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Reference DDX 1683
Covering dates 1948-1976
Held by Lancashire Record Office
Extent 5 series
Source of acquisition Donated by Barclays Bank Trust Co Ltd, Kendal Area Office, executors of Hylda Baker, per Messrs Hindle and Blackburn, Solicitors, Preston, 2 March 1987 (acc. 6041)
Appraisal information Some material has not been retained: duplicates of scripts etc., some truly ephemeral items of correspondence, and some unannotated printed music scores have been destroyed. Audio tapes originally accompanying the collection have been transferred to the North West Sound Archive.
Creators Baker, Hylda, 1905-1986, actress and comedienne
Arrangement This collection of Hylda Baker's papers has many anomalies. She appears to have kept everything - all her scripts, fan mail, bills and theatrical ephemera; but not everything has been deposited. Nor was there much organisation or arrangement apparent in the mass of papers received. Most of the arrangement has had to be imposed on the collection, resulting in more anomalies, particularly bearing on the definition of Hylda's "business": papers concerning her revue management have been catalogued together with similar papers relating to her work as an individual performer, for instance. But the precise relationship between Hylda as a performer and as a manager is not clarified by the presence of documents relating to the company "Stars of the Century Ltd".
Supplementary information A biography of Hylda Baker has been published - see J Fergusson, She Knows You Know! (1997) - and summaries of her life and career are available in J Richards, Stars in Our Eyes: Lancashire Stars of Stage, Screen and Radio (1994), and Nick Burton, "Hylda Baker", in Really Lancashire, no. 3 (Nov. 1996).

Administrative history:
"It was in the streets, boarding houses and fish-and-chip shops of Lancashire that the garrulous, lovable stage figure with the famous catchphrase "she knows y'know" was created." Titbits, 22 Jun. 1963 (see DDX 1683/5/2) Hylda Baker (1905-86), daughter of the music-hall comedian Harold Baker, and the eldest of seven children, started her theatre career at the age of 10, when she appeared in pantomime at the Opera House, Tunbridge Wells. She branched out as a singer and dancer, and as a comedienne, writing her own material, sketches and songs. She went on to manage her own revue show, designing scenery and costumes, writing scripts and music, organizing the finance and touring, and starring in them herself. During a brief break from showbusiness in 1950, she owned a fish and chip shop in Farnworth, the town of her birth. In 1955, after 40 years in the theatre business, she became an overnight star following an appearance on television's The Good Old Days: her act with her tall, silent friend Cynthia and the famous catch-phrase "She knows y'know" became a national favourite, and for four years in the mid-1950s her show during the Blackpool summer season was a triumphant success. Hylda went on to perform in various TV shows and sitcom series, summer shows, films and theatre productions, including "serious" acting parts as well as in comedies. Perhaps her most famous work was in TV sitcoms in the late 1960s and early 1970s, starring alongside Jimmy Jewel in Nearest and Dearest and as landlady of the "Brown Cow" in Not on Your Nellie.

Contents:
The collection is unusual in its nature - both by its survival and in being available in the public domain. Its rarity is reflected, for instance, in the records concerning the management of a touring theatrical production in the 1940s, by insights into the early days of TV performances in the 1950s, and by the fan-mail showing the effects of instant fame. However, although several series of records are apparent - the scripts, the fan-mail - they appear to be complete only for fairly specific periods of Hylda's working life.



Correspondence  DDX 1683/1  [n.d.]

Contents:
DDX 1683/1/1 Family correspondence
DDX 1683/1/2 Main business and personal correspondents
DDX 1683/1/3 General business and personal correspondence
DDX 1683/1/4 Fan mail 1952-58
DDX 1683/1/5 Fan mail 1961-65
DDX 1683/1/6 Thematic correspondence, mainly original files

Family correspondence  DDX 1683/1/1  [n.d.]

Contents:
These letters from members of HB's family refer to family events and news. Some include copies of HB's replies.

