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: London Town Scrapbook

Stories on film from past editions of 'London Town'.
Commentary by Richard Dimbleby
(Previously televised on October 13, 1953)


Narrator: Richard Dimbleby
Scripts written by: George Moresby White
Scripts written by: Peter Hunt
Producer: Stephen McCormack

: Operation Escort: Part 1: Start Point... to... Selsey Bill

A Naval and Air Exercise of the NATO Channel Command.
Reporters and cameramen record the progress of a convoy under attack as it moves up the English Channel to the Port of Flushing.
(Previously televised on December 10)
(to 16.00)


Reporter (Ashore): Patrick O'Donovan
Reporter (At Sea): Brian Connell
Reporter (At Sea): David Dunhill
Reporter (At Sea): Geoffrey Galwey
Reporter (In the Air): Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Chief Cameraman: Michael Brandt
Naval Adviser: Commander A. T. Courtney. O.B.E., R.N. (Retd.)
Director: Geoffrey Woodward
Editor: Alan Martin
Producer: Michael Peacock

: Children's Television

The Snail's Adventures
by Margaret Curry.
by Geoffrey Lewis.
John Rule tells two short stories.

This Was News
A programme that helps you to understand some of the events of recent weeks.

For Deaf Children
A visit to the National Institute for the Deaf for a children's Christmas party with Sandy Sandford and Buck Hurst.
Introduced by Jasmine Bligh.

(to 17.55)


Storyteller: John Rule
Writer (The Snail's Adventures): Margaret Curry
Writer (Plummy): Geoffrey Lewis
Comedian (For Deaf Children): Sandy Sandford
Magician (For Deaf Children): Buck Hurst
Presenter (For Deaf Children): Jasmine Bligh

: War in the Air: 9: Wings Over Italy

Written and produced by John Elliot.
A series of BBC Television films telling the history of air power in the past twenty years.
This film follows the air campaigns of Italy and Sicily from June 1943 to June 1944.
Second performance: Saturday at 10.15 p.m.


Writer/producer: John Elliot
Series director : Philip Dorte
Service Adviser: Air Chief Marshal Sir Philip Joubert K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.
Narrator: Robert Harris
Other voices: James Drake
Other voices: Tita Dane
Other voices: Sam Kydd
Other voices: Alan White

: Excerpts from "Simon and Laura"

A comedy by Alan Melville.

The scene is the living-room of the Fosters' home in London.
A special performance before an invited audience from the Strand Theatre, London (by arrangement with H. M. Tennent. Ltd.)


Author: Alan Melville
Director: Murray MacDonald
Setting: Alan Tagg
Television Presentation: Alan Chivers
Simon Foster: Roland Culver
Laura Foster: Coral Browne
Wilson: Ernest Thesiger
Jessie: Esma Cannon
Mr. Wolfstein: Ronald Radd
David Prentice: Ian Carmichael
Janet Honeyman: Dora Bryan
Timothy: Michael Caridia
Barney: David Morrell
Joe: Kenneth MacLeod
Bert: Thomas Elliott
Archie: Roger Page
Mabel: Pauline Stroud
Miss Mills: Vivienne Drummond

: Asian Club: The Prospect for 1955

Young men and women from Asian countries put questions to Alan Bullock.
This is one of the regular meetings of Asian Club broadcast every week in the Eastern and Far Eastern Services of the BBC.


Panellist: Alan Bullock
Producer: Rex Moorfoot
Presented for television by: Donald Baverstock

: Quite Contrary

featuring Ruby Murray, Pamela Russell, Anita Ellis, Eliza Lotti, Irene Mayo, Freddie Stuart, Pedro and Pinkie, The Littlewood Songsters, The New Toppers, Ray Martin and his Orchestra.
Introduced by Catherine Boyle.


Singer: Ruby Murray
Poet reader: Pamela Russell
Singer: Anita Ellis
Performer: Eliza Lotti
Performer: Irene Mayo
Performer: Freddie Stuart
Performers: Pedro and Pinkie
Singers: The Littlewood Songsters
Dancers: The New Toppers
Musicians: Ray Martin and his Orchestra
Presenter: Catherine Boyle
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Producer: Richard Afton

: News

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