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: United States Air Forces in Europe: 1956 Football Championship Final

In the first of three visits during the afternoon BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras bring you the pre-match warm-up routines and the first quarter of the game played at the Empire Stadium, Wembley.


Commentator: Alan Weeks
Commentator: Jack Warnick
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Gardening Club

Percy Thrower deals with the pruning of cordon and bush fruit trees and shows how to train a peach tree.
Seasonal work includes the making and putting in of rose cuttings and the sowing of sweet peas.
Percy Thrower advises on good indoor plants for the winter.
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: John Furness

: United States Air Forces in Europe

A summary of the first half of the 1956 Football Championship Final.

: Amos 'n' Andy: Kingfish Sells a Lot

[Starring] Amos 'n' Andy in the film Kingfish Sells a Lot

: Stranger than Fiction

A film about mysterious and unusual places and things that you can see in Great Britain.

: United States Air Forces in Europe

The last quarter of the 1956 U.S.A.F. Football Championship Final.

: Children's Television presents..

Trapped in the Canyon
[Starring] The Cisco Kid
The Cisco Kid and Pancho are on the trail of a gang of bandits, but after a running gun-battle they are themselves trapped by the outlaws. Pinned down by a hail of bullets the situation for Cisco and Pancho looks desperate. Can they turn the tables?

4.55 Children's International Newsreel

5.15 The Appleyards: John's Wedding
by Freda Lingstrom.


Writer (The Appleyards): Freda Lingstrom
Designer (The Appleyards): Roy Smith
Film Cameraman (The Appleyards): David Prosser
Film Editor (The Appleyards): Ron de Mattos
Producer (The Appleyards): Kevin Sheldon
Mum: Constance Fraser
Dad: Douglas Muir
Tommy: Derek Rowe
Margaret: Carole Olver
Hazel: Barbara Brown
John: David Edwards
Sally: Erica Hoven
Mr. Spiller: C.B. Poultney
The Greengrocer: Esmond Webb
The Policeman: Raymond Witch

: Today's Sport

A round-up of today's sporting highlights.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.
(to 18.00)


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme

: Hey Jeannie

[Starring] Jeannie Carson
The first of a new weekly film series in which the young musical comedy star, in the role of a Scottish immigrant, discovers America.
See page 6


Jeannie MacLennan: Jennie Carson

: The Crime of the Century: 1: The Death of a Canary

A serial in six episodes by Michael Gilbert.
[Starring] Edward Chapman and William Lucas with Gene Anderson
Michael Gilbert writes on page 5


Writer: Michael Gilbert
Designer: John Cooper
Producer: Andrew Osborn
Charlton Bradbury: William Lucas
Herbert: Brian Peck
Clare Pinnock: Gene Anderson
Mr. Brakewell: Edward Chapman
M. Bernard: Patrick Westwood
Major Trump: Ballard Berkeley
Paula: Myrtle Reed
Mabel: Anne McGrath
Sammy: Michael Wynne
Travel agent: Victor Piatt
Clerk in Certair office: Dennis Clinton
Superintendent Haxtell: Alan Robinson
Monks: Wolfe Morris
Barton: Howard Lang
Police Sergeant (voice)/Other parts played by: David Chivers
Other parts played by: Donald Grant

: Saturday-Night Out

"The Man with the Mike" and BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras invite you to
See things happen!, When they happen!, Where they happen!
A weekly series edited by Peter Webber and Derek Burrell-Davis.


Presented by/Editor: Derek Burrell-Davis
Editor: Peter Webber

: Saturday Comedy Hour presents: The Norman Wisdom Show

[Starring] Norman Wisdom
with Marion Keene, Eddie Leslie, Jeremy Hawk, Gay Owen, June Ellis, The Show Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers
See page 6


Comedian: Norman Wisdom
Singer: Marion Keene
[Actor]: Eddie Leslie
[Actor]: Jeremy Hawk
[Actor]: Gay Owen
[Actress]: June Ellis
Dancers: The Show Dancers
Dance direction: Ernest Maxin
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Musical Associate: Bill Snaith
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Designer: Audley Southcott
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Twenty Questions

The television version of the popular sound radio programme.
Drusilla Beyfus, Richard Dimbleby, Jack Train, Anona Winn ask all the questions and Gilbert Harding knows some of the answers.
("Twenty Questions" is televised by arrangement with Maurice Winnick)
See page 9


Panellist: Drusilla Beyfus
Panellist: Richard Dimbleby
Panellist: Jack Train
Panellist: Anona Winn
Chairman: Gilbert Harding
Associate Producer: C.F. Meehan
Producer: Josephine Douglas

: The Laugh's On Us

A bout of humour in which Jack Watson ensures a good clean fight between Joe Church Derek Roy and Alfred Marks.
Inter-round notes by Maria Pavlou
Accompanied by Jimmy Leach and his Organolians
From the BBC's North of England studios


Chairman: Jack Watson
Panellist: Joe Church
Panellist: Derek Roy
Panellist: Alfred Marks
Singer/Inter-round notes: Maria Pavlou
Musicians/accompanied by: Jimmy Leach and his Organolians
Editor: James Casey
Producer: Ronnie Taylor

: Movie Museum: Resurrection

The original film of the Tolstoy story made by D. W. Griffith in 1909.


Director: D. W. Griffith

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