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: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd Like You to Meet...: Jimmy Edwards

James Laver reviews two illustrated books on costume.

Christmas with the Children
Verily Anderson shows how her children have worked out their own ideas for the family Christmas.

Marjorie Stewart and Richard Wattis dance the tango from the play 'Ring Round the Moon' to music composed by Richard Addinsell.


Presenter: Jeanne Heal
Speaker (I'd Like You to Meet...): Jimmy Edwards
Reviewer (Bookshelf): James Laver
Item presenter (Christmas with the Children): Verily Anderson
Dancer (Dancing): Marjorie Stewart
Dancer (Dancing): Richard Wattis
Music composer (Dancing): Richard Addinsell
Producer: Jacqueline Kennish

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the very young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)


Narrator/script, music and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Children's Television

Squirrel's First Christmas
A story by Eileen Mathias told by Dorothy Smith.

One Glorious Year
Richard Dimbleby interviews some of the young people who were connected with interesting and exciting events of 1953.

(to 17.40)


Writer (Squirrel's First Christmas): Eileen Mathias
Storyteller (Squirrel's First Christmas): Dorothy Smith
Interviewer (One Glorious Year): Richard Dimbleby
Editor (One Glorious Year): Tom Twigge
Producer (One Glorious Year): Douglas Hurn

: Christmas Crackers

Magic and Variety featuring
The Great Masoni with Shan, the girl with the amazing memory
Jannette Fox, the marionette girl
Chris Martell, juggling and glamour
A special preview of part of the Christmas show from the stage of the New Theatre. Bromley, Kerat, before an invited audience.


Magician: The Great Masoni
Memoriser: Shan
Performer: Jannette Fox
Juggler: Chris Martell
Orchestra under the direction of: Jay Kay
Producer: Eric Mason
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Follow the Plough

A comedy by R. F. Delderfield.
[Starring] Leslie Dwyer and Maureen Pryor
The action of the play takes place on Windrush farm in the West Country.
See page 16


Writer: R. F. Delderfield
Producer: Leonard Brett
Setting: Richard Greenough
Cagey Narracott, handyman at Windrush: Jan Stewer
Lawyer Arscott: Philip Ray
Annie Yeo, housekeeper at Windrush: Maureen Pryor
'Mafeking' Brewer: Frederick Peisley
Alfie Brewer: Leslie Dwyer
Amy Slater, his sister: Doris Yorke
Maud Hodge, his younger sister: Dandy Nichols
Fred Slater, his brother-in-law: Gordon Bell
June Hodge, Maud's daughter: Charmian Eyre
Ralph Stokes: Glyn Houston
Miss Cogent: Helen Goss

: And It Came to Pass

('Und Es Begab Sich')
This Dutch film tells the Bible story from the Nativity to the Flight into Egypt. It is illustrated by eighteenth-century statuettes now in the Bavarian Museum at Munich.

: News

(sound only)

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