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: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the Very Young
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC television film)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: For the Schools: Young People at Work: 6: Mechanical Engineering

Apprentices who are working in various branches of engineering talk about their jobs and demonstrate some of the crafts involved.
Introduced by Douglas Fleming.


Presenter: Douglas Fleming
Film cameraman: Ian Barrowman
Film editor: Jack Gold
Producer: Donald Grattan

: Mainly for Women

Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler
A weekly series of exercises to music.
From the BBC's Midland television studio

Our Miss Pemberton: 5: A Narrow Escape
Written by Sheila Hodgson.
A story of life today in a small town.

(to 15.00)


Presenter (Keep Fit): Eileen Fowler
Arranged by (Keep Fit): Ann Shead
Presented by (Keep Fit): Desmond O'Leary
Writer (Our Miss Pemberton): Sheila Hodgson
Editor (Our Miss Pemberton): Philip King
Editor (Our Miss Pemberton): Falkland Cary
Producer (Our Miss Pemberton): Richard Gilbert
Geof Patterson: Terence Soall
Barry Hale: John Symonds
Avis Douglas: Jocelyne Rhodes
Miss Copley: Aimee Delamain
Mary Pemberton: Margot Boyd
Betty Tibbetson: Julia Worth
A stranger: Michael Ely

: Children's Television presents: Anniversary Scrapbook

Elisabeth and Max Robertson remember 1936.


Presenter: Elisabeth Robertson
Presenter: Max Robertson
Producer: Kevin Sheldon

: Children's Television: Junior Picture Parade

Jess Yates introduces news and views from filmland.
Film excerpts include scenes from an exciting new Western, 'Run of the Arrow' and from 'The Scamp' with Colin (Smiley) Petersen.
Film sequences by courtesy of R.K.O. Radio Pictures and Renown Pictures


Presenter: Jess Yates

: Children's Television: Treasure Hunt

Another programme in which Norman Cook, Keeper of the Guildhall Museum, shows you some more of the treasures you have requested.


Presenter: Norman Cook
Presented by: Barbara Hammond

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

On transmitters serving the areas:
6.10 News for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the English Regions
News for Wales: 6.15-6.20

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore and Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Cy Grant, Diane Todd and Special this week: Twenty-one Years of Television: Memorable Moments: 1956-1957


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Singer: Diane Todd
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: It's Magic

David Nixon says It's Magic and introduces a thirty-minute mixture of mystery and music with Howard de Courcy, Percy Press, Sheila Holt, Tom Gillis and a panel of well-known guests to see fair play.


Presenter/magician: David Nixon
Conjurer: Howard de Courcy
Conjurer: Percy Press
Assistant: Sheila Holt
Dancer: Tom Gillis
Orchestra director: George Clouston
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Producer: Graeme Muir

: His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

speaks at the W.R.N.S. Reunion organised by the Association of Wrens.
Introduced by Wynford Vaughan Thomas.
From the Royal Festival Hall


Presenter: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Television presentation: Antony Craxton

: Hall of Fame

The Sportsview Unit looks back on the world's greatest sports stars in action.
Tonight's stars: Jack 'Kid' Berg, Harold Larwood
Introduced by Raymond Glendenning.


Presenter: Raymond Glendenning
Guest/boxer: Jack 'Kid' Berg
Guest/cricketer: Harold Larwood
Devised and written by: Paul Fox
Devised and written by: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: Nicholas Nickleby: Episode 3

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for television by Vincent Tilsley

In which Ralph swears that he would not give his nephew one grasp of his hand to save him from the loftiest gallows in Europe; and in which Nicholas promises that, sooner or later, there will come a day of reckoning.


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Eric Tayler
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Douglas Allen
A footman: Robert Bryan
Alphonse: Colin McClean
Mrs. Nickleby: Gillian Lind
Kate Nickleby: Jennifer Wilson
Mrs. Julia Wititterly: Veronica Turleigh
Mr. Henry Wititterly: William Mervyn
Ralph Nickleby: Malcolm Keen
Sir Mulberry Hawk: Douglas Wilmer
Lord Frederick Verisopht: Jack May
Mr. Pluck: Victor Platt
Mr. Pyke: Graham Crowden
Nicholas Nickleby: William Russell
Newman Noggs: Richard Wordsworth
Smike: Brian Peck

: Off the Record

Jack Payne introduces stars and personalities who are Off the Record
together with the latest news from the record industry.
Max Bygraves, The Deep River Boys, Lita Roza, Jimmy Young, Lorrae Desmond, Camilleri, Kenny Baker's Half-Dozen, The Concert Orchestra and the George Mitchell Singers.
Conducted by Stanley Black

(The Deep River Boys are in Variety at the Chiswick Empire, London; Max Bygraves is in "We're Having a Ball" at the London Palladium and was specially filmed for this programme)


Presenter: Jack Payne
Singer: Max Bygraves
Singers: The Deep River Boys
Singer: Lita Roza
Singer: Jimmy Young
Singer: Lorrae Desmond
Accordionist: null Camilleri
Musicians: Kenny Baker's Half-Dozen
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Conductor: Stanley Black
Producer: James Gilbert

: Television Tomorrow

is discussed by
Sir Kenneth Clark, K.C.B.,
Dr. Hilde Himmelweit, Reader in Social and Industrial Psychology at London University
Dr. J. Bronowski
Dr. Glynne Wickham, Head of the Drama Department, Bristol University
Chairman, Robert McKenzie
(Also broadcast in the Home Service)


Panellist: Sir Kenneth Clark
Panellist: Dr. Hilde Himmelweit
Panellist: Dr. J. Bronowski
Panellist: Dr. Glynne Wickham
Chairman: Robert McKenzie
Producer: Catherine Dove

: Nation to Nation

Seven years of Television across the continent of Europe
In 1950 viewers in Britain saw their first live programme from another country when BBC cameras went to Calais. Today twelve European countries are joined in a permanent link and this film reminds us of the highlights in that seven-year story.
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby.
See page 6


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Editor: Ron Spillane
Producer: Alan A. Richardson

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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.

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