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: Victory at Sea: 1 - Design for War

Twenty-six films produced by the National Broadcasting Company of America and the United States Navy, with the assistance of the Admiralty and using film obtained from both allied and enemy sources.

The opening episode in this story of naval conflict in World War II covers the anti-U Boat campaign from 1939-41.
Musical score by Richard Rodgers played by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Russell Bennett.
The film introduced by Michael Lewis, Professor of History at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
(Previously televised on October 27)


Musical score: Richard Rodgers
Musicians: National Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra conductor: Robert Russell Bennett
Film introduced by: Michael Lewis

: Newsreels

(Previously televised on Monday and Tuesday)
(to 16.00)

: Children's Television: The Princess and the Pea

Adapted from Hans Andersen by Barbara Euphan Todd.
The action of the play takes place In a far-off country, long, long ago.
Second performance next Sunday

(to 18.05)


Author: Hans Andersen
Adapter: Barbara Euphan Todd
Songs set by: David Davis
Settings: Richard Wilmot
Producer: Vivian Milroy
The Cook: Will Leighton
Boots: Charles Hodgson
The Nurse: Constance Fraser
The Goose Girl: Ann Summers
The Queen: Catherine Lacey
Prince Cophetua: Peter Rendall
Princess Indigo: Susanna Hogan
King Cedric: John Ruddock
Princess Evadne: Carolyn Gorman

: Press Conference

Personalities who make the news face questions from the men who write the news.

: Wednesday Theatre: The Mayor of Torontal

An extravagant light comedy by Gwenyth Jones.
[Starring] Cecil Trouncer

The action of the play happens to take place one morning In the Mayor's house in a small Polish town about sixty years ago.
See 'Talk of the Week'


Author: Gwenyth Jones
Producer: Leonard Brett
Settings Designer: John Clements
Stanislaus Tokolyi, the Mayor: Cecil Trouncer
Anna Zagyva, his housekeeper: Margaret Boyd
Zuczka Szabadka, a newly-wed: Gudrun Ure
Alexander Szabadka, her husband: Richard Johnson
Madam Sloboda, a landlady: Beryl Measor
Miss Svidnik, the dressmaker: Lucy Griffiths
Mr. Poprad, the grocer: Alex McCrindle
Mr. Somogy, the clockmaker: David Keir
Madam Baranya, a newcomer: Lucienne Hill

: Current Release

A fortnightly review of films.
Introduced by John Fitzgerald.
The programme includes scenes from:
'Because you're Mine' (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer); 'The Lawless Breed' (Universal-International); 'Bloodhounds of Broadway' (Twentieth Century-Fox); 'The Narrow Margin' (R.K.O. Radio); 'The Road to Bali' (Paramount) with specially filmed interviews with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.


Presenter: John Fitzgerald
Interviewee: Bing Crosby
Interviewee: Bob Hope
Continuity: Melissa Wood
Presented by: W. Farquharson-Small

: Retrospect, 1952

Television Newsreel's review of the past year.
See 'Talk of the Week'


Script: Paul Fox
Script: Michael Balkwill
Editor: Thomas A. Oliver
Producer: Richard Cawston
Voices: Edward Halliday
Voices: Frank Phillips
Voices: Charles Gardner
Voices: Michael Henderson
Voices: Christopher Stagg

: Bringing in the New Year

Richard Dimbleby introduces A New Year's Eve Party at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, where Donald Peers, Janet Brown, and others entertain the doctors and nurses.
(Donald Peers is appearing at the Chelsea Palace, London)
followed at 11.40 by

A Watch-Night Service
from Wellington Church, Glasgow.
Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. E. D. Jarvis
Call to worship
O God, our help in ages past (C.H. 601; S.P. 598: Tune. St. Anne)
Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 55, vv. 6-13, and 40. w. 25-31
Metrical Psalm 23: The Lord's my shepherd
(Tune, Crimond)

At Midnight


Presenter (A New Year's Eve Party): Richard Dimbleby
Singer (A New Year's Eve Party): Donald Peers
Comedienne (A New Year's Eve Party): Janet Brown
Programme presented for television by (A New Year's Eve Party): Bill Ward
Conductor (A Watch-Night Service): The Rev. E. D. Jarvis
Organist (A Watch-Night Service): W. M. Coulthard

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