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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women: Twice Twenty

A magazine for older women.

The Lanchester Marionettes celebrating Shakespeare's birthday.

Meeting Place
Kathleen Taylor on her return from the Soviet Union.

To entertain you...
B. C. Hilliam (Flotsam)

Introduced by Basil Curtis.

Male Opinion
Denzil Batchelor, Colin MacInnes, Roderick Mann are invited to speak their minds about women.
Marjorie Proops counteracts with Mary Wimbush as referee.


Presenter: Basil Curtis
Item presenter (Meeting Place): Kathleen Taylor
Entertainer (To entertain you...): B.C. Hilliam (Flotsam)
Panellist (Male Opinion): Denzil Batchelor
Panellist (Male Opinion): Colin MacInnes
Panellist (Male Opinion): Roderick Mann
Panellist (Male Opinion): Marjorie Proops
Referee (Male Opinion): Mary Wimbush
Arranged by: Anne Little
Producer: Richard Gilbert

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC television film)
(to 16.00)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

with Vera McKechnie.

All About Animals
George Cansdale introduces some more visitors to his programme.

A Boy Named Will
Written and produced by Jess Yates.
Derek Bond tells you about "A Boy Named Will" with Rosemary Harris and Paul Rogers.

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Belinda): Vera McKechnie
Drawings (Belinda): Tony Hart
Presenter (All About Animals): George Cansdale
Writer/producer (A Boy Named Will): Jess Yates
Storyteller (A Boy Named Will): Derek Bond
[Actress] (A Boy Named Will): Rosemary Harris
[Actor] (A Boy Named Will): Paul Rogers

: Sports News

followed by The Weather

: Highlight

from Birmingham.
People, events, comments of today introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Fabian of Scotland Yard: The Executioner

Another showing of this film.
[Starring] Bruce Seton


Inspector Robert Fabian: Bruce Seton

: An extract from "A Likely Tale"

A new comedy by Gerald Savory.
[Starring] Robert Morley and Margaret Rutherford

The action of the play takes place in the Petershams' house near Wimbledon Common.
Time, the present
A special performance from the Globe Theatre, London, before an invited audience (by arrangement with H.M. Tennent, Ltd., and Robert Morley Productions, Ltd.)

With his play George and Margaret, Gerald Savory created one of the most popular domestic comedies ever to be put on the stage, and both professional and amateur companies have been grateful to him ever since. With his new play A Likely Tale, the gratitude is more for the happy fortune that has brought Robert Morley and Margaret Rutherford together with Violet Farebrother as an excellent, ill-tempered foil - to exploit the innate comedy in the old theme of "waiting for the final will and testament". Playing a double role - that of the ageing widower Oswald, who once succeeded in getting a slender book of poems published, and of his son Jonah, an outsize in Teddy Boys, Robert Morley switches from fading gentility to brash opportunism with astonishing skill, while his sister Mirabelle, played by Margaret Rutherford, gives an enchanting performance as an elderly, sentimental spinster with her dreams and her crochet for consolation. (Rowan Ayers)


Author: Gerald Savory
Director: Peter Ashmore
Decor by: Motley
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger
Oswald Petersham: Robert Morley
Lola Petersham: Violet Farebrother
Mirabelle Petersham: Margaret Rutherford
Ursula Bludgeon: Judy Parfitt
Gregory Lupton: Richard Pearson
Jonah Petersham: Robert Morley

: Panorama

Richard Dimbleby brings you Television's Window on the World
Every Monday the Panorama team of special contributors-using film and television cameras -focuses on events and personalities of the moment.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Producer: Michael Peacock

: What's My Line?

TV's most popular panel game
with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Gilbert Harding, Bob Monkhouse 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: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Panellist: Bob Monkhouse
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Top Town: Round One: Fourth Heat: Soho, London v. Dumfries, Scotland

A friendly battle of entertainment for the 1956 title of 'Top Town'.
Judges -
Professional: Dorothy Ward, Ted Kavanagh
Viewer: Tony Iveson
Introduced by Peter Haigh.
BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's television studio, Manchester.

Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Judge (Professional): Dorothy Ward
Judge (Professional): Ted Kavanagh
Judge (Viewer): Tony Iveson
Presenter: Peter Haigh
Musicians: BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
[Orchestra] conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

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