Father, Whittingham Hospital  DDX 1683/1/1/1  25 May 1952

1 item

Administrative history:
Whittingham Asylum records show that Harold Baker was admitted in 1927 and died there on 19 Dec. 1963, at the age of 80.

Mother, Farnworth  DDX 1683/1/1/2  nd [1950s]

5 items

Ethel (sister) and Bert Hobhouse, Farnworth  DDX 1683/1/1/3  1955-56

5 items

Mildred Hardy (sister), Darwen  DDX 1683/1/1/4  1956-61

4 items

Brenda (sister) and Reg Price, Dunstable, Bedfordshire  DDX 1683/1/1/5  1956-61

6 items

Ann (niece, daughter of Mildred, later Ann Turner), Darwen  DDX 1683/1/1/6  1955 and nd [1960s]

2 items

Pam (niece) and Gordon, Bolton  DDX 1683/1/1/7  nd [c1961]

1 item

Main business and personal correspondents  DDX 1683/1/2  [n.d.]

Contents:
These represent the main (by bulk) correspondents in the collection. It was not practical to count all the items in the folders.

George Bartram Ltd, press relations organisation, Birmingham  DDX 1683/1/2/1  1956-57

George Bartram Ltd, press relations organisation, Birmingham  DDX 1683/1/2/2  1961-65

British Broadcasting Corporation  DDX 1683/1/2/3  1951-57, 1962-64

Fosters Agency Ltd, including contracts and salary receipts  DDX 1683/1/2/4  1959-65

Lew and Leslie Grade Ltd, agents  DDX 1683/1/2/5  1953-60

Michael Kramer and Co/Martin Nicholson, Hortin and Nash, solicitors, most concerning HB's road accident in Dec. 1961 and including legal papers  DDX 1683/1/2/6  1962-65

Mr and Mrs A H Wholton, Bradford, West Yorkshire  DDX 1683/1/2/7  1956-57

Administrative history:
Mrs Wholton was formerly Billie Gibson, vocalist in HB's revues

Williams, Dyson, Jones & Co, accountants, including Stars of the Century Ltd balance sheets and accounts  DDX 1683/1/2/8  1961-64, 1960-64

General business and personal correspondence  DDX 1683/1/3  [n.d.]

Arrangement: An alphabetical arrangement has been imposed on these records, with interesting or noteworthy correspondents highlighted in each section.


Contents:
Very miscellaneous in content, the letters include requests for HB's attendance at charity functions, applications for employment, letters concerning scripts, film preview appearances, correspondence concerning house purchase, domestic matters, etc.

A  DDX 1683/1/3/1  1955-64

Contents:
Including ABC TV Ltd, ATV Ltd, and an Automobile Association printed annual report for 1955

B  DDX 1683/1/3/2  1951-65 and 1976

Contents:
Including George Black Ltd [agents?], British Actors' Equity Association, and E H Brooks and Co, chartered accountants

C-D  DDX 1683/1/3/3  1950, 1955-65

E-F  DDX 1683/1/3/4  1949, 1956-61, 1973

Letter from Kenneth Ewing, Fraser & Dunlop (Scripts) Ltd, accompanying a draft script and storylines for proposed TV series The Heroes of Peterloo by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley [an early version of Not on Your Nellie]  DDX 1683/1/3/5  1 Feb 1967

G-H  DDX 1683/1/3/6  1948, 1952, 1954-63, 1970, 1975

Contents:
Including Walter Greenwood, author, Leslie Hogben, accountant, and Renee Houston, music-hall artiste

I-L  DDX 1683/1/3/7  1949, 1953, 1956-63, nd [c1973]

Contents:
Including David Kirk, author and quondam manager of HB, and Ben Lyon, comedian

M  DDX 1683/1/3/8  1946, 1952, 1955-63

N-R  DDX 1683/1/3/9  1934, 1951, 1955-63

Contents:
Including Wilfred Pickles, comedian

S  DDX 1683/1/3/10  1950, 1956-61

Contents:
Including Salvin Stewart, quondam manager of HB, and the Society of Authors

