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Introduced by Billy Cotton


Introduced By: Billy Cotton

: Five to Ten

A story, a hymn, and a prayer


and his Band with Marjorie Daw
Marion Williams. Mel Gaynor and the David Ede Quintet


Unknown: Marjorie Daw
Unknown: Marion Williams.
Unknown: Mel Gaynor
Unknown: David Ede


See columns 3 and 4

: Ted Ray in ' RAY'S A LAUGH'

with Kitty Bluett , Peter Sellers Patricia Hayes , Charles Hawtrey
Kenneth Connor


Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Patricia Hayes
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Kenneth Connor


Melodies in reminiscent mood played by Tolchard Evans and his Pioneers of Rhythm and sung by Jean Campbell and Ken Beaumont
Introduced by Rex Palmer
Musical arrangements remembered by Ray Terry
Produced by John Simmonds


Played By: Tolchard Evans
Sung By: Jean Campbell
Sung By: Ken Beaumont
Introduced By: Rex Palmer
Unknown: Ray Terry
Produced By: John Simmonds


What's on today?
A magazine programme including news of: Football League by Charles Buchan
Scottish League by Glen Gibson
Rugby Union
Combined Services v. New Zealand touring team by Rex Alston
Rugby League by Alan Dixon
Introduced by Eamonn Andrews
Produced by Angus Mackay


Unknown: Glen Gibson
Unknown: Rex Alston
Unknown: Rugby League
Unknown: Alan Dixon
Introduced By: Eamonn Andrews
Produced By: Angus MacKay

: Palace of Varieties

with Margery Manners
Jack Warman
Susan Scott
Horace Mashford
Linda Love
Ian Wallace
Chairman, Rob Currie with the Palace of Varieties Chorus and the BBC Variety Orchestra
The show produced and conducted by Ernest Longstaffe


Unknown: Margery Manners
Unknown: Jack Warman
Unknown: Susan Scott
Unknown: Horace Mashford
Unknown: Linda Love
Unknown: Ian Wallace
Unknown: Rob Currie
Conducted By: Ernest Longstaffe

: A Christmas Edition of TWENTY QUESTIONS

Anona Winn
Joy Adamson
Jack Train and Richard Dimbleby ask all the questions and Gilbert Harding knows some of the answers


Unknown: Anona Winn
Unknown: Joy Adamson
Unknown: Jack Train
Unknown: Richard Dimbleby
Unknown: Gilbert Harding

: Racing: King George VI Steeplechase

Commentary by Raymond Glendenning, assisted by Tom E. Webster as race-reader
From Kempton Park Racecourse


Commentary By: Raymond Glendenning
Assisted By: Tom E. Webster


BBC Variety Orchestra (Leader, George Deason )
Conductor, Paul ' Fenoulhet with Helen Clare and John Cameron


Leader: George Deason
Conductor: Paul ' Fenoulhet
Unknown: Helen Clare
Unknown: John Cameron


Commentary on the second half of one of today's Football League matches


Problems and brain-teasers devised for your entertainment
Beat the Expert
Stanley Nye , Eric James
(At the piano. Bert Whittam )
Ask Me Another
Paul Holt , Sandy McKendrick and Charlotte Haldane
Taking- pant in. the sketch:
Jessica Dunning. Paul Whitsun-Jones
Daphne Maddox , John Forrest
Chairman, Franklin Engelmann
Programme devised and written by John P. Wynn
Produced by Joan Clark


Unknown: Stanley Nye
Unknown: Eric James
Piano: Bert Whittam
Unknown: Paul Holt
Unknown: Sandy McKendrick
Unknown: Charlotte Haldane
Unknown: Jessica Dunning.
Unknown: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Unknown: Daphne Maddox
Unknown: John Forrest
Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Written By: John P. Wynn
Produced By: Joan Clark

: Richard Todd and Glynis Johns in 'ROB ROY'

The Highland Rogue with James Robertson Justice
Michael Gough , and Finlay Currie
An adaptation from the soundtrack of the Walt Disney-R.K.O. picture
Programme script by Gordon Gow
Produced by Thurstan Holland


Unknown: James Robertson
Unknown: Michael Gough
Unknown: Finlay Currie
Script By: Gordon Gow
Produced By: Thurstan Holland


including football results and Highlights of the Year recalled by athletes, sports writers and commentators
See column 4


Tunes you have asked us to play, including some records chosen by Service men and women overseas

: Sport

Charles Buchan on today's football


Unknown: Charles Buchan

: The Archers: Omnibus Edition

Written by Edward J. Mason and Geoffrey Webb.
A story of country folk.


Writer: Edward J. Mason
Writer: Geoffrey Webb
Editor: Godfrey Baseley
Producer: Tony Shryane
Daniel Archer: Harry Oakes
Doris Archer: Gwen Berryman
Jack Archer: Denis Folwell
Peggy Archer: Thelma Rogers
Philip Archer: Norman Painting
Christine Archer: Lesley Saweard
Mr Fairbrother: Leslie Bowmar
Mrs Fairbrother: Joy Davies
Grace Fairbrother: Ysanne Churchman
Simon: Eddie Robinson
Walter Gabriel: Chris Gittins
Mrs Perkins: Pauline Seville
The Squire: Ronald Baddiley
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
The Vicar: Harry Stubbs
Ben White: Will Kings
Ciive Lawson-Hope: Leslie Parker
Len Thomas: Arnold Peters
Mary Jones: Noreen Baddiley
John Tregorran: Basil Jones


As the commentators saw it
Recorded extracts of some of the outstanding sporting events of 1953 with Rex Alston , Raymond Baxter
Raymond Glendenning
Geoffrey Peck , Max Robertson


Unknown: Rex Alston
Unknown: Raymond Baxter
Unknown: Raymond Glendenning
Unknown: Geoffrey Peck
Unknown: Max Robertson


says ' It's a Matter of Taste and hopes to prove it with gramophone records


at the Radio Ballroom to the music of Sydney Thompson and his
Olde-Tyme Dance Orchestra and Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra
Host: John Webster
Production by Glyn Jones


Unknown: Victor Silvester
Unknown: John Webster
Production By: Glyn Jones

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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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