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: Motor Cycling: The Fourth Television Team Trophy Trial

Teams consisting of three solo machines and one sidecar outfit from the South, Midlands, North, and West of England compete in this annual event.
Organised by the Streatham and District Motor Cycling Club on behalf of the Auto-Cycle Union


Clerk of the Course: H. R. Taylor
Commentator: Raymond Baxter
Presented for television by: John Vernon

: The Adventures of Annabel: 3: Busman's Holiday

by Anthony Steven.
[Starring] Elizabeth Allan and Hugh Sinclair
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 24)


Writer: Anthony Steven
Annabel: Elizabeth Allan
Robert Hayward: Hugh Sinclair

: Flying Ice

A record of this year's events in the motor-car and cycle championships held annually on frozen lakes in Sweden.

: Amos 'n' Andy: Kingfish Buys a Chair

[Starring] Amos 'n' Andy in the film Kingfish Buys a Chair
Andy and Kingfish take refuge from the rain in an auction room and come out with more than they had bargained for.

: Children's Television

For Older Children: Last of the Pony Express
A feud exists between the old-time Pony Express and the new Stage Coach Line. In the end Range Rider and Dick West bring peace to the trail.

Children of the New Forest: 2: A New Life
by Captain Marryat.
Adapted and produced by Douglas Hurn.
In the hue and cry that follows King Charles I's escape from detention by the Roundheads, Arnwood, home of the four Cavalier Beverley children, is burnt out. They are thought to have perished but they have in fact taken shelter in the New Forest cottage of old Jacob Armitage, a forester, and they pretend to be his grandchildren.

(to 18.05)


Author (Children of the New Forest): Captain Marryat
Adapter/producer (Children of the New Forest): Douglas Hurn
Jacob Armitage: Harold Scott
Edward Beverley: Alan Edwards
Alice Beverley: Shirley Cooklin
Humphrey Beverley: Anthony Valentine
Edith Beverley: Gillian Gate
Mr Heatherstone: Ralph Nossek
Patience Heatherstone: Shirley Watson
Oswald: John Abineri

: News; The Weather and Today's Sport

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

: In Town Tonight

Interesting people who are In Town Tonight interviewed by John Ellison.


Interviewer: John Ellison
Special effects: Douglas Mair
Assistant producer: Joyce Bullen
Edited and produced by: Peter Duncan

: The Adventures of Annabel: 4: The Memento Mori

A series of television plays written by Anthony Steven.
Based on stories by Charles Franklin.
[Starring] Elizabeth Allan and Hugh Sinclair
The action takes place in Munich. Time. the present


Writer: Anthony Steven
Based on stories by: Charles Franklin
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Film cameraman: Ken Higgins
Annabel: Elizabeth Allan
Jeweller's assistant: Owen Berry
Nyassa Gordon: Margaret Tyzack
Robert Hayward: Hugh Sinclair
Josef: Mark Lawton
Prince Alexei Goncharov: Leo Bieber
American: Edwin Brown
Henlein: Arnold Marie
Wilhelm Deubner: Carl Duering
Colonel Charles Grant: John McLaren
Lt Julian Anderson: Garry Thorne
Top-Sergeant: Paul Hammer
Count Rudelius: Hugo Schuster
Page: Ian Jamieson
Waitress: Carmen Blanck-Sichel
Rice: Graham Abernathy
Other parts played by: Edward Ballard
Other parts played by: Clarence Bigge
Other parts played by: Freda Falconer
Other parts played by: Robert Kramer
Other parts played by: John Lucas
Other parts played by: Peter Morny
Other parts played by: Delia Paton
Other parts played by: Edith Saville
Other parts played by: Jean Ward
Other parts played by: Fraser White

: Final Night

A star cast for the last Variety show of 1955 with The Bernard Brothers, Ronnie Ronalde, Arthur English, Eddie Gray, Nadia Nerina and Alexis Rassine, Ferry Kurucz, Tom Belli, The Television Toppers, Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards (by permission of Col. B. W. Gore-Langton, M.B.I.), Norrie Paramor and his Concert Orchestra.


Comedians: The Bernard Brothers
Singer: Ronnie Ronalde
Comedian: Arthur English
Comedian: Eddie Gray
Dancer: Nadia Nerina
Dancer: Alexis Rassine
Cymbalist: Ferry Kurucz
Performer: Tom Belli
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Musicians: Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards
Musicians: Norrie Paramor and his Concert Orchestra
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Produced and directed by: Richard Afton

: Retrospect, 1955

Alan Bullock presents a personal assessment of the events of the year.


Presenter: Alan Bullock
Film editor: Alan Martin
Producer: David Attenborough

: Personal Appearance of Gracie Fields

A special broadcast direct from the stage of the Television Theatre.
See page 4


Singer: Gracie Fields
Presented by: Richard Afton

: New Year Greetings

The European Television Services send greetings on film to the people of Britain.

: Sports Special

Today's Sport on your Screen Tonight
Outside Broadcast and Sportsview Unit film cameras bring you a nation-wide coverage of today's sporting highlights.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Director: Alan Rees

: Tomorrow's Man

Tonight, as the whole world waits for the birth of a New Year, Outside Broadcast cameras in seven places look to the future that awaits - Tomorrow's Man.
Music by Clifton Parker conducted by Muir Mathieson and played by a section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Cardiff by Selwyn Roderick

Greenock by Noble Wilson

Fleetwood by William Cave

Bromsgrove by Barrie Edgar

West Country by Nicholas Crocker

Harwell by Dennis Monger

Greenock Watch-Night Service from St. Ninian's Church
Conducted by the Rev. W. D. Cattanach

Back to London for 'Auld Lang Syne' with Gracie Fields

(to 0.05)


Programme edited and produced by: Derek Burrell-Davis
Script written by: Alan White
Music: Clifton Parker
[Music] conducted by: Muir Mathieson
Musicians: A section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Narrator: Hywel Davies
Programme directed in London by: Alan Chivers
Director (Cardiff): Selwyn Roderick
Commentator (Cardiff): Gwyn Thomas
Director (Greenock): Noble Wilson
Director (Fleetwood): William Cave
Commentator (Fleetwood): Herbert Smith
Director (Bromsgrove): Barrie Edgar
Commentator (Bromsgrove): Phil Drabble
Director (West Country): Nicholas Crocker
Commentator (West Country): Bernard Fishwick
Director (Harwell): Dennis Monger
Commentator (Harwell): Bob Danvers-Walker
Conductor (Greenock Watch-Night-Service): The Rev. W. D. Cattanach
Singer: Gracie Fields

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