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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Look and Choose
An enquiry into Children's Books.
Conducted by Isobel Barnett in co-operation with the National Book League

Quick and Easy Dressmaking
The second showing of the film of the cape-waistcoat demonstrated last Wednesday.

Careering with Constance: No. 5
Constance Paul goes through San Francisco's Golden Gate to Reno and Salt Lake City.
Introduced by Bill Latto.


Presenter (Look and Choose): Isobel Barnett
Producer (Look and Choose): Monica Sims
Presenter (Careering with Constance): Constance Paul
Introduced by (Careering with Constance): Bill Latto
Presented by (Careering with Constance): Richard Gilbert

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine: 6: Santa Billy

5.15 Filmland
Jess Yates invites you to join him for news and views of the latest films.
Off The Set
Come and Meet a Star

5.35 Buried Treasure: Pompeii
Paul Johnstone tells the story of the Roman city that was buried in a sea of ash and stones when the volcano Vesuvius erupted In A.D. 79.

(to 18.00)


Puppetry (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Elizabeth Donaldson
Assisted by (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Ann Pavitt
Assisted by (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Andrew Brownfoot
Voices (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Peter Hawkins
Voices (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Ivan Owen
Animations (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Reginald Jeffryes
Script and production (The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Vere Lorrimer
Presenter (Filmland): Jess Yates
Presented by (Filmland): Richard Evans
Presenter (Buried Treasure): Paul Johnstone

: Top Ten

A film report of the News Chronicle TV Top Ten Awards for 1956.

: It's Magic!

David Nixon says It's Magic! and introduces a thirty-minute mixture of mystery and music with Howard de Courcy, Robert Harbin, Fred Lovell and a panel of celebrities to see fair play.
(David Nixon appears by arrangement with Emile Littler)


Presenter/Magician: David Nixon
Conjurer: Howard de Courcy
Magician: Robert Harbin
Ventriloquist: Fred Lovell
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Producer: Graeme Muir

: An excerpt from "Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat"

A new comedy by Hugh Williams and Margaret Williams.
A special performance from the St. Martin's Theatre, London (by arrangement with E. P. Clift, for Minster Productions, Ltd. in conjunction with Anna Deere Wiman)


Writer: Hugh Williams
Writer: Margaret Williams
Director: Jack Minster
Setting: Hutchinson Scott
Presented for television by: John Vernon
The Earl of Hewlyn (who introduces the excerpt): Hugh Williams
Watkyn: Eynon Evans
Jennifer Wren: Andree Molly
Lord Plynlimmon: Richard Johnson
Lady Susan Creel: Shirley Cain

: 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 including this week:
The personal appearance of Louis Armstrong the great jazz trumpeter.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Interviewee: Louis Armstrong
Producer: Michael Peacock
Producer: Charles Wheeler

: Victor Silvester's Television Dancing Club

(Eighth series: second edition)
featuring Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra.
With Bob Burgess and Jeanette Wilson, Felipe Mayhew and Olga Koch, The James Stevenson Formation Team.
From Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire.
Hostess, Patti Morgan


Musicians: Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra
Dancer: Bob Burgess
Dancer: Jeanette Wilson
Dancer: Felipe Mayhew
Dancer: Olga Koch
Dancers: The James Stevenson Formation Team
Hostess: Patti Morgan
Producer: Richard Afton

: Picture Parade

A weekly magazine programme of films and film personalities.
Introduced by Peter Haigh and Derek Bond.
This edition includes:
An interview with Gig Young, and Dimitri Tiomkin, the well-known composer who has written the music for the new Warner Brothers film "Giant". Excerpts from "The Spanish Gardener", "Davy Crockett", and "The River Pirate".
(By courtesy of the Rank Organisation and Walt Disney)


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presenter: Derek Bond
Presented by: Alan Sleath
Interviewee: Gig Young
Interviewee: Dimitri Tiomkin

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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