RADIO APPEARANCES


All listings broadcast in the UK, except as noted.
Maroon colored titles indicate shows in which Petula was a series regular.

THE FORTIES

1942

IT'S ALL YOURS
BBC Forces Programme

17/10/42

From the Criterion Theatre, London. Petula's first radio appearance when she was introduced by singer Helen Clare (and with whom she was re-united in 2016 on BBC TV's One Show.)

The Birth of a New Star . . .





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IT'S ALL YOURS
BBC Forces Programme

22/11/42
Ave Maria


It's All Yours
22 November, 1942
Petula sings Ave Maria

Weekly News
12 December, 1942

     She's cute, isn't she, and full of pep. . .that girl on the left getting all set up in front of the mike. She's ten-year-old Petula Clark, and if you haven't heard her on the air already, you're due for a treat.
      Petula is BBC's latest find, and the credit for her discovery goes--no, not to Carroll Lewis--but to herself. She was one of the children invited to the Empire Entertainment Unit's tea party in order that they might broadcast messages to their fathers or relatives serving overseas. Stephen Williams, the producer, asked, as he usually does, if anyone would like to sing, and Petula, who was there to say hello to her uncle in Iraq, stepped up to the mike like a veteran and sang "Mighty Like a Rose" Some days later a letter was received from Sergeant Fred Mork, stationed in Malta, saying "I would be glad if you would let me have the full name and addresss of the little girl of ten who sang so beautifully tonight in the "It's All Yours" programme. Her voice was crystal clear and sounded as sweet as chapel bells on a Sunday morning in England. It made me homesick, and I have been overseas eight years now. Hoping to hear from you either by mail or wireless, and also hoping to hear Petula again."
      So Petula was brought to the mike again, accompanied by her father, Corporal Leslie Clark, who suggested she should sing "Ave Maria." She did so at a rehearsal. . .and was it a success? Well, judge for yourself when I tell you that when she had finished the entire band and studio officials broke into spontaneous applause. Petula has never been trained and has never sung in public before. She learns her songs "by ear" from listening to the wireless. Petula, whose home is in Surrey, looks like going places--and quickly too!






BABES IN THE WOOD

12/42

Cast as "Good Fairy Twinkle."

BIRTHDAY PARTY
Forces Programme

20/12/42

Celebrating ten years of Empire entertainment programmes, with Vera Lynn, Arthur Askey and Richard Murdoch, Elsie and Doris Waters, , Petula Clark. Introduced by Gerry Wilmot. Geraldo and his Orchestra. From the Queensberry All-Services Club,(London Casino ..now Prince Edward Theatre where Petula will play in Mary Poppins in 2019.)
Happy Birthday
Some of these Days (as Sophie Tucker) and When I Love, I Love (as Carmen Miranda.)

as Carmen Miranda


with Michael Redgrave


10th birthday party of the British Empire Service

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1943

HALF-HOUR
Forces Programme

21/12/43

'Michie Joins Ensa' Forty minutes of Variety from Mabel Constanduros, 'Stainless Stephen', Tony Lowry, and Clive Richardson. Harry Fryer and his Orchestra, and radio's youngest star, Petula Clark.
(Petula first sang professionally with Harry Fryer at Bentalls, Kingston on Thames a few years earlier. She was paid in toffees. )

IT'S ALL YOURS
BBC Forces Programme

25/12/43

1944

VARIETY BAND BOX
General Forces Programme

4/6/44

An entertainment chosen by Forces serving overseas: Frances Day, Tessie O'Shea (at the piano, Joan Bird), Olive Groves (at the piano, Cecil Dixon ). Pat Frost, Maisie Weldon, Peggy Weldon, Peggy Desmond, Petula Clark, and the A.T.S. Dance Band. conducted by Junior Commander Stebbings. Introduced by Frances Day. Produced by Cecil Madden and Stephen Williams. From the stage of the Queensberry All-Services' Club. (This week's edition dedicated to ' ront Line News Sheets')

VARIETY BAND BOX
BBC Home Service

14/7/44

ENSA show for war-workers from a factory canteen. Carroll Gibbons and his Orchestra, with Rita Williams and Betty Kent. Guest artists, Ted Andrews and Barbara Clark, and Petula Clark.

A £250 RED CROSS RADIO CONTEST
BBC Home Service Basic

18/8/44

The Dance Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Black; four sound problems;; two musical problems, played by Jack Payne's Orchestra, conducted by Stanley Andrews; two star problems, provided by Petula Clark and Jack Warner. Introduced by Ronald Waldman, and produced by Audrey Cameron in aid of the Red Cross Penny-a-Week Fund.

VARIETY BAND BOX
General Forces Programme

26/12/44
Repeated 31/12/44

An entertainment chosen by Forces serving overseas: Tommy Handley , Petula Clark , Peter Sinclair. Evelyn Datl. Hal Monty , Peggy Desmond , Pat Frost , John Blore and his Dance Orchestra, Edmundo Ros and his Rumba Rhythm, and Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders Introduced by Evelyn Dall. Produced by Cecil Madden and Stephen Williams. From the stage of the Queensberry All-Services Club

1945

HERE'S WISHING YOU WELL AGAIN
BBC

4/45

CARROLL LEWIS SHOW
BBC

7/45

It Had to be You

THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
BBC

9/11/45

Monologue and one song.

CHRISTMAS VARIETY BAND BOX
Light Programme

23/12/45

An entertainment for Forces overseas
-Revnell and West. Petula Clark. Dorothy Squires, Derek Roy , Peggy Desmond, Billy West and his Harmony Boys, Triss Henderson; the Massed Pipes and Drums of the London Irish Rifles (by permission of the Commanding Officer); Edmundo Ros and his Rumba Rhythm; Felix Mendelssohn and his Hawaiian Serenaders, with Harry Brooker, Louisa Moe, and Cyril Shane. BBC Variety Orchestra. conducted by Charles Shadwell. Introduced by Sally Gray. Produced by Cecil Madden and Stephen Williams. From the stage of the Queensberry All-Services Club.

