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: Greenwich Time Signal; Amos 'n' Andy: The Piggy Bank

[Starring] Amos 'n' Andy in the film The Piggy Bank

: Bransby Williams

(A BBC telerecording)


Actor: Bransby Williams
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents...

Toytown: The Great Toytown Mystery
Another play by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
Puppets by Gordon Murray and settings by Andrew Brownfoot from illustrations by S. G. Hulme Beaman
(A BBC telerecording)

5.20 Country-Close-Up
The December edition of a monthly series of programmes about the countryside.

5.30 Cry Wolf
Written and produced by Shaun Sutton.
A play for older children.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on June 12, 1956)

(to 18.00)


Writer/Illustrations (Toytown): S. G. Hulme Beaman
Voices (Toytown): Madi Hedd
Voices (Toytown): Peter Hawkins
Voices (Toytown): Noel Coleman
Voices (Toytown): Roy Skelton
Puppeteer (Toytown): Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer (Toytown): Molly Gibson
Puppeteer (Toytown): Elizabeth Thorndike
Puppeteer (Toytown): Bob Bura
Puppeteer (Toytown): John Hardwick
Puppets/Producer (Toytown): Gordon Murray
Settings (Toytown): Andrew Brownfoot
Written, photographed, and narrated by (Country Close-Up): Ion Trant
Writer/Producer (Cry Wolf): Shaun Sutton
Eddie Wolf: Patrick Cargill
Sam Grigg: Colin Douglas
Vyner: Arthur Lovegrove
P.C. Jolliphant: John Paul
Mrs. Jolliphant: Betty England
Billy Jolliphant: Julian Yardley
Susie Jolliphant: Carol Wolveridge
Miss Gilpin: Amy Dalby
Inspector Jamieson: Campbell Singer
Sergeant Rogers: Garth Adams
P.C. Bray: Nigel Hawthorne
P.C. Fenwick: Anthony Sheppard
P.C. Morton: Gregory Scott
First boy: Cavan Kendall
Second boy: Nigel Lambert

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

Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith.


Presenter (Highlight): Geoffrey Johnson Smith

: Movie Musicals

with Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Vivian Blaine, Bing Crosby, Marge and Gower Champion, The Goldwyn Girls, Betty Garrett, Celeste Holm, Howard Keel, Ricardo Montalban, Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Red Skelton, Esther Williams in a selection of highlights from film musicals made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Ltd.


Presented by: Daphne Turrell

: Ask Pickles

Wilfred and Mabel Pickles conclude their tour of the country by visiting the people of London and invite them to ask for the things they would like you to see on your television screen.
From the Great Hall, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, E.1


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles
Presenter: Mabel Pickles
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Special Investigator: Larry Forrester
Special Investigator: Pauline Forrester
Producer: Harry Carlisle

: Travellers' Tales: Laplanders and Reindeer

Per Host, a Norwegian explorer, shows the first of three films he has taken during his travels in the remoter parts of the world


Presenter/filmmaker: Per Host
Producer: David Attenborough

: Vanity Fair: Episode 1

by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Adapted for television in six weekly instalments by Constance Cox and Ian Dallas.
[Starring] Joyce Redman and Alan Badel
The action takes place in Miss Pinkerton's Academy, Chiswick Mall; Almack's Club, St. James's: Mr. Sedley's house, Russell Square; Vauxhall Gardens, and Sir Pitt Crawley's London house, Gt. Gaunt Street
Time, 1813
(Alan Badel appears by courtesy of British Lion Films, Ltd.)
See page 10


Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Adapted by: Constance Cox
Adapted by: Ian Dallas
Producer: Campbell Logan
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Sambo: Joseph Layode
Miss Pinkerton's maid: Audrey Nicholson
Miss Saltire: Felicity Askew
Miss Swartz: Maxine Holden
Miss Laura Martin: Stella Riley
Other young ladies: Pamela Buck
Other young ladies: Jill Manderson
Other young ladies: Virginia Thomas
Miss Jemima Pinkerton: Helena Pickard
Miss Barbara Pinkerton: Dorothy Black
Becky Sharp: Joyce Redman
Amelia Sedley: Petra Davies
Young officer: Vincent Hitchcock
George Osborne: David Peel
Rawdon Crawley: Alan Badel
Captain Dobbin: Derek Blomfield
John Sedley: Graham Stuart
Mrs. John Sedley: Marian Spencer
Joseph Sedley: Jack May
Ballad Seller: Gwenda Ewen
Waiter at Vauxhall Gardens: Jack Howarth
Sir Pitt Crawley: Lloyd Pearson
Tinker: Marjorie Forsyth
Other parts played by: Terry Baker
Other parts played by: Alexander Beaumont
Other parts played by: Anne Marryott
Other parts played by: Naomi Moir
Other parts played by: Richard Price

: Press Conference

People who make the news face questions from people who write the news.


Presented by: Donald Baverstock

: I Married Joan

[Starring] Joan Davis in the film series I Married Joan


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

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