T-V  DDX 1683/1/3/11  1951, 1953, 1955-64

Contents:
Including A Taylor and Sons, printers, Tribe Bros, lithographic and letterpress printers, Variety Artistes' Federation [Kenneth More] and Frankie Vaughan, singer

W, Y  DDX 1683/1/3/12  1947, 1952-53, 1956-63

Contents:
Including Richard Whewell Ltd, theatrical and cinema printers

Fan mail  DDX 1683/1/4  1952-58

Contents:
Most of the letters here date from the first flush of Hylda's fame, 1956-57. There is some overlap here with the previous section: although this section largely comprises genuine fan mail - requests for autographs, expressions of fandom and the like - there are also requests for charity work, opening fetes and so on; pleas for a spot on one of HB's shows; suggestions, ideas and actual scripts; offers of accommodation; and applications to be HB's housekeeper and secretary. Some fairly frequent and long-term correspondents are represented. Some include copies of HB's replies.

A-B  DDX 1683/1/4/1  1956-57

C-E  DDX 1683/1/4/2  1956-57

Contents:
Including Tommy Cooper

F-G  DDX 1683/1/4/3  1956-57

H-I  DDX 1683/1/4/4  1955-57

J-M  DDX 1683/1/4/5  1952, 1956-57

Contents:
Including Bob Monkhouse

N-P  DDX 1683/1/4/6  1956-57

R-S  DDX 1683/1/4/7  1955-58

T-Y  DDX 1683/1/4/8  1956-58

Fan mail  DDX 1683/1/5  1961-65

Contents:
Presumably fan mail outside the dates here and at DDX 1683/1/4 is merely not extant, rather than not sent. Certainly these sections form a fairly cohesive whole. Very few of HB's replies are included here.

A-F  DDX 1683/1/5/1  1961-64

G-K  DDX 1683/1/5/2  1961-65

L-P  DDX 1683/1/5/3  1961-65

R-Y  DDX 1683/1/5/4  1961-65

Thematic correspondence, mainly original files  DDX 1683/1/6  [n.d.]

File of correspondence, agreements, receipts (including theatre takings) etc., mostly concerning the Bearskins and Blushes revue  DDX 1683/1/6/1  1940-43

Correspondence and artistes' contracts concerning the revue Meet the Men and Me, later Beauties in Bearskins and subsequently Red Hot and Saucy  DDX 1683/1/6/2  Jan - Apr 1947 and Apr-Nov 1950

File of letters from artistes seeking employment with HB's company  DDX 1683/1/6/3  May-Nov 1949

"Gag competition 1956": file of replies to an advertisement asking for humorous domestic situations and anecdotes  DDX 1683/1/6/4  Sep 1956

Letters offering children for adoption by HB  DDX 1683/1/6/5  1961-62

Conditions of access: Closed until 2063


Related information: For presumed background to these letters, see DDX 1683/5/2

Unidentified correspondents' letters, mostly fan mail  DDX 1683/1/6/6  1955-64

Scripts  DDX 1683/2  [n.d.]

Contents:
Most of these are rehearsal scripts: as such they often include HB's annotations. Some, however, appear unsolicited and/or were not produced with HB: this particularly applies to film and theatre scripts. Unless stated otherwise, dates used are those of transmission, in the case of radio and TV scripts, or production, in the case of film and theatre scripts.
DDX 1683/2/1 Radio
DDX 1683/2/2 Television
DDX 1683/2/3 Films
DDX 1683/2/4 Theatre (including revue and pantomime work)

Radio scripts  DDX 1683/2/1  [n.d.]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/2/38-71 and 73-113 appear to progress through draft, rehearsal and shooting scripts, with revisions at any of these stages. The nature of the script is only indicated where there is more than one version: generally the others are rehearsal scripts.

