BBC Television

A Brief Profile of the BBC in 1955, and in 1963
BBC TV coverage of the Coronation May 1937
Opening of the new BBC Television Centre June 1960
Top Twenty BBC programmes February 1957
The BBC's most enduring panel game What's My Line.

Some sample schedules in
May 1939, September 1946, October 1948, April 1950, September 1950, July 1951, June 1952, February 1953, March 1953, June 1954, January 1955, June 1955, April 1956, October 1956, March 1957, April 1957, May 1957, November 1958, February 1959, July 1959, November 1959, May 1960, May 1961, January 1962, March 1962, August 1962, March 1963, April 1963, March 1964, September 1964, January 1965, November 1965, March 1966, February 1967

Reviews of some surviving In House BBC filmlets
Some Forgotten BBC programmes


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First BBC Television Outside Broadcast
May 12th 1937

While most of the BBC's efforts were concentrated on the radio broadcast of the coronation service from Westminster Abbey, into whose hallowed precincts tv cameras were not allowed, there was an attempt to show a small part of the event after the service, the Radio Times promising, "televiewers will see the royal procession passing Hyde Park Corner, and the State Coach only a few feet away." The location of cameras is indicated on the accompanying plan.
Pictures were relayed to the mobile control room, 400 feet west of the cameras at Apsley Gate, pictures then sent by cable to Broadcasting House and Alexandra Palace. Interesting that contingency plans were in place, with a second van containing an ultra-wave transmitter, capable of sending the pictures by wireless link to Ally Pally.
A special commentary only for tv was given by Freddy Grisewood as about 2pm the procession was scheduled to reach Hyde Park Corner, "and here it will run the gauntlet of the television cameras, for the first time transmitting a historic event." Before this, cameras were to show the crowds in the stands and across the park to St George's Hospital and Wellington Arch. Telephoto lens enabled the first sighting of the procession at Stanhope Gate.

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BBC Television Centre

For its Opening Night on Wednesday 29th June 1960
a special programme "First Night" was shown from 8.35pm to 9.55pm. TAM ratings of 3,342,000 homes (47% of the total BBC/ITV audience) were achieved, considerably better than the Corporation's rating of 27% on previous Wednesdays. However the Beeb were still short of one and a half million homes, if they wanted to get in the Top Ten!
The actual show was panned by critic John Price: "Graeme Muir tried to present a spectacular with a difference but just failed to pull it off. Irving Davies led dancers around the fountain outside the main studio. Outside broadcast cameras showed us the immense size of the Centre before we were led, through corridors, into the studio by the dancers. From then on the show seldom lifted itself above the humdrum.... David Nixon kept a benevolent eye on Arthur Askey and Richard Hearne who both repeatedly veered away from the script. It was left to the melodious voices of Elizabeth Larner and Alfred Drake to remind me this was supposed to be a special production." Perhaps no surprise then, that by the end of the programme, half a million viewers less were watching.
In fact the preceeding special
"This is the BBC" transmitted from 7.30pm got the thumbs up from this critic. Richard Cawston should have subtitled it "This is How a Documentary Should Be Made". 24 hours in the life of the BBC was compressed into 65 minutes. Indeed it won the British Film Academy's Oscar for Best Specialised Film. Oh, and the BBC Centre cost 12 million!

Footnote: The BBC abandoned the Centre in early 2013, for reasons that were clear to themselves. Their exodus from London typified that twenty first century obsession, bosses receiving huge bonuses for any old daft idea. Did they fly to Manchester to be close to their ITV competitor?

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The BBC in 1955

Chairman of Governors: Rt Hon Sir Alexander Cadogan, Vice Chairman: Sir Philip Morris
Director General: Sir Ian Jacob.

Heads of Departments:
Drama: Michael Barry. Light Entertainment: Ronald Waldman. Women's Programmes: Doreen Stephens.
Music: Kenneth Wright. Children's programmes: Freda Lingstrom. Outside Broadcasts: Peter Dimmock.
Contract Producers: Rudolph Cartier, Stephen Harrison, C Campbell Logan, Close Gibson, Ian Atkins, Alvin Rakoff, Douglas Allen, Gilchrist Calder, Barbara Burnham, Arthur Swinson.
Light Entertainment: Richard Afton, Graeme Muir, Brian Sears, John Warrington, Francis Esses, Leslie T Jackson, Ernest Maxin, Brian Tesler, Duncan Wood, Josephine Douglas, George Inns, Douglas Moodie.
Children: Dorothea Brooking, Naomi Capon, Barbara Hammond, Joy Harington, John Hunter Blair, Kevin Sheldon, Shaun Sutton, Rex Tucker.

