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: Racing at Kempton Park: The Christmas Meeting

BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras visit Kempton Park racecourse to see three of the principal races of the day.

1.45 Christmas Handicap Hurdle Race over three miles

2.15 Oatlands Handicap Steeplechase over three miles

2.45 Littleton Four-Year-Old Hurdle Race over two miles

Clive Graham identifies the horses and jockeys in the Parade Ring before each race.


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Parade Ring commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for television by: John Vernon

: Rugby Union Football: Leicester v. Barbarians

Outside Broadcast cameras bring you part of the annual match.
From Welford Road Rugby Ground, Leicester.


Commentator: Peter West
Presented for television by: Philip Lewis

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(to 16.15)


Narrator: David Enders
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Pictures: Sam Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television presents: Champion the Wonder Horse: The Outlaws' Secret

It's bad when even the new Minister is robbed by bandits just outside the town. The Minister, however, has his own way of dealing with things, and Ricky and his Uncle Sandy realise there are some things more effective than a six shooter.


The Wonder Horse: Champion
Rebel, the dog: Blaze
Ricky North: Barry Curtis
Uncle Sandy: Jim Bannon

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview: Review of the Year

Some of the outstanding events seen in Junior Sportsview during 1956.
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Editor: Leslie Kettley
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: News, Sports News; Highlight; Weather

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter (Highlight): Cliff Michelmore

: The Petula Clark Show

featuring Petula Clark with The Dallas Boys and Pet's Boy Friends of the week.


Singer: Petula Clark
Singers: The Dallas Boys
Orchestrations: Peter Knight
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Production: Russell Turner

: Max Bygraves

At Home (almost!) from 7.45-8.15
Among his guests are The Kaye Sisters and Bob Dixon.


Comedian: Max Bygraves
Pianist: Bob Dixon
Singers: The Kaye Sisters
Script: Eric Sykes
Designer: Stephen Taylor
Orchestra directed by: George Clouston
Producer: Graeme Muir

: Call It a Day

A play by Dodie Smith.
[Starring] Margaret Lockwood and Hugh Sinclair
The action takes place at the Hiltons' house in St. John's Wood and in London during a spring day in 1935.


Author: Dodie Smith
Designer/Producer: Hal Burton
Dorothy Hilton: Margaret Lockwood
Roger Hilton: Hugh Sinclair
Vera: Jean Marlow
Ann Hilton: Julia Lockwood
Martin Hilton: Anthony Toller
Catherine Hilton: Sheila Whittingham
Cook: Vi Stevens
Mrs Milsom: Phyllis Morris
Paul Francis: Ralph Michael
Ethel Francis: Iris Baker
Muriel Weston: Zena Howard
Frank Haines: Jack Allen
Elsie Lester: Margaret Butt
Beatrice Gwynne: Adrienne Corri
Alistair Brown: Robert Tunstall
Joan Collett: Pamela Buck

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

A Christmas edition with Glyn Daniel and Sir Mortimer Wheeler who treat the originators of 'Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?' to a dose of their own medicine.
The Victims: Mary Adams, David Attenborough, Paul Johnstone


Presenter: Glyn Daniel
Presenter: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Panellist: Mary Adams
Panellist: David Attenborough
Panellist: Paul Johnstone
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: News

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather: Road Works Report and Close Down

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