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Bees on the Boat-Deck

Summary
1939 BBC studio production of J. B. Priestley’s farcical tragedy Bees on the Boat-Deck. Ralph Richardson, Allan Jeayes and John Laurie, who performed in the television production, were in the cast for the stage premiere in May 1936. Laurence Oliver took the role on stage which James Mason played for television.
Theatre play
Bees on the Boat-Deck by J. B. Priestley (1894-1984) [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 11 January 1939
Time
3.00-4.15pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC
Theatre company
[choose none of these]

Credits

Producer
Eric Crozier (1914-1994)
Playwright
J. B. Priestley (1894-1984)
Cast
Ivor BarnardFletherington
Eileen ErskineHilda Jackson
Meriel ForbesUrsula Manning
Allan JeayesLord Cottingley
John LaurieGaster
James MasonRobert Patch
Eric MaturinCaptain Mellock
Ralph RichardsonSam Gridley
Ralph RobertsSlivers
Douglas SealeMr Tooke
Charles VictorSergeant Wilks

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again from 9.20-10.35pm on Tuesday 17 January 1939.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
farce; nautical theme

Print sources

Title
Broadcast Performance (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Anon. (Author)
Reference
The Times, 23 January 1939, p. 19
Notes
''The production was interesting, as was the illusion of being on a cargo-boat was admirably maintained, and the simple scenery was just what was wanted.'
Title
Broadcasting: A Mozart Concert (Newspaper listing)
Reference
The Times, 11 January 1939, p. 8
Title
Radio Times, 6 January 1939 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 16

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