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: About the Home

Practical help for the housewife.
Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

Family Affairs
Josephine Douglas shows some toys that will interest the 'under-fives'.

Soft Toys
Mary Vellan provides a beginners' guide to making simple soft toys.

Evelyn Rose cooks Potato Latkes and Potato Kugel.

Slippers for Christmas
James Norbury announces the prizewinning entries.


Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Family Affairs): Josephine Douglas
Arranged by (Family Affairs): Julia Bull
Item presenter (Soft Toys): Mary Vellan
Cook (Cookery): Evelyn Rose
Item presenter (Slippers for Christmas): James Norbury
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)

: Children's Television

Spot the Tune
Introduced by Eric Robinson.
The winning cards in a competition are drawn from the hat, and a string quartet, led by Emanuel Hurwitz, plays the music.

Children's Newsreel

Royal London
Written by Peter Hunt and Stephen Hearst.
A special children's edition of "London Town".
(First televised on May 30, 1953)
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby.
Stories include: 'Tower of London,' 'The Palace of Hampton Court,' 'St. James's Palace' and 'Kensington Palace.'
Film sequences directed by John Rhodes for the Television Film Unit.

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Spot the Tune): Eric Robinson
Violinist (Spot the Tune): Emanuel Hurwitz
Writer (Royal London): Peter Hunt
Writer (Royal London): Stephen Hearst
Presenter (Royal London): Richard Dimbleby
Producer (Royal London): Stephen McCormack
Film sequences directed by (Royal London): John Rhodes

: Launch the Lifeboat

A programme about the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Televised from the Lifeboat Station at Mumbles, Swansea.
Film sequences by permission of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution


Narrator: John Darran
Producer: Dafydd Gruffydd

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock.
A topical programme that aims to spotlight the latest news, views, and personalities of sport.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Editor: Paul Fox
Presented by: Cecil Petty

: The Whiteoak Chronicles: Young Renny

by Mazo de la Roche.
[Starring] Jean Cadell
(Second performance: for details see Sunday at 8.30 p.m.)
There will be an interval at 9.30 app.


Author: Mazo de la Roche
Adeline Whiteoak: Jean Cadell

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?: Transatlantic Exchange

The experts' efforts to identify a series of unusual objects is followed by a telerecording of the American experts of the C.B.S. programme 'What in the World' dealing with the same objects.
The Experts:
Sir Mortimer Wheeler Professor of Archaeology, University of London
G. H. S. Bushnell, Curator, University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Adrian Digby, Keeper of the Department of Ethnography, British Museum
v. The Challengers: University Museum of Pennsylvania
Chairman, Glyn Daniel Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge


Expert: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Expert: G. H. S. Bushnell
Expert: Adrian Digby
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Paul Johnstone

: News

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