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: Racing at Kempton Park

The first day of the Christmas Meeting
BBC Outside Broadcast cameras join the Boxing Day crowds at Kempton Park race-course to see part of the afternoon's racing, including:
The King George VI Steeplechase over three miles for a prize of £3,000

Clive Graham is beside the camera overlooking the Paddock to identify the horses and jockeys before each race.


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

: Film Profile of Maurice Elvey

In an interview with Peter Haigh, Maurice Elvey talks about the growth of the British film industry and shows excerpts from the following films: "The Sign of Four", "Sally in our Alley", "The Lamp still Burns", "Stars in your Eyes".
(By arrangement with the British Film Institute, Ealing Studios, the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Ltd., and British Lion Films)


Interviewer: Peter Haigh
Interviewee: Maurice Elvey
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC Telefilm)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Cabaret Matinee

Harry Roy and his Band invite you to join them in an afternoon floor show with some guest artists.


Musicians: Harry Roy and his Band
Producer: Richard Afton

: Children's Television: The Sleeping Beauty

A Fairy Tale made into a play for television and produced by Rex Tucker.
(Josephine Griffin appears by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Ltd; Richard Wordsworth appears by permission of the Old Vic Theatre Trust)
See page 10
(to 18.00)


Adapted by/Producer: Rex Tucker
Music for The Enchanted Garden specially composed by: John Hotchkis
Designer: John Cooper
Perianne: Josephine Griffin
Dominic: Joseph Wise
The King: Richard Wordsworth
The Queen: Olive Gregg
The Princess: Ann Hanslip
The Prince: William Russell
The Ice Fairy: Patricia Fryer
The Flame Fairy: Stella Riley
The Fairy of Ancient Days: Edna Petrie
The Butler: Kynaston Reeves
The Nurse: Enid Lorimer
The Page: Michael Lewin
The Old Woman: Hilda Barry
The Lady Katherine: Brenda Bennett
The Lady Isobel: Balbina
The Guard: Colin Douglas
The Town Crier: Alan Edwards
Other parts played by: Maria Hanson
Other parts played by: Dennis Ramsden
Other parts played by: Nigel Arkwright
Other parts played by: Garth Adams
Other parts played by: Peter MacArte

: Today's Sport

Presenting stop-press news and some of today's big sporting moments on film

: Red Riding Hood

Excerpts from John Beaumont's family pantomime.
[Starring] Ken Dodd and Mrs. Shufflewick
[with] Little Walter and his musical daughters, Tibor Alexander's Wonder Dogs, Izna Roselli's singers and dancers
A special performance before an invited audience.
From the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield.


Writer: John Beaumont
Producer: Frank P. Adey
Musicians: Little Walter and his musical daughters
Singers/dancers: Izna Roselli's singers and dancers
Orchestra director: Raymond Long
Commentator: Geoffrey Wheeler
Television presentation: Ronnie Taylor
Mother Hubbard: Mrs Shufflewick
Prince Valiant of Alluria: Mary Harkness
Red Riding-Hood, the Baron's ward: Barbara Haydn
The Baron Badlotte, of Merryvale Hall: Eric Williams
Jolly Jenkins, the Baron's butler: Ken Dodd
Fairy Silverleaf: Joan Ross
King Wolf: Colin Bean
King Wolf's henchmen: Billy Blue: Jack Falcon
King Wolf's henchmen: Jimmy Green: Eddie Falcon
Jenny, the farm girl: Eileen Falcon

: Off the Record

Jack Payne reviews the top records of 1955 in a special edition of Off the Record together with a preview of some of the new titles of 1956 featuring Alma Cogan, Ruby Murray, Jimmy Young, Eddie Calvert, Ronnie Hilton, The Johnston Brothers,
Don Lang with the Mairants-Langhorn Big Six, Cyril Stapleton and Julie Dawn,
Concert Orchestra and George Mitchell Singers.
Conducted by Stanley Black

(Alma Colgan is appearing in "Aladdin" at the Empire Theatre, Chiswick; Ruby Murray in "Painting the Town" at the London Palladium; Jimmy Young in "Robinson Crusoe" at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton)


Presenter: Jack Payne
Singer: Alma Cogan
Singer: Ruby Murray
Singer: Jimmy Young
Trumpeter: Eddie Calvert
Singer: Ronnie Hilton
Singers: The Johnston Brothers
Musicians: Don Lang with the Mairants-Langhorn Big Six
Violinist: Cyril Stapleton
Singer: Julie Dawn
Musicians: Concert Orchestra
Singers: George Mitchell Singers
Conductor: Stanley Black
Producer: Francis Essex

: What's My Line?

TV's most popular panel game
with Isobel Barnett, Zoe Gail, Ben Lyon, Kenneth Horne and Eamonn Andrews in the chair.

("What's My Line?" was devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and is televised by arrangement with C.B.S. and Maurice Winnick)


Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Zoe Gail
Panellist: Ben Lyon
Panellist: Kenneth Horne
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Take it Away

A farce by Moss Mindelbaum.
[Starring] Harry Green


Writer: Moss Mindelbaum
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Producer: Adrian Waller
Eric Abelson: Gareth Wigan
John Dignity: Brian Oulton
Margot Dignity: Harriette Johns
Bishop Dignity: Willoughby Goddard
Tich Dignity: Toke Townley
Sammy Dignity: Roland Green
Matthew Abelson: Frank Royde
Butcher Dignity: Danny Green
Split Sargent: Alfie Bass
Philippa Levison: Rowena Gregory
Victor Levison: Harry Green
Detective: Sidney Keith
Andrew Bull: Richard Caldicot
Sneider: Donald Bisset
Jelenek: Charles Lamb

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