Contract Artists: Malcolm Muggeridge, Christopher Mayhew, Humphrey Lestocq, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Peter Cushing, Anne Crawford, Fred Emney, Dave King, Victor Silvester, Dr Glyn Daniel, Pauline and Larry Forrester, Harry Corbett (Sooty), Josephine Douglas, The Lyon Family, James Fisher, Peter O'Sullevan, Max Robertson, Harry Carpenter, Wynford Vaughan Thomas, Cliff Michelmore, Vic Oliver, Clive Graham, Douglas Muir and Constance Fraser, Ralph Wightman, Audrey Russell, Jack Payne, Raymond, Bernard Fishwick, John Slater, Jeanette Sterke, Henry Sherek, Petula Clark, Andy Stewart, George Martin, Alfred Marks, Alfred Wurmser, Anne Sheppard, Norman Evans, Peter Scott, John Ellison, Frank Muir and Denis Norden, Raymond Glendenning, Franklin Engelmann, Peter Brough, Roger Bannister.
Note- the order is that found in BBC publicity

BBC Studios:
Lime Grove Shepherd's Bush W12, Television Centre Wood Lane W12, Television Theatre (Shepherd's Bush Empire) W12, King's Theatre Hammersmith W6, Riverside Studios W6, Ealing Studios W5.

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The BBC in 1963

Chairman of Governors: Sir Arthur fforde, Vice Chairman: Sir James Duff
Director General: H Carleton-Greene.

Controller of Television Programmes: SC Hood
Controller of Television Programme Services: IR Atkins
Controller of Television Administration: SG Williams
Chief of Programmes (BBC1): DL Baverstock
Chief of Programmes (BBC2): IM Peacock

Heads of Departments:
Talks and Current Affairs: Mrs G Wyndham Goldie. Drama: Sidney Newman. Light Entertainment: TJH Sloan. Outside Broadcasts: Peter Dimmock. Television Enterprises: DG Scuse.

BBC Studios:
Television Centre Wood Lane W12 telephone Shepherd's Bush 8000, Lime Grove Shepherd's Bush W12, Television Theatre W12, Riverside Studios Crisp Road Hammersmith W6, Television Film Studios Ealing Green W5.

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All BBC TV Programmes for May 7th to 13th 1939
At this date, it was estimated about 14,000 private viewers could have watched these programmes.

Notes- the evening broadcast
at 9pm was preceded each
night by a sound relay of
the National radio Programme.
News broadcasts were Gaumont
British News or British
Movietone News. An
unadvertised sound only
news was sometimes
transmitted at 10.45pm
Sunday May 7th 1939
3pm Pas Seul- June Brae/ Thelma Reiss (cello)
3.15 Cartoon- Camping Troubles
3.20 Film- Early Days
3.30 to 3.55 Annajanska, The Bolshevik Empress
9.05pm Friends from the Zoo
9.20 Cartoon- Just Dogs
9.25 Hungarian Rhapsody
10.30 Close
Monday May 8th 1939
3pm London Wall, play
ends 4.30
9pm Starlight- Yvonne Arnaud
9.10 Salute to America
9.45 News
9.55 Boxing demonstration
10.15 Bridge demonstration
10.30 Close
Tues May 9th 1939
3pm Renee Houston/ Donald Stewart in Cabaret
3.40 News
3.50 to 4 Looking for a House
9pm Coliseum Night
first half of bill from London Coliseum
10 Speaking Personally - RB Bennett KC
10.10 A Game of Cut-Throat, play
10.35 Close
Wed May 10th 1939
3pm Order to View, revue
3.45 Cartoon- Just Dogs; News to 4pm
9pm Frank Lloyd Wright
9.10 Ivor Moreton & Davy Kaye
9.20 Cartoon- Man Friday
9.25 Sunday in the Country
9.45 News; Castle in Spain
with Diane van Dommelen
10.30 Close
Thurs May 11th 1939
3pm Pest Pilot- an epic of the air
Music by Roger MacDougall
3.30 News
3.40 Picture Page
edition number 241 - to 4pm
9pm Cabaret (see May 9)
9.40 News
9.50 Picture Page
10.20 Close
Friday May 12th 1939
3pm Charlie Kunz
3.10 Foundations of Cookery; News
3.35-4pm Five at the George
ghost play by Stuart Ready
9pm Starlight- Trudi Binar
9.10 Film- Derby Secrets no 4
9.20 Cookery as 3.10pm; News
9.45 The Advantages of Paternity, comedy
10.15-25 Olga Coelho
Saturday May 13th 1939
3pm Jacques Puppets
Presenter: John Carr
3.15 News
3.25 Cartoon- Man Friday
3.30 Spreading the News, comedy (ends 4pm)
9pm The Torchbearers
a satirical comedy
by George Kelly
10.30 Close
More details of selected programmes:
Annajanska Shaw's play with Erik Chitty (Stammfest), Alan Wheatley (Schneidekind), and Vera Lindsay
London Wall by John van Druten. With Lewis Stringer, Martin Walker, Lucille Lisle, Barbara Couper, Pamela Standish, Aubrey Mather, Margaret Watson, Desmond Tester, Sondra Lawson. Producer- Michael Barry
A Game of Cut-Throat by Sarah Benedict Tapping and Leon M Lion. With Leon Lion and Waldo Wright
Order to View with Newton Blick, Edward Cooper, Dorothy Dunkels. Eric Fawcett, Patricia Leonard, Diana Lincoln, Billy Milton
Pest Pilot with Polly Ward as Lady April, Eric Fawcett as Lord Bertie
Five at the George with Wyndham Goldie, also Wilson Featherston, Rollo Gamble, David Keir, Joan Lawson. Producer: Jan Bussell
The Advantages of Paternity by Horton Giddy, with Brefni O'Rorke, Frank Thornton-Bassett, Erik Chitty, and Stuart Latham
Spreading the News with Maire O'Neill, Harry Hutchinson, Margaret Nicholls, Oliver Johnston. Producer: Fred O'Donovan
The Torchbearers with Charles Heslop, Molly Rankin, Kitty De Legh, Eric Christmas, Guy Verney, Fabia Drake, Brian Oulton

