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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women: About the Home

Why on Earth...?
Joan Gilbert puts complaints and questions from viewers to Frank Hirst, Chairman of the Bacon Information Council.

Marguerite Patten suggests ways of using cheaper cuts of bacon.

Books (or Cooks and Bottlewashers)
Ruth Drew comments on some recently published cookery and household books.

Making Miniature Gardens
Anne Ashberry brings some indoor gardens and shows how they are made.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.


Presenter/Interviewer (Why on Earth...?): Joan Gilbert
Interviewee (Why on Earth...?): Frank Hirst
Cook (Cookery): Marguerite Patten
Reviewer (Books): Ruth Drew
Item presenter (Making Miniature Gardens): Anne Ashberry
Arranged by: Barbara Crowther
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: Personality Parade

Lorrae Desmond the young Australian singing star.


Singer/interviewee: Lorrae Desmond
Interviewer: Vera McKechnie
Presented by: Christopher Doll

: The Burns and Allen Show: Cupid's Little Helper

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Bransby Williams

(A BBC telerecording)


Monologist: Bransby Williams
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Children's Television

A programme to celebrate two important events: the birth of Mozart two hundred years ago this month and the start of the Sadler's Wells opera twenty-five years ago.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Arthur Leavins)
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
Peter Glossop (baritone), Allan Schiller (piano)
(Peter Glossop appears by permission of Sadler's Wells Trust, Ltd.)

Children's Newsreel

Look: Birds in Winter
A series of wild-life programmes introduced by James Fisher.
Dick Bagnall-Oakeley shows a film he made of many different birds as he sees them in the winter months within a few miles of his home in Norfolk.
From the BBC's West of England television studio

(to 18.00)


Musicians (Anniversary): Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader (Anniversary): Arthur Leavins
[Orchestra] conducted by (Anniversary): Stanford Robinson
Baritone (Anniversary): Peter Glossop
Pianist (Anniversary): Allan Schiller
Presented by (Anniversary): John Hunter Blair
Presenter (Look): James Fisher
Guest/filmmaker (Look): Dick Bagnall-Oakeley
Director (Look): Tony Soper

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Behind the camera: John Hunter Blair 6 December 2015

: Sports News

followed by The Weather

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Location King's Cross

The story of how a film location is chosen and how the rehearsing and shooting take place.
King's Cross, London, is the location of Alec Guinness's new film "The Ladykillers", from which some finished scenes are also shown in this film programme.
Commentary written by E. V. H. Emmett and spoken by Bruce Wyndham.
Programme introduced by Alexander Mackendrick who also directed the picture.
Sir Michael Balcon speaks a postscript.
(By arrangement with Ealing Studios and the Rank Organisation)


Commentary written by: E. V. H. Emmett
Narrator: Bruce Wyndham
Presenter/director (of film): Alexander MacKendrick
Postscript: Sir Michael Balcon
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: B.A.I.

"What is the Gold?"
"Who is a Black Belt?"
"How big is a Grand Circle?"
"Where is the Flying Mare?"
The answer to these and other questions are discovered by Max Robertson when he visits the Birmingham Athletic Institute with BBC Outside Broadcast cameras.


Presenter: Max Robertson
Producer: Barrie Edgar

: Emney Enterprises

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


Orchestra directed by: 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

: Woman Alone

by Colin Morris.
A documentary programme describing the problems and dilemma of an unmarried mother.
See facing page


Writer: Colin Morris
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Cameraman: A.A. Englander
Editor: Keith Latham
Producer: Gilchrist Calder

: Royal Academy Winter Exhibitions

Professor Thomas Bodkin discusses some of the outstanding works in the collection of "Portuguese Art".
The President of the Royal Academy, Professor A. E. Richardson, introduces
"English Taste in the Eighteenth Century".
Both exhibitions can now be seen at Burlington House.
See facing page


Presenter (Portuguese Art): Professor Thomas Bodkin
Presenter (English Taste in the Eighteenth Century): Professor A. E. Richardson
Presented for television by: Bill Duncalf

: Time to Dream

with The Kentones.


Singers: The Kentones

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