Hello Blackpool Playmates [Arthur Askey script, one page only]  DDX 1683/2/1/1  nd [c 1956]

"She Knows Y'Know", for Northern Variety Parade  DDX 1683/2/1/2  10 Jul 1956

"She Knows Y'Know", for Northern Variety Parade  DDX 1683/2/1/3  7 Aug 1956

Blackpool Night  DDX 1683/2/1/4  30 Jul 1958

London Lights  DDX 1683/2/1/5  8 Dec 1959

Holiday Music Hall  DDX 1683/2/1/6  1 Apr 1961

London Lights  DDX 1683/2/1/7  4 Jun 1961

Uncle Tom, radio (?) play by Robert Adams  DDX 1683/2/1/8  nd [c 1960]

Television scripts  DDX 1683/2/2  [n.d.]

Contents:
Some of these are in the form of shooting scripts, scene synopses etc. DDX 1683/2/2/8-12 are unnumbered episodes, not necessarily complete. They may be from 1957 or 1958.

Let's Make a Date (Look Who's Here)  DDX 1683/2/2/1  21 Oct 1956

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular  DDX 1683/2/2/2  25 May 1957

Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular  DDX 1683/2/2/3  3 May [1958]

Be Soon, no. 2  DDX 1683/2/2/4  nd [1957]

Be Soon, no. 4  DDX 1683/2/2/5  6 Dec 1957

Be Soon, no. 4, with additions and amendments  DDX 1683/2/2/6  6 Dec 1957

Be Soon, no. 6  DDX 1683/2/2/7  9 Jan 1958

Be Soon  DDX 1683/2/2/8  nd [1958]

Be Soon  DDX 1683/2/2/9  nd [1958]

Contents:
As DDX 1683/2/2/8 but with different ms annotations

Be Soon  DDX 1683/2/2/10  nd [1958]

Be Soon  DDX 1683/2/2/11  nd [1958]

Be Soon  DDX 1683/2/2/12  nd [1958]

Follow the Stars  DDX 1683/2/2/13  5 Mar 1961

Our House, no. 3: Vote for Georgina  DDX 1683/2/2/14  7 Oct 1961

Our House, no. 4: A Quiet Time  DDX 1683/2/2/15  28 Oct 1961

Our House, no. 7: Knocko  DDX 1683/2/2/16  nd [1961]

Our House, no. 9: Casino  DDX 1683/2/2/17  30 Dec 1961

The Engine Driver [transmitted as Where the Difference Begins]  DDX 1683/2/2/18  15 Dec 1961

Best of Friends, no. 2: No Policy (part only)  DDX 1683/2/2/19  1962

Best of Friends, no. 3: The Painting  DDX 1683/2/2/20  1962

Best of Friends, no. 4: Jack in the Box (part only)  DDX 1683/2/2/21  1962

Best of Friends, no. 5: Double Trouble  DDX 1683/2/2/22  1962

Best of Friends, no. 6: Ghost of a Chance  DDX 1683/2/2/23  1962

Best of Friends, no. 9: All of a Zither  DDX 1683/2/2/24  1962

Best of Friends, no. 10: Foreign Policy  DDX 1683/2/2/25  1962

Best of Friends, no. 12: Stars and Strife  DDX 1683/2/2/26  1962

Two's Company (presumably transmitted as Best of Friends): Incognito  DDX 1683/2/2/27  nd [1962]

Two's Company (presumably transmitted as Best of Friends): Growing Pains  DDX 1683/2/2/28  nd [1962]

Two's Company (presumably transmitted as Best of Friends): unidentified episode  DDX 1683/2/2/29  nd [1962]

First pages missing

Best of Friends: unidentified episodes (parts only)  DDX 1683/2/2/30  nd [1962]

Jezebel, ex UK, episode 4: The Unforgotten Country  DDX 1683/2/2/31  20 Apr 1963

Z Cars: The Kiter  DDX 1683/2/2/32  nd [23 Oct 1963]

Emergency - Ward 10, episode 8: Fat Annie  DDX 1683/2/2/33  12 Nov 1966

Z Cars, episode 17: The Nesbitts Are Back, part 1  DDX 1683/2/2/34  nd [1967]

Z Cars, episode 18: The Nesbitts Are Back, part 2  DDX 1683/2/2/35  nd [1967]

Z Cars, episode 18: The Nesbitts Are Back, part 2 (camera script)  DDX 1683/2/2/36  2 May 1967

Gimlet ("provisional title"), by James Saunders  DDX 1683/2/2/37  nd [1968?]

