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: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Television Film)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird

: Mainly for Women

Family Affairs: Games for Christmas
A company of players shows some new party games for all the family to play.
Introduced by Betty Lait.

Tell Me, Doctor
Dr. Winifred de Kok discusses viewers' letters.

(to 16.30)


Presenter: Betty Lait
Presenter (Tell Me, Doctor): Dr. Winifred de Kok
Producer: Joyce Belfrage

: Children's Television

Robert Dunnett introduces "Whigmaleeries" - Whatever They May Be!
The programme includes:
Comedy Sketches, Alec Finlay with Bond Rowell
Bird Imitations, Sydney Devine
Highland Dancing, The Jean Reynolds Scottish Country Dancers
Piping, John Burgess
(Alec Finlay is appearing in "Cinderella" at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh)

5.25 Galleon's Key
An adventure play set in the West Indies by John Hynam.
See page 8

(to 18.00)


Presenter (Whigmaleeries): Robert Dunnett
Comedian (Whigmaleeries): Alec Finlay
Comedian (Whigmaleeries): Bond Rowell
Bird Imitations (Whigmaleeries): Sydney Devine
Dancers (Whigmaleeries): The Jean Reynolds Scottish Country Dancers
Piper (Whigmaleeries): John Burgess
Incidental music played by (Whigmaleeries): John Holton
Producer (Whigmaleeries): Kathleen Garscadden
Director (Whigmaleeries): David Pat Walker
Writer (Galleon's Key): John Hynam
Guitarist (Galleon's Key): George Browne
Designer (Galleon's Key): Bill Tilley
Producer (Galleon's Key): Barbara Hammond
Tom Everly: Cy Grant
Jim Bowles: George Howell
Jane Bowles: Gloria Rassier
Mr. George Frayne: John Stuart
Ellen Everly: Nadia Cattouse
Miss Harris: Joan Hart
Mr. Johnson: Philip Lennard
Constable Luke: Frank Singuineau
Boxie: Mark Heath
Constable Jones: George Browne

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

Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter (Highlight): Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Airmen of Note

The United States Air Force Dance Band from Washington, D.C.
Band Leader, Johnny Osiecki
Introduced by Lieutenant Dave Healy.
From the BBC's television studio in Birmingham


Musicians: The United States Air Force Dance Band
Band Leader: Johnny Osiecki
Presenter: Lieutenant Dave Healy
Presented for television by: Philip Lewis
Presented for television by: Barrie Edgar

: Nude with Violin

An excerpt from a new comedy by Noel Coward.
Directed by John Gielgud and the author
[Starring] John Gielgud and Kathleen Harrison
A special performance from the Globe Theatre, London (by arrangement with H. M. Tennent, Ltd.)
See facing page


Author/Stage director: Noel Coward
Stage director: John Gielgud
Setting: Paul Anstee
Presented for television by: John Vernon
Sebastien (who introduces the excerpt): John Gielgud
Isobel Sorodin: Joyce Carey
Jane, her daughter: Ann Castle
Colin, her son: Basil Henson
Pamela, Cohn's wife: Patricia Raine
Jacob Friedland: David Horne
Anya Pavlikov: Patience Collier
Cherry-May Waterton: Kathleen Harrison
Fabrice: Douglas Robinson
Marie-Celeste: Gillian Webb
Obadiah Lewellyn: Thomas Baptiste

: Bon Viveur: Gala Christmas Dinner

BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras visit the Royal Albert Hall to watch Fanny and John Cradock re-creating some of the dishes of the late Georges Auguste Escoffier, one-time Chef to Napoleon III.


Cook: Fanny Cradock
Cook: John Cradock
Commentator: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Presented by: Bill Wright

: Vera Lynn Sings

starring Vera Lynn from the King's Theatre, Hammersmith.
With Rawicz and Landauer, The Keynotes, Dennis Spicer.
With guest artist: Eddie Calvert
The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes


Singer: Vera Lynn
Pianists: Rawicz and Landauer
Singers: The Keynotes
Ventriloquist: Dennis Spicer
Trumpeter: Eddie Calvert
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Leader: David McCallum
Script: Freddie Robertson
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: Professional Boxing

A ten-round light heavyweight contest.
Fred Jackson of Custom House
Eddie Wright of Stepney
Arranged by Goodwin-Proctor Promotions at Epsom Baths


Boxer: Fred Jackson
Boxer: Eddie Wright
Commentator: Peter McInnes
Presented for television by: Noble Wilson

: Circus Animals

This programme aims to put the arguments for and against an old-established and traditional form of entertainment.
Is cruelty involved in the training and use of performing animals? Are such performances undesirable? Do they have a bad effect on children?
Questions asked by: Denzil Batchelor, Kenneth Adam
Answers given by:
Those in favour: George Lockhart, Edward Graves
Those against: Lord Strabolgi, Harold Goodenough
In the chair: Niel Pearson
From the BBC's North of England studios
See page 6


Questioner: Denzil Batchelor
Questioner: Kenneth Adam
Panellist (Those in favour): George Lockhart
Panellist (Those in favour): Edward Graves
Panellist (Those against): Lord Strabolgi
Panellist (Those against): Harold Goodenough
Chairman: Niel Pearson
Programme directed by: Ray Lakeland
Producer: Kenneth Brown

: News

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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