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Toad of Toad Hall

Summary
1949 BBC live production of a version of A. A. Milne’s play Toad of Toad Hall, drawn from Kenneth Grahame’s novel, transmitted on Christmas Day.
Theatre play
Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne (1882-1956) [more information]
Date of transmission
Sunday 25 December 1949
Time
6.30-8.30pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Michael Barry
Playwright
A. A. Milne (1882-1956)
Adapted for Television by
Michael Barry
Original Book by
Kenneth Grahame
Music
H. Fraser-Simson
Conductor
Eric Robinson
Sets / Settings
Barry Learoyd ('Settings and illustrations by’)
Dances Arranged by
Viola Merrett
Répétiteur
Alan [or Allan] Bixter
Cast
David AskeyAlfred, the Horse
Jill BalconStoryteller
Barbara BirkinshawDuck
Nina Camlett
Musetta FonnereauSecond Field Mouse
James HayterToad
Dearie Higgs
Norma Hughes
Sam KyddWeasel / Ferret / Stoat / Welsh Rabbit
Heather LeeMarigold
Humphrey LestocqChief Weasel
Marne MaitlandWeasel / Ferret / Stoat / Gaoler
Kenneth MoreMr Badger
Jack NewmarkMole
Michael NightingalePoliceman
Andrew OsbornWater Rat
Joyce OwenTurkey
Paddy Russell
Harry SecombeJudge
Catherine SummertonFirst Field Mouse
Audrey Swift
Madoline ThomasMother
Patrick TroughtonWeasel / Ferret / Stoat
Pamela Welsh
Victor WoolfAlfred, the Horse

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again under the title ‘For the Children’ at 3.00pm on Monday 2 January 1950.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
adaptation of novel; children’s drama
Programme context tags
children’s television

Print sources

Title
Radio Times, 23 December 1949 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 46; article p. 45, including photograph from a previous broadcast of the play
Title
Radio Times, 30 December 1949 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 42

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