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: Preparing for Christmas

Margot Lovell introduces a programme of suggestions and reminders.

Joan Robins makes a Christmas pie, an unusual omelette, and some decorative sweets.

Joy Fleming makes the most of evergreen and flower decorations.

John Lawrence devises Christmas favours for your party.

Margot Lovell solves the problem of last-minute presents.

(to 16.00)


Presenter/item presenter (Presents): Margot Lovell
Cook (Food): Joan Robins
Item presenter (Flowers): Joy Fleming
Item presenter (Party): John Lawrence
Producer: Jacqueline Kennish

: Wilfred Pickles' Christmas Party

from The Variety Artists' Home, Brinsworth Hall, Twickenham.
Guest artists include: Vera Lynn, Hal Monte, Leslie Strange, Ronalde, Fred Brezin,
Les Diagoras and Nat Allen and his Band.


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles
Singer: Vera Lynn
Performer: Hal Monte
Impersonator: Leslie Strange
Singer: Ronalde
Magician: Fred Brezin
Performers: Les Diagoras
Musicians: Nat Allen and his Band
Producer: Richard Afton

: Her Infinite Variety

An account of the changing fashion in Woman and her clothes from the fifteenth-century ideal of Botticelli to the ideal of today. Two connoisseurs, Pierre Balmain, who comes from Paris with mannequins and clothes, and James Laver, wit and historian of women's clothes, tell the story.


Presenter: Pierre Balmain
Presenter: James Laver
Ballet arrangements: Sheila Rawle
Settings: James Bould
Producer: Andrew Miller Jones

: The Weather

Dr. James M. Stagg, Deputy Director of the Meteorological Office, gives a short talk on the weather charts which are shown at the end of evening programmes.


Presenter: Dr. James M. Stagg

: News

(sound only)
(to 22.40)

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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