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Dorothy Lewis
The Silver Chords Choir
The Strings in Harmony
Introduced by Dillwyn Owen
Musical arrangements and production by Mai Jones


Unknown: Dorothy Lewis
Introduced By: Dillwyn Owen
Production By: Mai Jones

: News Summary ' HUTCH '

Leslie A. Hutchinson with a piano


Unknown: Leslie A. Hutchinson

: The Archers: Omnibus Edition


Daniel Archer: Harry Oakes
Doris Archer: Gwen Berryman
Jack Archer: Denis Folwell
Peggy Archer: Thelma Rogers
Philip Archer: Norman Painting
Jill Archer: Patricia Greene
Christine Johnson: Lesley Saweard
Paul Johnson: Leslie Dunn
Mr Fairbrother: Leslie Bowmar
Mrs Fairbrother: Joy Davies
Walter Gabriel: Chris Gittins
Mrs Perkins: Pauline Seville
Tom Forrest: Bob Arnold
Len Thomas: Arnold Peters
Doughy Hood: Arnold Ridley
Carol Grey: Anne Cullen
John Tregorran: Basil Jones
Pru Harris: Mary Dalley
Ned Larkin: Bill Payne
Jimmy Grange: Alan Rothwell

: Round the British Ides with TOP OF THE FORM

John Ellison and Robert MacDermot are the question-masters in this general knowledge contest between representative teams from girls' and boys' schools
II-Second Round
Dr. Williams' School,
Dolgelley (Girls) v.
Ardwyn Grammar School,
Aberystwyth (Girls)


Unknown: John Ellison
Unknown: Robert MacDermot

: Wilfred Pickles in HAVE A GO!

visits Bacnp with Mabel at ' The Table '
Harry Hudson at the piano


Unknown: Harry Hudson

: People's Service

from Purley Congregational Church. Surrey; conducted by the Rev. Howard Stanley , Secretary of the Congregational Union
Recipe for a Merry Christmas
1 — ' Christmas Cleaning'
Organist, Richard Aldridge
Reader, the Rev. John Weller


Unknown: Rev. Howard Stanley
Organist: Richard Aldridge
Unknown: Rev. John Weller

: 1,500 m. Shipping Forecast

247 m. and VHF
' Good Listening '
Some news of current programmes


For Service men and women stationed abroad and their families at home
Presented from London and Cologne by Jean Metcalfe and Dennis Scuse


Unknown: Jean Metcalfe
Unknown: Dennis Scuse

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

Laugh with the Cotton Boys listen to Alan Breeze and Kathie Kay with The Bandits and Mr. Wakey-Wakey (Himself)
Script by Eddie Gurney and Arthur Pastor
Production by Glyn Jones


Unknown: Alan Breeze
Unknown: Kathie Kay
Script By: Eddie Gurney
Production By: Glyn Jones

: Peter Brough and Archie Andrews in EDUCATING ARCHIE

Dick Emery , Warren Mitchell
Pearl Carr , Ronald Chesney


Unknown: Dick Emery
Unknown: Warren Mitchell
Unknown: Pearl Carr
Unknown: Ronald Chesney

: Ted Ray in RAY'S A LAUGH

with Kitty Bluett
Kenneth Connor , Loelia Kidd


Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Kenneth Connor
Unknown: Loelia Kidd


Introduced by Peter Haigh and including
Pocket Edition
Richard Widmark and Richard Basehart in ' Time Limit'
Adaptation by Gordon Gow
A Few Words From
Taina Elg and a song from ' Les Girls'
Sounds Familiar
A short quiz to test your know-how of current and not-so-current movies
Presented by Desmond Carrington and Spencer Hale
Flashback to 1951
Robert Rounseville and Ann Ayars in The Tales of Hoffmann
Around the British Studios with Peter Noble
The Joker 18 Wild
Frank Sinatra as Joe E. Lewis with a new number-' All the Way '
The Hollywood Touch
A report from Donovan Pedelty
(Continued in next column)
Incidental Music
' Setena's Waltz ' from ' So Big'
* Jocko's Theme' from ' End As A Man '
Programme devised and produced by Trafford Whitelock


Introduced By: Peter Haigh
Unknown: Richard Widmark
Unknown: Richard Basehart
Unknown: Gordon Gow
Presented By: Desmond Carrington
Presented By: Spencer Hale
Unknown: Robert Rounseville
Unknown: Ann Ayars
Unknown: Peter Noble
Unknown: Frank Sinatra
Unknown: Joe E. Lewis
Unknown: Donovan Pedelty

: Jack Coles in MELODY HOUR

with his Orchestre Moderne
Bruce Trent
The Edward Rubach Quintet
Introduced by Roy Williams
Produced by Travers Thorneloe


Introduced By: Roy Williams
Produced By: Travers Thorneloe

: Simon Lack in 'BEAU GESTE'

"by P. C. Wren
Freely adapted from the novel as a serial in ten episodes by Lester Powell
2 — ' Three Recruits for the Legion
Produced by Martyn C. Webster


