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I am an 82 yr old lady (who obviously keeps up with Technology) and have often had this dispute about which programme followed Dick Barton and I have always maintained it was the Daring Dexter’s, which was about a circus family and I listened to as a young girl and enjoyed , I am Happy to be vindicated.
Wikipedia says both were broadcast for a while and the Dick Barton slot
was taken by The Archers when the former was cancelled:
This says otherwise:
without any details.
As does this:
The Daring Dexters : A daily serial replaced Dick Barton after the first
series ended from 2 June 1947. This thriller serial of the circus
featured Granville Eves as Dan Dexter, ex-high-wire performer and boss
of Dexter's Grand Circus. Bill, his son, was played by James Viccars,
and Sherry, his wire-walking daughter, by Olive Kirby. Beppo, the
philosophical white-faced clown, was Franklyn Bellamy, and Tangey, the
red-headed he-man Edward Percival. There was also a character called Old
Meg who worked at the Pay Desk, a malevolent, vicious old woman whose
sole aim was to set family members against each other and who eventually
resorted to violence at least once to get her way - cutting the trapeze
ropes! Comedy relief came from the Augustes, Tony (Charles Lamb) and
Gump (John Sharpe).
Frederick Allen announced. Raymond Raikes produced and Goeffrey Webb
wrote the script.
There was an omnibus version every Sunday morning until the series ended
on 3 October and the second series of Dick Barton began.
So The Dexters were a fill in when Dick Barton was off air but before it
was cancelled allowing TA to occupy the 18:45 slot.
Kosmo Richard W