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: Racing at Kempton Park

BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras cover some of this afternoon's principal races.

: Racing at Kempton Park: Littleton Four-year-old Hurdle

over 2 miles

Clive Graham identifies the horses and jockeys in the Paddock before each race.


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Paddock commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for Television by: Dennis Monger

: 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)
(to 15.10)


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

: Children's Television presents: Chuk and Gek

A film from Russia about the adventures of two little boys who go to visit their father working in the middle of a big forest
(Previously televised on Dec. 27, 1955)

: Children's Television: Play Street

Can you play 'kick the can' or 'giant steps'? In this film some American children show you how they play these and other games which you may or may not know.

: News for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the English Regions

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

: Tonight

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

: Star Choice presents: Little Miss Bedford

[Starring] Jessica Tandy
with Hume Cronyn.
When the shy Miss Bedford (Jessica Tandy) meets the mysterious Mr. Shaw (Hume Cronyn) they find their own personal crises are small compared with the danger they have to face together.


Director: Herschel Daugherty
Mr Shaw: Hume Cronyn
Miss Bedford: Jessica Tandy

: Caxton's Tales: Holding the Baby

The first of a new fortnightly comedy series
Written by Sidney Nelson and Maurice Harrison
[Starring] Wilfred Pickles
See page 10


Writer: Sidney Nelson
Writer: Maurice Harrison
Designer: John Cooper
Producer: G.B. Lupino
Wilfred Caxton: Wilfred Pickles
Mabel Caxton: Mabel Pickles
Sally Caxton: Mary Webster
Charlie Haskell: Richard Curnock
Willie: Peter Hodgson
Miss Brierley: Evelyn Lund
Police Sergeant: Robert Moore
Minnie: Vi Stevens
P.C. Robertson: Peter Wayne
Middle-aged man: Alan Bracewell
Police inspector: Trevor Reid

: Angel Pavement: Episode 1

by J. B. Priestley
Adapted for television in four episodes by Constance Cox
[Starring] Maurice Denham, Sydney Tafler, Margaret Tyzack, Alec McCowen, Maureen Pryor
See page 10


Author: J.B. Priestley
Adapted by: Constance Cox
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Producer: John Jacobs
Mr. Golspie: Sydney Tafler
Captain: Thomas Gallagher
Lena Golspie: Catherine Feller
Stanley Poole: Robert Scroggins
Mr. Smeeth: Maurice Denham
Turgis: Alec McCowen
Miss Matfield: Margaret Tyzack
Mr. Dersingham: Anthony Sharp
Mrs. Smeeth: Maureen Pryor
Edna Smeeth: Ursula Jenkins
George Smeeth: Robert Vahey
Poppy Sellars: Edwina Rendell

: Hall of Fame

The Sportsview Unit looks back on the world's greatest sports stars in action.
Tonight's stars: Sonja Henie, Jeannette Altwegg, Henry Armstrong
Introduced by Raymond Glendenning.


Skater: Sonja Henie
Skater: Jeannette Altwegg
Boxer: Henry Armstrong
Presenter: Raymond Glendenning
Devised and written by: Paul Fox
Devised and written by: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: Off the Record

Jack Payne introduces stars and personalities who are 'Off the Record' together with the latest news from the record industry including:
Dany Dauberson, Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys, Edmund Hockridge, Cleo Laine, Jimmy Shand and his Band, The Stargazers, Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with the Concert Orchestra and the George Mitchell Singers
Conducted by Stanley Black


Presenter: Jack Payne
Singer: Dany Dauberson
Musicians: Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys
Baritone: Edmund Hockridge
Singer: Cleo Laine
Musicians: Jimmy Shand and his Band
Singers: The Stargazers
Musicians: Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Conducted by: Stanley Black
Producer: James Gilbert

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

A challenge from old friends to mark the end of the programme's sixth year.
Eight experts who have regularly appeared bring an object to challenge:
Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Professor Thomas Bodkin, Sir James Mann
In the chair: Glyn Daniel


Expert: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Expert: Professor Thomas Bodkin
Expert: Sir James Mann
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: Summer's Christmas

A play by Anne Allan
[Starring] Mary Hinton, Rosamund Greenwood, John Stratton
(by arrangement with the Rank Organisation)


Writer: Anne Allan
Designer: Tony Abbott
Producer: Julian Amyes
Mrs. Tuftnell: Mary Hinton
Miriam Tuftnell: Rosamund Greenwood
Johnny O'Brien: Geoffrey Matthews
Jane O'Brien: Mary Steele
Harry Summer: Jerold Wells
Steve Robertson: Lane Meddick
Eric: John Stratton
Mona: June Cunningham

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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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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