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Marigold [extracts]

Summary
BBC live studio presentation of extracts from a stage revival by Lance Lister at the London Theatre of the Scottish comedy Marigold by L. Allen Harker and F. R. Pryor. This was the first drama to be televised officially by the BBC after the opening of the television service from Alexandra Palace on 2 November 1936. Lance Lister contributed a short on-camera introduction to the first broadcast.
Theatre play
Marigold by L. Allen Harker (1863-1933) and F. R. Pryor [more information]
Date of transmission
Friday 6 November 1936
Time
3.27pm (49 mins)
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC
Theatre company
[choose none of these]

Credits

Producer
George More O’Ferrall (1907-1982)
Stage Producer
Lance Lister
Playwright
L. Allen Harker (1863-1933)
Playwright
F. R. Pryor
Introduced by
Lance Lister
Cast
John BaileyArchie Forsyth
Jean ClydeMrs Pringle
Iain Macdonald-MurrayThe Piper
Wyndham MilliganNigel Lumsden
Katharine PageMarigold (in the two 30 November 1936 repeat performances)
Graham PockettMordaunt
Geoffrey SteeleRobert Townsend
Sophie Stewart (1908-1977)Marigold (on 6 November 1936)

Additional details

Later transmissions
Two live repeats were given at 3.22pm (36 mins) and 9.31pm (34 mins) on 30 November 1936; the part played by Sophie Stewart in the first broadcast was taken in these two repeats by Katharine Page. The repeats are listed as from ‘The Royalty Theatre production’.
Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
comedy; royalty; Scottish drama

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
Plate XI, with short description
Title
BBC Programme Records: 1936 (Book)
Reference
London: British Broadcasting Corporation
Linking notes
listings on pp. 283, 286
Title
In the beginning: Marigold (BBC, 1936) (Blog article)
Author/creator
John Wyver (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/in-the-beginning-marigold-bbc-1936, published 18 September 2011
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
Marigold (Archive file)
Archive
BBC Written Archives Centre (WAC) [more information]
Address

Peppard Road
Caversham Park
Reading
Berkshire
RG4 8TZ
UK

Telephone

+44 (0)118 948 6281

Email

heritage@bbc.co.uk

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/research/wac

Access

The WAC is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Wednesdays to Fridays throughout the year to academics, postgraduate students and writers by appointment.

Reference
T5/316

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