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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: The Innocent Victims

[Starring] Bruce Seton in another 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 presents...

The Bumblies
with Michael Bentine in a return visit from outer space in a series of filmed adventures.

5.10 Charges and Sparks
J. Yarwood shows Robert Gladwell some experiments with electric charges and sparks.

5.30 The Gordon Honour: 6: The Diving-Bell Candlestick
Written and produced by Shaun Sutton.
The further adventures of a candlestick.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on March 23, 1956)


Prof. Michael Bentine/Voices of the Bumblies (The Bumblies): Michael Bentine
Scientist (Charges and Sparks): J. Yarwood
Presenter (Charges and Sparks): Robert Gladwell
Writer/Producer (The Gordon Honour): Shaun Sutton
Fights arranged by (The Gordon Honour): Peter Diamond
Costume supervision (The Gordon Honour): Ena Nickalls
Underwater effects (The Gordon Honour): Jack Kine
Underwater effects (The Gordon Honour): Bernard Wilkie
Film Cameraman (The Gordon Honour): David Prosser
Lord Freddie Gordon/Lord George Gordon: Bruce Gordon
Admiral the Duke of Tyburne/Vice-Admiral the Duke of Tyburne: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Sir James Fitzwilliam: Colin Douglas
Ronald Fitzwilliam/Major Fitzwilliam: Barry Letts
Poppy: Penelope Bartley
General Poinceau: Michael Kent
The ex-Emperor Napoleon: Charles Lloyd Pack
MacOstrich: John Rae
Lieutenant Sopping: Dennis Ramsden
Servant: Peter Diamond
Police Sergeant: Garth Adams

: Greenwich Time Signal; News; Sports News; Highlight; Weather

Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter (Highlight): Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: I Married Joan

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


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: A-Z: E

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 'E'
Items this week include:
Ray Ellington and his Quartet
The music of Elgar sung by Nancy Evans and the Alexandra Choir
The one and only Chocolate-Coloured Coon G.H. Elliott
The charm of Shirley Eaton, The comedy of Fred Emney and a special dance sequence founded on the music of Duke Ellington to the choreography of Paddy Stone.
(Shirley Eaton appears by permission of the Rank Organisation)


Presenter: Alan Melville
Based on "The A.B.C. of Show Business" by: Wolf Mankowitz
Musicians: Ray Ellington and his Quartet
Singer: Nancy Evans
Singers: The Alexandra Choir
Performer: G.H. Elliott
Performer: Shirley Eaton
Comedian: Fred Emney
Choreography: Paddy Stone
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Research: W. Macqueen-Pope
Research: Peter Noble
Compiled by: Ken Smith
Producer: Bryan Sears

: Loco Works

BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras visit the British Railways Locomotive Works at Derby where both steam and diesel locomotives are built.
Programme introduced by Gerald Nethercot and Fred Simpson.


Presenter: Gerald Nethercot
Presenter: Fred Simpson
Producer: Barrie Edgar

: David Copperfield: Episode 11

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

In which are discovered some remarkable facts about the past history of Betsey Trotwood. And in which David carries good news to Canterbury where he witnesses further developments in the infamous affairs of "Wickfield and Heep".


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Stuart Burge
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Douglas Allen
Daniel Peggotty: George Woodbridge
David Copperfield: Robert Hardy
Richard Babley ('Mr. Dick'): Richard Goolden
Miss Betsey Trotwood: Sonia Dresdel
Clara Peggotty: Edna Morris
A man: Gerald Cross
Dora: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Agnes Wickfield: Mary Watson
Mr. Wickfield: George Skillan
Uriah Heep: Maxwell Shaw
Mrs. Heep: Gretchen Franklin
Mr. Wilkins Micawber: Hilton Edwards
Mrs. Emma Micawber: Olga Lindo
A doctor: Kevin Stoney

: Travellers' Tales: Overland to Singapore: 1: London to Iran

The story of the 18,000-mile journey made by the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition.
See facing page


Film editor: Victor Stocker
Producer: David Attenborough

: A Question of Science

You are invited to ask A Question of Science
Distinguished scientists give their answers with experiments, demonstrations, and films.
Introduced by Stephen Black.


Presenter: Stephen Black
Producer: James McCloy

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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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.

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