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: About the Home

Practical help for the housewife.
Presented by Joan Gilbert.

Eileen Murphy, Home Service Officer for the Gas Council, shows some recent appliances.

A Bird for Christmas
R. J. Williams explains how to select and fatten a cockerel for the Christmas dinner.

Round the Shops
Margot Lovell reports.


Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Gas): Eileen Murphy
Item presenter (A Bird for Christmas): R. J. Williams
Reporter (Round the Shops): Margot Lovell
Edited and produced by: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the very young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam Williams and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television

Children's Newsreel

Hurrah for Halloween
A play by Dorothy Worsley.
On Hallowe'en, October 31, the witches hold their Annual Banquet and the air is filled with broomsticks bound for conferences round cauldrons. This was the date King Cole of Cornucopia chose to hold a christening party. He invited all the witches and the fairies in his kingdom. They all tried to outdo each other with their party tricks. The fun was fast - and just a bit furious. Then something went wrong. How disaster was averted by the timely arrival of an American fairy with a practical turn of mind is told in this unusual comedy.

(to 17.45)


Writer (Hurrah for Halloween): Dorothy Worsley
Producer (Hurrah for Halloween): Shaun Sutton
Settings (Hurrah for Halloween): Stephen Bundy
Mrs. Grim: Betty Hardy
Mrs. Grouse: Joan Sims
Mrs. Gruesome: Juno Stevas
King Cole of Cornucopia: Erik Chitty
The Queen: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Fairy Snowdrop (senior fairy): Joan Young
First fairy: Sally Baseley
Second fairy: Julia Braddock
Third fairy: Nella Occieppo
A Magicilian - an American fairy: Ann Murray
Court Dignitary: Philip Dale

: Operation Northstar

(Second performance; for details see Sunday at 8.30 p.m.)

: Country Style

Dances, songs, and stories from the West of England.
Dancing to The Jolly Waggoners' Square Dance Band
Caller, Nibs Matthews
with interludes from Pat Shaw, John Runge, Douglas Horner.
Master of Ceremonies, Bernard Fishwick
Televised from a Square Dance Party in Bristol.
(Nibs Matthews appears by permission of the English Folk Dance and Song Society)


Musicians: The Jolly Waggoners' Square Dance Band
Caller: Nibs Matthews
Singer: Pat Shaw
Singer: John Runge
Storyteller: Douglas Horner
Master of Ceremonies: Bernard Fishwick
Presented by: Nicholas Crocker

: The Eric Barker Half-Hour

with Pearl Hackney, Deryck Guyler, Sara Gregory, Nicholas Parsons and featuring Elton Hayes with his 'small guitar'.
Ronald Boyer and Jeanne Ravel in their own dance fantasies.


Comedian/script: Eric Barker
Performer: Pearl Hackney
Performer: Deryck Guyler
Performer: Sara Gregory
Performer: Nicholas Parsons
Guitarist: Elton Hayes
Dancer: Ronald Boyer
Dancer: Jeanne Ravel
Settings: John Clements
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Producer: Graeme Muir

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