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Date # Ser First Line
Specials, 1944/45
 
25 Dec 1944 A Sp1
21 Jul 1945 B Sp2
25 Dec 1945 C Sp3
Series 1, 1947, 38 shows plus August Bank Holiday special, BBC Light Programme
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne, Sam Costa, Marilyn Williams, Vivian Chatterton, Maurice Denham, Dick Griffin
Augmented Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black
Script by Richard Murdoch & Kenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
 
2 Jan 1947 1 A1
9 Jan 1947 2 A2
16 Jan 1947 3 A3
23 Jan 1947 4 A4
30 Jan 1947 5 A5
6 Feb 1947 6 A6
13 Feb 1947 7 A7
20 Feb 1947 8 A8
27 Feb 1947 9 A9
6 Mar 1947 10 A10
13 Mar 1947 11 A11
20 Mar 1947 12 A12
27 Mar 1947 13 A13 Ladies and gentlemen, we’re running what’s called “very tight” today
3 Apr 1947 14 A14
10 Apr 1947 15 A15
17 Apr 1947 16 A16
24 Apr 1947 17 A17
1 May 1947 18 A18
8 May 1947 19 A19
15 May 1947 20 A20 Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I'm afraid I have somewhat of a shock for you
22 May 1947 21 A21 Well, as I said to Charlie Farnzbarnz on the night of the table tennis semi-finals
29 May 1947 22 A22
5 Jun 1947 23 A23
12 Jun 1947 24 A24
19 Jun 1947 25 A25
26 Jun 1947 26 A26
3 Jul 1947 27 A27
10 Jul 1947 28 A28
17 Jul 1947 29 A29
24 Jul 1947 30 A30
31 Jul 1947 31 A31
4 Aug 1947 32 special
7 Aug 1947 33 A32
14 Aug 1947 34 A33
21 Aug 1947 35 A34
28 Aug 1947 36 A35
4 Sep 1947 37 A36
11 Sep 1947 38 A37
18 Sep 1947 39 A38

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Series 2, 1947/48, 30 shows plus Easter special, BBC Light Programme
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne, Sam Costa, Gwen Catley, Helen Hill (when GC was indisposed), Maurice Denham, Barbara Valerie
The [Augmented] Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black
Announcer Philip Slessor
Script by Richard Murdoch & Kenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
 
26 Nov 1947 40 B1  
3 Dec 1947 41 B2 Some people may think it a bit boring to be an announcer
10 Dec 1947 42 B3
17 Dec 1947 43 B4
24 Dec 1947 44 B5
31 Dec 1947 45 B6
7 Jan 1948 46 B7
14 Jan 1948 47 B8 Hello. Be as quick as you can please, I've just got to announce a programme
21 Jan 1948 48 B9 You know, announcing some programmes is a bit of a bore
28 Jan 1948 49 B10 I was in the House of Commons the other day
4 Feb 1948 50 B11 I had the priviledge the other day of meeting Mlle Fifi Lovesbonbon(?)
11 Feb 1948 51 B12 You know, Mr Murdoch told me that when they broadcast the Quartet from Rigoletto
18 Feb 1948 52 B13
25 Feb 1948 53 B14 Well I'm afraid I can't stay very long tonight
3 Mar 1948 54 B15 Every week when I come here, I wonder whether or not I shall have to
10 Mar 1948 55 B16
17 Mar 1948 56 B17
24 Mar 1948 57 B18 You know, right in the middle of a debate the other day
29 Mar 1948 58 special
31 Mar 1948 59 B19
7 Apr 1948 60 B20
14 Apr 1948 61 B21
21 Apr 1948 62 B22
28 Apr 1948 63 B23
5 May 1948 64 B24
12 May 1948 65 B25
19 May 1948 66 B26
26 May 1948 67 B27
2 Jun 1948 68 B28
9 Jun 1948 69 B29
16 Jun 1948 70 B30

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Series 3, 1948/49, 43 shows plus 1949 Christmas Special, BBC Light Programme
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne, Sam Costa, Maurice Denham, Maureen Riscoe (some), Helen Hill (some), Gwen Catley (some), Barbara Valerie (some),
The Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black
Script by Richard Murdoch & Kenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
 
21 Sep 1948 71 C1 At last the moment for which I've waited so long has arrived
28 Sep 1948 72 C2
5 Oct 1948 73 C3
12 Oct 1948 74 C4
19 Oct 1948 75 C5
26 Oct 1948 76 C6
2 Nov 1948 77 C7 Well, after my debut as a real member of the cast last week
9 Nov 1948 78 C8
16 Nov 1948 79 C9
23 Nov 1948 80 C10 Well I must say that the way I'm being treated in this show
30 Nov 1948 81 C11
7 Dec 1948 82 C12
14 Dec 1948 83 C13
21 Dec 1948 84 C14
28 Dec 1948 85 C15 Well, ladies and gentlemen, Christmas is over and the new year is upon us
4 Jan 1949 86 C16
11 Jan 1949 87 C17
18 Jan 1949 88 C18
25 Jan 1949 89 C19
1 Feb 1949 90 C20 Telephonist: Frank Filliabut's(?) supervisor. Can I help you?
8 Feb 1949 91 C21 Well ladies and gentlemen, I wasn't too happy about my opening remarks last week.
15 Feb 1949 92 C22
22 Feb 1949 93 C23
1 Mar 1949 94 C24
8 Mar 1949 95 C25
15 Mar 1949 96 C26
22 Mar 1949 97 C27
29 Mar 1949 98 C28
5 Apr 1949 99 C29
12 Apr 1949 100 C30
19 Apr 1949 101 C31
26 Apr 1949 102 C32
3 May 1949 103 C33
10 May 1949 104 C34
17 May 1949 105 C35
24 May 1949 106 C36
31 May 1949 107 C37
7 Jun 1949 108 C38
14 Jun 1949 109 C39
21 Jun 1949 110 C40
28 Jun 1949 111 C41
5 Jul 1949 112 C42
12 Jul 1949 113 C43
25 Dec 1949 114 special

