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: Mainly for Women

Twice Twenty
A magazine for older women.

He Sells by the Seashore
James Hazelgrove

Norah Blayney entertains at the piano

Too Old? What Nonsense!
Nelto Williams describes some unusual adventures.

Some of the £5,000,000-worth of exhibits being shown at the International Watch and Jewellery Fair, discussed by Robert Blott and Kenneth Blakemore.

Introduced by Maureen Williamson.

Topical Round-Up
with Honor Balfour.


Presenter (He Sells by the Seashore): James Hazelgrove
Pianist: Norah Blayney
Presenter (Too Old? What Nonsense!): Nelto Williams
Presenter (Preview): Robert Blott
Presenter (Preview): Kenneth Blakemore
Presenter: Maureen Williamson
Arranged by: Richard Gilbert
Producer: George R. Foa
Presenter (Topical Round-Up): Honor Balfour

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

For the Very Young
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Peter Hawkins speaks the voices
Maria Bird writes the songs and music
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/Music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents: Kidnapped: 4: The Flight in the Heather

From the book by Robert Louis Stevenson
A serial in six parts adapted and produced by Joy Harington
Period, 1752

(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on November 18, 1956)


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by/Producer: Joy Harington
Gaelic Adviser: James McPhee
Film Sequences - Cameraman: Peter Sargent
Film Sequences - Editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Alan Breck: Patrick Troughton
David Balfour: Leo Maguire
James Stewart: James Copeland
Mrs. Stewart: Jean Taylor-Smith
Their sons: Roy Hines
Their sons: Howard Vaughan
Their daughter: Caroline Denzil
John Breck Stewart: Campbell Godley
Redcoat Soldier: Patrick Milner
Redcoat Soldier: Alexander Beaumont

: Children's Television: Question Marks

Peter West asks Who? What? Why? When? Where? and expects you to know the answers in this question and answer game including country questions with Percy Edwards, the bird man.


Presenter: Peter West
Co-presenter: Percy Edwards
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: Cliff Michelmore

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - Politics - People
Cinema - Theatre - Travel
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith and this week, Rory McEwen


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer/guitarist: Rory McEwen
Presented by: Alasdair Milne

: Amos 'n' Andy: Sapphire Disappears

[Starring] Amos 'n' Andy in the film Sapphire Disappears

: Now: The Hop Festival

Sit back in your chair And we'll take you there to: The Hop Festival
Outside broadcast cameras at Whitbread's Hop Farm in Beltring join the hop pickers' festival as they celebrate the conclusion of the hop harvest.
For their entertainment Michael Holliday sings and they dance to the music of The Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group with Shirley Douglas and Howard Baker's Band.
For their refreshment the brew is backed by an ox roasted by Mr. Mumford Cooke.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Jacqueline Mackenzie
Join the Man-on-the-Spot Ronnie Pantlin with these people who make an annual outing of hop picking and celebrate its ending appropriately.

(Michael Holliday appears by permission of Harold Fielding)
(See page 4)


Singer: Michael Holliday
Group: The Chas. McDevitt Skiffle Group
Singer: Shirley Douglas
Musicians: Howard Baker's Band
Cook: Mumford Cooke
Mistress of Ceremonies: Jacqueline Mackenzie
Reporter: Ronnie Pantlin
Producer: Peter Webber

: The Burns and Allen Show: The Ladies' Club

[Starring] George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film The Ladies' Club
Grace's friend Blanche is joining an exclusive club to help her husband's business interests. Gracie wants to join, too, but the President calls and it all ends in a puff of cigar smoke.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Mister Charlesworth: 2: In Lieu of a Fine

A series of six plays by Berkely Mather.


Writer: Berkely Mather
Producer: Peter Lambert
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Chief Detective-Inspector Charlesworth: Wensley Pithey
P.C. Wrothbury: Edward Higgins
Police Sgt Spence: Nigel Davenport
Shale: Cyril Shaps
Leah Fine: Margot van Der Burgh
First warder: Sheldon Allan
Second warder: Anthony Shirvell
Prison Governor: Ernest Hart
Tilby: Alec Bregonzi
Mrs. Fine: Priscilia Ogier
Inspector Cafferty: Gordon Harris
Other parts played by: John Nettleton
Other parts played by: Richard Stattman
Other parts played by: Richard Walter

: Sportsview

Peter Dimmock introduces Television's weekly sports magazine for the family including:
My View of Sport by a well-known Sportsview personality


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

: Charles Chaplin

A film profile.
Peter Haigh introduces scenes from Chaplin's most celebrated films including Charlie Chaplin in his early silent films.
Also 'The Gold Rush' (1925), 'City Lights' (1931), 'Modern Times' (1936), 'Monsieur Verdoux' (1947), 'Limelight' (1953) and his latest film 'A King in New York' (1957).
(Film sequences by permission of Mr. Chaplin and by courtesy of United Artists and Archway Films)
See page 4


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Script: Ernest Betts
Producer: Alan Sleath

: Zodiac: Virgo

Brian Reece introduces Zodiac, a monthly programme with a constellation of personalities, people, and predictions, featuring Al Koran.
This month's sign: 'Virgo'
Singers of the Month: The Meritones and Leoni Page
The Zodiac Suite featuring the music of Norrie Paramor and the Zodiac Dancers
Thank Your Lucky Star with Bruce Trent
Wheel of Fortune and Al Koran's £10 Challenge
Birthday of the Month
Gladys Morgan and Family
The Zodiac Models, The Starlight Dancers
BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth
From the BBC's North of England television studios


Presenter: Brian Reece
Mentalist: Al Koran
Singers (Singers of the Month): The Meritones
Singer (Singers of the Month): Leoni Page
Pianist (The Zodiac Suite): Norrie Paramor
Dancers (The Zodiac Suite): The Zodiac Dancers
Singer (Thank Your Lucky Star): Bruce Trent
Guests (Birthday of the Month): Gladys Morgan and Family
Dancers: The Starlight Dancers
Dance direction: Jack Billings
Music Associate: George Weedon
Research and continuity: Jack Bradley
Research and continuity: Ray Davies
Musicians: BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
[Orchestra] conducted by: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

: News

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