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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Family Affairs

Children's Books for Christmas
Marghanita Laski

Your Children's Play: 3: Seven-to-eleven-year-olds
Phyllis Hostler

Family Milestones: 2: Silver Wedding
with Natalie Kent, Hugh Paddick

Introduced by Betty Lait
(Hugh Paddick is appearing in "For Amusement Only" at the Apollo Theatre, London)

Tell Me, Doctor?
Dr. Winifred de Kok discusses viewers' letters.


Presenter (Family Affairs): Betty Lait
Speaker (Children's Books for Christmas): Marghanita Laski
Speaker (Your Children's Play): Phyllis Hostler
[Actress] (Family Milestones): Natalie Kent
[Actor] (Family Milestones): Hugh Paddick
Producer (Family Affairs): Joyce Belfrage
Presenter (Tell Me, Doctor?): Dr. Winifred de Kok

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)

: Children's Television presents...

Zoo Quest
David Attenborough describes his adventures travelling through Borneo in search of rare animals.
(A BBC telerecording)

5.30 The Watch Tower
Written and produced by Shaun Sutton
A play for older children
(Paul Whitsun-Jones is appearing in 'Kismet' at the Stoll Theatre, London)
In 1940, when England stood in peril of invasion and defeat by the Germans, enemy bombers poured over the coast in hundreds. Many were shot down. What happened to the pilot of one of them is the story of "The Watch Tower".

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Zoo Quest): David Attenborough
Film Sequences (Zoo Quest): Charles Lagus
Writer/Producer (The Watch Tower): Shaun Sutton
Designer (The Watch Tower): Eileen Diss
Mrs. Fraser: Christine Russell
Joanna Fraser: Margaret Barton
Paul Fraser: Nigel Anthony
Mr Bradley: Paul Whitsun-Jones
The German Pilot: Barry Letts
P.C. Wheatland: Garth Adams
Other parts played by: Dennis Ramsden
Other parts played by: Gregory Scott
Other parts played by: Nigel Sharpe
Other parts played by: Alexander Beaumont

: Vera Lynn Sings

Starring Vera Lynn
from the Television Theatre, Hammersmith
with Rawicz and Landauer, The Keynotes, Dennis Spicer
with guest artist: Ernst Naser and his zithers
The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes.

(Daniel Spicer is appearing at the Savoy Hotel, London)


Presenter/Singer: Vera Lynn
Pianists: Rawicz and Landauer
Singers: The Keynotes
Ventriloquist: Dennis Spicer
Zitherist: Ernst Naser
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Script: Freddie Robertson
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Leader: David McCallum
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Albert Stevenson

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: A Theatre Made for Television 7 February 2016

: The Hoffnung Music Festival Concert, 1956

A visit to the Royal Festival Hall, London, to see part of this unusual musical occasion.
The Hoffnung (alias Morley College) Symphony Orchestra and the Hurwitz Music Ensemble
Conducted by Lawrence Leonard
Guest conductors: Norman del Mar and Malcolm Arnold
Yvonne Arnaud (piano), Moyra Fraser, Jenny Johnson (bass coloratura), Yfrah Neaman (violin)
Introduced by Gerard Hoffnung.
Soloists: Gerard Hoffnung, Jim Powell, John L Wilson, Nigel Amherst

Overture for symphony orchestra, organ. rifles, three vacuum cleaners, and an electric floor polisher - Malcolm Arnold
Andante for the Surprise Symphony (with additional surprises) - Haydn
The Lift Girl - Donald Swann (with original wordsby John Betjeman) (accompanied by the composer)
Mazurka - Chopin
Piano Concerto to end all Piano Concertos - Franz Reisenstein
See page 6


Musicians: The Hoffnung (alias Morley College) Symphony Orchestra
Musicians: Hurwitz Music Ensemble
Conductor: Lawrence Leonard
Guest conductor: Norman Del Mar
Guest conductor: Malcolm Arnold
Pianist: Yvonne Arnaud
Dancer: Moyra Fraser
Bass coloratura: Jenny Johnson
Violinist: Yfrah Neaman
Producer: Sam Wanamaker
Presenter/Soloist: Gerard Hoffnung
Soloists: Jim Powell
Soloists: John L Wilson
Soloists: Nigel Amherst
Commentator: Michael Flanders
Presented for television by: Noble Wilson

: Poison Pen

A play by Richard Llewellyn
[Starring] Gladys Young and William Devlin
From the BBC's Welsh television studio
See facing page


Author: Richard Llewellyn
Producer: Dafydd Gruffydd
Designer: Douglas Smith
The Rev. John Rainrider: William Devlin
Phryne, his sister: Gladys Young
Rose his daughter: Marilyn James
Malcolm McLeod, her fiance: Richard Bebb
Mrs. Jenkins, the Rainriders' housekeeper: Rachel Thomas
Inspector Davies: Frank Forsyth
Fullergrave-Rees, a handwriting expert: Roddy Hughes
Colonel Cashelton, the squire: Richard Williams
Mrs. Cashelton: Mary Jones
Richard, the sexton: Jack Walters
Villagers - Sam Harris: Glyn Houston
Villagers - Mrs Reynolds: Madge Jones
Villagers - Connie Jones: Gwenyth Petty
Villagers - Mrs. Evans: Kate Jones
Villagers - Len Griffin: W.H. Williams

: Men in Battle: 1: Dunkirk

Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks, drawing upon his own experiences, describes six major battles of the 1939-1945 war.

The programme includes British and German newsreel shot during the action, and specially filmed statements by Admiral Sir Vaughan Morgan and Admiral Sir William Tennant.
See facing page


Presenter: Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks
Speaker: Admiral Vaughan Morgan
Speaker: Admiral Sir William Tennant
Film Editor: Keith Latham
Producer: Huw Wheldon

: Goya and Granados

A programme of paintings and music.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Pianist: Joan Barker
Presented by: Christian Simpson

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