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: Mainly for Women

Happy Holidays
The first of a series of four programmes giving suggestions and practical advice on finding the holiday you will enjoy Your holiday guide, Douglas Fleming brings two experts, Lieut.-Col. H. G. Hasler, D.S.O., O.B.E., R.M., and Charles W. Price of the British Travel and Holidays Association, to help you choose a Family Holiday.

I've Just Been Reading
Stephen Black suggests some new books for your library list and introduces a personality connected with one of the books.


Presenter (Happy Holidays): Douglas Fleming
Expert (Happy Holidays): Lieut.-Col. H. G. Hasler
Expert (Happy Holidays): Charles W. Price Arranged by (Happy Holidays): Brenda Horsfield
Producer (Happy Holidays): Frederick Knapman
Presenter (I've Just Been Reading): Stephen Black
Producer (I've Just Been Reading): Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(to 16.00)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents: The Page of Chinon

A play for television.
Written and produced by Rex Tucker.


Writer/producer: Rex Tucker
The Page: Peter Asher
Joan of Arc: Beth Boyd
Raymond: Nigel Anthony
De Gaucourt: James Raglan
Gaston: Robert Raglan
Grosmain: Douglas Blackwell
Jules: Bruce Stewart
English Prisoner: Alan Edwards
Ostler: Leslie Smith

: Children's Television: The Gypsy Thief

A musical story of old Austria.
Written and produced by Desmond O'Donovan.

[Starring] Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra with Kitza Kazacos
Keneth Thornett as the Narrator
Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra as the Gypsies
Michael Anderson as the Gypsy Boy
Kitza Kazacos as the Countess
Harry Haythorne and Denys Palmer as the Chairboys
Clive Dunn as the butler
Margaret Shane as the Countess's daughter


Writer/producer: Desmond O'Donovan
Narrator: Keneth Thornett
The Gypsies: Henry Zeisel and his Orchestra
Gypsy Boy: Michael Anderson
Countess: Kitza Kazacos
Chairboys: Harry Haythorne
Chairboys: Denys Palmer
Butler: Clive Dunn
Countess's daughter: Margaret Shane

: Top Town Parade

Presenting some of the artists who have appeared during the past twelve months in the "Top Town" Knock-out Competition.
Introduced by Peter West.
BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's North of England television studios


Presenter: Peter West
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

: This Is Your Life

A programme devised by Ralph Edwards.
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews.


Programme deviser: Ralph Edwards
Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
Music written by: James Turner
Research: Peter Moore
Research: Nigel Ward
Script: Gale Pedrick
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: Secombe's Year

starring Harry Secombe.
Harry draws a veil over the past twelve months
with Terry-Thomas, Alma Cogan, Eric Barker, Harry Corbett and Sooty, The Coronets, Gillian Lynne and Malcolm Goddard
Concert Orchestra conducted by Eric Robinson

(Alma Cogan is appearing in "Aladdin" at the Empress Theatre, Brixton; Harry Corbett and Sooty are appearing at the Adelphi Theatre, London.)


Comedian/Singer: Harry Secombe
Comedian: Terry-Thomas
Singer: Alma Cogan
Comedian: Eric Barker
Puppeteer: Harry Corbett
Singers: The Coronets
Dancer: Gillian Lynne
Dancer: Malcolm Goddard
Musicians: Concert Orchestra
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Sketch material: Jimmy Grafton
Sketch material: Patrick Brawn
Sketch material: Richard Waring
Designer: Guy Sheppard
Production: Francis Essex

: Retrospect

In these last hours of the Old Year, a BBC Television film recalls to memory some of the events that crowded the historic months of 1956 The picture of a year that brought the contrasts of international conflict and royal pageantry; of Premium Bonds and the Bolshoi Ballet; of a spring wedding in Monaco, and snow in an English summer.

: Where's There's Life...

Join BBC Television cameras on a journey into 1957 with Raymond Baxter to find out what people are doing and what they are hoping on this New Year's Eve.

In Scotland
On Hogmanay they are dancing and piping in the New Year. In Dundee feet are tapping to the music of Jimmy Shand.

Via Eurovision
Over to the Continent where midnight strikes one hour ahead of us in time.

In the North Country
At Belle Vue circus folk representative of many nations celebrate after the last show of the old year.

In the West Country
Some of the many displaced of the world now have here a home of their own-good reason for dancing and singing their old songs in a new land.

In the Midlands
In the non-stop bustle of a transport cafe we meet the men who still must work to keep the wheels turning and the freight moving.

In London
From the scores of functions and the hundreds of parties, we take you to -
The Chelsea Arts Ball
The capital's largest party. The traditional carnival night of the artists' quarter, where four thousand dance to the music of Ted Heath.

A West Indian Party
Newly arrived to make a new life, West Indians get together in London for a rhythmic New Year's Eve to the beat of the Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band, the Calypso chants, and the Caribbean Music of Hugh Scotland.

In Wales
At Barry Docks the duty pilots keep their watch, and wait on call in the pilot cutter to bring in the first ships of the New Year.

At Sea
The lightships marking the Bristol Channel, linked by radio, join together in prayer.
As midnight approaches we leave the two or three gathered together to join the congregation and their vicar, the Reverend Austen Williams, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields for the Watch-Night Service.

A Happy New Year to you all

Come First Footing
In Scotland
...where they are singing and dancing in The New Year.


Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Accordionist (In Scotland): Jimmy Shand
Musician (In London: The Chelsea Arts Ball): Ted Heath
Musicians (In London: A West Indian Party): The Trinidad All-Stars Steel Band
Musician (In London: A West Indian Party): Hugh Scotland
Service conductor (Watch-Night Service): The Reverend Austen Williams

: New Year Greetings

The European Television Services send greetings on film to the people of Britain.

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