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: Her Majesty The Queen

formally opens The new Terminal Buildings at London Airport.
See above

: Richard III

Scenes taken during the production of Sir Laurence Olivier's new film, "Richard III".
Commentary is given by Norman Wooland.
(By arrangement with London Film Productions, Ltd.)


Narrator: Norman Wooland

: Friday Recital

Renata Bogdanska and Clifton Helliwell in a programme of songs and music.


Singer: Renata Bogdanska
Pianist: Clifton Helliwell
Producer: Charles R. Rogers

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

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: Location King's Cross

The story of how a film location is chosen and how the rehearsing and shooting eventually take place.
King's Cross, London, is the location of Alec Guinness's new film The Lady Killers, from which some finished scenes are also shown in this film programme.
Narration by Alexander Mackendrick who also directed the picture.
Sir Michael Balcon speaks a postscript.
(By arrangement with Ealing Studios and the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Ltd.)


Scriptwriter: E.V.H. Emmett
Narrator/Director: Alexander MacKendrick
Speaker: Sir Michael Balcon
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: Film Profile: John Paddy Carstairs

Berkeley Smith interviews John Paddy Carstairs, one of Britain's leading directors of film comedies, with illustrations from The Chiltern Hundreds, Top of the Form, Trouble in Store, Dancing with Crime and his latest film Jumping for Joy.
(By arrangement with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation Ltd., and Renown Picture Corporation)


Interviewer: Berkeley Smith
Interviewee: John Paddy Carstairs
Presented by: Alan Lawson

: Children's Television

Jingle Bells with Shirley Abicair
Outside it is snowing hard but inside the fire burns brightly. Shirley invites a few young friends in for some Christmas songs.

Children of China
Dennis Matthews shows you some of the lovely things that are made by the people of China.

For Older Children: The Friday Western - The Flying Arrow
A rancher is found shot dead by an arrow. Charlie Melton, known to be an expert with the bow, is accused of the murder, but disappears before he can be brought to court. A second man is killed in the same way. In despair the townsfolk call in the Range Rider and Dick West to investigate. After some exciting detective work the friends track down the killers.

(to 18.00)


Singer (Jingle Bells): Shirley Abicair
Presented by (Jingle Bells): Vere Lorrimer
Presenter (Children of China): Dennis Matthews

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Ask Pickles

Wilfred Pickles invites you to Ask Pickles for the things you would like to see on your television screen.
Special investigators: Pauline and Larry Forrester


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles
Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Associate conductor: George Clouston
Special investigator: Pauline Forrester
Special investigator: Larry Forrester
Producer: Brian Tesler
Director: Harry Carlisle

: Meet Jeanne Heal

Every fortnight, in a topic of her choice, Jeanne Heal talks with visitors to the studio.


Presenter/interviewer: Jeanne Heal
Presented by: Michael Barsley

: Rhyme and Rhythm

introduced by The Gaunt Brothers.
with Ken Frith, Grace O'Connor, Norman George and Dennis Newey, The Three Skylarks and Tony Brent.
Musical accompaniment by the Jimmy Leach Dixieland Band.


Presenter: The Gaunt Brothers
Pianist: Ken Frith
Singer: Grace O'Connor
Violinist: Norman George
Guitarist: Dennis Newey
Musicians: The Three Skylarks
Singer: Tony Brent
Musicians: The Jimmy Leach Dixieland Band
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Club Time: Driving Club

A Friday-evening date for enthusiasts, bringing them news, views, and expert information on their particular subject.

Presented by BBC Television Outside Broadcasts Department
Introduced by Raymond Baxter with Jock Millett and Barrie Edgar.
At the Drill Hall of the 263 Regiment R.A. (T.A.) by permission of the Commanding Officer, Lt.-Col. A. F. A. Smith M.C, R.A. (T.A.)
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Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Co-presenter: Jock Millett
Co-presenter: Barrie Edgar
Producer: Bill Duncalf

: Press Conference

People who make the news face questions from the people who write the news.


Presented by: David Hutchinson

: The Burns and Allen Show: Bachelor for a Week

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen

George and his friends plan to have a good time while Gracie is away visiting her mother. Things don't turn out quite as they had hoped.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: The Weekend Ahead

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

: Facts and Figures

Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Prepared by: Frank Blackaby
Charts: Alfred Wurmser
Described by: Leonard Miall
Presented by: Peggie Broadhead

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