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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

About the Home

Backyard Poultry-Keeping: 5
W.R. Wooldridge, Director of the Animal Health Trust, and one of the leading veterinary surgeons in the world talks about health and disease in laying hens.

Cookery Club
Marguerite Patten introduces the winner of the Marmalade Competition and demonstrates her recipe.

Shopping Suggestions
New ideas for the housewife by Margaret Douglas.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

Our Miss Pemberton: 2: Re-opening Again
Written by Philip King and Falkland Cary.
A story of life today in a small town.


Presenter (About the Home): Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Backyard Poultry-Keeping): W.R. Wooldridge
Item presenter/Cook (Cookery Club): Marguerite Patten
Item presenter (Shopping Suggestions): Margaret Douglas
Producer (About the Home): Ann Shead
Writer (Our Miss Pemberton): Philip King
Producer (Our Miss Pemberton): Richard Gilbert
Window cleaner: Terence Soall
Mrs. Watkins: Phyllis Morris
George Pearce: Alan Rolfe
Mary Pemberton: Margot Boyd
Mrs. Hyde Wright: Edith Stevenson
Vicar: Robert Webber

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


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

: Children's Television presents: How Photography Works

H. Baines, F.R.I.C., F.R.P.S., comes to the studio to show you some of the experiments from his six Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution.


Presenter: H. Baines

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore including the presentation of trophies to the National Sportsboy and Sportsgirl of the Year chosen by you and the BBC Junior Sportsview
Personality of 1956 chosen by Sports Editors of the National Press.
The presentations are made by Peter Dimmock and televised direct from the National Schoolboy's Own Exhibition at the New Horticultural Hall, London.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Trophy presentation: Peter Dimmock
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill
Presented by: Douglas Fleming

: Children's Television: Marzipan

Alicia and her cat tell you a story.
(to 18.00)

: Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party: Homes for the Future

A plan for dealing with Britain's housing problem is the subject of this new film featuring Miss Margaret Herbison M.P.


Speaker: Margaret Herbison M.P.

: 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: George Clouston
Production: Russell Turner

: Emney Enterprises

[Starring] Fred Emney
with Betty Driver, Edwin Styles, Robin Richmond, Roger Avon and "Mr. Earlsfield".


Comedian: Fred Emney
Singer: Betty Driver
[Actor]: Edwin Styles
Organist: Robin Richmond
[Actor]: Roger Avon
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Designer: Guy Sheppard
Producer: Bryan Sears

: No Shepherds Watched

by R. F. Delderfield.

Some professions acknowledge no public holidays. While the public takes its ease, some sections work hard. Burglars, for instance... Thus, though it is Christmas Day, duty has called Boxer Baker, his sister Beetie, his nephew Rocco, Rocco's girl Lil, and the egregious Eggyboy. This is a family job-but it is no outing. Cunningly, they have taken a lease on an empty shop next to a jewellers. Now they have all day, all night, and all Boxing Day to break their way quietly through. But if time is on their side, nothing much else is, Least of all Jessie Roydon who runs the cafe next door.
As a team they are comically incompetent - and their troubles have hardly yet begun.
At 8.30


Writer: R. F. Delderfield
Designer: Roy Oxley
Producer: Alan Bromly
Director: Ayton Whitaker
Cornet player: Clinton Ffrench
Banjo player: Kendrick Owen
P.C. Goodridge: Nicolas Tannar
Boxer Baker: Warren Mitchell
Beetie Baker: Natalie Kent
Rocco: James Belchamber
Lil: Pauline Kent
Eggyboy: Bernard Bresslaw
Jessie Roydon: Dandy Nichols
Sergeant Chadwick: Richard Butler
Monte: Peter Stephens

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?: Buildings, Ancient and Modern

A challenge in observation from the West Region.
The Experts: Sir Hugh Casson, David Verey , F.S.A., Andrew Wordsworth
Chairman, John Betjeman


Expert: Sir Hugh Casson
Expert: David Verey
Expert: Andrew Wordsworth
Chairman: John Betjeman
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: Two Pianos

Monica du Toit and Frances Hurly

Just before Christmas a group of South African artists arrived in London under the leadership of Erik Chisholm, conductor and composer. They are at present giving a festival of South African music in Great Britain. Among them are these two young girls, who have already shown themselves to be a distinguished piano duo in a repertoire ranging from Bach to Benjamin. Tonight they play a varied group of their lightest and most brilliant pieces.


Pianist: Monica du Toit
Pianist: Frances Hurly
Presented by: Christian Simpson

: Newsreel

Followed by Weather; Road Works Report; Close Down

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