The Mulberry Harbour comprised two artificial harbours, towed across the English Channel and put together off the coast of Normandy. One, known as Mulberry A, was constructed at Omaha Beach and the other, Mulberry B (nicknamed ‘Port Winston’), was constructed off Arromanches at Gold Beach. It was a remarkable engineering achievement.
The material requirements were huge. But in wartime, anything is possible.
The various parts of the Mulberry harbours were made around Britain, secretly. They were towed to Normandy immediately after June 6th: D-Day. By June 18th, both harbours were in use. They were meant to stay in operation until the capture of Cherbourg, if it happened.
A violent storm began on June 19th, which changed everything. By June 22nd, Mulberry A had been wrecked. Parts of it were salvaged to repair Mulberry B.
During that time the harbours landed 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4 million tons of goods.
By Alick Rowe 13.8.1977. SNT. Nicolette McKenzie/Sean Arnold.
By Jill Hyem 6.8.1977. SNT. Ruth Goring/David Markham/Grizelda Hervey. A taboo topic - the violence of a man towards his partner. Uncomfortable listening, and holds the attention of the listener completely. An excellent play.
A Night Of The Wolf
By Victor Pemberton 18.6.1977. SNT. Vincent Price/Coral Browne. When you've listened to this, werewolves will seem almost real...
A GREAT BIG SOFTIE....1977
By Joan Lock, 45m, afternoon play. With George Cole. 16 Jun 77. Someone who is always solving other people's problems doesn't realise that this is causing a few of his own. Producer Glyn Dearman.
By Frederick Bradnum 2.4.1977. SNT. Ian Holm/Jack May. Odd play, not up to Bradnum's usual high standard.
Three Days Of Frost
By R.D. Wingfield 12.2.1977. SNT. Leslie Sands/Steve Hodson/Jack May. Much better than the TV follow-ups.
By J.C.W. Brook 1.1.1977. SNT. Nigel Anthony/Emily Richard/Elizabeth Lindsay. Outstanding supernatural story. Repeated several times - including, I think, on BBC7.
APPOINTMENT WITH FEAR, 1976-77
7 programmes broadcast. The only details I have so far are shown below...
My Fate Cries Out, by Michael Robson, 4 Dec 76.
BBC World Service.
1.Morning Glory, by Charlotte and Dennis Plummer 1 Jan 77.
With Celia Johnson and Helen Lindsay.
7. Dogs, by Gerald Kelsey 15 Jan 77.
A couple move into an isolated cottage but discover that the previous tenant left some unfinished business. Featuring Judy Cornwell as Anne and Peter Egan as Alan; producer Derek Hoddinott.
Nigel Deacon / Diversity website
Above plays known to exist in VRPCC collections
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