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BBC Television

Music-Hall Party

with Sam Mayo, Daisy Dormer, George Mozart, May Moore Duprez, Charles Lea, Tom Leamore.
Chairman: George Benson

The BBC Television Orchestra
leader Boris Pecker
conductor Hyam Greenbaum
(to 16.00)
BBC Television

Jack London

A film on the life story of Jack London, fighter, sailor, prospector, war correspondent, and author whose famous books were based on the experiences of his own adventurous life.
[Starring] Michael O'Shea and Susan Hayward

With Virginia Mayo, Ralph Morgan, Osa Massen, Louise Beavers, Harry Devenport, Jonathan Hale, Frank Craven, Leonard Strong.
BBC Television

Quite Contrary

featuring Ruby Murray, Pamela Russell, Anita Ellis, Eliza Lotti, Irene Mayo, Freddie Stuart, Pedro and Pinkie, The Littlewood Songsters, The New Toppers, Ray Martin and his Orchestra.
Introduced by Catherine Boyle.
BBC Television

Come Dancing


Paul Carpenter invites you to Come Dancing
(by arrangement with Mecca Dancing) at the Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham to the music of Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Grand Challenge Match: Nottingham and Birmingham v. Manchester and Liverpool
and Knock-out Quickstep Contest
BBC Television

Miss England 1957

Outside Broadcast cameras visit the Astoria Ballroom, Nottingham for the finals of this national event.
Organised by Mecca Dancing
with
Ravic and Babs, A speciality on roller skates
Gene Mayo and his Dance Orchestra
Fanfare trumpeters from the Central Band of the R.A.F.
(by permission of the Air Council)
Compere, Peter West
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(by arrangement with Mecca Dancing)
Paul Carpenter introduces the finals in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest for the BBC Television Award.

South (North of the Thames) from the Royal Ballroom, Tottenham with Harry Roy and his Band.
Compere, Alex Macintosh

versus
The Midlands from the Sherwood Rooms,Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Peter West

versus
Wales from the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff with Tommy Mander and his Orchestra.
Compere, Alun Williams
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(by arrangement with Mecca Dancing)
Paul Carpenter introduces the third heat in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest for the BBC Television Award.

Scotland
from the Palais Ballroom, Edinburgh with Andy Currie and his Orchestra.
Compere, Archie McCulloch
versus
The Midlands
from the Palais Ballroom, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Peter West
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(by arrangement with Mecca Dancing)
Paul Carpenter introduces the second semi-final in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest for the BBC Television Award.

South (South of the Thames) from The Locarno Ballroom, Streatham with Bob Miller and his Orchestra.
Compere, Wally Green

versus
The Midlands
from The Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Peter West
BBC Television

Come Dancing

at the Sherwood Rooms, Nottingham where Paul Carpenter introduces The Finals of the 1958 National Ballroom Queen Contest.
(Organised by Mecca Dancing)
Dance demonstrations by: Sydney and Mary Thompson, Sonny Binick and Sally Brock, Roy and June Mavor, Syd Perkin and Edna Duffield
Master of Ceremonies, Eric Morley
Assisted by Wally Green
with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra and the Herald Trumpeters of the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers by permission of Lt.-Col. J.D. Lunt, Officer Commanding
BBC Television

Come Dancing: First Semi-final: Midlands v. Scotland

with George Elrick for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(organised by Mecca Dancing)

Tonight outside broadcast cameras in Nottingham and Edinburgh bring you the first semi-final in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing knock-out contest for the BBC Television Award.
•
Midlands who defeated Wales (the holders) by 82 points to 72 in Heat 2
From the Palais, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Peter West
•
Scotland who defeated the West of England by 83 points to 81 in Heat 1
From the Palais, Edinburgh with Ray Gordon and his Orchestra.
Compere, Bill Jack

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance
Mistress of the Scoreboard, Sylvia Peters
BBC Television

Come Dancing

with Sylvia Peters
for the Finals of the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
(Organised by Mecca Dancing)
Outside broadcast cameras in Scotland, the Midlands, and in London, bring you the final in this nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing knock-out contest for the BBC Television Award.

