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: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd like you to meet...
Lorraine Senaratne, Honorary Secretary of the Women's Institutes of Ceylon.

New Year
Verity Anderson considers the New Year prospects and devises a new form of diary.

Ian Wallace tells and sings the story of some of has adventures as an opera-singer. He is accompanied at the piano by Alexa Maxwell.


Presenter: Jeanne Heal
Guest (I'd like you to meet...): Lorraine Senaratne
Item presenter (New Year): Verity Anderson
Singer (Music): Ian Wallace
Pianist (Music): Alexa Maxwell
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

A Castle and Sixpence: 1: Fancy is Mechanised
A serial in six parts from the story by Margaret J. Baker.
Adapted and produced for television by Dorothea Brooking.

When this new senal begins the Martingale children are living in London-and not liking it very much. They are not very well off and their mother has to work very hard at writing stories in order to pay the bills and the school fees. And London is so crowded that they have a hard job finding space in which to keep Fancy, the old horse they have bought to prevent its being destroyed.
Then, suddenly, things take a decided turn for the better. The Martingales find that an elderly aunt has left them a castle-and a great many cats! That explains part of the title. You will have to find out for yourselves what the 'sixpence' part means in Children's Television.

Toys on Parade
A preview of the Harrogate Toy Fair showing some of the toys that can be seen in the shops during 1954.
Your guide, Raymond Baxter

(to 17.50)


Author (A Castle and Sixpence): Margaret J. Baker
Adapter and producer (A Castle and Sixpence): Dorothea Brooking
Settings (A Castle and Sixpence): John Clements
Mrs Martingale: Cicely Walper
Her children: Nicholas: Wilfrid Downing
Her children: Petronella: Elizabeth Saunders
Her children: Dinah: Caroline Denzil
Her children: Benjamin: Colin Gibson
Mrs Pigmarsh: Enid Lorimer
Fancy: A Cart Horse
Guide (Toys on Parade): Raymond Baxter
Presented by (Toys on Parade): Barney Colehan

: Weather Chart

: Newsreel

: There's Always Juliet

A comedy by John van Druten.
[Starring] Margaret Johnston and Robert Beatty


Writer: John van Druten
Producer: Leonard Brett
Director: Owen Reed
Settings designer: Stephen Bundy
Leonora Perrycoste: Margaret Johnston
Florence: Jean Cadell
Dwight Houston: Robert Beatty
Peter Watanaley: Jack Allen

: The Name's the Same

With Bernard Braden in charge of The Name-hunters: Brenda Bruce, Frank Muir, Denis Norden and a guest.


Chairman: Bernard Braden
Panellist: Brenda Bruce
Panellist: Frank Muir
Panellist: Denis Norden
Special effects: Alfred Wurmser
Presented by: Brian Tesler

: Semprini (piano)


Pianist: Semprini

: News

(sound only)

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