Nearest and Dearest [episode 1] (part only)  DDX 1683/2/2/38  nd [1968]

Nearest and Dearest [episode 1]  DDX 1683/2/2/39  nd [1968]

Nearest and Dearest [episode 2], with warm-up script  DDX 1683/2/2/40  nd [1968]

Nearest and Dearest: Lead Me To The Altar (rehearsal script), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/41  4 Apr 1968

Nearest and Dearest: Lead Me To The Altar (rehearsal script), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/42  16 Apr 1968

Nearest and Dearest: Take a Letter (rehearsal script), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/43  18 Apr 1968

Nearest and Dearest: Take a Letter (rehearsal script)  DDX 1683/2/2/44  nd [1968]

Nearest and Dearest: The Danger List, for rehearsal  DDX 1683/2/2/45  3 May 1968

Nearest and Dearest: The Wrong Side of the Sheets  DDX 1683/2/2/46  7 May 1968

Contents:
Issued 7 May 1968

Nearest and Dearest: A Breach of the Peace  DDX 1683/2/2/47  11 Apr 1969

Contents:
Issued 11 Apr 1969

Nearest and Dearest: The Birds and the Bees, for rehearsal  DDX 1683/2/2/48  8 Sep 1969

Nearest and Dearest: Two Pennies to Rub Together, for rehearsal  DDX 1683/2/2/49  30 Oct 1969

Nearest and Dearest: Two Pennies to Rub Together  DDX 1683/2/2/50  3 Nov 1969

Contents:
Issued 3 Nov 1969

Nearest and Dearest: The Ghost of Picklers Past, for rehearsal  DDX 1683/2/2/51  10 Nov 1969

Nearest and Dearest: When Love Walks In  DDX 1683/2/2/52  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: A Price on Your Head  DDX 1683/2/2/53  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: A Young Man's Fancy  DDX 1683/2/2/54  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: An Open-and-Shut Case  DDX 1683/2/2/55  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: unidentified episode  DDX 1683/2/2/56  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: episode 23, untitled  DDX 1683/2/2/57  nd [1969]

Nearest and Dearest: A Man and a Woman (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/58  nd [1970]

Nearest and Dearest: A Man and a Woman (rehearsal), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/59  30 Oct 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Bottoms Up (draft), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/60  21 Oct 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Bottoms Up (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/61  30 Oct 1970

Contents:
Issued 30 Oct 1970

Nearest and Dearest: X Marks the Spot (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/62  3 Nov 1970

Contents:
Issued 3 Nov 1970

Nearest and Dearest: X Marks the Spot (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/63  1 Dec 1970

Contents:
Issued 1 Dec 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Barefaced in the Park (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/64  23 Sep 1970

Contents:
Issued 23 Sep 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Barefaced in the Park (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/65  27 Oct 1970

Contents:
Issued 27 Oct 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Compliments of the Season (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/66  nd [1970]

Nearest and Dearest: Compliments of the Season (rehearsal), issued  DDX 1683/2/2/67  29 Oct 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Compliments of the Season (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/68  nd [1970]

Nearest and Dearest: Lucky for Some (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/69  nd [1970]

Nearest and Dearest: Lucky for Some (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/70  1 Dec 1970

Contents:
Issued 1 Dec 1970

Nearest and Dearest: Night Must Fall (rehearsal), issued 14 Jan 1971  DDX 1683/2/2/71  14 Jan 1971

