A BANNISTER CALLED FREDA,
OR A TRIBUTE TO GREATNESS
This was a one off radio satire written by Myles Rudge, sending up tributes to personanilties of the Victorian era, and was historic in as much as it was a comedy show broadcast on the Third Programme (now Radio 3). The show starred Joan Sims as Dame Freda Bannister, with Kenneth Williams playing all the men in her life. John Moffatt narrated and served as the interviewer of both Dame Freda and her admirers. Ted Dicks wrote the two songs in the show - I search for blossoms in lifes garden, and Blow out the light, beloved, which sounded remarkably like they had been played from a 78 record!!! The show made such an impression on those in the right places in the BBC that it lead to the idea of Stop Messing About, and the resulting two series. The show was recorded at the Grafton on 11th September 1968, with John Simmonds directing.
If anyone has a copy of this show, can they please contact me.