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: Greenwich Time Signal; Let's Make a Date

Brian Reece says Let's Make a Date.

The Song that Made the Star
with Danny Purches.

Look Who's Here
Up-to-date news and views from the world of entertainment.

Scored for the Screen
The theme music and an excerpt from The Warner Brothers production in Cinemascope and Warnercolor "East of Eden".

The Better Half
A well-known comedian's wife introduces her husband.

BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's North of England studios


Presenter: Brian Reece
Singer (The Song that Made the Star): Danny Purches
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Script: Jack Bradley
Script: Ray Davies
Editor: John Ammonds
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Concert Hour

Gerald Gentry conducts the BBC Midland Light Orchestra
(Leader, James Hutcheon)
A programme in lighter mood designed for children of all ages, including a performance of: "Tubby the Tuba".
The storyteller, Maurice Denham with the Choir of Waverley Grammar School,
From the BBC's Midland television studio
See page 6


Conductor: Gerald Gentry
Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Orchestra leader: James Hutcheon
Storyteller: Maurice Denham
Singers: The Choir of Waverley Grammar School
Presented by: David Martin
Presented by: Peter Haysom Craddy

: The Burns and Allen Show: The Old Grads

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film The Old Grads


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Sports Special

Sportsview film cameras bring you the highlights from the week-end's sport.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Tom Millett

: The Brains Trust

meets every Sunday afternoon.
The members this week are: Lady Megan Lloyd George, Professor Michael Grant, E. T. Williams, Alan Bullock.
Question-Master, Norman Fisher
Questions should be addressed to: The Brains Trust, [address removed]


Panellist: Lady Megan Lloyd George
Panellist: Professor Michael Grant
Panellist: E. T. Williams
Panellist: Alan Bullock
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents...

Champion the Wonder Horse: Challenge of the West
If a man cannot be trusted in the West you meet him with your hand on the trigger. And when his young son opens a safe and makes off with the gold there are sure to be bullets flying! Ricky, Champion, and Rebel intervene to save the boy's name but killers spring a trap in the mountains. Champion can beat anything on two or four legs, but can he win against hot lead?

5.25 Sooty: Sooty's Engineering Co. Ltd.
with Harry Corbett.

5.35 Television Puppet Theatre presents: The Holy Mice
A Christmas play by Freda Lingstrom.
See page 5

6.0 Sunday at Six: Today in Bethlehem
Many of the everyday scenes in and around Bethlehem are still the same as they were at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. This film shows the "little town of Bethlehem" as it is today.

(to 18.10)


The Wonder Horse (Champion the Wonder Horse): Champion
Rebel, the dog (Champion the Wonder Horse): Blaze
Ricky North, the boy (Champion the Wonder Horse): Barry Curtis
Sandy, his uncle (Champion the Wonder Horse): Jim Bannon
Puppeteer (Sooty): Harry Corbett
Writer (The Holy Mice): Freda Lingstrom
Voices (The Holy Mice): Violet Lamb
Voices (The Holy Mice): Peter Hawkins
Voices (The Holy Mice): Noel Coleman
Puppeteer (The Holy Mice): Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer (The Holy Mice): Molly Gibson
Puppeteer (The Holy Mice): Elizabeth Thorndike
Puppeteer (The Holy Mice): Bob Bura
Puppeteer (The Holy Mice): John Hardwick
Settings and costumes (The Holy Mice): Andrew Brownfoot
Puppets and production (The Holy Mice): Gordon Murray

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: Christians and Christmas in 1956

The Rev. T. A. Bendelow, Vicar of Christ Church, Harrogate, reflects on our keeping of Christmas in the light of current events.
From the BBC's North of England television studios


Presenter: The Rev. T. A. Bendelow
Arranged by: Peter Hamilton
Director: Ray Lakeland

: The Jack Benny Programme

[Starring] Jack Benny
with Mary Livingstone, Joan Benny, Rochester, Mel Blanc and Don Wilson.
(A film series)


Comedian: Jack Benny
Herself: Mary Livingstone
Herself: Joan Benny
Rochester Van Jones: Rochester
Himself: Mel Blanc
Announcer: Don Wilson

: What's My Line?

Television's most popular panel game with Isobel Barnett, Bob Monkhouse, Gilbert Harding and a guest with Eamonn Andrews in the chair.

("What's My Line?" was devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and is televised by arrangement with C.B.S. and Maurice Winnick)


Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Bob Monkhouse
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Sunday-Night Theatre presents: The Reclining Figure

by Harry Kurnitz
[Starring] Donald Wolfit
with Lois Maxwell and Gordon Sterne

The action takes place at the present time in California.
See facing page


Author: Harry Kurnitz
Producer: Alvin Rakoff
Designer: Fanny Taylor
William: Errol Johns
Samuel Ellis: Gordon Sterne
Cass Edgerton: Lois Maxwell
Lucas Edgerton: Donald Wolfit
Agramonte: Martin Miller
Paul Weldon: John Paul
Jonas Astorg: Leonard Sachs
Denesco: Ferdy Mayne
Dr. Hickey: Jefferson Clifford
Professor Jumelle: Clive Dunn

: Music at Ten presents: The Nutcracker: Act 2

[Starring] London's Festival Ballet
Music by Tchaikovsky
Ballet adapted for television by Anton Dolin and Margaret Dale.
Little Clara's nutcracker doll turns into a handsome Prince and takes her to the land of the Sugar-Plum Fairy.
Spanish Dance: Anita Landa, Louis Godfrey, Pamela Hart, Maurice Metliss, Janet Overton, Kenneth Sudell
Dance of the Reed Pipes (Les Mirlitons): Marilyn Burr, Joyce Lyndon, Jeannette Minty, Diane Westerman, Anne Morrell
Chinese Dance: Geoffrey Davidson, Terry Gilbert
Russian Dance (Trepak): Ronald Emblen, Russell Kerr, Donald McAlpine
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Arthur Leavins)
Conducted by Geoffrey Corbett
See facing page


Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ballet adapted for television by: Anton Dolin
Ballet adapted for television by/Producer: Margaret Dale
Musicians: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Arthur Leavins
Conductor: Geoffrey Corbett
Designer: Richard Wilmot
The Sugar-Plum Fairy: Belinda Wright
The Nutcracker Prince: John Gilpin
Little Clara: Maureen Webster
Snowflakes, Fairies, Cavaliers: Full Company
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Anita Landa
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Louis Godfrey
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Pamela Hart
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Maurice Metliss
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Janet Overton
Dancer (Spanish Dance): Kenneth Sudell
Dancer (Dance of the Reed Pipes): Marilyn Burr
Dancer (Dance of the Reed Pipes): Joyce Lyndon
Dancer (Dance of the Reed Pipes): Jeannette Minty
Dancer (Dance of the Reed Pipes): Diane Westerman
Dancer (Dance of the Reed Pipes): Anne Morrell
Dancer (Chinese Dance): Geoffrey Davidson
Dancer (Chinese Dance): Terry Gilbert
Dancer (Russian Dance): Ronald Emblen
Dancer (Russian Dance): Russell Kerr
Dancer (Russian Dance): Donald McAlpine

: The Epilogue

Canon Fenton Morley discusses Christmas in other countries with Wong Gek Low of Malaya, Ivy Allen of Jamaica, and Christopher Oyesiku of Nigeria.


Presenter: Canon Fenton Morley
Panellist: Wong Gek Low
Panellist: Ivy Allen
Panellist: Christopher Oyesiku

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