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Series 4, 1950, 27 shows, BBC Light Programme
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne, Sam Costa, Maurice Denham, Diana Morrison, Barbara Lee
Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black
Script by Richard Murdoch & Kenneth Horne
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont
 
22 Mar 1950 115 D1  
29 Mar 1950 116 D2
5 Apr 1950 117 D3
12 Apr 1950 118 D4
19 Apr 1950 119 D5
26 Apr 1950 120 D6
3 May 1950 121 D7
10 May 1950 122 D8 Now this is Philip Slessor warning you beware. For the 8th time this season, Much Binding takes the air
17 May 1950 123 D9 Now this is Franklin Engleman, I'm warning you beware. For the 9th time this season Much Binding takes the air
24 May 1950 124 D10 Now this is Philip Slessor, and less I could not care. (All: Slessor!) For the 10th time this season Much Binding takes the air
31 May 1950 125 D11
7 Jun 1950 126 D12
14 Jun 1950 127 D13
21 Jun 1950 128 D14
28 Jun 1950 129 D15
5 Jul 1950 130 D16
12 Jul 1950 131 D17
19 Jul 1950 132 D18
26 Jul 1950 133 D19
2 Aug 1950 134 D20
9 Aug 1950 135 D21
16 Aug 1950 136 D22
23 Aug 1950 137 D23
30 Aug 1950 138 D24
6 Sep 1950 139 D25
13 Sep 1950 140 D26
20 Sep 1950 141 D27

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Series 5, 1950/51, 34 shows, Radio Luxembourg
Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Horne, Sam Costa, Maurice Denham, Diana Morrison
The Skyrockets [E1,E2] The Squadronaires [E3-E34] with Patricia Hughes [E3-E18], Barbara Leigh [E19-E34]
Compere: Bob Danvers-Walker
Produced by Towers of London
Sponsored by Mars and Aspro
 
5 Nov 1950 142 E1
12 Nov 1950 143 E2
19 Nov 1950 144 E3
26 Nov 1950 145 E4
3 Dec 1950 146 E5 Well once again we find ourselves involved in Much Bindery
10 Dec 1950 147 E6 Well now, this week we find the boys in what is known as a ferment.
17 Dec 1950 148 E7 Y'know, the Much Binding in the Marsh Club reminds me of a very funny story
24 Dec 1950 149 E8 Now recently the Much Binding in the Marsh boys were thinking of doing a play
31 Dec 1950 150 E9
7 Jan 1951 151 E10 So here we are again - the same old crew in the same old dither
14 Jan 1951 152 E11 It is with deep regret, not unmixed with a little relief,
21 Jan 1951 153 E12
28 Jan 1951 154 E13
4 Feb 1951 155 E14
11 Feb 1951 156 E15
18 Feb 1951 157 E16
25 Feb 1951 158 E17 Now most animals can sleep through the winter months
4 Mar 1951 159 E18 Well, we didn't get very far with the programme last week
11 Mar 1951 160 E19
18 Mar 1951 161 E20
25 Mar 1951 162 E21
1 Apr 1951 163 E22
8 Apr 1951 164 E23
15 Apr 1951 165 E24
22 Apr 1951 166 E25
29 Apr 1951 167 E26
6 May 1951 168 E27
13 May 1951 169 E28
20 May 1951 170 E29
27 May 1951 171 E30
3 Jun 1951 172 E31
10 Jun 1951 173 E32
17 Jun 1951 174 E33
24 Jun 1951 175 E34
Transmission dates from J David Garnett, Turkishdiver Enterprises, 6 Mar 2002, but any transcribing errors are down to me!
Another log, published by ORCA, gives the dates of the Luxembourg shows as one week earlier — from 30 October 1950 to 17 Jun 1951.

Following the Luxembourg series, the show returned to the BBC, with the new title Over to You. 28 shows were broadcast on the Light Programme between 30 Sep 1951 and 14 Apr 1952.

It was back again for the first of 35 more shows on 21 July 1953, this time on the Home Service, with the title Much Binding. The run ended in March 1954. [Thanks again to J David Garnett for the dates.]

I'm a bit doubtful about the dates for series 4. The British Comedy web site says the series started on 15 March, but D10 had been positively identified as being from 24 May. It's possible that the series started on 15 Mar, but that they missed a week during the first couple of months.

J David Garnett has written: “This show can also be traced back further to Merry Go Round which was a Forces radio show that alternated Army, Air Force and Navy editions each week. MBITM was the Air Force edition, the Army edition went on to become Stand Easy and the Navy edition became Waterlogged Spa.”

Links: www.whirligig-tv.co.uk/radio/mbitm.htm
www.andmas.co.uk/radio/light.htm
www.britishcomedy.org.uk/comedy/mb.htm

Maurice Denham, RIP. A regular in the show throughout its run, Maurice Denham died on 24 July 2002, aged 92.
Guardian obituary: www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4468958,00.html

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