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All the BBC TV Programmes for Sunday 8th September 1946
3pm Love- and How to Cure It
with Edward Chapman, Louise Hampton
Also appearing: Sara Gregory and Vernon Greeves.
3.30 Film
3.40 Two Gentlemen of Soho
with Edward Chapman, Barbara Everest. Also appearing
Sara Gregory, Hermione Hannen,
Robert Eddison, Erik Chitty,
Vernon Greeves and John Laurie.
ends at 4.10

8.30 A Hundred Years Old
a comedy by Serafin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero.
English version by Helen and Hartley Granville-Baker.
With Lawrence Hanray as Papa Juan.
Rest of the cast included Joan Newell and Nigel Patrick.
10pm News (sound only)
ends at 10.10
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All the BBC TV Programmes for 18th October 1948
11.00 Demonstration film
12 noon Close
3.00 Wit and Wisdom
with Norman Wisdom and guests:
Billy Reid, Dorothy Squires
Eric Robinson and His Orchestra
3.45 Along The Line
British Railways documentary
4 Close

8.15 Newsreel
8.30 Kaleidoscope
introduced by McDonald Hobley,
including Inspector Gribble Investigates
starring Frank Foster, plus
Cue for Music, & Every Man His Own
with Max Kester and Richard Hearne.
9.30 Commonwealth Affairs
10.00 News (in sound only!)

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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday April 1st 1950

11am Newsreel - composite edition

12noon-1pm approx The Boat Race - commentators: Richard Dimbleby at Putney, GO Nickalls, WAD Wyndham and Michael Henderson on the launch Consuta, and Ian Orr-Ewing at Mortlake

3.00-4.30 Fire Over England - second showing of the film starring Laurence Olivier

8pm The Poltergeist - starring Gordon Harker, with Nan Munro, Betty Blackler, Margaret Anderson, Ysanne Churchman, Julian d'Albie, Keith Pyott, Peter Murray and Frank K Strickland

9.30 Yoga - part 1 What Yoga Is, the first of four demonstrations by Sir Paul Dukes, assisted by pupils of Madame Nicolaeva-Legat

9.50 Newsreel - repeat of Friday's edition and a telefilm of the boat race

10.20 News (sound only)

10.35 Close

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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday September 24th 1950

5.00 Muffin the Mule - Muffin and the Magic Carpet
5.15 Children's Newsreel
5.30 Mountain Ash - Set on a ruined tower on the Isle of Skye.
With John Gabriel as Mack, Jack Newmark, Willougby Gray, Robert Cawdron, Keith Faulkner

6.00 Harvest Festival Evensong- from All Saints' Warlingham -7pm
8.00 Solomon - piano recital, last of a series of three
8.20 The Tragedy of Pompey the Great - starring James Carney.
With Isabel Dean, John Witty, Rachel Gurney, Shelley Lynn, Jack Livesey, George Skillan, Leonard White (2 parts!), Richard Caldicot, Robert Brown, Stanley Baker as Acilius.

