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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

About the Home

Shopping Suggestions
The month's best value in fruit, vegetables, and flowers discussed by Frances Perry.

Christmas Gift Competition
Margaret Rourke shows how to make a wool patchwork knee rug and invites you to make them for distribution to old people by the W.V.S.
Instructions for making will be found on page 7

Come to Supper
Moie Charles shows Shelagh Fraser how to plan an easy and economical menu for four people.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

Talk It Over
Arranged and introduced by the Rev. Elsie Chamberlain.


Presenter (About the Home): Joan Gilbert
Speaker (About the Home: Shopping Suggestions): Frances Perry
Presenter (About the Home: Christmas Gift Competition): Margaret Rourke
Cook (About the Home: Come to Supper): Moie Charles
Presenter (About the Home: Come to Supper): Shelagh Fraser
Producer (About the Home): Ann Shead
Arranged by/Presenter (Talk It Over): The Rev. Elsie Chamberlain

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
and Sam Williams, Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television

Peter's Troubles
with Peter Butterworth.

Country Close-Up
The October edition of our monthly series about the country-side.

Sam's Workshop - 5
Sam Williams shows you how to make a kaleidoscope.

Junior Sportsview
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.
A fortnightly series presenting news and views from the world of sport.

(to 18.00)


Comedian (Peter's Troubles): Peter Butterworth
Written, photographed and narrated by (Country Close-Up): Ion Trant
Presenter (Sam's Workshop): Sam Williams
Presenter (Junior Sportsview): Cliff Michelmore
Editor (Junior Sportsview): Paul Fox
Editor (Junior Sportsview): Ronnie Noble
Presented by (Junior Sportsview): Bryan Cowgill

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Whack-O!

Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.
[Starring] Professor Jimmy Edwards
Six of the best at an old-established seat of learning
Featuring Jimmy Edwards, Arthur Howard and John Garside, Arthur Bush, Tony Sympson, Norman Bird, Victor Baring, and Barbara Archer as the Chiselbury School Teaching Staff.


Writer: Frank Muir
Writer: Denis Norden
Incidental music composed and conducted by: Alan Yates
Designer: George Djurkovic
Production: Douglas Moodie
Headmaster: Jimmy Edwards
Oliver Pettigrew Assistant Headmaster: Arthur Howard
G.D. St. J. Dinwiddie (Latin and Greek): John Garside
L.B. Hackett (Higher Mathematics): Arthur Bush
R.D. Spelthorne (Lower Mathematics): Tony Sympson
S.A. Smallpiece (Geography): Norman Bird
M. Aristide Beaumarie (Modern Languages): Victor Baring
Matron: Barbara Archer

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Missing Believed Wiped 13 December 2016

: The Saint of Bleecker Street

[Starring] Virginia Copeland
See facing page and page 6

A music drama
Words and music by Gian-Carlo Menotti

In a poor house in Bleecker Street, in the Italian quarter of New York, lives a sick girl, Annina, worshipped by her neighbours as a 'Saint' because every Good Friday she falls into a trance, in which she has a vision of Calvary. When she wakes, there is always blood on her hands, a cry of 'Miracle' goes up among the awe-struck onlookers, and they push and jostle to kiss the 'stigmata,' believing that they will heal the sick. Only Michele, Annina's tough, rebellious brother, opposes this 'religious superstition.'

While the quarter prepares for the Feast of San Gennaro, Annina hears that some young bullies are planning to carry her off as the local 'Saint' for the procession. Michele forbids her to take part, but he is overpowered and tied to a railing, where he is found and released by Desideria, a young girl of easy virtue. The love affair which starts between Michele and Desideria comes to a dramatic climax a few months later during a gay party in an Italian restaurant, where Carmela, one of Annina's friends, is celebrating her wedding. Desideria, who has not been invited, asks Michele to prove his love for her by taking her in to the reception. She accused Michele of not wanting to marry her, and exasperated by her taunts, Michele stabs her and runs away.

A few months later Annina meets her brother in hiding from the police. In vain she tries to persuade him to give himself up, as she can be of no help to him since she has decided to become a nun.

A few days later, Annina is prepared to be accepted into the Church. While the solemn rites are celebrated, Michele bursts into the room and entreats her for the last time to live for her brother's affection instead of the illusory love for God. But Annina does not hear him any more...

Scene 1: An apartment on Bleecker Street in the Italian quarter of New York. Good Friday afternoon.

Scene 2: A vacant lot on Mulberry Street, San Gennaro Day.

Scene 3: An Italian restaurant, the following May.

Scene 4: A subway station, a few months later.

Scene 5: The apartment, several days later.

Annina's aria in the first scene is a description of the Crucifixion as though she herself were present. At the climax of the aria, she receives the stigmata - a mystical phenomenon whereby open, bleeding wounds (representing the wounds of Christ) suddenly appear in the palms of her hands.

San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples. He is honoured by Neapolitans all over the world by an annual feast day on the day of his martyrdom. It is one of the yearly festivals which take place on Mulberry Street, New York.

Regarding the religious rites in the last scene, the ecclesiastical authorities may grant permission under special circumstances to conduct these in the seclusion and privacy of the home.

(Raymond Nilsson and Jess Walters broadcast by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.; June Bronhill by permission of Sadler's Wells Trust, Ltd.)
(To be repeated on Sunday at 2.0)


Words and music: Gian-Carlo Menotti
Producer: Rudolph Cartier
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
Leader: Granville Jones
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Repetiteur/Musical Associate: William Reid
Chorus-Master: Cyril Gell
Designer: Stephen Taylor
Assunta: Janet Howe
Carmela: June Bronhill
Maria Corona: Rita McKerrow
Her dumb son: Barry Krost
Don Marco: Jess Walters
Annina: Virginia Copeland
Michele: Raymond Nilsson
Desideria: Rosalind Elias
Salvatore: Ronald Evans
Concettina: Marcia Manolescue
A young man: Lloyd Strauss-Smith
A young woman: Julia Shelley
Bartender: Rankin Bushby
A Nun: Enid Lindsey
A Young Priest: Reginald Jessup
Neighbours, friends, policemen, children, a brass band, and members of the procession: [artists uncredited]

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

The return of Animal, Vegetable, Mineral with a special programme for Museums' Week.
The experts are asked to identify objects chosen from a number of museums in the British Isles and to say where they come from.
The Experts: Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Professor Thomas Bodkin, Hugh Shortt
Chairman: Glyn Daniel


Expert: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Expert: Professor Thomas Bodkin
Expert: Hugh Shortt
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: Labour Party Conference, 1956

A report for television introduced by Christopher Chataway.
With filmed extracts of speeches and interviews and discussion from Blackpool.
The Weather; Road Works Report and Close Down


Presenter: Christopher Chataway

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