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: Greenwich Time Signal; John Slater

with a story of his own.
(A BBC telerecording)


Storyteller: John Slater
Presented by: Douglas Moodie

: Fabian of Scotland Yard: Cocktail Girl

[Starring] Bruce Seton in a film from this series.


Inspector Robert Fabian: Bruce Seton

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

Children's Television presents...
Fun and Games
[Starring] Sandy Sandford
with Jacko

5.10 Seeing is Believing: 2: Burning in Air
Dr. K. Hutton shows Robert Gladwell how to burn in air.

5.30 The Gordon Honour: 5: The Wild West Candlestick
The further adventures of a candlestick.
Written and produced by Shaun Sutton.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on March 9, 1956)


Ventriloquist (Fun and Games): Sandy Sandford
Scientist (Seeing is Believing): Dr. K. Hutton
Presenter (Seeing is Believing): Robert Gladwell
Writer/Producer (The Gordon Honour): Shaun Sutton
Fights arranged by (The Gordon Honour): Peter Diamond
Lord Freddie Gordon/Lord Algy Gordon: Bruce Gordon
Admiral the Duke of Tyburne: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Sir James Fitzwilliam/Killer Fitzwilliam: Colin Douglas
Ronald Fitzwilliam: Barry Letts
Poppy/Betay: Penelope Bartley
Barney: Dennis Ramsden
Tim Raffety: Arthur Lowe
'Dusty' McCool: Shaw Taylor
'Red': Peter Diamond
'Hunk': Nigel Arkwright
Sheriff Nolan: Garth Adams

: Tele-Newyddion

Detholiad o ffilmiau o ddigwyddiadau yng Nghymru yn ystod yr wythnosau a aeth heibio.
(Television Welsh News)
(Wenvoe, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)
(to 18.20)

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: A-Z: D

Alan Melville takes you from A-Z through the world of entertainment and some of its more unusual aspects.
The programme based on the A.B.C. of Show Business by Wolf Mankowitz.
This week's letter 'D'
Personalities in the studio this evening include:
Frances Day and 'Drums' played by Jack Parnell
'Dames' in Pantomime (as distinct from other varieties) illustrated by Douglas Byng
Jacqueline Delman
Disc Jockeys represented by Sam Costa
Film excerpts of the art of Walt Disney
and this week's special guest Florence Desmond
See page 6


Presenter: Alan Melville
Programme based on the A.B.C. of Show Business by: Wolf Mankowitz
Singer: Frances Day
Drummer: Jack Parnell
Dame: Douglas Byng
Soprano: Jacqueline Delman
Singer: Sam Costa
Guest: Florence Desmond
Choreography: Beryl Kaye
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Research: W. Macqueen-Pope
Research: Peter Noble
Compiled by: Ken Smith
Producer: Bryan Sear

: Guilty Party: The Case of the Dead Uncle

You Too Can Be a Detective
Panel of Experts: John Arlott and Robert Fabian
From the BBC's television studio in Birmingham
See facing page


Devised by: Tony Shryane
Devised by/Script: Edward J. Mason
Panellist: John Arlott
Panellist: Robert Fabian
Designer: Gordon Roland
Director: John McGonagle
Producer: Barrie Edgar
Joe McCready: Jon Farrell
Joan Purdy: June Spencer
Bert Purdy: Robin Bailey
Harry Purdy: Geoffrey Lewis
Betsy Blake: Courtney Hope

: David Copperfield: Episode 9

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for television in thirteen weekly instalments by Vincent Tilsley

In which David and Dora are married; are robbed by tradesmen, suffer an "ordeal of servants" and live in "a constant hail of saucepan lids". And in which David tries to improve his wife by "forming her mind".


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Stuart Burge
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Douglas Allen
David Copperfield: Robert Hardy
Dora: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Agnes Wickfield: Mary Watson
Miss Betsey Trotwood: Sonia Dresdel
Richard Babley ('Mr. Dick'): Richard Goolden
Thomas Traddles: Bernard Cribbins
Mr. Wilkins Micawber: Hilton Edwards
Mrs. Emma Micawber: Olga Lindo
Mary Anne Paragon: Marion Mathie
Mr. Blackboy: Jack Rodney
A thin page: Ian Whittaker
Jip: Champion Golden Days Penn Rose of St. Lucia
A fat page: Glyn Dearman

: Presenting Carole Carr

with Johnny Franz at the piano.


Singer: Carole Carr
Pianist: Johnny Franz
Presented by: John Warrington

: Buried Treasure: 15: The Prehistoric People of Dartmoor

Introduced by Glyn Daniel.
On the deserted wastes of Dartmoor stand the dwellings and ritual monuments of prehistoric man, who once inhabited the high moor. Lady Aileen Fox, Malcolm Spooner, and Professor Michael O'Kelly tell of excavations and experiments designed to find out more about the way of life of these people.


Presenter: Glyn Daniel
Guest: Lady Aileen Fox
Guest: Malcolm Spooner
Guest: Professor Michael O'Kelly
Film Editor: James Colina
Producer: John Irving

: I Married Joan

[Starring] Joan Davis in the film series I Married Joan


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: The Weekend Ahead

A preview of your programmes for tomorrow and Sunday.

: Movie Museum: When a Man's a Prince

Ben Turpin plays a comic prince in this 1926 Mack Sennett parody of the Ruritanian comedies prevalent at that period.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Prince Nikolo: Ben Turpin
Producer: Mack Sennett

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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.

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