The Val Doonican Show  DDX 1683/2/2/72  nd [1971]

Not on Your Nellie, episode 1: Nellie Goes to Town (rehearsal script, rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/73  17 Jan 1974

Contents:
Issued 17 Jan 1974

Not on Your Nellie, episode 2: Something in the Night (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/74  7 Jan 1974

Contents:
Issued 7 Jan 1974

Not on Your Nellie, episode 2: Something in the Night (revised rehearsal script)  DDX 1683/2/2/75  18 Feb 1974

Contents:
Issued 18 Feb 1974

Not on Your Nellie, episode 3: The Anniversary Present  DDX 1683/2/2/76  2 Jan 1974

Contents:
Issued 2 Jan 1974

Not on Your Nellie, episode 4: untitled, "Part Two Inserts"  DDX 1683/2/2/77  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: A Restless Spirit (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/78  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: A Restless Spirit (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/79  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie, episode 6: The Apartment (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/80  10 Jan1974

Contents:
Issued 10 Jan1974

Not on Your Nellie, episode 6: The Apartment (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/81  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie, episode 7: Bring on the Dancing Girls (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/82  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie, episode 7: Bring on the Dancing Girls (revised camera script)  DDX 1683/2/2/83  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie, episode 7: Bring on the Dancing Girls (revised rehearsal script)  DDX 1683/2/2/84  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Many of 'Em  DDX 1683/2/2/85  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Be Prepared  DDX 1683/2/2/86  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: A-Haunting We Will Go  DDX 1683/2/2/87  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Brief Encounter (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/88  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Brief Encounter (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/89  14 Oct 1974

Contents:
Issued 14 Oct 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Brief Encounter (camera script)  DDX 1683/2/2/90  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: High Society (additional filming sequence)  DDX 1683/2/2/91  22 Oct 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Requiem for a Heavyweight (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/92  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Requiem for a Heavyweight (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/93  18 Nov 1974

Not on Your Nellie: It's All in the Mind (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/94  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: It's All in the Mind (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/95  8 Dec 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Do Unto Others (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/96  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Do Unto Others (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/97  18 Sep 1974

Contents:
Issued 18 Sep 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Do Unto Others (amended rehearsal script)  DDX 1683/2/2/98  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Do Unto Others (rewrite inserts)  DDX 1683/2/2/99  nd [1974]

2 items

Not on Your Nellie: Do Unto Others (rehearsal script rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/100  23 Dec 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Feeling the Draught (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/101  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Feeling the Draught (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/102  11 Sep 1974

Contents:
Issued 11 Sep 1974

Not on Your Nellie: Feeling the Draught (amended rehearsal script)  DDX 1683/2/2/103  nd [1974]

Not on Your Nellie: Feeling the Draught (rehearsal script rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/104  2 Jan 1975

Not on Your Nellie: Feeling the Draught (amended rehearsal script rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/105  2 Jan 1975

Not on Your Nellie: [The French Correction] (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/106  nd [1975]

Not on Your Nellie: The French Correction (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/107  30 May 1975

Not on Your Nellie: Change Partners (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/108  nd [1975]

Not on Your Nellie: Change Partners (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/109  nd [1975]

Not on Your Nellie: Change Partners (rehearsal script rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/110  14 May 1975

Not on Your Nellie: The Framing of the Shrew (draft)  DDX 1683/2/2/111  nd [1975]

Not on Your Nellie: The Framing of the Shrew (rehearsal)  DDX 1683/2/2/112  13 May 1975

Not on Your Nellie: The Framing of the Shrew (rehearsal script rewrite)  DDX 1683/2/2/113  1 Jul 1975

Film scripts  DDX 1683/2/3  [n.d.]

