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: Racing from Newbury

A visit to this Berkshire race-course to see three of the principal races on the first day of the December Meeting.

2.0 Berkshire Handicap Hurdle Race over 2 miles 85 yards

2.30 Freshman's Hurdle Race over 2 miles 85 yards

3.0 Andover Handicap Steeplechase over 3 miles

Clive Graham identifies the runners and riders in the Paddock before each race.


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Paddock commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Information Desk

Viewers' Queries Answered.
At the desks: Nan Winton and Peter Haigh
also appearing: Charles Pennethorne Hughes and Elkan Allan


Presenter: Nan Winton
Presenter: Peter Haigh
Co-presenter: Charles Pennethorne Hughes
Co-presenter: Elkan Allan
Devised by: George Campey
Producer: Christopher Doll

: Book Bag

by Brenda Belth.


Presenter: Brenda Belth

: Margery Manners

in a cavalcade of songs.


Singer: Margery Manners
Producer: Charles R. Rogers

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the Very Young
Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC Telefilm)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Film Time

Introduced by Jack Bell.
A topical film programme in which viewers see excerpts from films old and new, and meet cinema personalities who are in the news.


Presenter: Jack Bell
Producer: Alan Sleath

: Children's Television

For Older Children: The Friday Western - Flame Across the Prairie
The fierce Mojave Tribe, led by Chief Sky Eagle, are in revolt. Settlers are panicked into selling their farms as the Cisco Kid and Panchor arrive to investigate. They find a sinister force at work and uncover the true reason for the Indian raids.

Inside Information
An outside broadcasting unit takes a look at itself; and Stephen Wade explains the working of some of the equipment that brings you your programmes.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on January 21, 1955)

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Inside Information): Stephen Wade
Presented by (Inside Information): Bill Duncalf

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Forces' Requests

Josephine Douglas invites you to meet men and women of H.M. Forces serving overseas and to hear their musical requests for the people at home.
This week the requests come from Oldenburg and are answered by: Carole Carr with Tony Mercer, Tutte Lemkow, Sara Luzita, The Northerners, David Francis and the Forces' Requests Orchestra under the direction of George Clouston.


Presenter/director/producer: Josephine Douglas
Singer: Carole Carr
Bass: Tony Mercer
Dancer: Tutte Lemkow
Dancer: Sara Luzita
Performers: The Northerners
Singer: David Francis
Musicians: Forces' Requests Orchestra
Orchestra director: George Clouston
Dance direction: Tutte Lemkow
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Programme director: Harry Carlisle

: Johnny's Place

John Slater, Television's well-known storyteller invites you to join him.
(A BBC Telefilm)
(John Slater is appearing in "Dry Rot" at the Whitehall Theatre, London)


Storyteller: John Slater

: Puzzle Corner

Introduced by Ronnie Waldman.
This week's viewer competitor from Tottenham.
Which Year?
with Edna Savage, Gene Baxter, Harry Naughton, Pamela Harrington, Peter Darrell,
The George Mitchell Four.

Viewers who live in Tottenham are invited to place this copy of Radio Times in their window by noon today if they wish to offer themselves as the viewer competitor in tonight's 'Puzzle Corner'.


Presenter: Ronnie Waldman
Singer (Which Year?): Edna Savage
Singer (Which Year?): Gene Baxter
Dancer (Which Year?): Harry Naughton
Dancer (Which Year?): Pamela Harrington
Singers (Which Year?): The George Mitchell Four
Dancer/dances arranged by: Peter Darrell
Material: Dennis Yates
Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Producer: Walton Anderson

: International Swimming

An invitation event between swimmers from five countries.
From the Isleworth Baths, Middlesex.
(BBC Outside Broadcast cameras will visit this event again at 3.5 tomorrow)


Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: John Webb
Presented by: Humphrey Fisher

: In the News

An unrehearsed discussion on topics of the week.
The Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot, C.H., M.P., The Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell, M.P., Viscount Hailsham, Joseph Grimond, M.P.
Chairman, Frank Byers


Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Walter Elliot
Speaker: The Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell
Speaker: Viscount Hailsham
Speaker: Joseph Grimond
Chairman: Frank Byers
Presented by: Rex Moorfoot

: The Burns and Allen Show: Off to the Cinema

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen

The Burns family and their friends want to go to the pictures-but the problem is to find a film that none of them has seen.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: The Weekend Ahead

A preview of some of your programmes for tomorrow and Sunday.

: Music in View

Sidney Harrison takes a look at your music programmes for the next fortnight.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Presenter: Sidney Harrison

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