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A Preview Of A Big Leicester Exhibition

HOW do B.B.C. radio and television really work? What do "The Archers" look like? How big is the dressing room used for the serial "United"? How substantial is the police station entrance used for "Z Cars"?

These are just some of the questions which will be answered for thousands of Leicester viewers and listeners between March 31 and April 8, when the B.B.C. stages one of the biggest exhibitions and programme demonstrations ever put on outside a regional centre at Leicester's Granby Halls. Programmes which are household names will be broadcast from Leicester during the exhibition — "Saturday Club." "Parade of the Pops." "Any Questions?." "My Word and "Gardening Club" are just a few of the many to be transmitted from Leicester.

Organised from Birmingham by the B.B.C. Midland Region, the show will feature local talent from all Midland centres. Besides Leicester, there will be items from Nottingham, Northampton. Oakham, Derby and Warwick. and a special concert at the De Montfort Hall by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with celebrity soloists. This will be recorded for B.B.C.-2.


Public auditions for talent from all county towns will be a highlight of the show, and the best talent may be used later in a composite radio programme.

Leicester-born Mr. W. A. Roberts. the head of Midland Region Administration, is in charge of :operations" in Leicester, and has very high hopes for the show. "It should appeal to the ordinary viewer, who is curious about what goes on behind the scenes, as well as to the more technically inclined," he says. "The B.B.C. will be on parade, and those who make the programmes will be there to talk to the public and answer questions."

The exhibition will be spilt into three sections. the B.B.C. says. As visitors enter the hall, they will see sets from famous B.B.C. programmes—like the living room from "Hugh and I," the dressing room from "United." and the police station entrance from "Z Cars."

In the second area will be broadcasting arena, with alternating sound and television demon. straitens each day In between live and recorded programmes.

The third area will be a trade show by radio and television retailers under the aegis of the Leicester R.T.R.A. in particular.

Breaking away from their usual roles—the ones which have caught the Imagination of millions of people - will be stars of "Softly Softly" and "The Archers."

Stratford Johns, for instance, better known as Detective Chief Superintendent Barlow of "Softly, Softly," will be airing his vocal chords and singing with B.B.C. Midland Light Orchestra. Also, radio fans will be pleased to hear that Monte Crick and Gwen Berryman — Dan and Don Archer — will be singing at the piano during the show.

The hit of the show should be, as far as children are concern, at least, the Dalek who scheduled to introduce all programmes and patrol the Grand Halls answering questions for the youngsters.

Caption: Among the programmes that will be broadcast from the show will be "My Word!"—the very popular panel game which features the jokes and brains of Anne Scott-James and Denis Norden (above), and (below), Frank Muir and Dilys Powell

Caption: Above, left, Michael Ford of the programmes "Trolley Service" and "One Night Stand" who will be producing some of the programmes at the show. Right, as programmes at O. show will be introduced by a Dalek from TV's Dr. Who" series. The Dalek rill also pa, Granby Haiti throughout the week and answer children's queries. Below, disc-jockey Brian Matthew will be broadcasting "Saturday Club " from the show.

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