25 NOVEMBER 1932, Page 17

The "To an Unnamed Listener" series, which began so promisingly

and then sagged a little, should receive fresh impetus when Mr. Evelyn Waugh unburdens himself next Monday "To an Old Man." If this pungent satirist it not unduly curbed, there should be a pretty post-bag for the B.B.C. next morning. And anyway, curbed or not, I feel sure Mr. Waugh will discover a way of saying what he really thinks. Just as, by the way, Mr. G. K. Chesterton, despite the assertion in his first talk that it would be unfair for him to take advantage of his position, manages to insinuate a little dose of propaganda into each of his fortnightly book criticisms. If you should suddenly switch on your set and. find yourself listening to the familiar jokes about our capitalist" system and the familiar praise of pre-Reforma- tion England, with which the lecturer loves to enliven his books and articles, you would not have much difficulty in guessing whose was the voice.