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning  DDX 1683/2/3/1  1960

I'm In Charge  DDX 1683/2/3/2  nd [1961]

I'm In Charge (shooting script), with shooting schedule  DDX 1683/2/3/3  nd [1961]

The Reluctant Grandmother (filmed as She Knows Y'Know), with covering letter from Grand National Pictures Ltd, London  DDX 1683/2/3/4  1961


Related information: See also DDX 1683/2/4/4

She Knows Y'Know (shooting script)  DDX 1683/2/3/5  nd [1961]

Up The Junction  DDX 1683/2/3/6  nd [1968]

Oliver!, with cast list, unit list, and call sheet  DDX 1683/2/3/7  nd [1968]

Carry On At Your Convenience  DDX 1683/2/3/8  nd [1971]

The Godmother  DDX 1683/2/3/9  nd [c1974]

Theatre scripts  DDX 1683/2/4  [n.d.]

Sketch for Bryan Lloyd from revue Frills with Thrills  DDX 1683/2/4/1  nd [1952]

Part of sketch for Hylda Baker entitled "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie", with other revue sketches  DDX 1683/2/4/2  nd [1952?]

Jack and the Beanstalk, Empire Theatre, Liverpool  DDX 1683/2/4/3  1959

The Reluctant Grandmother, by Katie Sullivan  DDX 1683/2/4/4  nd [c1960]


Related information: This was a prototype for the film She Knows Y'Know: see DDX 1683/2/3/4

A Ha'porth of Spice, "A Play for Lancashire" by Edgar Metcalfe  DDX 1683/2/4/5  nd [c1960]

Aladdin  DDX 1683/2/4/6  nd [1963]

Nathan and Tabileth, and Oldenberg, two plays for the Edinburgh Festival by Barry Bermange  DDX 1683/2/4/7  1967

The Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter, with covering letter from Harold Pinter's secretary  DDX 1683/2/4/8  1967

Mr and Mrs (first draft)  DDX 1683/2/4/9  nd [1968]

Mr and Mrs (revised version)  DDX 1683/2/4/10  nd [1968]

Nearest and Dearest, by Vince Powell and Harry Driver  DDX 1683/2/4/11  nd [1970]

Nearest and Dearest, by Vince Powell and Harry Driver (revised)  DDX 1683/2/4/12  nd [1970]

Pull the Other One!, by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley  DDX 1683/2/4/13  nd [1971]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/4/13 - /17 are different versions, amended and revised, of the same script

Not on Your Nellie, by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley  DDX 1683/2/4/14  nd [1971]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/4/13 - /17 are different versions, amended and revised, of the same script

Not on Your Nellie, by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley  DDX 1683/2/4/15  nd [1971]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/4/13 - /17 are different versions, amended and revised, of the same script

Not on Your Nellie, by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley  DDX 1683/2/4/16  n.d. [1971]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/4/13 - /17 are different versions, amended and revised, of the same script

Not on Your Nellie, by Tom Brennand and Roy Bottomley  DDX 1683/2/4/17  nd [1973]

Contents:
DDX 1683/2/4/13 - /17 are different versions, amended and revised, of the same script

[no title]  DDX 1683/2/4/18  nd [c 1974]

Contents:
Off the Rails, by John Waterhouse

Off the Rails, by John Waterhouse (revised)  DDX 1683/2/4/19  nd [c 1974]

[no title]  DDX 1683/2/4/20  nd [c1974]

Contents:
The Promise, by J C Wright

Help! Keep me Sane, by John Wilding  DDX 1683/2/4/21  nd [c1974]

Busybody, by Jack Popplewell  DDX 1683/2/4/22  nd [1976]

Business papers  DDX 1683/3  [n.d.]


Related information: See also DDX 1683/1/2 - 1/3 and DDX 1683/1/6 for business correspondence. For additional contracts see DDX 1683/1/4.

