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: Greenwich Time Signal; 1956 Farnborough Air Display

An edited telerecording


Commentator: Charles Gardner
Commentator: Oliver Stewart
Television Presentation: Alan Chivers

: Gardening Club

Percy Thrower's guest today is Thomas Rochford, who discusses indoor foliage plants and gives practical advice on their care, cultivation, and propagation.
Francis Hanger, Curator of the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens at Wisley, demonstrates the winter pruning of grape vines and shows how to propagate them.
In the greenhouse Percy Thrower sows onion seeds and shows how to set up potatoes for chitting.
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Thomas Rochford
Co-presenter: Francis Hanger
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents: The Secret of The Lone Ranger

Who is he?
What is he?
Why is he masked?
In the full-length, action-packed Western you can learn the secret of the man behind the mask - how he met Tonto - and how he came to be the terror of every bad man north of the Rio Grande.

: Children's Television: The Appleyards: Fair Exchange


Producer: Kevin Sheldon
Mum: Constance Fraser
Dad: Douglas Muir
Tommy: Derek Rowe
Margaret: Carole Olver
Hazel: Barbara Brown
Mr. Spiller: C.B. Poultney
Mr. Holmes: Herbert Smith
Leslie Holmes: Alan Rothwell

: Today's Sport

Kenneth Wolstenholme gives today's football, racing, and major sports results.
(to 18.00)


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme

: Hey Jeannie

[Starring] Jeannie Carson
Another film in the series about a charming young Scots girl who discovers America. A routine day in the life of a judge is drastically altered when Jeannie decides to see justice done at all costs.


Jeannie MacLennan: Jeannie Carson

: The Crime of the Century: 6: The Century Closes

A serial in six episodes by Michael Gilbert.
[Starring] Edward Chapman and William Lucas with Gene Anderson and Sidney James


Writer: Michael Gilbert
Designer: John Cooper
Producer: Andrew Osborn
Mr. Brakewell: Edward Chapman
Mr. Clements: Roy Hepworth
M. Bernard: Patrick Westwood
Major Trump: Ballard Berkeley
Monks: Wolfe Morris
Clare Pinnock: Gene Anderson
Charlton Bradbury: William Lucas
Chief Inspector Evans: Russell Waters
Sergeant Todd: Tom Bowman
Assistant Commissioner Relf: Ronald Adam
Editor: Manning Wilson
Abbie: Sidney James
Reporter: Robin Lloyd
Policeman: Roger Ostime

: Saturday-Night Out

goes backstage at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
A weekly series edited by Peter Webber and Derek Burrell-Davis.


Presented by/Editor: Peter Webber
Editor: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Saturday Comedy Hour presents: The Benny Hill Show

Starring Benny Hill
aided and abetted by Jeremy Hawk, Wallace Greenslade, John Vyvyan
and featuring Katherine Kath, Pia Beck, The Three Deuces with The Tommy Linden Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers.
Written by Dave Freeman and Benny Hill.
See page 7


Comedian: Benny Hill
[Actor]: Jeremy Hawk
[Actor]: Wallace Greenslade
[Actor]: John Vyvyan
[Actress]: Katherine Kath
Singer/Pianist: Pia Beck
Vocalists: The Three Deuces
Dancers: The Tommy Linden Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Dance direction: Tommy Linden
Orchestra conducted by: Bob Sharples
Writer: Dave Freeman
Writer: Benny Hill
Designer: George Djurkovic
Producer: Duncan Wood

: Twenty Questions

The television version of the popular sound radio programme.
Drusilla Beyfus, Jack Train, Richard Dimbleby, Anona Winn ask all the questions.
Roy Rich knows some of the answers and Norman Hackforth presents all the objects.

("Twenty Questions" is televised by arrangement with Maurice Winnick)


Panellist: Drusilla Beyfus
Panellist: Jack Train
Panellist: Richard Dimbleby
Panellist: Anona Winn
Chairman: Roy Rich
Announcer: Norman Hackforth
Cartoonist: Bruce Angrave
Associate Producer: C.F. Meehan
Producer: Josephine Douglas

: Canadian Television Theatre: Thank You, Edmundo

by Mac Shoub.
The action takes place on the outskirts of a small Italian village. Time, the present
(A telerecording presented by arrangement with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)


Writer: Mac Shoub
Producer: W. T. Kotcheff
Designer: Robert Hall
Edmundo: Gerry Sarracini
Gabriel: Robert Christie
Francisco: Fred Diehl
Luigi: Michael Conway
Priest: John Drainie

: Movie Museum: The Drunkard's Reformation

An early Biograph film drama, whose hero is rescued from the temptations of alcohol.

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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.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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