full of magic and laughs.Starring Kenneth Connor, Alfred Marks, Clodagh Rogers, Billy Boyle, Liza Flanagan, Antony Hyde and John Webb, it was recorded in front of a live audience and first broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on Christmas Day 1980.
The Story of Christmas in words and music, with Andrew Cruickshank and The Saint Martin Singers. ‘God rest you merry’, a daily programme of readings and music for Christmas week, was first broadcast in the BBC Home Service in 1961 and has been repeated in various forms over the years since then. Now, with this recording, listeners can hear again the series of programmes as a whole, including some of their favourite poems and carols. The Saint Martin Singers date back to 1942, and owe their origin to a small band of fire-watchers at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
When young Tom falls in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, he dreams of winning her heart. But Tom is poverty-stricken, and his lady love is Princess Rose Petal. Then a magic sunbeam transforms his cat into clever, cunning Puss in Boots... Can Puss help Tom defeat Baron Skinflint and his greedy ogre and win the princess’ heart?
Dick Whittington has come to London to seek his fortune. He’s heard the streets are paved with gold, though after three days sleeping on them he hasn’t yet found riches. But then he finds a friend in Tommy the Cat and the Alderman’s daughter Alice Fitzwarren falls in love with him. It seems his luck is changing – until the evil King Rat threatens everything. Can the magical Spirit of the Bells put things right and help Dick achieve his heart’s desire?
Fun for all the family in this BBC Radio 2 pantomime starring Kenneth Connor, Mollie Sugden and Bernie Winters. Jack and Jill are in love and want to get married. But Jack is the son of Mother Goose – who’s desperately poor and in debt to Squire Bashem – and Jill just happens to be the Squire’s daughter. With the help of a Fairy Queen, Mother Goose’s wishes come true and she becomes rich thanks to a gigantic magical goose which lays golden eggs.... Her debts cleared, will Mother Goose live happily ever after? And will Jack and Jill finally be able to marry with their parents’ blessings?
The King and Queen are delighted to have Rosebud as their baby daughter. But her christening ceremony is rudely interrupted by the Wicked Fairy Carabosse, who gives the baby a gift she won’t forget. If Rosebud pricks her finger and spills a drop of blood she will then fall into the deepest sleep of all. And only a seventh son of a seventh son can break the spell.... Starring Terry Wogan, Kenneth Connor, Frank Thornton, June Whitfield, Nerys Hughes, Maureen Lipman – and guest starring Jimmy Young – this classic panto was recorded in front of a live audience and first broadcast on BBC.
A compilation covering June Whitfield's radio career of over half a century, incorporating comedy series such as Take It From Here, The Navy Lark, Round the Horne, Hancock's Half Hour, The Frankie Howerd Show and The News Huddlines.