Summaries of theatre takings: daily and weekly returns, mostly for revue productions  DDX 1683/3/1  1944-64

Theatre contracts for revue productions  DDX 1683/3/2  1946-53

Revue artistes' salary receipts  DDX 1683/3/3  1947-51

Hylda Baker Productions weekly balance sheets, Apr. 1948 - Feb. 1949, including (?) fish and chip shop accounts of income and expenditure, 1950-51  DDX 1683/3/4  1948-1951

Theatre contracts for revue Bearskins and Blushes, [original file]  DDX 1683/3/5  Oct 1948-Dec 1949

Hylda Baker Productions weekly expenses and profit or loss accounts for Bearskins and Blushes and Babes in the Wood  DDX 1683/3/6  Jul 1949-Jan 1950

Hylda Baker's contracts with theatres, television companies, and for films, advertisements etc., (comprising 1953, 1958-65, 1968, 1972, and 1976-79)  DDX 1683/3/7  1953-79

Receipts and invoices  DDX 1683/3/8  1956-58

Contents:
An original envelope, these were no doubt retained for tax purposes, and cover a wide variety of products and services

Expenses accounts of John Kirby (HB's manager)  DDX 1683/3/9  Aug-Nov 1958

Printed ephemera  DDX 1683/4  [n.d.]

Programmes  [no ref. or date]

Bearskins and Blushes, Woolwich Empire  DDX 1683/4/1  Sep 1948

Bearskins and Blushes, Palace Theatre, Attercliffe, Sheffield  DDX 1683/4/2  Jul 1949

Good Time Girls, Woolwich Empire, (advertising the forthcoming Bearskins and Blushes)  DDX 1683/4/3  Sep 1949

Frills with Thrills, Middlesbrough Theatre Royal  DDX 1683/4/4  Jul 1952

Gala performance in aid of the Swansea Boys' Club, Plaza Cinema, Swansea  DDX 1683/4/5  nd [1959]

Jack and the Beanstalk, Liverpool Empire  DDX 1683/4/6  nd [1959]

All Star Charity Show, Metropolitan Theatre, London  DDX 1683/4/7  Apr 1960

Variety, Newcastle Empire  DDX 1683/4/8  nd [May 1960]

Aladdin, Wimbledon Theatre  DDX 1683/4/9  nd [1963]

Durham Press Ball, NUJ Durham Branch  DDX 1683/4/10  1956

Guild of Television Producers and Directors, Television Ball  DDX 1683/4/11  4 Dec 1957

Miscellaneous printed ephemera  [no ref. or date]

She Knows You Know, music score  DDX 1683/4/12  1959

HB's Equity membership cards  DDX 1683/4/13  1956-58

3 items

Radio Fun comic  DDX 1683/4/14  5 Jan 1957

Contents:
Featuring a cartoon strip of Hylda and Cynthia

Strip cartoon by "Kol" featuring Hylda and Cynthia  DDX 1683/4/15  nd [c 1957]

HB's Christmas card  DDX 1683/4/16  nd [c 1956]

Sticker advertising Strike It Lucky  DDX 1683/4/17  nd [1958]

Handbills and posters advertising HB's revues and stage shows  DDX 1683/4/18  c 1946-57

Miscellaneous  DDX 1683/5  [n.d.]

Music scores for revue songs, in manuscript or printed and annotated  DDX 1683/5/1  1940s-50s

Newscuttings concerning HB  DDX 1683/5/2  1947-63

Blank headed notepaper of Hylda Baker Productions  DDX 1683/5/3  nd [c 1950]

Blank notepaper and envelope headed "Hylda Baker"  DDX 1683/5/4  nd [c 1960]

Autobiographical notes of HB  DDX 1683/5/5  nd [c 1963]

Contents:
(3 ff.)

Typescript list of "Hylda Baker's wardrobe"  DDX 1683/5/6  nd [1961]

Contents:
[Formerly with DDX 1683/2/3/5]

Cast list of "A Catching Complaint"  DDX 1683/5/7  nd [1966]

Recording schedules of Not on Your Nellie  DDX 1683/5/8  Sep-Oct 1974

3 items

Recording schedules of Not on Your Nellie  DDX 1683/5/9  nd [c 1955]

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