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: Mainly for Women

Signs of the Zodiac: 12: Sagittarius
A light-hearted diversion arranged and introduced by Verrall Dunlop.
See page 8

I've Just Been Reading
Stephen Black suggests some new books for your library list and introduces one of the authors.


Arranged and introduced by (Signs of the Zodiac): Verrall Dunlop
Presented by (Signs of the Zodiac): Richard Gilbert
Presenter (I've Just Been Reading): Stephen Black
Producer (I've Just Been Reading): Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(to 16.00)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

Children's International Newsreel

5.20 Popo's Christmas
with Ian Stewart at the piano and drawings by Harry Rutherford.

5.30 First Aid
Isobel Barnett tells you about First Aid.
In addition to explaining the simple treatment of some minor injuries. Lady Barnett, who is a champion swimmer, tells you how you can practise artificial respiration on a friend.

5.45 For Deaf Children: Dance with Don
Don Tasker, with the help of some deaf children, gives the last of his programmes to help you with your dancing.
Introduced by Vera McKechnie.

(to 18.00)


Pianist (Popo's Christmas): Ian Stewart
Drawings (Popo's Christmas): Harry Rutherford
Presenter (First Aid): Isobel Barnett
Dancer (For Deaf Children: Dance with Don): Don Tasker
Presenter (For Deaf Children): Vera McKechnie

: News; Sports News; Highlight; Weather

Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter (Highlight): Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: This Is Your Life

A programme devised by Ralph Edwards.
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews.


Programme deviser: Ralph Edwards
Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
Music written by: James Turner
Research: Peter Moore
Research: Nigel Ward
Script: Gale Pedrick
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: Top Town Final: Southend v. Leeds

See above

At 7.45 the last stage in the bailie of entertainment will be fought out for the 1956 title of "Top Town".
Resident Judges: Professional: Dorothy Ward, Ted Kavanagh, Dick Hurran
Viewers: Lady Cayley, Tony Iveson
Guest Judges: Henry Sherek, Harold Fielding
Introduced by Peter West.
BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From The Royal Hall, Harrogate


Judge (Professional): Dorothy Ward
Judge (Professional): Ted Kavanagh
Judge (Professional): Dick Hurran
Judge (Viewers): Lady Cayley
Judge (Viewers): Tony Iveson
Guest judge: Henry Sherek
Guest judge: Harold Fielding
Presenter: Peter West
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Panorama

Richard Dimbleby brings you Television's Window on the World.
Every Monday the Panorama team of special contributors-using film and television cameras -focuses on events and personalities of the moment.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Producer: Michael Peacock
Producer: Charles Wheeler

: Off the Record

Jack Payne introduces stars and personalities who are Off the Record together with the latest news from the record industry featuring Eve Boswell, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan, Ronnie Ronalde, Julie Dawn, Desmond Lane, The Barry Sisters, Terry Burton and The Vipers Skiffle Group with the Concert Orchestra and the George Mitchell Singers.Conducted by Stanley Black


Presenter: Jack Payne
Singer: Eve Boswell
Singer: Peter Sellers
Singer: Spike Milligan
Singer: Ronnie Ronalde
Singer: Julie Dawn
Penny whistler: Desmond Lane
Singers: The Barry Sisters
Singer: Terry Burton
Musicians: The Vipers Skiffle Group
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Conducted by: Stanley Black
Producer: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: Picture Parade

A weekly magazine programme of films and film personalities.
Introduced by Peter Haigh and Derek Bond.
This edition includes:
An interview with Odile Versois and an excerpt from "Checkpoint" in which she appears with Anthony Steel and Stanley Baker; excerpts from the new Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby film "High Society" and the Continental film 'Gervaise' starring Maria Schell.


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presenter: Derek Bond
Presented by: Alan Sleath
Interviewee: Odile Versois

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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