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: Mainly for Women

Your Own Time
A magazine of interest and entertainment for younger women.

Guest of the Week
Hugh Williams

Figuring It Out
How shop window dummies are made and used:
Marjorie Drayson

Island in the Sun
A holiday reminiscence:
Marielen Clyde

Eula Parker

Introduced by Polly Elwes.
See page 7
(Hugh Williams is appearing in "Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat" at the Duchess Theatre, London)

Fashion Report
to put you in the picture with news from the fashion front.


Guest (Guest of the Week): Hugh Williams
Item presenter (Figuring It Out): Marjorie Drayson
Item presenter (Island in the Sun): Marielen Clyde
Singer (Songs): Eula Parker Presenter: Polly Elwes
Reporter (Fashion Report): Iris Ashley
Producer: Rosemary Hill

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)

: Children's Television

Children's Television presents...
[Starring] Eamonn Andrews
with Joe Baker and Jack Douglas, A guest, Mr. Grumble, Eddie Mendoza and his Band and "Double or Drop".
(Eddie Mendoza is at the Butlin's Ocean Hotel, Brighton)

5.50 Meet the Penguins: Aunt Penny's Party
Story by J.M. Smith Wright.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 1, 1955)

(to 18.00)


Presenter/"Double or Drop" devised by (Crackerjack): Eamonn Andrews
Comedian (Crackerjack): Joe Baker
Comedian (Crackerjack): Jack Douglas
Mr. Grumble: Joe Baker Snr.
Musicians (Crackerjack): Eddie Mendoza and his Band
Producer (Crackerjack): Johnny Downes
Writer (Meet the Penguins): J.M. Smith Wright
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Sam Williams
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Elizabeth Williams
Assisted by (Meet the Penguins): Caroline Guthrie
Music (Meet the Penguins): John Hooper
Music played by (Meet the Penguins): Tom McCall
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Madi Hedd
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Kenneth Connor
Special Effects (Meet the Penguins): Alfred Davis
Special Effects (Meet the Penguins): Douglas Mair
Presented by (Meet the Penguins): Vere Lorrimer

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: The Grove Family: Coming in Useful

by Michael and Roland Pertwee.


Writer: Michael Pertwee
Writer: Roland Pertwee
Director: Richard West
Producer: John Warrington
Mr. Grove: Edward Evans
Mrs. Grove: Ruth Dunning
Daphne: Margaret Downs
Lennie: Christopher Beeny
Gran: Nancy Roberts
Miss Jones: Nan Braunton
Rodney: Sam Jephcott

: Look: The Search for Water

A series of wild-life programmes introduced by Maxwell Knight.

Mervyn Cowie, Director of the Royal National Parks of Kenya, discusses with Maxwell Knight the importance of water in the struggle for survival of African animals.
Programme is illustrated with film.
From the BBC's West of England television studio

It may come as a surprise to many people to learn that if it were not for the elephants, there would be few animals in the sandy, arid coastal regions of Africa. But this is, in fact, the case. Elephants are able to smell water where there is none on the surface, and in this area they dig holes to get the water that they need for themselves. When they have drunk up as much as they want, they leave the newly made holes, and immediately the other animals - which rely on the elephants for their water supply - come in and take their fill. Mervyn Cowie, Director of the Royal National Parks of Kenya, will tell viewers about this "Search for Water".
at 7.50


Presenter: Maxwell Knight
Guest: Mervyn Cowie
Producer: Tony Soper

: The Burns and Allen Show: Off to the Islands

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film Off to the Islands


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: The Yana Show

Presenting Ronnie Carroll, Peter Jones, Jack Farr and featuring Digby Wolfe with The Mark Stuart Dance Group, The George Mitchell Singers.


Singer: Yana
Singer: Ronnie Carroll
Comedian/Jokes and funny sayings: Peter Jones
Comedian/Aided and abetted by: Digby Wolfe
Comedian: Jack Farr
Dancers: The Mark Stuart Dance Group
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Orchestral arrangements: Alan Yates
Orchestral arrangements: Arthur Wilkinson
Orchestral arrangements: Bruce Campbell
Choreographer: Mark Stuart
Producer: Russell Turner

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock.
Spotlighting news, views, and personalities from the world of sport.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Dennis Monger

: Special Enquiry

A Report for television.
Do we really care whether the arts flourish in this country or not? And if so are we, as a nation, prepared to pay the price to see that they do?
These are the questions Robert Reid examines in "Special Enquiry".


Presenter: Robert Reid

: Popie

W. Macqueen-Pope salutes the passing of a theatre.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Presenter: W. Macqueen-Pope
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

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