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Elsie & Doris Waters - The Kitchen Front (20/12/1941)

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Published on Jun 4, 2012

During the Second World War, millions of people listened to an early morning (08:15) five-minute BBC radio programme, The Kitchen Front. With the assistance of domestic teachers, dieticians, school-meal-organisers and hospital caterers, the Public Relations Division of the Ministry of Food gave the public lasting guidance about the healthiest way to feed themselves and to make the best use of their rations. This one with Gert & Daisy (Elsie & Doris Waters) is missing the last minute and is all that is known to survive of the edition.

Gert and Daisy were the two characters of a British female comedy act who are particularly remembered for their contribution to film and radio entertainment during World War II. They were stalwarts of the BBC radio variety programme Workers' Playtime, where they would talk about anything and everything, but especially their fictional husbands: Bert and Wally. In the 50s they had their own radio series for Gert & Daisy called Floggits.

The characters of Gert and Daisy were played by Florence Elsie Waters (1893--1990) and Doris Waters (1904--1978), who were sisters of Horace John Waters (1895--1981), better known as Jack Warner of Dixon of Dock Green fame. Elsie and Doris were awarded OBEs in the King's Birthday Honours List in 1946.

They appeared in three films together Gert and Daisy's Weekend (1942), Gert and Daisy Clean Up (1942) and It's in the Bag (1944), which were all made by Butcher's Film Service. In 1959 they appeared in a television series Gert and Daisy which aired on ITV.

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