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Weatherman: George Luce

: Tom and Jerry: Johann Mouse

Tom and Jerry in the Academy Award Winner for the Best Cartoon of 1952

: The Conquest of Everest

The dramatic story of the first successful climb of the world's highest mountain. Everest has claimed many victims and caused many disappointments. Even the camera can only hint at the magnificent achievement of the 1953 expedition led by Col John (now Lord) Hunt.
Commentary written by Louis MacNeice and spoken by Meredith Edwards
Produced with the co-operation of The Royal Geographical Society and The Alpine Club


Subject/explorer: Col Sir John Hunt
Filmed by: Thomas Stobart
Filmed by: George Lowe
Editor: Adrian De Potier
Music: Arthur Benjamin
Writer: Louis MacNeice
Narrator: Meredith Edwards

: Television Brain of Britain: Second Semi-Final

The Brains of: Greater London; North; Scotland; Ulster; Wales; West meet in competition to decide which three go forward to the Final.
Chairman Harvey Hall


Chairman: Harvey Hall
Questions set by: John P. Wynn
Director: Ian Smith
Producer: Bill Wright

: The Virginian: The Horse Fighter

Tales from the last frontier of the great American West.
A film series starring James Drury as The Virginian.

A wild black stallion and an old-time horsebreaker involve Randy Boone in a bad case of hero worship.
(First shown on BBC2)


The Virginian: James Drury
Sam Willock: Harry Guardino
Randy: Randy Boone
Judge Garth: Lee J. Cobb
Trampas: Doug McClure
Ryker: Clu Gulager
Jennifer: Diane Roter
Mace: Kelly Thordsen
Albie: Don Dubbins

: Boxing Day Grandstand

Introduced by Frank Bough featuring Racing from Kempton Park: three races from the major holiday meeting, including the famous and valuable King George VI Chase; Motor-Racing from Lydden: Graham Hill is again Grandstand's special guest commentator, and joins Murray Walker in describing Formula Ford and Saloon car events; and Rugby League: coverage of one of today's top-of-the-table clashes.

12.50, 1.25, 1.50, 2.20* Racing from Kempton Park
1.0 Holly Handicap Chase (2 1/2 miles and 90 yards)
1.30 Boxing Day Handicap Hurdle (2 miles)
2.0 King George VI Chase (3 miles)
2.30 Christmas Hurdle (2 miles)

1.10, 1.40, 2.10* Motor-Racing from the Lydden Circuit, Kent
Featuring the Grandstand trophy race for Saloon Cars up to 1300 cc and the W.D. and H.O. Wills Trophy Race for Formula Ford cars (organised by the Thames Estuary Automobile Club).

1.20* Football Preview
Sam Leitch introduces Grandstand's up-to-the-minute football preview, featuring the action and personalities in the news.

2.40* Rugby League
Outside broadcast coverage of one of today's top matches in the Rugby League.



Presenter: Frank Bough
Commentator (Racing): Peter O'Sullevan
Commentator (Racing): Clive Graham
TV Presentation (Racing): Dennis Monger
Commentator (Motor racing): Murray Walker
Special guest commentator (Motor racing): Graham Hill
TV Presentation (Motor racing): Brian Johnson
Presenter (Football Preview): Sam Leitch
Commentator (Rugby League): Eddie Waring
TV Presentation (Rugby League): Barney Colehan
Grandstand presented for television by: Brian Venner
Editor: Alan Hart

: Singin' in the Rain

One of Hollywood's greatest musicals starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds with Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse

A satirical, tuneful, and affectionate story of Hollywood in the Twenties.



Screenplay: Adolph Green
Screenplay: Betty Comden
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Gene Kelly
Director: Stanley Donen
Don Lockwood: Gene Kelly
Cosmo Brown: Donald O'Connor
Kathy Selden: Debbie Reynolds
Lina Lamont: Jean Hagen
R.F. Simpson: Millard Mitchell
Zelda Zanders: Rita Moreno
Dancer: Cyd Charisse

: Pinocchio

A musical fairy tale, with Peter Noone (Herman of the Hermits) as the famous puppet, and Burl Ives as the woodcarver.
The wondrous story of the wood-worker whose affection for the puppet he has so skilfully carved changes the toy into a real boy. But that is only the beginning.
Adaptation by Ernest Kinoy

(a programme recorded in America)


Adaptation: Ernest Kinoy
Producer: Richard Lewine
Director: Sid Smith
Pinocchio: Peter Noone
Woodcarver: Burl Ives

: National News and Weather


: Today's Sport

Introduced by Frank Bough
All the classified football, racing, and rugby results
News... comment... action from today's top sporting events


Presenter: Frank Bough
Editor: Alan Hart

: Top of the Pops 69: Part 2

A round-up of the year's top sellers, featuring discs by Amen Corner, The Beatles,
Lou Christie, The Dave Clark Five, Desmond Dekker, Marvin Gaye, Bobbie Gentry, Robin Gibb, Rolf Harris, Herman's Hermits, Mary Hopkin, Tommy Roe
Introductions by Alan Freeman and Tony Blackburn
Top of the Pops Orchestra
Directed by Johnny Pearson


Presenter: Alan Freeman
Presenter: Tony Blackburn
Musicians: Top of the Pops Orchestra
Orchestra directed by: Johnny Pearson
Vocal backing: The Ladybirds
Performers: The Firm
Lighting: Peter Smee
Sound: Richard Chamberlain
Design: Don Taylor
Director: James Moir
Producer: Johnnie Stewart

: Doctor At Large

starring Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice

Dr Simon Sparrow leaves St Swithin's to savour the joys of private practice, after he has lost the coveted post of house surgeon to a conceited rival.



