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Traitor’s Gate

Summary
1939 BBC studio production of Morna Stuart’s historical drama Traitor’s Gate, ‘based on Leslie French’s recent production at the Duke of York’s Theatre’ which had closed on 14 January 1939 (Radio Times listing, 20 January 1939, p. 17).
Theatre play
Traitor’s Gate by Morna Stuart [more information]
Date of transmission
Sunday 22 January 1939
Time
9.05-10.35pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
George More O’Ferrall (1907-1982)
Theatre Producer
Leslie French
Playwright
Morna Stuart
Cast
Margaretta ScottPeg Clement
Basil SydneySir Thomas More

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again at 3.00pm on Friday 27 January 1939.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
16th-century setting; royalty

Print sources

Title
Broadcasting: Sport, Variety and Music (Newspaper listing)
Reference
The Times, 21 Janaury 1939, p. 7
Title
Radio Times, 20 January 1939 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing p. 17 and photograph p. 16
Title
Television Last Week (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Anon. (Author)
Reference
The Times, 30 January 1939, p. 20
Notes
'This was a deeply moving performance, with remarkably fine acting, which just failed because it was so much on one note. Some of the scenes were beautiful to look at, notably the garden of More’s house in Chelsea, but the eye tires of close-up pictures, and even the semblance of a crowd at More’es execution would have been welcomed.'

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