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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Roger Massey introduces:

Eynhallow in the Orkney Islands

Lady Dyer, Chairman of the National Federation of Women's Institutes

Village Scrapbook of Chelsworth, Suffolk.


Food for Thought
Including some facts about road accidents and the changing shape of women's dress.
Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter (Countrywise): Roger Massey
Filmed by (Countrywise: Eynhallow in the Orkney Islands): John Chear
Interviewee (Countrywise): Lady Dyer
Producer (Countrywise): Monica Sims
Presenter (Food for Thought): Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Producer (Food for Thought): Joyce Belfrage

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

Prudence Kitten: Prudence Plants the Bulbs
with Molly Blake.

All About Animals
George Cansdale shows you some more animals.

This Music Lives
Gina Bachauer plays music by Liszt.
Introduced by Eric Robinson.

Up to Date: 2: How Hannibal Crossed the Alps
Paul Johnstone describes Hannibal's famous journey across the Alps and tells you something about this great general.
Devised and introduced by Paul Johnstone.

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Prudence Kitten): Molly Blake
Presenter (All About Animals): George Cansdale
Pianist (This Music Lives): Gina Bachauer
Presenter (This Music Lives): Eric Robinson
Devised and introduced by (Up to Date): Paul Johnstone

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Top Town: First Semi-Final: Blackburn v. Leeds

A friendly battle of entertainment for the 1956 title of "Top Town".
Professional: Dorothy Ward, Ted Kavanagh, Dick Hurran
Viewers: Lady Cayley, Tony Iveson
Introduced by Peter West.
BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's North of England studios


Judge (Professional): Dorothy Ward
Judge (Professional): Ted Kavanagh
Judge (Professional): Dick Hurran
Judge (Viewer): Lady Cayley
Judge (Viewer): Tony Iveson
Presenter: Peter West
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

: This Is Your Life

A programme devised by Ralph Edwards.
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews.


Programme deviser: Ralph Edwards
Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
Music written by: James Turner
Research: Peter Moore
Script: Gale Pedrick
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: International Amateur Skating: The Richmond Trophy

BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras visit the Richmond Ice Rink for part of this annual competition for ladies.


Commentator: Max Robertson
Presented by: Robin Scott

: Off the Record

Jack Payne introduces stars and personalities who are Off the Record together with the latest news from the record industry featuring Ruby Murray, Frankie Vaughan,
Norrie Paramor, The Johnston Brothers, Inia te Wiata, The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band, Joan Small, The Concert Orchestra and the George Mitchell Singers.
Conducted by Stanley Black


Presenter: Jack Payne
Singer: Ruby Murray
Singer: Frankie Vaughan
Pianist: Norrie Paramor
Vocalists: The Johnston Brothers
Bass: Inia te Wiata
Musicians: The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band
Singer: Joan Small
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Conducted by: Stanley Black
Producer: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: 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
Producer: Charles Wheeler

: Story Time

[Starring] Marie Ney
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Storyteller: Marie Ney

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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