Screenplay: Nicholas Phipps
Based on the novel by: Richard Gordon
Director: Ralph Thomas
Producer: Betty E. Box
Simon Sparrow: Dirk Bogarde
Joy: Muriel Pavlow
Benskin: Donald Sinden
Sir Lancelot Spratt: James Robertson Justice
Nan: Shirley Eaton
Dr Potter-Shine: Derek Farr
Bingham: Michael Medwin

: Pickwick

A musical based on The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

Book by Wolf Mankowitz
Adapted for television by James Gilbert and Jimmy Grafton
Starring Harry Secombe as Mr Pickwick
with Roy Castle as Sam Weller, Hattie Jacques as Mrs Bardell, Aubrey Woods as Jingle and Bill Fraser as Sjt Buzfuz



Based on The Pickwick Papers by: Charles Dickens
Book by: Wolf Mankowitz
Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse
Music: Cyril Ornadel
Adapter: James Gilbert
Adapter: Jimmy Grafton
Musical staging and choreography: Gillian Lynne
Orchestrations/Orchestra directed by: Peter Knight
Orchestra leader: Henry Datyner
Vocal arrangements and Chorus directed by: Fred Tomlinson
Costumes: Mary Woods
Make-up: Cherry Alston
Sound: Len Shorey
Sound: Norman Bennett
Lighting: Ken MacGregor
Designer: Stuart Walker
Director: Terry Hughes
Producer: James Gilbert
Mr Pickwick: Harry Secombe
Sam Weller: Roy Castle
Mrs Bardell: Hattie Jacques
Jingle: Aubrey Woods
Sjt Buzfuz: Bill Fraser
Snodgrass: Julian Orchard
Tupman: Robert Dorning
Winkle: Ian Trigger
Mary: Sheila White
Wardle: Michael Logan
Rachel: Joyce Grant
Isabella: Julia Sutton
Emily: Cheryl Kennedy
Fat boy: Robert Yetzes
Bardell Jr: Christopher Reynolds
Landlord: Gertan Klauber
Judge: Erik Chitty
Dodson: Michael Darbyshire
Fogg: Tony Sympson
Sjt Snubbin: Ian Gray
Foreman: Gertan Klauber
Roker: Michael Balfour
Dancer: Wendy Barry
Dancer: Donald Britton
Dancer: Ann Frost
Dancer: Nicolas Chagrin
Dancer: Sally Gilpin
Dancer: Terry Etheridge
Dancer: Suzanne Hywel
Dancer: Norman Furber
Dancer: Geraldine Long
Dancer: Louis Godfrey
Dancer: Louanne Richards
Dancer: Albin Pahernik
Singer: Peta Bartlett
Singer: Mary Hammond
Singer: Roger Cleverdon
Singer: Richard Hazell
Singer: Geoff Evans
Singer: Ross MacPherson
Singer: Kate Forge
Singer: Susan Paule

: The Main News

With Richard Baker and the BBC's correspondents and reporters around the world and Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: If It Moves - It's Rude! The Story of the Windmill Theatre

In 1932 the Lord Chamberlain permitted showman Vivian Van Damm to stage nude tableaux at the tiny Windmill Theatre in Soho - provided the nudes remained completely motionless.
Kenneth More recalls the story, the magic of the Windmill - notorious and innocent, glamorous and down-to-earth, the comics' graveyard and stepping-stone for fame - in short, a legend.

With recollections from Jimmy Edwards, Arthur English, Bruce Forsyth, Pearl Hackney, Stanley Holloway, Alfred Marks, Des O'Connor, Harry Secombe, Sheila Van Damm, a host of former Windmill Girls, soubrettes, dancers, and many others.
"Will patrons kindly vacate their seats after the performance. The use of artificial visual aids is strictly forbidden!"


Presenter: Kenneth More
Interviewee: Jimmy Edwards
Interviewee: Arthur English
Interviewee: Bruce Forsyth
Interviewee: Pearl Hackney
Interviewee: Stanley Holloway
Interviewee: Alfred Marks
Interviewee: Des O'Connor
Interviewee: Harry Secombe
Interviewee: Sheila van Damm
Writer/Producer: Robert Vas

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Spike Milligan 15 January 2017

: Bardot Special

in which Brigitte Bardot invites you to join her in a variety of moods and settings with her guests, Manitas de Plata, Sacha Distel
A Bob Zagury production



Entertainer: Brigitte Bardot
Guest: Manitas de Plata
Singer: Sacha Distel
Director: Eddy Matalon
Director: Francois Reichenbach

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