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Toad of Toad Hall

Summary
1947 BBC Television production of A. A. Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall, which he based on Kenneth Grahame’s novel for children The Wind in the Willows. Michael Barry had produced this play for television in 1946 and 1947: although many actors played the same parts in 1946, 1947 and 1948, there are sufficient differences to identify them as separate productions.
Theatre play
Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne (1882-1956) [more information]
Date of transmission
Sunday 19 December 1948
Time
5.30-7.30pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Michael Barry
Playwright
A. A. Milne (1882-1956)
Writer
Kenneth Grahame (wrote The Wind in the Willows, on which Milne based the play)
Adapted for Television by
Michael Barry
Composer
H. Fraser-Simson
Orchestra Directed by
Eric Robinson
Sets / Settings
Barry Learoyd
Dances Arranged by
Felicity Gray
Répétiteur
Alan [or Allan] Bixter
Cast
Barbara BirkinshawDuck
Jacqueline BoiteuxTurkey
Theodore Child
Jill Coates
Denise CoffeySecond Field Mouse
Musetta FonnereauFirst Field Mouse
Angela GlynneMarigold
Cameron HallToad
Dearie Higgs
Desmond KeithPoliceman
Diarmuid KellyWeasel
Sam KyddFerret
John LaurentAlfred, the Horse
Kenneth MoreMr Badger
Jack NewmarkMole
Andrew OsbornWater Rat
Jocelyn Owen
Tina Ann Page
Pat [Patricia] Pleasance
Harry SecombeJudge
Catherine Summerton
Audrey Swift
Madoline ThomasMother
Patrick TroughtonStoryteller
Desmond Walter-EllisUsher / Chief Weasel
Alwyne WhatsleyStoat; Gaoler
Victor WoolfAlfred, the Horse

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again at 3.00pm on Thursday 23 December 1948.
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, 17 December 1948 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 30; article, p. 29

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