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: Her People Rejoiced

A BBC film record of how Coronation Day was celebrated throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations.
(First televised on June 16, 1953)
(to 16.20)

: Children's Television

Tai Lu Talking
The first episode of a new series about the travels of a magic Siamese cat.
Devised and told by Shelagh Fraser and Billy Thatcher.

Peter in Trouble
[Starring] Peter Butterworth

with Nat Temple and his Orchestra, Benny Lee, Patricia Lawrence, The Jacquelines.
(Patricia Lawrence is appearing in 'A Day by the Sea' at the Haymarket Theatre, London)

(to 17.40)


Devised and told by (Tai Lu Talking): Shelagh Fraser
Devised and told by (Tai Lu Talking): Billy Thatcher
Illustrated by (Tai Lu Talking): Janet Grahame-Johnstone
Illustrated by (Tai Lu Talking): Anne Grahame-Johnstone
Musical comments (Tai Lu Talking): Donald Swan
Comedian (Peter in Trouble): Peter Butterworth
Musicians (Jack-in-a-Box): Nat Temple and his Orchestra
Singer (Jack-in-a-Box): Benny Lee
Performer (Jack-in-a-Box): Patricia Lawrence
Performers (Jack-in-a-Box): The Jacquelines
Producer (Jack-in-a-Box): John Hunter Blair

: Weather Chart

(Please see page 15)

: Missing from Home

A documentary programme written by Arthur Swinson.

Missing from Home
Every day, in this country, twenty people disappear from their homes Many are never heard of again. The International Investigation Department of the Salvation Army, whose compass is world wide, works to trace missing people and to reunite them with their families. Tonight's programme shows how the work is done.
Our picture shows Arthur Swinson, who wrote the script, looking over the files with Brigadier Herbert G Langdon, the head of the Department.
Arthur Swinson writes on page 15 at 8.15


Writer: Arthur Swinson
Producer: Robert Barr
Settings: Michael Yates

: Television Dancing Club

with Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra
The Constance Grant Formation Team
Hugh Carter and Hazel Willis European Professional Champions, 1951-2
Fred Mayhew and Olga Koch, South of England Latin-American Champions, 1953
Victor Silvester's Dancing Lesson with Beryl Twiggs and the Maurice Jay Formation Dancers
Competition for the Television Dancing Trophy
Presented for television from a London ballroom by Richard Afton


Musicians: Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra
Formation dancers: The Constance Grant Formation Team
Dancer: Hugh Carter
Dancer: Hazel Willis
Dancer: Fred Mayhew
Dancer: Olga Koch
Dancer (Victor Silvester's Dancing Lesson): Beryl Twiggs
Formation dancers: Maurice Jay Formation Dancers
Presented for television by: Richard Afton
Director: Keith Rogers

: Retrospect, 1953

Television Newsreel's review of this eventful year.
The voices: Edward Halliday, Frank Phillips, Robert Finigan
(Previously televised on December 31)


Voices: Edward Halliday
Voices: Frank Phillips
Voices: Robert Finigan
Script: Paul Fox
Script: Michael Balkwill
Film Editor: Duncan Griffin-Beale
Sound Editor: Stuart Crombie
Recorded by: Vernon Phipps
Producer: Richard Cawston

: News (sound only); Talk by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

The Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden, M.C., M.P.
(Recording of broadcast in the Home Service at 9.15 p.m.)
(Sound only)


Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden

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