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: Mainly for Women: Twice Twenty

A magazine for older women.

Make and Meet - 7
Enterprises and ideas for those with time to spare.

Other People's Treasures
Collectors show you some of the things they cherish and enjoy.
Introduced by Helen Caldwell.
(From Glasgow)

Look Again
Window display experts demonstrate their latest methods.

Men in Your Life
Lionel Gamlin interviews some of the men who influence the everyday life of women.

Introduced by Isobel Barnett.

Talk It Over
Arranged and introduced by the Rev. Elsie Chamberlain


Presenter(Other People's Treasures): Helen Caldwell
Interviewer (Men In Your Life): Lionel Gamlin
Presenter: Isobel Barnett
Producer: Richard Gilbert
Presenter (Talk It Over): The Rev. Elsie Chamberlain

: Children's Television: Playbox

Eamonn Andrews opens the Playbox and his young assistants join in the games including:
Inter-Regional Quiz League: Semi-Final: Birmingham v. Cardiff
Johnny Morris "The Hot Chestnut Man" drops in for a chat

What's in the Playbox?
at 5.0
'Where was Noah when the lights went out?' 'In the dark'. This well-known riddle suggests that quiz games were popular even in the Ark. On Children's Television, however, the questions are more up to date and in Playbox, now in its second year, children from all over the country have been answering posers ranging from spotting the latest popular numbers to saying what a lepidopterist is!
The first edition was in April 1955 with Eamonn Andrews in the chair. Johnny Morris was The Hot Chestnut Man, Tony Hart did the drawings, and Cliff Michelmore wrote and produced it. In all the twenty-nine programmes since then the team has never changed and no one has missed a programme. This must be something of a record. One of the reasons for the show's success is its spontaneity, for none of the boys or girls who take part is rehearsed. They arrive at the studios straight from school, meet Eamonn Andrews who chats with them and tells them what it's all about. Then there's just time for a cup of tea and it's 'Stand by, everyone'. A few moments later the red light starts winking and - they're on the air!
One of the most popular features has been the Inter-Regional Quiz in which teams from Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow, London, and Bristol have competed against each other. Eamonn sets the questions and the teams answer if they can. Eamonn then gives the right answer. It is not all serious questioning. What really makes the programme an ace-high attraction is that it is fun all the way-and in the last edition of the present series, on April 24, there's going to be plenty of fun. On this occasion the two top teams will meet for a final tussle, and silver cups will be presented to both the winners and the runners-up. Perhaps one day the Playbox Cup will be as important as the Ashes!
(Vere Lorrimer)


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
The Hot Chestnut Man: Johnny Morris
Drawings: Tony Hart
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: Cliff Michelmore

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - People - Politics
Travel - Theatre - Cinema


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Amos 'n' Andy: Leroy Lends a Hand

[Starring] Amos 'n' Andy in the film Leroy Lends a Hand

: Now: Escape With Us

"Sit tight in your chair And we'll take you there" with outside broadcast cameras
The Men-on-the-Spot Raymond Baxter and Bob Danvers-Walker ask you to Escape With Us in the second of a new weekly series of programmes.

(See page 4)


Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Presenter: Bob Danvers-Walker
Producer: Peter Bale
Supervising Producer: Peter Webber

: The Burns and Allen Show: George's Baby Picture

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film George's Baby Picture


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Nathaniel Titlark: 2: Nat's Nature Cure

a series of comedies by Bill Naughton.
[Starring] Bernard Miles as Nathaniel Titlark
The plays are based on characters created by James Lansdale Hodson and written in collaboration with Bernard Miles.


Writer: Bill Naughton
Characters created by: James Lansdale Hodson
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Andrew Osborn
Nathaniel Titlark: Bernard Miles
Jake: Frederick Piper
Jessie Titlark: Maureen Pryor
Admiral: Jefferson Clifford
Miss Pottle: Iris Vandeleur
Doctor: Paul Whitsun-Jones

: Call-Boy

Jimmy Clitheroe as the Call-Boy in your Northern Television Music-Hall assists Eddie Leslie as the Stage Manager and Herbert Smith as the Stage-Door Keeper to present:
David Hughes, Stan Stennett, Margery Manners, Roy Stevens, Sheila Buxton, The Amazing Margoes, The Three Quarters, Bud Bennett, The Hindley-Taylor Singers, The Shelagh Elliott-Clarke Dancers, BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
From the Playhouse Theatre, Manchester


Call-Boy: Jimmy Clitheroe
Stage Manager: Eddie Leslie
Stage-Door Keeper: Herbert Smith
Tenor: David Hughes
Comedian: Stan Stennett
Singer: Margery Manners
Performer: Roy Stevens
Singer: Sheila Buxton
Magicians: The Amazing Margoes
Musicians: The Three Quarters
Comedian: Bud Bennett
Singers: The Hindley-Taylor Singers
Dancers: The Shelagh Elliott-Clarke Dancers
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Musical director: Alyn Ainsworth
Orchestrations: Alan Roper
Designer: Kenneth Lawson
Producer: Ronnie Taylor

: The Budget

The Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson, O.B.E., M.P. for the Opposition is questioned by Robert McKenzie.


Interviewee: The Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson
Interviewer: Robert McKenzie

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: The Royal Visit: Third day

A news film report.
Presented in co-operation with Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise
Weather and Close Down

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