02 April 1939

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BBC Television

Source: Radio Times March 31, 1939.

15.00 'In The Barber's Chair 
No. 3. By Reginald Arkell with Charles Heslop as Percy Ponsonby. Sound radio has produced any number of 'characters', people like Mrs. Feather and Mr. Walker, but until the arrival of Charles Heslop as Percy Ponsonby television could make no claims at all. Percy has been well worth waiting for, however, and it is hoped that he will be in his shop with his lather and brush at regular intervals.
15.10 Film 
Great Guns
15.20-16.00 'Leviathan' 
A survey of sea-monsters past and present, and a discussion between Lt. Commander R. T. Gould (author of The Case for the Sea-Serpent) and David Seth-Smith, Curator at the London Zoo With Stanley Lathbury, Finlay Currie, Percy Parsons, Kaye Seely, Mario Francelli, Basil Cunard, Bernard Miles, and John Salew. Historical scenes by Rayner Heppenstall. Production by Stephen Harrison. Last October, Lt. Commander Gould told viewers in 'Picture Page' that he was a firm believer in the existence of sea-monsters, and in this television feature programme he will have more time to vent his views. He has collected the evidence of several witnesses, including the extraordinary case of 1848, when prosaic Admiralty officials were puzzled by a long eye-witness account of a sea-monster, written by the captain of H.M.S. Daedalus
19.55 National Programme 
(sound only)
21.05-22.35 'Caesar's Friend' 
A play by Campbell Dixon and Dermot Morrah. Cast: Pontius Pilate-D. A. Clarke-Smith ; Claudia Procula, wife of Pilate- Mary O'Farrell ; Judas- Alan Wheatley ; Caiaphas, the High Priest- Robert Atkins ; Peter- Eugene Leahy ; Mary, a woman of Magdala- Elspeth March ; Joseph of Arimathea-Brian Oulton ; Gamaliel-Michael Martin Harvey ; Malchus- Peter Henschel ; Zillah- Joan Clement-Scott ; Balbus, Commandant of the Roman garrison- Aubrey Dexter ; Damon- Lionel Dixon ;Marcella- Eileen Bennett ; Lucius- Desmond Tester ; Annas- Abraham Sofaer ;A sentry- Billy Shine ; The First Decurion- Donald Fergusson. Production by George More O'Ferrall The most momentous decision of all times was Pontius Pilate's. The whole terrible drama is told in modern dialogue in this play, with Pilate depicted sympathetically as the central character. Caesar's Friend was first put on at the Westminster Theatre in 1933 and was then transferred to the Piccadilly. In both these productions D. A. Clarke-Smith was Pontius Pilate and Mary O'Farrell, Claudia Procula. George More O'Ferrall, who is the producer of this television version, was Lucius Licinius Cotta in the West-End production
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