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Archie Filer
The Silver Chords Choir
The Strings in Harmony Introduced by John Darran
Musical arrangements and production by Mai Jones


Introduced By: John Darran
Production By: Mai Jones

: News Summary 'HUTCH'

Leslie A. Hutchinson with a piano


Unknown: Leslie A. Hutchinson

: The Archers: Omnibus Edition


Written By: Edward J. Mason
Written By: Geoffrey Webb
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 Gitttins
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
Mabel Larkin: Kay Hudson
Mrs Turvey: Courtney Hope
Jimmy Grange: Alan Rothwell

: Round the British Isles with TOP OF THE FORM

John Ellison and Robert MacDermot are the question-masters
13-Semi-Finals (i)
High School,
High Wycombe (Girls) v.
High School for Girls,


Unknown: John Ellison
Unknown: Robert MacDermot

: Have a Go!

Wilfred Pickles in Have a Go! visits Christmas Common and Watlington, Oxfordshire.


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles

: People's Service

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


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


For Service men and women stationed abroad and their families at home
Presented from London by Jean Metcalfe
From Cologne by Dennis Scuse From Cyprus by Kay Donnelly
From Malta by Bill Duxbury
From Nairobi by Wendy Barnes


Unknown: Wendy Barnes

: 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
Unknown: Arthur Pastor
Production By: Glyn Jones

: Educating Archie

[Starring] Peter Brough and Archie Andrews
with Dick Emery, Pearl Carr, Ronald Chesney
Guest Star, Max Bygraves


Ventriloquist: Peter Brough
[Actor]: Dick Emery
[Actor]: Pearl Carr
[Actor]: Ronald Chesney
[Actor]: Max Bygraves

: Ted Ray in RAY'S A LAUGH

with Kitty Bluett
Kenneth Connor
Laidman Browne , Pat Coombs


Unknown: Kitty Bluett
Unknown: Kenneth Connor
Unknown: Laidman Browne
Unknown: Pat Coombs


Introduced by Peter Haigh and including
A Christmas Song from Judy Garland
Pocket Edition
Peter Sellers . Terry-Thomas Peggy Mount , Shirley Eaton and Dennis Price in ' The Naked Truth '
Adaptation by Roy Bradford
Record Star-Film Star
Harry Secombe sings in ' Davy'
An Extract from
Jack Buchanan 's last film
' The Diary of Major Thompson '
Some Songs from
Walt Disney's real-life adventure
' Perri '
-the story of a squirrel
Around the British Studios with Peter Noble
New Musical
Jimmy Bowmen sings ' Cross Over ' from Jamboree'
(Continued in next column)
Sounds Familliar
A short quiz to test your know-how of current and not-so-current movies
Presented by Desmond Carrington and Spencer Hale
The Hollywood Touch
A report from Donovan Pedelty
Programme devised and produced by Trafford Whitelock


Introduced By: Peter Haigh
Unknown: Judy Garland
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Peggy Mount
Unknown: Shirley Eaton
Unknown: Dennis Price
Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Jack Buchanan
Presented By: Desmond Carrington
Presented By: Spencer Hale
Produced By: Trafford Whitelock

: Melody Hour

Sixty minutes of music and song with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
(Leader, William Armon)
Conductor, Vilem Tausky
June Bronhill (soprano), Kevin Scott (tenor) and Monia Liter (piano).
Introduced by Roy Williams.


Musicians: The BBC Concert Orchestra
Leader: William Armon
Conductor: Vilem Tausky
Soprano: June Bronhill
Tenor: Kevin Scott
Pianist: Monia Liter
Presenter: Roy Williams

: Simon Lack in ' BEAU GESTE'

by P. C . Wren
Freely adapted from the novel as a serial in ten episodes by Lester Powell
4 —' War in the Desert' and Sergeant Major Lejaune
Richard Williams
Produced by Martyn C. Webster


Unknown: P. C Wren
Unknown: Lester Powell
Unknown: Richard Williams
Produced By: Martyn C. Webster
Beau Geste: Simon Lack
Digby Geste: Gordon Gardner
John Geste: David Spenser
Isobel Rivers: Beryl Calder
Claudia Rivers: Sheila Manahan
Boldini: Allan McClelland
Maris: Hugh Manning

: Bernard and Dick Braden Bentley in 'MR. BENTLEY AND MR. BRADEN'

with Eleanor Summerfield
The Singer: Lorrae Desmond
' Nearly Everybody Else '
Bernard Cribbins
Music written and arranged by Bob Sharpies
BBC Variety Orchestra
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
Conducted By: Paul Fenoulhet
Written By: David Climie
Written By: Pat Dunlop
Produced By: Leslie Bridgmont


Danny Levan introduces
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 The Steve Race Four 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: Harold Smart
Produced By: Johnnie Stewart

: Michael Bentine 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 by the children of Spurgeon's Homes, Birchington, Kent
Hymns introduced by Derek McCulloch. O.B.E. (Uncle Mac)
Accompanist. Harold P. Millstead
Conductor, George Vesey
Once In Royal David's City (Tune,
0 little town of Bethlehem (Tune,
Christmas Carol)
Rocking Carol (Tune, Rocking)
Away in a manger (Tune, Cradle
In the bleak mid-winter (Tune, Cranham)
I saw three ships (Tune, traditional) Thou didst leave thy throne (Tune,
Hark the herald-angels sing (Tune,


Introduced By: Derek McCulloch. O.B.E. (uncle Mac)
Accompanist: Harold P. Millstead
Conductor: George Vesey

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

A series of horse laughs
13—' Bubbles '
Script by Eddie Maguire
Produced by Alastair Scott-Johnston
The winter is spent by flat-racing stables in building up their horses and anxiously watching the development of promising two-year-olds in readiness for the season's classics. They are also, of course, carefully watching the progress of those mares, like Soapy, who are in foal, as it is with them that all long-term hopes for the future must rest ...


Script By: Eddie Maguire
Produced By: Alastair Scott-Johnston
Reg the stable lad: Reg Dixon
Major Hunt, the trainer: Francis de Wolff
Mary, the Major's daughter: Dilys Laye
Maisie: Dilys Laye
Parker, the head stable lad: Roger Snowdon
The Padre: T- St John Barry
Bert: T- St John Barry
Ginger, an apprentice: Anthony Green
Clara, the cook: Patricia Hajes
Mrs Diana Toddf: Patricia Hajes
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 Arthur English
David Tomlinson
Jimmy Wheeler
In the chair, Peter Haigh
From an idea by Jimmy Edwards
Production by Jacques Brown


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


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


Viola: Kenneth Essex

: 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 Isaacs Ike


Unknown: Isaacs Ike


Christian words and music

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