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: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the Very Young
Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
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

: Mainly for Women

Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler
A weekly series of exercises to music.
From the BBC's Midland television studio
A supplement with instructions and diagrams for these exercises was published on November 15. Back numbers of Radio Times may be obtained from your newsagent.

Our Miss Pemberton: 12 - Once a Year
Written by Sheila Hodgson.
A story of life today in a small town.
(Kim Grant is appearing in 'The Boy Friend' at Wyndhams Theatre, London)

(to 15.15)


Presenter (Keep Fit): Eileen Fowler
Accompanist (Keep Fit): Helen Shields
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
Mary Pemberton: Margot Boyd
Vicar: Robert Webber
Percy Carter: Vincent Goodman
Mrs. Carter: Natalie Kent
Dr. Gilbray: Donald Bisset
Avis Douglas: Jocelyne Rhodes
Jimmy Bassett: James Clifton
Betty Tibbetson: Julia Worth
Willie Tibbetson: Kim Grant
Miss Copley: Aimee Delamain
Mrs. Hyde-Wright: Edith Stevenson
First boy: Barry Smith
Second boy: Alan Stockman
Third boy: David Franks

: Children's Television presents: The Goose Girl

The fairy tale based on the story by The Brothers Grimm by Clifford Williams and Donald Jonson.
Incidental music played by the Goldsbrough Orchestra
(Leader, Emanuel Hurwitz)
Conducted by the composer
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on December 26, 1956)


Authors: The Brothers Grimm
Adapted by: Clifford Williams
Adapted by: Donald Jonson
Music/Conductor: John Hotchkis
Barnabas's dance arranged by: Don Tasker
Incidental music: The Goldsbrough Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Emanuel Hurwitz
Cameraman: Peter Sargent
Film Editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Shaun Sutton
The Soldier: Dennis Ramsden
The Court Chamberlain: Patrick Cargill
Queen Beatrice: Joan Sanderson
Princess Lucinda: Elaine Usher
Joan: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Barnabas the Horse: Robin Bailey
King Percy: Willoughby Goddard
Prince Robin: James Sharkey
Curdken: Bruce Gordon
The Executioner: Colin Douglas
The Circus Barker: Alan Edwards
The Ringmaster: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Other parts by: Christine Russell
Other parts by: Brenda Bennett
Other parts by: Daphne Green
Other parts by: Margaret Dale
Other parts by: Garth Adams
Other parts by: Nigel Sharpe
Other parts by: Nigel Hawthorne
Other parts by: Gregory Scott
Other parts by: Paddy Ward
Other parts by: Ivan Owen
Other parts by: Brian Sheehy
Other parts by: Vincent Hitchcock

: 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.
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
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: Gardening Club

with Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.

He shows some vegetables which the garden or allotment should provide at this season, and gives advice on how to took after flowers and plants which you may receive as Christmas presents.

Today he has two guests:
Muriel Tipton who helps with Christmas decorations and Francis Hanger Curator of the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens at Wisley, who shows how useful plastics can be to the gardener.
Produced by John Farrington in the BBC's Midland television studio
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Muriel Tipton
Guest: Francis Hanger
Producer: John Farrington

: Be Soon

Hylda Baker invites you to Be Soon
and to meet her friends and neighbours including Guy Middleton, Glenn Melvyn, Jack Howarth, Pamela Manson, Michael Robbins, Tony Melody and Cynthia.
From the BBC's North of England television studios


Script: Eddie Maguire
Producer: Barney Colehan
Hylda: Hylda Baker
Cynthia: Guy Middleton
[Actor]: Glenn Melvyn
[Actor]: Jack Howarth
Carol Singer: Pamela Manson
Miss Gripe: Pamela Manson
[Actor]: Michael Robbins
[Actor]: Tony Melody

: Nicholas Nickleby: Episode 10

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for television by Vincent Tilsley

In which the world of Ralph Nickleby collapses about his ears; and in which there is happiness in store not only for the young people, but for a couple of not-so-young people as well.


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Eric Tayler
Wardrobe Supervisor: Elizabeth Agombar
Make-up Supervisor: Tommy Manderson
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Douglas Allen
Mrs. Nickleby: Gillian Lind
Kate Nickleby: Jennifer Wilson
Madeline Bray: Marilyn James
Mr. Charles Cheeryble: George Howe
Ralph Nickleby: Malcolm Keen
Newman Noggs: Richard Wordsworth
Mr. Brooker: Fred Johnson
Mrs. Snawley: Jane Henderson
Arthur Gride: Anthony Jacobs
Wackford Squeers: Esmond Knight
Tim Linkinwater: Bartlett Mullins
Mr. Ned Cheeryble: Roddy Hughes
Nicholas Nickleby: William Russell
Miss La Greevy: Rosamund Greenwood
Frank Cheeryble: Barry Foster

: Takeover

by Colin Morris

This dramatised documentary shows the struggle of a Chairman to keep possession of an old-established firm in the face of a powerful financial bid to wrest control from him and his Board of Management. The takeover bid brings conflict to the Boardroom and changes on the floor.
See page 7


Writer: Colin Morris
Designer: John Cooper
Cameraman: Ken Higgins
Film Editor: Alan Martin
Producer: Gilchrist Calder

: First Hand: 10: Edward VII and his times

(See top of page)

A portrait of a vanished age, described to Peter West by contemporaries.


Presenter: Peter West
Film Editor: Leslie Robertson
Producer: Nancy Thomas
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: Russia, The Atom and the West

George F. Kennan, Professor of History at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, U.S.A. discusses points emerging out of his recent series of Reith Lectures with Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor and Donald Tyerman.
Programme introduced by Robert McKenzie.
(See page 3)


Presenter: Robert McKenzie
Panellist: George F. Kennan
Panellist: Sir John Slessor
Panellist: Donald Tyerman
Producer: Huw Wheldon

: Kay on the Keys

[Starring] Kay Cavendish


Pianist: Kay Cavendish
Presented by: John Ammonds

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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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