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: Mainly for Women: About the Home

A special Christmas magazine provided by regular contributors to women's programmes.
Hostess, Joan Gilbert
Guest artists: Mick and Montmorency
Written and produced by S. E. Reynolds.


Hostess: Joan Gilbert
Comedians/guest artists: Mick and Montmorency
Writer/producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
David Enders tells the story.
Sam Williams and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Telefilm)


Narrator: David Enders
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Personality Parade

Tolchard Evans playing his own compositions.
See page 7


Pianist: Tolchard Evans
Guest singer: Joan Small
Interviewer: Vera McKechnie
Presented by: Christopher Doll

: 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

: Freddie Mills


Presenter: Freddie Mills
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Children's Television

Look: Hamsters
A series of wild-life programmes.
Introduced by Peter Scott.
Heinz Sielmann brings a new film to show you and Peter Scott a close-up of a family of European hamsters as they live in their wild state in Germany.
From the BBC's West of England television studio

Mountain Ash
An adventure play by Kenneth Anderson.
The action takes place in July in a ruined castle on an island off the coast of Skye, Scotland.

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Look): Peter Scott
Filmmaker/guest (Look): Heinz Sielmann
Director (Look): Tony Soper
Writer (Mountain Ash): Kenneth Anderson
Producer (Mountain Ash): Stephen Harrison
Mack: John Rae
Alt: Jack Rodney
Captain: Stanley Van Beers
Boatswain: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Dick: Pearson Dodd
Peter: Michael Maguire
Bill: Roy Wingrove
John: Kenneth Robinson
Skipper: Dennis Edwards
Ian Campbell: Derek Aylward

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Emney Enterprises

[Starring] Fred Emney
with Edwin Styles, Deryck Guyler, Kenneth Connor, The Keynotes, Robin Richmond, Roger Avon, Margaret Holmes, Claude Bonser.


Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Producer: George Inns
Comedian: Fred Emney
[Actor]: Edwin Styles
[Actor]: Deryck Guyler
[Actor]: Kenneth Connor
Singers: The Keynotes
[Actor]: Robin Richmond
[Actor]: Roger Avon
[Actress]: Margaret Holmes
[Actor]: Claude Bonser

: Columbia Cavalcade

See above

A programme in which Peter Haigh introduces scenes from famous Columbia Pictures over 26 years.
at 8.0.
Including the films: "Lady for a Day", "It Happened One Night", "Mr. Deeds Comes to Town", "Cover Girl", "You Can't Take it With You", "Knock on any Door", "Born Yesterday", "The Jolson Story", "From Here to Eternity", "The Caine Mutiny", "The Man from Laramie", "My Sister Eileen", "Joe Macbeth", and "Queen Bee".
And among the Stars: May Robson, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Holliday, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Van Johnson, Larry Parks, James Stewart, Rosalind Russell, Paul Douglas, Joan Crawford, Janet Leigh, Victor Mature.
(By arrangement with Columbia Pictures)


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: The Christmas Music from Handel's Messiah

Conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
Jennifer Vyvyan (soprano), Norma Procter (contralto), Webster Booth (tenor), Hervey Alan (bass)
Huddersfield Choral Society
(Chorus-Master, Herbert Bardgett)
BBC Northern Orchestra
(Leader, Reginald Stead)
Ernest Cooper (organ)
Recit. (tenor):
Comfort ye, my people, saith your God
Air (tenor):
Every valley shall be exalted
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed
Recit. (bass):
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
Air (bass):
But who may abide the day of his coming?
Recit. (contralto):
Behold! A Virgin shall conceive and bear a son
Air (alto) and chorus:
O thou that tellest good tidings to
Recit. (bass):
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
For unto us a Child is born
Pastoral Symphony Recit. (soprano):
There were shepherds abiding in the field
Recit. (soprano):
And Lo! the Angel of the Lord came upon them
Recit. (soprano):
And the Angel said unto them
Recit. (soprano):
And suddenly there was with the Angel
Glory to God
The broadcast ends with the Hallelujah Chorus and the Amen.
From the Town Hall, Huddersfield.


Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Soprano: Jennifer Vyvyan
Contralto: Norma Procter
Tenor: Webster Booth
Bass: Hervey Alan
Singers: Huddersfield Choral Society
Chorus-Master: Herbert Bardgett
Musicians: BBC Northern Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Reginald Stead
Organist: Ernest Cooper
Presented for television by: Philip Bate

: News

: Vera Lynn Sings

to the Coldstream Guards and In-Pensioners of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea Barracks (by permission of the Major-General Commanding the Household Brigade) with Bill Maynard introducing Cherry Wainer, Frank Cook, Fred Lovell, The Skyliners, Joyce Golding and Tony Stewart.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Singer: Vera Lynn
Singer: Bill Maynard
Organist: Cherry Wainer
Harmonicist: Frank Cook
Performer: Fred Lovell
Band: The Skyliners
Singer: Joyce Golding
Performer: Tony Stewart
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Producer: Albert Stevenson

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