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Toad of Toad Hall

1947 BBC 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: although many actors played the same parts in 1946 and 1947, 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 21 December 1947
BBC Television
Production company


Michael Barry
A. A. Milne (1882-1956)
Kenneth Grahame (wrote The Wind in the Willows, on which Milne based the play)
Adapted for Television by
Michael Barry
H. Fraser-Simson
Orchestra Directed by
Eric Robinson
Sets / Settings
Barry Learoyd
Dances Arranged by
Felicity Gray
Alan [or Allan] Bixter
Anthony BaconWeasel, Ferret and/or Stoat
Barbara BirkinshawDuck
Jacqueline BoiteuxTurkey
Stafford ByrneJudge
Maureen Coea minor part
Dorothy Coffeya minor part
Angela GlynneMarigold
Josephine GoochSecond Field Mouse
John LaurentAlfred, the Horse
Pat Leata minor part
Humphrey LestocqWeasel, Ferret and/or Stoat / Usher
Ronald LongToad
Patricia Louttita minor part
Marne MaitlandWeasel, Ferret and/or Stoat
Hugh ManningWeasel, Ferret and/or Stoat / Gaoler
Kenneth MoreMr Badger
Jack NewmarkMole
Andrew OsbornWater Rat
Joyce Owena minor part
Margaret Owena minor part
Dorothy Robinsona minor part
Patricia Rowlandsa minor part
Catherine SomertonFirst Field Mouse
H. G. StokerThe Storyteller
Madoline ThomasMother
George WoodbridgePoliceman
Victor WoolfAlfred, the Horse

Additional details

Later transmissions
Second performance televised on 29 December 1947 (3pm-4.50pm)
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

Radio Times, 19 December 1947 (Magazine)
Linking notes
lisating, p. 34, article, p. 33
Radio Times, 26 December 1947 (Magazine)
Linking notes
listing, p. 30

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