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Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd like you to meet...
Lorraine Senaratne, Honorary Secretary of the Women's Institutes of Ceylon.

New Year
Verity Anderson considers the New Year prospects and devises a new form of diary.

Ian Wallace tells and sings the story of some of has adventures as an opera-singer. He is accompanied at the piano by Alexa Maxwell.


Jeanne Heal
Guest (I'd like you to meet...):
Lorraine Senaratne
Item presenter (New Year):
Verity Anderson
Singer (Music):
Ian Wallace
Pianist (Music):
Alexa Maxwell
Jacqueline Kennish

A Castle and Sixpence: 1: Fancy is Mechanised
A serial in six parts from the story by Margaret J. Baker.
Adapted and produced for television by Dorothea Brooking.

When this new serial begins the Martingale children are living in London - and not liking it very much. They are not very well off and their mother has to work very hard at writing stories in order to pay the bills and the school fees. And London is so crowded that they have a hard job finding space in which to keep Fancy, the old horse they have bought to prevent its being destroyed.
Then, suddenly, things take a decided turn for the better. The Martingales find that an elderly aunt has left them a castle - and a great many cats! That explains part of the title. You will have to find out for yourselves what the 'sixpence' part means in Children's Television.

Toys on Parade
A preview of the Harrogate Toy Fair showing some of the toys that can be seen in the shops during 1954.
Your guide, Raymond Baxter

(to 17.50)


Author (A Castle and Sixpence):
Margaret J. Baker
Adapted by/Producer (A Castle and Sixpence):
Dorothea Brooking
Settings (A Castle and Sixpence):
John Clements
Mrs. Martingale:
Cicely Walper
Her children - Nicholas:
Wilfrid Downing
Her children - Petronella:
Elizabeth Saunders
Her children - Dinah:
Caroline Denzil
Her children - Benjamin:
Colin Gibson
Mrs. Pigmarsh:
Enid Lorimer
A Cart Horse
Presenter (Toys on Parade):
Raymond Baxter
Presented by (Toys on Parade):
Barney Colehan

With Bernard Braden in charge of The Name-hunters: Brenda Bruce, Frank Muir, Denis Norden and a guest.
('The Name's the Same' is devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and is presented by arrangement with Maurice Winnick)


Bernard Braden
Brenda Bruce
Frank Muir
Denis Norden
Special effects:
Alfred Wurmser
Presented by:
Brian Tesler

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