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The Tiger [scenes]

Summary
The second drama broadcast from Alexandra Palace after the start of the regular television service, this is a BBC transmission of scenes from The Tiger by Reginald Berkeley, from the production playing at the Embassy Theatre, London.
Theatre play
The Tiger by Reginald Berkeley (1890-1935) [more information]
Date of transmission
Monday 23 November 1936
Time
3.29pm (33 mins)
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Television Presentation by
George More O’Ferrall (1907-1982)
Theatre Producer
Ronald Adam (1896-1979)
Playwright
Reginald Berkeley (1890-1935)
Cast
Ronald Adam (1896-1979)'Scenes introduced by’
Nigel Clarke [or Clark]English general
William Devlin (1911-1987)Georges Clemenceau
Mario FrancelliEnglish journalist
Alexander KnoxAmerican liaison officer
Joan Miller (1910-1988)Louise Michel
Elizabeth WestonSecretary to Clemenceau

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Repeated live at 9.31-10.05pm on Monday 23 November 1936.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
First World War, as theme or setting; France, as theme or setting; politics

Print sources

Title
Adventure in Vision: The First Twenty-Five Years of Television (Book)
Author/creator
John Swift (Author)
Reference
London: John Lehmann, 1950
Linking notes
p. 87
Title
BBC Programme Records: 1936 (Book)
Reference
London: British Broadcasting Corporation
Linking notes
listing on p. 290
Title
In the beginning: The Tiger (BBC, 1936) (Blog article)
Author/creator
John Wyver (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2011/09/17/in-the-beginning-the-tiger-bbc-1936, published 17 September 2011
Title
In The Tiger at the Embassy (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Walter A. Beckett (Author)
Reference
Catholic Herald, 2 October 1936, online at http://archive.catholicherald.co.uk/article/2nd-october-1936/10/in-the-tiger-at-the-embassy
Notes
Excerpt from the review: ‘Reginald Berkeley’s play is all William Devlin. We begin with a raw gawky boy in 1858, tongue-tied, shy, and only bursting into life under the stress of his father’s unjust arrest by the minions of Napoleon III; we follow the young man through a realistic and determined middle-age, the clarity of his thought and the firmness of his will reducing his friends and opponents to comparative imbecility; we end with an amazing impersonation of Papa Clemenceau in his old age, as known to Englishmen familiar with his photographs in the press.'
Title
Radio Times, 20 November 1936 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, photograph and brief article, p. 90

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