Scotland
From the Palais, Edinburgh with Ray Gordon and his Band.
Compere, Bill Jack

Midlands
From the Palais, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Peter West

South
From the Locarno Ballroom, Streatham with Nat Allen and his Orchestra.
Compere, Alex Macintosh

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance
Master of the Scoreboard, John Langham

The story behind any television Come Dancing programme has something of the fairy tale about it. As the formation dancers move out on to the floor for their intricate manoeuvres and the couples swing round in the glare of the arc-lights, their identities are lost in a sudden glamour which touches them for a moment and passes on. The contest has been with them as a background to their lives for many months They have practised and worried about dresses and hair-do's until anxiety at times almost replaced the excitement. And tonight comes the final between London, Scotland and the Midlands
Who are the young men and girls who go in for these contests? First of all, they are all amateurs. A few may finish up as professionals, but, for the main part, they enter the Come Dancing competitions because they enjoy the business of ballroom and formation dancing and are particularly skilful at it. They are clerks and housewives, shop girls and electricians, mechanics and factory workers.
Although the judges for this important annual contest do not award points for production, the producers concerned with each regional entry are an essential part of the team, for the better the camera-work, the more clearly will the judges be able to see the standard of performance.
Tonight's spectacle will be introduced by Sylvia Peters, and although it may not produce the kind of ballroom dancing our grandfathers and grandmothers went in for, it has at least some qualities in common-enthusiasm and enjoyment.
BBC Television

Come Dancing

Peter West introduces the fourth round of the BBC Inter-Regional Professional Challenge Cup between East Scotland - North West - East Midlands and The selection of the West Scotland team for the BBC Inter-Regional Amateur Dancing Contest.
To the music of Gene Mayo and his Orchestra
Organised by Mecca Dancing
Produced by Alan Rees from The Locarno, Glasgow
BBC Television

Devil's Canyon

[Starring] Virginia Mayo, Dale Robertson and Stephen McNally in the Western film Devil's Canyon

In a prison scorched with the blazing heat of the Arizona desert, a former U.S. Marshal serves his sentence for a crime he committed in self-defence. Trouble arises when he meets an outlaw there whom he had been instrumental in bringing to justice.
BBC Television

The Ken Dodd Show

from the Grand Continental Theatre, Bolton.
Starring Ken Dodd with Dennis Spicer, Janie Marden, Elizabeth and Collins, The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes, Valli Newby, Christina Mayo, Mildred Dyson, Victor Gilling, Leonard Williams, Peter Goodwright, John McHugh, Rex Rashley, Alec McKenzie, Dennis Winn, Alyn Ainsworth and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra.
BBC Television

Film Matinee presents: Devil's Canyon

[Starring] Virginia Mayo, Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally

In a prison scorched with the blazing heat of the Arizona desert, a former U.S. Marshal serves his sentence for a crime he committed in self-defence. Trouble arises when he meets an outlaw there whom he had been instrumental in bringing to justice.
BBC Television

International Come Dancing: Oslo v. Nottingham

Second of four programmes in which a Continental capital competes against a British city.

In Oslo
Kjell Karlsen and his Orchestra
Produced by Johnny Beron in the Samfundssalen

In Nottingham
Gene Mayo and his Orchestra
Produced by Philip Lewis in the Palais Ballroom

Judges:
Keith Jones, Bob Garganico, England
Rander Band Gullord, Norway
Paul Doorme, Belgium
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
Organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces the sixth heat in the nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest between twelve regions for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup.

Wales
From the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff with Joe Loss and his Orchestra.
Compere, Michael Aspel
v.
East Midlands
From the Palais Ballroom, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Alan Weeks

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
Organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces the second heat In the nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest between twelve regions for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup.

The West
From The Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-super-Mare with Johnny Baines and his Band.
Compere, Tom Salmon
v.
East Midlands
From The Palais Ballroom, Nottingham with Gene Mayo and his Orchestra.
Compere, Alan Weeks

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
Organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces the first semi-final in the nation-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest between twelve regions for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup.

North-East
From the Locarno Ballroom, Bradford.
Harry Gray and his Orchestra
Compere, Harold Williamson
v.
East Midlands
From the Palais Ballroom, Nottingham.
Gene Mayo and his Orchestra
Compere, Alan Weeks

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance.
BBC Television

Come Dancing

for the Final of the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
Organised by Mecca Dancing for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup
Introduced by Peter West.

East Midlands
From the Palais Ballroom, Nottingham.
Gene Mayo and his Orchestra
Compere, Alan Weeks
v.
North London
from the Lyceum Ballroom, Strand.
Cyril Stapleton and his Orchestra
Compere, Judith Chalmers

Before a panel of judges nominated by members of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd. including the Welsh Alliance.






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