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: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC television film)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents: Party Time in Studio 'E'

Elizabeth Lanchbury, Suzanne and Gloria invite you to join in the fun at the Christmas Party


Phil Tate and his Orchestra getting in the swing

Peter Butterworth going crackers

Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr, TV's two bright stars

Don Lang and Ted Taylor rocking the party

An excerpt from Walt Disney's film.

Pets' Christmas
Kim the Keeshond and Gillie the Cairn are not forgotten either.

Parcel Post
In which George Clouston and stars of Children's Television send parcels of books to boys and girls in hospital.

The Emperor's New Clothes
The famous story drawn by Tony Hart.

The Four Aces and their skiffle


Presenter: Elizabeth Lanchbury
Musicians: Phil Tate and his Orchestra
Comedian: Peter Butterworth
Singer: Teddy Johnson
Singer: Pearl Carr
Singer: Don Lang
Pianist: Ted Taylor
Item presenter (Parcel Post): George Clouston
Artist (The Emperor's New Clothes): Tony Hart
Musicians: The Four Aces
Designer: Marilyn Roberts
Producer: Vere Lorrimer

: News for Scotland, Northern Ireland. and the English Regions

News from Wales: 6.15-6.20
(On transmitters serving the areas)

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith and this week, Cy Grant


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

: Canadian Television Theatre presents: The Stowaway

by Kenneth Taylor.
(A telerecording presented by arrangement with the CBC)


Writer: Kenneth Taylor
Producer: Melwyn Breen
Designer: John Picton
Supervising Producer: Sydney Newman
Captain: Austin Willis
Duke: Ivor Barry
Luigi: Frank Perry
Sefior Vicente: E. M. Margolese
Police Inspector: Michael Kane
Pepita: Hildegarde Rossi
Madame Catamine: Katharine Blake

: This Is Your Life

A programme devised by Ralph Edwards and introduced by Eamonn Andrews.


Programme deviser: Ralph Edwards
Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Original music written by: James Turner
Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Scriptwriter: Peter Moore
Script associate: George Bruce
Script associate: Michael Friend
Script associate: Ray Marler
Script associate: Ronald Vivian
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: Hancock's Forty-Three Minutes

Written by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.
A special Christmas extension of the well-known 'alf-hour'
[Starring] Tony Hancock
featuring Sidney James
and an all-star cast from the East Cheam Repertory.
See page 4


Writer: Alan Simpson
Writer: Ray Galton
Orchestra conducted by: Wally Stott
Producer: Duncan Wood
Anthony Aloysius St. John Hancock: Tony Hancock
Sidney Balmoral James: Sidney James

: Panorama

Richard Dimbleby opens Television's Window on the World.
Every Monday the Panorama team of special contributors focuses on events and personalities of the moment.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Edited and produced by: Michael Peacock
Associate producer: Charles Wheeler
Associate producer: David Wheeler

: Picture Parade Christmas Edition

Introduced by Peter Haigh and Derek Bond.
The story of a baby squirrel.
A scene from Walt Disney's latest true-life fantasy of the animal world.

White Christmas
Bing Crosby sings the title song from the film.
Joseph Lilley the musical director of the film is interviewed by Peter Haigh.
Phil Silvers (Sergeant Bilko) explains the meaning of 'Top Banana'


Presenter/interviewer: Peter Haigh
Presenter: Derek Bond
Singer (White Christmas): Bing Crosby
Interviewee: Joseph Lilley
Interviewee: Phil Silvers

: Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(by arrangement with Mecca Dancing)

Paul Carpenter introduces the first heat in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest for the BBC Television Award.
South: (North of the Thames) from the Royal Ballroom, Tottenham with Denny Boyce and his Orchestra.
Compere, Alex Macintosh
North-East England from the Locarno Ballroom, Sheffield with Derek Sinclair and his Orchestra.
Compere, Geoffrey Wheeler

See page 4


Presenter: Paul Carpenter
Musicians (South): Denny Boyce and his Orchestra
Compere (South): Alex MacIntosh
Presented by (South): Peter Webber
Musicians (North-East England): Derek Sinclair and his Orchestra
Compere (North-East England): Geoffrey Wheeler
Presented by (North-East England): Ray Lakeland
Programme organised by: Eric Morley
Producer: Robin Scott

: Festive Focus

Eric Robinson introduces some of our Christmas fare helped by Jon Pertwee, Billy Smart, Gene Kelly, Robert Shaw, John Westbrook, Ted Ray, Bill Maynard, Charlie Drake and Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter: Eric Robinson
Unknown: Jon Pertwee
Unknown: Billy Smart
Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Robert Shaw
Unknown: John Westbrook
Unknown: Ted Ray
Unknown: Bill Maynard.
Unknown: Charlie Drake
Unknown: Cliff Michelmore
Director: John Goss

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