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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women: About the Home

Dressmaking: 5
Norman Hartnell gives advice to home dressmakers, with demonstrations by Diana Cruchley.
Jane wears the finished dress and Diana fits the accessories.

Why on Earth...?
Joan Gilbert deals with some complaints from viewers.

Christmas Cards
Ruth Drew always makes her own, and shows how.

Grace Pond brings to the studio some would-be champions who will be at the National Cat Show.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.


Item presenter (Dressmaking): Norman Hartnell
Dressmaker (Dressmaking): Diana Cruchley
Presenter/item presenter (Why on Earth?): Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Christmas Cards): Ruth Drew
Item presenter (Cats): Grace Pond
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Personality Parade: Lorrae Desmond

The young Australian singer and recording star, with Art Jackson at the piano.
Interviewed by Vera McKechnie.


Singer/interviewee: Lorrae Desmond
Pianist: Art Jackson
Interviewer: Vera McKechnie
Presented by: Christopher Doll

: The Burns and Allen Show: The Music Lovers

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen
George strongly resists the idea of going to the opera-but circumstances are against him.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Freddie Mills

invites you to keep fit and meet his guests.


Exerciser/presenter: Freddie Mills
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Children's Television

Meet the Penguins: Aunt Penny's Party
Story by J. M. Smith Wright.

Children's Newsreel

Children of China
Dennis Matthews tells you how Chinese children work and play and shows you some of the things he has brought back from his visit to China.

Spot the Tune
Another competition introduced by Eric Robinson.
Send your postcards to 'Spot the Tune', [address removed]

(to 18.00)


Writer (Meet the Penguins): J. M. Smith Wright
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Sam Williams
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Elizabeth Williams
Assisted by (Meet the Penguins): Caroline Guthrie
Music (Meet the Penguins): John Hooper
[Music] played by (Meet the Penguins): Tom McCall
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Madi Hedd
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Kenneth Connor
Special effects (Meet the Penguins): Alfred Davis
Special effects (Meet the Penguins): Douglas Mair
Presented by (Meet the Penguins): Peter Newington
Presenter (Children of China): Dennis Matthews
Presenter (Spot the Tune): Eric Robinson

: Highlight

People, events, comments of today introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Other People's Jobs: Men of Steel

Written by W. John Morgan.
BBC Outside Broadcast cameras pay a visit to the furnaces and rolling mill of a large steelworks. In South Wales to see something of the everyday job of the steel-worker and how he makes and shapes the world's most useful metal.


Writer: W. John Morgan
Commentator: Hugh David
Presented by: Dafydd Gruffydd

: The Man Who Stroked Cats

(See top of page)

From the short story by Morley Roberts
Adapted and produced by Antony Pelissier
[Starring] Tony Britton

It has been said that the world is divided into two main classes of people - those who love cats, and those who don't. Among those who do is Tom, a young man who can't resist giving a friendly word and a quick stroke to every stray he meets on his way to work - with results that even the most superstitious of black-cat lovers couldn't possibly have foreseen...
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(Tony Britton appears by permission of British Lion Films, Ltd.; Josephine Griffin by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Ltd.)


Author: Morley Roberts
Adapted by/Producer: Antony Pelissier
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Tom Meredith: Tony Britton
The girl: Josephine Griffin
Daily woman: Dorice Fordred
Taxi driver: Lane Meddick
Doctor: John Gatrell
Others taking part: Barbara Greenhalgh
Others taking part: Jeanette Landis
Others taking part: Peggyann Clifford
Others taking part: Deirdre Day
Others taking part: Elizabeth Keen

: Fast and Loose

[Starring] Bob Monkhouse
not forgetting Denis Goodwin
with Alma Cogan.


Comic actor/scriptwriter: Bob Monkhouse
Comic actor/scriptwriter: Denis Goodwin
Singer: Alma Cogan
Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Producer: Brian Tesler

: International Ice Hockey: Wembley v. Russia

A visit to the Empire Pool, Wembley, to see part of the second and the whole of the last period of this international match.


Commentator: Alan Weeks
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

A fortnightly programme.
The Experts: Julian Huxley F.R.S., Maxwell Knight, James Fisher
The Challenger: Essex Museum of Natural History
Chairman, Glyn Daniel, Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge


Expert: Julian Huxley
Expert: Maxwell Knight
Expert: James Fisher
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Paul Johnstone

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