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: Greenwich Time Signal; Let's Make a Date

Brian Reece says Let's Make a Date.

The Song that Made the Star
with Janie Marden.

Look Who's Here
Up-to-date news and views from the world of entertainment.

Scored for the Screen
Music and an excerpt from M.G.M.'s release of Sam Goldwyn's Cinemascope Production "Guys and Dolls".

The Better Half
A well-known comedian's wife introduces her husband.

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's North of England studios


Presenter: Brian Reece
Singer (The Song that Made the Star): Janie Marden
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth
Script: Jack Bradley
Script: Ray Davies
Editor: John Ammonds
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Concert Hour

BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, James Hutcheon)
Conductor, Gerald Gentry
with Elsie Morison (soprano), Tryphena Partridge (harp), Tollefsen (accordion)
Introduced by Christopher Stagg.
From the BBC's Midland television studio
(Elsie Morison appears by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)
See page 6


Presenter: Christopher Stagg
Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Orchestra leader: James Hutcheon
Conductor: Gerald Gentry
Soprano: Elsie Morison
Harpist: Tryphena Partridge
Accordionist: null Tollefsen
Presented by: David Martin
Presented by: Peter Haysom Craddy

: The Burns and Allen Show: Stop Thief

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen in a second showing of the film Stop Thief


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Sports Special

Sportsview film cameras bring you the highlights of the week-end's sport.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Tom Millett

: The Brains Trust

meets every Sunday afternoon to answer questions sent by viewers.
The members this week are: Professor A. J. Ayer, F.B.A., Noel Annan, John Betjeman, Donald Tyerman.
Question-Master, Norman Fisher
Questions should be addressed to: The Brains Trust, [address removed]


Panellist: Professor A. J. Ayer
Panellist: Noel Annan
Panellist: John Betjeman
Panellist: Donald Tyerman
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television

Harry Corbett presents Sooty in "Sooty, the Scout"

Children's Film Magazine
Showing recent items of interest and news events.

50th Edition of "All Your Own"
A programme in which children from all over Great Britain have been invited to take part.
Introduced by Hywel Davies.

Sunday at Six: The Best Book in the World
The Rev. Paul Morton-George continues the story of the making of the Bible and introduces a member of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators to show how books used to be copied by hand.
(The extract from the film "Bible Background" is shown by arrangement with the British and Foreign Bible Society)

(to 18.05)


Puppeteer (Sooty the Scout): Harry Corbett
Presenter (All Your Own): Hywel Davies
Music directed by (All Your Own): Griff Lewis
Editor (All Your Own): Joanne Symons
Producer (All Your Own): Cliff Michelmore
Presenter (Sunday at Six): The Rev. Paul Morton-George

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: Christian Forum

Questions of faith and conduct put by members of an invited audience drawn from Young Farmers' Clubs in Somerset are discussed by The Rev. David Sheppard, John Arlott, Canon E. Moore Darling.
Question-Master, Alan Gibson
From the BBC's West of England television studio


Panellist: The Rev. David Sheppard
Panellist: John Arlott
Panellist: Canon E. Moore Darling
Question-Master: Alan Gibson

: The Jack Benny Programme

[Starring] Jack Benny
with Rochester, Don Wilson and the Sportsmen Quartet whose guests this week are:
George Burns and Gracie Allen
(A film series)


Comedian: Jack Benny
Comedian: Rochester
Announcer: Don Wilson
Singers: The Sportsmen Quartet
Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: What's My Line?

Television's most popular panel game with Isobel Barnett, Bob Monkhouse, Gilbert Harding and a guest.
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: Bob Monkhouse
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Panellist: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Sunday Night Theatre presents: A Death in the Family

A television play by Philip Mackie
[Starring] Stanley Baker and Michael Gough
with Helen Shingler and Barbara Murray

(Stanley Baker appears by permission of the Rank Organisation)
See facing page


Writer: Philip Mackie
Producer: Stephen Harrison
Designer: John Cooper
Richard Eynesham, a film star: Stanley Baker
Paul, his agent: Jack May
Michael, his brother: Michael Gough
Jane, a young actress: Julia Worth
Lilian, Richard's wife: Helen Shingler
Stella, his ex-wife: Barbara Murray

: Music at Ten: An excerpt from Act 2 of Swan Lake

The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet of Moscow in an excerpt from Act 2 of 'Swan Lake'.
See below and facing page
(The film excerpts included in this programme are transmitted by arrangement with Gala Film Distributors, Ltd.)
(The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet appears by arrangement with the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)
Helene Bellew writes on page 5

At 10.0
Galina Ulanova as Odette, the Swan Queen
Nicolai Fadeyechev as Prince Siegfried
Vladimir Levashev as the Evil Genius
Soloists and Artists of the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet
Covent Garden Orchestra (Leader, Charles Taylor) Conducted by Yuri Faier
Few people outside the U.S.S.R. have had the opportunity to see Soviet Russian ballet, but some record of the performances of the great dancers of the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet has come here on films. Cliff Michelmore introduces three of these as a prelude to the actual television performance.


Choreography: A. Gorsky
Revised by: A. Messerer
Revised by: A. Radunsky
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Musicians: Covent Garden Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Charles Taylor
Orchestra conducted by: Yuri Faier
Decor: S. Versaladze
Reproduced for television by: Richard Wilmot
Producer: Margaret Dale
Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Film Editor: Alfred Chapman
Script: Ian Dallas
Associate Producer: Charles R. Rogers
Odette, the Swan Queen: Galina Ulanova
Prince Siegfried: Nicolai Fadeyechev
The Evil Genius: Vladimir Levashev

: Time for Prayers

conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Slack.


Conductor: The Rev. Kenneth Slack

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