Produced By: Martyn C. Webster
Beau Geste: Simon Lack
Digby Geste: Gordon Gardner
John Geste: David Spenser
Isobel Rivers: Bfryl Calder
Claudia Rivers: Sheila Manahan
Burden: James Thomason
A barber: Errol MacKinnon
A recruiting officer: Frank Windsor
A sergeant: Frank Partington
Glock: Trevor Martin
Hank: George Margo
Buddy: Jon Farrell
Boldini: Allan McClelland

: Mr. Bentley and Mr. Braden

[Starring] Bernard Braden and Dick Bentley
with Eleanor Summerfield

The Singer: Lorrae Desmond
and 'Nearly Everybody Else': Bernard Cribbins
Music written and arranged by Bob Sharples and played by BBC Variety Orchestra (Leader, John Jezard )
Conducted by Paul Fenoulhet
Script written by David Climie and Pat Dunlop
Produced by Leslie Bridgmont


Unknown: Eleanor Summerfield
Singer: Lorrae Desmond
Unknown: Bernard Cribbins
Arranged By: Bob Sharpies
Leader: John Jezard
Conducted By: Paul Fenoulhet
Written By: David Climie
Written By: Pat Dunlop
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont


Danny Levan
The Top Twenty played by Malcolm Lockyer and his Music
Produced by John Hooper


Introduces: Danny Levan
Played By: Malcolm Lockyer
Produced By: John Hooper


A song-a-minute sequence of popular melodies old and new sung by Benny Lee
Julie Dawn
Franklyn Boyd
Jean Campbell
The Meritones with accompaniments by Johnny Pearson and The Trio and Harold Smart
Compiled and produced by Johnnie Stewart


Sung By: Benny Lee
Sung By: Julie Dawn
Sung By: Franklyn Boyd
Sung By: Jean Campbell
Unknown: Johnny Pearson
Produced By: Johnnie Stewart

: Michael Dentine invites you ROUND THE BEND

In Thirty Minutes
(The Radio Digest Show) with Benny Lee
David Nettheim , Marie Benson
Announcer, Ronald Fletcher
Nat Temple and his Orchestra Music arranged by Ken Thorne
Script by Michael Bentine and David Nettheim
Production by Pat Dixon


Unknown: Benny Lee
Unknown: David Nettheim
Unknown: Marie Benson
Announcer: Ronald Fletcher
Announcer: Nat Temple
Arranged By: Ken Thorne
Script By: Michael Bentine
Script By: David Nettheim
Production By: Pat Dixon


introducing old ones, new ones loved ones, neglected ones by Semprini at the piano featuring his own arrangements for piano and orchestra
BBC Revue Orchestra
Conducted by Harry Rabinowitz
Produced by Jimmy Grant


Conducted By: Harry Rabinowitz
Produced By: Jimmy Grant

: Sam Costa plays records JUST FOR YOU

A personal request programme


Community hymn-singing from Purley Congregational Church, Surrey
Singing led by combined choirs and congregations of Coulsdon and Purley Council of Churches
Hymns introduced by Rolf Lefebvre
Conductor. Richard Aldridge
Organist, Frank Wright
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
(Tune, Lobe den Herren )
Hark the glad sound (Tune. Bristol) And art thou come with us to dwell
(Tune, Gonfalon Royal)
The heavens declare thy glory, Lord
(Tune, Bourton)
Come Holy Ghost (Tune, Kilmarnock) How firm a foundation (Tune, Montgomery)
Lord of good life (Tune, Eastwood)
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Tune,


Introduced By: Rolf Lefebvre
Conductor: Richard Aldridge
Organist: Frank Wright
Unknown: Lobe Den Herren

: Reg Dixon with Francis de Wolff, Dilys Laye in CONFIDENTIALLY— THEY'RE OFF !

A series of horse laughs
11: 'French-and Orange Juice'
Script by Eddie Maguire
Produced by Alastair Scott -Johnstes


Script By: Eddie Maguire
Produced By: Alastair Scott
Reg the stable lad: Reg Dixon
Major Hunt the trainer: Francis Wolff
Mary, the Major's daughter: Dilys Laye
Parker, the head stable lad: Roger Snowdon
The Padre: T St John Barry
Yvonne: Elizabeth London
Ginger, an apprentice: Anthony Green
Clara, the cook: Patricia Hayes
Mrs Diana Todd: Patricia Hayes
Madame Dodette: Patricia Hayes
Mr Turnbull, an owner: Donald Bisset
Soapy, the horse and all other animals: Percy Edwards

: Does the Team Think?

A panel game in which members of the public and invited personalities put questions to a team of distinguished experts
The great minds are:
Jimmy Edwards
David Nixon
David Tomlinson Jimmy Wheeler
In the chair, Peter Haigh
From an idea by Jimmy Edwards
Production by Jacques Brown


Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: David Nixon
Unknown: David Tomlinson
Unknown: Jimmy Wheeler
Unknown: Peter Haigh
Production By: Jacques Brown


at the piano with Kenneth Essex (viola) in a programme of popular melodies

: Alan Dell introduces PICK OF THE POPS

Some of the best-selling popular records and current hits of today
Produced by Denys Jones


Produced By: Denys Jones


at the piano in The Night and the Music with Andy Wolkowsky


Unknown: Andy Wolkowsky


Christian words and music

: Close Down

Shipping Forecast on 1,500 m. only

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