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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Family Affairs

Career and Motherhood: The Part-time Job
Ways in which mothers can work to supplement the family income.

From U.S. to U.K.
Judith Willmore introduces American mothers from a U.S. airbase in England.

Introduced by Olive Shapley.

Topical Round-Up
Honor Balfour


Presenter (Family Affairs): Olive Shapley
Item presenter (From U.S. to U.K.): Judith Willmore
Presenter (Topical Round-Up): Honor Balfour
Producer: Joyce Belfrage

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


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

: Children's Television presents...: The Sleeping Beauty

A fairy tale made into a play for television and produced by Rex Tucker.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 26, 1955)
(to 18.00)


Writer/Producer: Rex Tucker
Music for the Enchanted Garden specially composed by: John Hotchkis
Perianne: Josephine Griffin
Dominic: Joseph Wise
The King: Richard Wordsworth
The Queen: Olive Gregg
The Princess: Ann Hanslip
The Prince: William Russell
The Ice Fairy: Patricia Fryer
The Flame Fairy: Stella Riley
The Fairy of Ancient Days: Edna Petrie
The Butler: Kynaston Reeves
The Nurse: Enid Lorimer
The Page: Michael Lewin
The Old Woman: Hilda Barry
The Lady Katherine: Brenda Bennett
The Lady Isobel: Balbina
The Guard: Colin Douglas
The Town Crier: Alan Edwards
Other parts played by: Maria Hanson
Other parts played by: Dennis Ramsden
Other parts played by: Nigel Arkwright
Other parts played by: Garth Adams
Other parts played by: Peter MacArte

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

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter (Highlight): Cliff Michelmore

: Messiah

Sir Malcolm Sargent introduces and conducts the opening sequences of Handel's Messiah.
sung by Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Walter Midgley (tenor), Scott Joynt (bass)
Huddersfield Choral Society
(Chorus-Master, Herbert Bardgett)
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
(Leader, Peter Mountain)
Eric Chadwick (organ)
Recit. (tenor):
Comfort ye, my people
Air (tenor):
Every valley shall be exalted
And the Glory of the Lord
Recit. (bass):
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts
Air (bass):
But who may abide?
And he shall purify
Recit. (alto):
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive
Air (alto and chorus):
O thou that tellest good tidings
Recit. (bass):
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth
Air (bass):
The people that walked in darkness
For unto us a Child is born
From the Town Hall, Huddersfield.


Presenter/Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent
Contralto: Marjorie Thomas
Tenor: Walter Midgley
Bass: Scott Joynt
Singers: Huddersfield Choral Society
Chorus-Master: Herbert Bardgett
Musicians: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Peter Mountain
Organist: Eric Chadwick
Presented for television by: Gordon Thorne
Presented for television by: Christian Simpson

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! for the Billy Cotton Band Show
Featuring Alan Breeze, Doreen Stephens, Al Koran, The Rita Williams Singers, The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes and star guests from the world of entertainment.


Presenter/Bandleader: Billy Cotton
Musicians: The Billy Cotton Band
Singer: Alan Breeze
Singer: Doreen Stephens
Mentalist: Al Koran
Singers: The Rita Williams Singers
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Production: Brian Tesler

: Men in Battle: 2: The Invasion of Normandy

Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks, drawing upon his own experiences, describes six major battles of the 1939-1945 war.

The programme includes British and American newsreel shot during the action and specially filmed contributions from Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery, General Walter Bedell Smith, and Admiral Sir William Tennant.


Presenter: Sir Brian Horrocks
Interviewee: Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery
Interviewee: General Walter Bedell Smith
Interviewee: Sir William Tennant
Film Editor: Keith Latham
Producer: Huw Wheldon

: One Fight More

A television play by David Campton and Stephen Joseph.
(See below)

The trouble with Johnny...
For Johnny there isn't much to life except just watching the trains go by - watching, listening, and not caring much about anything or anyone else. Unless he's roused, that it. Unless someone rouses him to a fight, and then - well, he's useful with his fists; a sight too useful and a sight too ready to come to blows. But Alice looks like changing all that. Alice is young, too, and pretty, and she brings him something he's never been used to. Until now he's always had to fight for respect and affection, and it's not easy to change a character overnight, even if Alice does see a way to helping him get a job on the railway...

Tonight's play, written specially for television by David Campton and Stephen Joseph, relies for its speed and mobility on simple basic settings, on close-ups, and the suggestion rather than explanation of place and time. It uses no film and yet it moves with Johnny through a crowded part of his life into court, into the army, into the home, by means of a technique that a few years ago would have been accounted experimental. Now it is the kind of treatment that television is beginning to develop as its own.

Tonight's production comes from the BBC Midland Region studio at Gosta Green.
(Rowan Ayers)


Writer: David Campton
Writer: Stephen Joseph
Production: Victor Menzies
Designer: Gordon Roland
Johnny: Shaun O'Riordan
Alice: Carol Marsh
Les: Geoffrey Matthews
Pete: John Dexter
Ron: Bryan Kendrick
Mrs. Stanley: Sheila Raynor
Customer: Sidney Vivian
Barman: Leslie Dunn
Clerk: John MacGregor
Magistrate: John Richmond
Policeman: Ronald Baddiley

: Hosts to the Nations

Students from the United Nations countries have come to Swansea University College for a year's course.
Hywel Davies interviews some of them to gather their impressions and to learn something of their way of life. They in their turn entertain with singing and dancing.


Interviewer: Hywel Davies
Producer: David J. Thomas

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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