1946

VARIETY BAND BOX
BBC

7/4/46

Guests: Petula, Edundo Ros. From the Camberwell Palace.

NAVY MIXTURE
BBC

9/6/46

NAVY MIXTURE
BBC

23/6/46

LONDON TOWN
BBC

15/9/46

Musical scenes from the London Town film soundtrack.

VIC OLIVER INTRODUCES
BBC

10/2/46

1947

NAVY MIXTURE
Light Programme

14/6/47

Bonar Colleano, Jr. with Benny Lee, Jon Pertwee. This week's guest: Petula Clark

CHILDREN'S HOUR
BBC Home Service

11/7/47

SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A new serial play in five installments by Muriel Levy, from the book by Kitty Barne. Produced by May E. Jenkin.
Part 1- AUNT ANNE
Starring Petula Clark as Karen

CHILDREN'S HOUR
BBC Home Service

18/7/47

SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A new serial play in five installments by Muriel Levy, from the book by Kitty Barne. Music arranged by W. E. Davis. Produced by May E. Jenkin.
Part 2 - ROSALBA
Starring Petula Clark as Karen. Also starring Joan Clement Scott, Frank Atkinson, and Susan Richards

CHILDREN'S HOUR
BBC Home Service Basic

1/8/47

SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A new serial play in five installments by Muriel Levy, from the book by Kitty Barne. Music arranged by W. E. Davis. Produced by May E. Jenkin.
Part 4 - A NEW TEACHER FOR KAREN
Starring Petula Clark as Karen.

TEA-TIME VARIETY
Light Programme

2/8/47

Featuring Petula Clark, Michael Howard, and Reginald Williams and his Orchestra. Introduced by Hamilton Kennedy. From the Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth.

CHILDREN'S HOUR
BBC Home Service Basic

8/8/47

SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
A new serial play in five installments by Muriel Levy, from the book by Kitty Barne. Music arranged by W. E. Davis. Produced by May E. Jenkin.
Part 5 - LAST MOVEMENT
Starring Petula Clark as Karen.

CABIN IN THE COTTON
BBC

3/8/47
10/8/47
17/8/47
24/8/47
31/8/47
14/9/47
21/9/47
25/9/47
5/10/47
12/10/47
19/10/47

Series regular.


Edric Connor played Uncle Remus, the old Negro slave who sang songs and told tales to 14 year old Petula Clark.



Cabin in the Cotton

Described as:
"A series of programmes featuring the folk lore and songs of the Negro, with Eddie Connor as Uncle Remus and Petula Clark as the young girl who listens to his tales and meets his friends."


LEAVE IT TO THE BOYS
BBC

21/11/47
28/11/47
12/12/47
19/12/47

The "Boys" were comedian Michael Howard and singer Monte Rey. Petula had a re-occuring supporting role.

CALLING ALL FORCES

12/47

GUEST NIGHT

12/47

A CHRISTMAS VOYAGE
BBC

24/12/47

CHRISTMAS PARTY
Light Programme

25/12/47

The Variety Department gives a Christmas night party. The following guests have accepted invitations: Richard Murdoch, Kenneth Home, Petula Clark.
Augmented Dance Orchestra Conducted by Stanley Black

1948

FUN AND FANCY FREE
BBC Home Service Basic

1/1/47

Includes Petula and Benny Lee (who recorded with Petula in 1949.)

LEAVE IT TO THE BOYS
BBC

2/1/48
9/1/48
16/1/48

Series regular

ARTHUR'S BLANK HOLIDAY
BBC

29/4/48

CHILDREN'S HOUR VARIETY
BBC

3/4/48

IT'S A GREAT LIFE
BBC

28/7/48

IT'S FINE TO BE YOUNG
BBC

17/8/48

FIVE WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS
BBC

23/12/48

GALA NIGHT AT THE RHUBARB ROOM
Light Programme

27/12/48

With Bonar Colleano, Petula Clark, The Keynotes, The Ray Ellington Quartet, Sid Phillips and his Band

1949

THE RHUBARB ROOM
Light Programme

4/2/48
11/2/48
18/2/48
25/2/48
4/3/48
11/3/48
21/3/48
1/4/48
8/4/48
15/4/48

Series regular.
Slightly satirical series supposedly set in a seedy nightclub.

TO TOWN WITH TERRY
BBC Home Service

21/3/49

Petula with Julie Andrews, Terry Thomas, BBC Variety Orchestra.

WAY DOWN SOUTH
Light Programme

20/4/49
27/4/49
11/5/49
18/5/49
25/5/49
8/6/49
15/6/49
22/6/49
29/6/49
13/7/49
20/7/49

Series regular
with Edric Connor, The George Mitchell Choir and the Freddie Phillips Sextet

WELSH RAREBIT
Light Programme

27/5/49

Petula and tenor from North Wales David Lloyd
Welsh Variety Orchestra

ALLAN JONES SHOW

4/8/49
25/8/79
1/9/49

VARIETY BAND BOX
Light Programme

25/9/49

From Camberwell Palace, London with Petula Clark, Harry Secombe, Tony Hancock, Billy Ternent and his Orchestra.

THE OCTOBER REVIEW
BBC Home Service

5/10/49

With Petula, Roy Plomley, BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black

GALA NIGHT AT THE RHUBARB ROOM

24/12/49

MELODY TIME
Light Programme

24/12/49

Petula, Geraldo and his Concert Orchestra with Eve Boswell, John Hanson, The George Mitchell Singers

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