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: Mainly for Women: About the Home

About Hogmanay
Jameson Clark interviews fisherman William Tait of Aberdeenshire.

Children's Parties
Doreen Waskett shows some of her ideas for party food in the New Year.

Guernseys and Jerseys
Gladys Thompson, who has made a special study of traditional patterns knitted by fishermen's wives, shows examples from her collection.

Potted Presents
One of your Christmas gifts may have been an indoor plant. Frances Perry shows how to take care of it.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.


Interviewer (About Hogmanay): Jameson Clark
Interviewee (About Hogmanay): William Tait
Item presenter (Children's Parties): Doreen Waskett
Item presenter (Guernseys and Jerseys): Gladys Thompson
Item presenter (Potted Presents): Frances Perry
Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Arranged by: Barbara Crowther
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC telefilm)


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

: Personality Parade

with Joe Henderson pianist and composer
Guest singer, Edna Savage


Pianist/Composer: Joe Henderson
Singer: Edna Savage
Interviewer: Vera McKechnie
Presented by: Christopher Doll

: The Burns and Allen Show: Problem Husbands

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Freddie Mills

invites you to join him in keeping fit and meet his guests.


Presenter: Freddie Mills
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Children's Television

For Younger Children
Five minutes of fun with Humphrey Lestocq.

Zoo Quest to Guiana
David Attenborough talks about the BBC-London Zoo expedition that went to South America to film and capture rare animals in the forests.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on September 13)

Steps into Ballet
[Starring] Peggy van Praagh
First of three programmes with Donald Britton, Maureen Bruce, Jill Denning.
The Ballet: The Guardsman

Music by John Addison
Played by the Melos Ensemble(Donald Britton, Maureen Bruce, and John Lanchbery appear by arrangement with Sadler's Wells Trust, Ltd.; Jill Denning is a pupil of Nora Roche)
This is the first of a series of three programmes which will try to follow the growth of a ballet. The series was televised last year and because of its success it is being repeated, in a slightly different form. It starts by showing how a character is created through the steps of the dance, and how a dancer is trained to execute a variety of movements which can be built up into a pattern.
There will be a short ballet at the end of each of the three programmes specially written by Gilbert Vernon to illustrate the various points made. The first ballet is about a guardsman and two sisters who come to watch the changing of the guard. The second, on January 3, will be a scene from "Alice in Wonderland"; and the third, on January 12, will be a Pas de Deux based on the Cinderella story.

(to 18.00)


Entertainer (For Younger Children): Humphrey Lestocq
Presenter (Zoo Quest to Guiana): David Attenborough
Cameraman (Zoo Quest to Guiana): Charles Lagus
Editor (Zoo Quest to Guiana): Enid Mansell
Dancer (Steps into Ballet): Peggy van Praagh
Dancer (Steps into Ballet): Donald Britton
Dancer (Steps into Ballet): Maureen Bruce
Dancer (Steps into Ballet): Jill Denning
Music for demonstration chosen and played by (Steps into Ballet): John Lanchbery
Music (Steps into Ballet): John Addison
[Music] played by (Steps into Ballet): The Melos Ensemble
Choreography (Steps into Ballet): Gilbert Vernon
Designer (Steps into Ballet): Douglas Smith
Producer (Steps into Ballet): Naomi Capon
Writer (Steps into Ballet): Gilbert Vernon

: Highlight

People, events, comments of today.
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Hosts to the Nations

From all the colleges in the world, Swansea University College has been chosen as the centre for a Social Welfare course for selected men and women from all the United Nations countries-teachers, administrative officers, welfare organisers from fifteen countries.
Hywel Davies introduces some of them and they in their turn entertain with story, song, and dancing.


Presenter: Hywel Davies
Producer: David J. Thomas

: Richard of Bordeaux

by Gordon Daviot.
[Starring] Peter Cushing and Jeanette Sterke


Writer: Gordon Daviot
Designer: Roy Oxley
Producer: Victor Menzies
Fair Page Maudelyn: Philip Guard
Dark Page: Bryan Kendrick
Richard II: Peter Cushing
Anne of Bohemia: Jeanette Sterke
Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester: Joseph O'Conor
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: Maurice Colbourne
Sir Simon Burley: George Howe
Edmund Duke of York: Charles Lloyd Pack
Michael de la Pole: John Ruddock
The Earl of Arundel: George Woodbridge
The Archbishop of Canterbury: Noel Howlett
Robert de Vere, Earl of Oxford: Robin Bailey
Mary Bohun Countess of Derby: Ann Castle
Agnes Launcekron: Mary Neelands
Henry Earl of Derby: John Arnatt
Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Nottingham: Thomas Heathcote
Sir John Montague: Tony Thawnton
Edward, Earl of Rutland: John Breslin
A Waiting Woman: Hilda Fenemore
A doctor: George Skillan
First man: Victor Platt
Second man: Johnson Bayly
Third man: Eric Francis
First woman: Janet Joye
Second woman: Hilda Fenemore

: Hey Presto!

The new BBC television studio in Birmingham opens with a light-hearted programme of magic.
Tonny van Dommelen, June Rita Martell, John Hayward
Introduced by Billy McComb.


Magician: Tonny van Dommelen
Magician: June Rita Martell
Magician: John Hayward
Presenter: Billy McComb
Orchestra Director: Harry Engleman
Designer: Margaret Peacock
Programme arranged by: Goodliffe
Producer: Barrie Edgar

: News

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? v. the Rest

A light-hearted Christmas challenge.
Chairman, Glyn Daniel
The Professionals: Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Hugh Shortt, J. B. Fay
The Amateurs: Helen Cherry, Gilbert Harding, Paul Jennings

Followed by The Weather; Road Works Report; Close Down


Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Panellist (The Professionals): Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Panellist (The Professionals): Hugh Shortt
Panellist (The Professionals): J. B. Fay
Panellist (The Amateurs): Helen Cherry
Panellist (The Amateurs): Gilbert Harding
Panellist (The Amateurs): Paul Jennings
Presented by: Paul Johnstone
Assisted by: Nancy Thomas

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