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'It is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer’

Summary
1953 live studio production of Gilbert Cesbron’s play adapted for television by Rudolph Cartier. This is the earliest television drama of which a full-length tele-recording exists; the recording is of the second presentation.
Theatre play
'It is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer’ by Gilbert Cesbron [more information]
Date of transmission
Sunday 22 February 1953
Time
8.40-10.20pm
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Producer
Rudolph Cartier
Playwright
Gilbert Cesbron
Adapted for Television by
Rudolph Cartier
Translator
Basil Bartlett
Translator
Lothian Small
Sets / Settings
Barry Learoyd
Cast
Tom FlemingCommandant Lieuvin
Greta GyntSister Marie
André MorellDr Albert Schweitzer
Reginald TateLeblanc
Douglas WilmerFather Charles de Ferrier

Additional details

Origination
Live from studio
Vision original
Monochrome
Later transmissions
Presented again at 7.00pm on Thursday 26 February 1953.
Play tags
Africa, as theme or setting; colonialism; First World War, as theme or setting; French drama; wartime, as theme or setting

Audiovisual sources

Title
'It is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer’ (BBC, 1953)
Archive
BBC Information and Archives [more information]
Address

White City
London
UK

Telephone

+44 (0)20 8008 2288

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/informationandarchives/

Access

BBC Information and Archives is not open to the public.

Print sources

Title
It Is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer’ (BBC, 1953) (Blog article)
Author/creator
John Wyver (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/it-is-midnight-dr-schweitzer-bbc-1953, published 12 September 2011
Title
Radio Times, 20 February 1953 (Magazine)
Linking notes
extended listing by translator Basil Bartlett, p. 14

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