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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Signs of the Zodiac: 1: Capricorn
A light-hearted diversion arranged and presented by Verrall Dunlop.
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Male Opinion
Denzil Batchelor, Colin McInnes, John Slater are invited to speak their minds about women.
Christina Foyle answers back with Mary Wimbush as referee.


Arranged and presented by (Signs of the Zodiac): Verrall Dunlop
Producer (Signs of the Zodiac): S. E. Reynolds
Panellist (Male Opinion): Denzil Batchelor
Panellist (Male Opinion): Colin McInnes
Panellist (Male Opinion): John Slater
Speaker (Male Opinion): Christina Foyle
Referee (Male Opinion): Mary Wimbush
Producer (Male Opinion): Patrick Harvey

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC telefilm)


Narrator/script, music and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Music is Fun

Eric Spear finds Music is Fun.
A weekly series of programmes.


Presenter/Musician: Eric Spear
Presented by: Richard Gilbert

: The Visitor: Rendezvous

Another film in this series.

: Popie

W. Macqueen-Pope, theatre historian, continues his stories of gay London nights.


Storyteller: W. MacQueen-Pope
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Children's Television

Toys on Parade
A visit to the Harrogate Toy Fair to see some of the toys and novelties of 1956.
Your guide is Max Robertson.

Children of the Commonwealth
Alex Macintosh introduces Mrs. Murray Armstrong and some children to tell you about their life in Canada.

The Benedict Plan
by Sheilah Ward from an idea by Peter Ling.
The action takes place at Benedicts School.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 6, 1955)

(to 18.00)


Guide (Toys on Parade): Max Robertson
Presented by (Toys on Parade): Barney Colehan
Presenter (Children of the Commonwealth): Alex Macintosh
Guest (Children of the Commonwealth): Mrs. Murray Armstrong
Writer (The Benedict Plan): Sheilah Ward
From an idea by (The Benedict Plan): Peter Ling
Producer (The Benedict Plan): Pamela Brown
Uncle George: Ralph Tovey
Aunt Mabel: Evelyn Lund
Edward: Michael Caridia
Elizabeth: Lynette Mills
Mr. Trevelyan: Fraser White
John: David Jarrett
Joan: Diana Penfold
David: Anthony Verner
Ian: Anthony Selby
Grandfather: Jefferson Clifford

: Sports News

followed by The Weather

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: It's Easy When You Know How

A programme in which experts in industry demonstrate tricks of their trades. Introduced by Archie McCulloch.
From the Govan Town Hall, Glasgow.


Presenter: Archie McCulloch
Arranged by: Roma Fairley
Producer: James Buchan

: Vicky's First Ball

by Caroline and Anthony Lejeune.
The action of the play takes place in Mr. Meredith's town house in London, about 1870.
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There is a strange excitement, half-childish, half-adult, about seventeen year old Vicky Meredith as she prepares to attend her first ball-the ball being given by her elder sister Ethne in one of those old Victorian houses in London that have now been turned into flats or small hotels. But in 1870, the grandeur, the dignity and the grace were still there.

From the moment she hears the musicians tuning up downstairs as she is squeezing herself into her special ball gown, Vicky is in a flutter of excited anticipation. Who will ask her to dance? Will she be more beautiful than her sister? Will she be treated still as a girl or as a woman? In this charming little cameo, written by the well-known critic Caroline Lejeune, and her son Anthony, Vicky is launched not only into society but into the bewitching dawn of womanhood.
Tonight's play at 8.0


Author: Caroline Lejeune
Author: Anthony Lejeune
Designer: John Cooper
Producer: Leonard Cottrell
Vicky: Diana Lambert
Nurse: Gladys Spencer
Mr. Meredith: Michael Kent
Ethne Meredith: Daphne Jonason
Charles Trent: James Drake
Lieutenant Hart: Barry Wynne
Dawlish: Emrys Jones
Other parts played by: Jose Trevelyan
Other parts played by: Liane Garon
Other parts played by: Ursula Canim
Other parts played by: Frank Julian
Other parts played by: Vincent Hitchcock
Other parts played by: Allan Casley
Other parts played by: John Dunbar
Other parts played by: Viola Merrett
Other parts played by: Kenneth Sheppard

: Camera One

Kenneth Horne brings to Camera One forty-five minutes of non-stop Variety from the Television Theatre with Digby Wolfe, The Hedley Ward Trio, The Two Peters, Tom Mennard, Sonya Cordeau, Monty Stevens, The Kathryn Orly Trio, Desmond Lane, Ronnie Carroll, The Four Gitsom Sisters.


Presenter: Kenneth Horne
Comedian: Digby Wolfe
Band: The Hedley Ward Trio
Equilibrists: The Two Peters
Comedian: Tom Mennard
Singer: Sonya Cordeau
Performer: Monty Stevens
Performers: The Kathryn Orly Trio
Clarinetist: Desmond Lane
Singer: Ronnie Carroll
Singers: The Four Gitsom Sisters
Orchestra director: George Clouston
Designer: Audley Southcott
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: The World is Ours: 8: Towards the Full Life

Written by Michael Orrom.
A series of documentary films about world problems that are the urgent concern of the United Nations.

Believing that only by the spread of knowledge can human beings enjoy a full life, the nations of the world are together tackling the problem of ignorance. This film shows the work being done in Egypt by the Arab States of the Middle East.
Produced by the BBC in collaboration with UNESCO and the Government of Egypt
(Previously televised on Nov. 24, 1955)


Writer: Michael Orrom
Photography: Peter Hamilton
Editor: Ian Callaway
Narrator: James McKechnie
Producer: Norman Swallow
Director: Anthony de Lotbiniere

: The Petula Clark Show

featuring Petula Clark and her boy friend of the week with Joe Henderson and his Music.


Singer: Petula Clark
Pianist: Joe Henderson
Presented by: Brian Tesler

: Challenge in the Kitchen

Phyllis Cradock of the Bon Viveur cookery team accepts a challenge by Raymond Oliver French chef of the restaurant Le Grand Vefour in Paris that "men can cook better than women".
Constance Spry, O.B.E.
Eugene Kaufeler, Maitre Chef des Cuisines, Dorchester Hotel
Jean Dupont, Maitre Chef des Cuisines, Cafe Royal
This programme is a special version for television of the challenge carried out yesterday at the Cafe Royal, London, under the auspices of the Gas Council.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Cook: Phyllis Cradock
Cook: Raymond Oliver
Judge: Constance Spry
Judge: Eugene Kaufeler
Judge: Jean Dupont
Commentator: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Presented for television by: Alan Sleath

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