9.50 News (sound only) -10.05 Close

BBC TV plans for Autumn 1950
Writing in Radio Times, Controller of BBC Television Norman Collins outlined their expanded plans.
Drama- "as usual, well known stage plays." Val Gielgud commented presciently, "the future of tv drama cannot be left to depend on the continued production and revival of adapted stage plays... specially written plays must be encouraged." Apart from the heavy stuff, "lighter artillery" is to include Summer Lightning starring Greta Gynt.
Music- this meant serious opera like Madam Butterfly, Don Pasquale and Il Tabarro.
Light entertainment- series promised are Cafe Continental with debutants Barbara Kelly and Bernard Braden, and more shows with Bobby Howes, Terry-Thomas and Vic Oliver. A new series is Cads' Club with the wonderful Western Brothers.
New talks, documentaries and children's programmes are revealed, including in December a new children's variety magazine, the now legendary Whirligig.

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BBC TV Programmes for Thursday June 12th 1952

3.00 Royal Richmond Horse Show - with Bill Allenby - 4pm

5.00 Children's TV: Children's Newsreel
5.10 Persephone- with Brian Rider, Suzanne Bulmer, Patricia Fryer, Hilary Rennie, Melissa Stribling
Close at 5.50

7.15 Royal Richmond Horse Show - The Jubilee Challenge Cup, commentators Bill Allenby and Peter Dimmock
8.15 Newsreel
8.30 Struggle Against Adversity - Jeanne Heal on Backward Children
9.00 Solo Performance - Marius Goring
9.15 The Betty Driver Show - also with Geoffrey Sumner, Tom Macaulay, Harry Jacobson
9.45 Mount Everest - the story of attempts to climb it, with Raymond Greene, Prof GI Finch and WH Murray
10.15 approx Weather and News (sound only)

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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday July 21st 1951
11am Newsreel - (composite edition)- ends 12.00 noon
2.40pm Racing at Ascot- commentator Peter Dimmock. Races as 3.20 and 3.55
4.05 International Horse Show - James Pestridge previews the show at the White City
4.20 Racing at Ascot- commentator Peter O' Sullevan- The Sandringham Stakes - ends at 4.35pm
5.00 Children's TV:
Telescope- A fortnightly magazine introduced by Cliff Michelmore. Your Puppy, Table Top Fairyland, Ship Ahoy: Timothy Telescope and Cactus the Camel with Valerie Hobson, Competition Corner, Musical Child, How To... with Valerie Hobson, Children's Fashions of Other Periods
Close at 6.00

8pm The Inch Man - starring Robert Ayres in the adventures of a house detective in a London hotel. 4: Wedding Night, with Ayres as Stephen Inch, Hamlyn Benson, Joan Harben, Faith Bailey, Philip Saville, Joan Sanderson
8.30 Music Hall - from the Scala Theatre London, with Nat Mills and Bobbie, Nancy Donovan, Jimmy Wheeler, Rudy Bolly, The Flying Comets, Pierre Mingand, Leslie Roberts' Music Hall Maids
9.30 Personally Speaking - Viscount Stansgate in conversation with his son Anthony Wedgwood Benn
9.45 Newsreel - (repeat of Friday's edition)
10.00 approx Weather and News (sound only)
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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday February 10th 1953

3.00 Leisure and Pleasure - with Jeanne Heal
3.45 For the Very Young - Andy Pandy -4.00

5.00 Children's TV -
Worzel Gummidge Turns Detective 1: Enter Two Scarecrows, with Frank Atkinson as Worzel
Making Butterscotch - with Stanley Williamson in Doncaster
Close at 5.40

8.00 Newsreel
8.15 Shadow and Substance - play starring Basil Sydney and Siobhan McKenna
10.00 Science Review (rpt)
10.20 approx Weather and News (sound only)

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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday March 24th 1953

3 Leisure and Pleasure - Jeanne Heal
3.45Andy Pandy (-4.00)
5.00 Robin Hood- The Abbot of St Mary's
Patrick Troughton as RH, Wensley Pithey as Tuck,
Raymond Rollett as The Abbot.
Script: Max Kester

5.30 Close

8.00 Newsreel
8.15 Designed in Glass - Coronation Goblet
8.45 Captain Brassbound's Conversion
stars Margaret Lockwood with John Gregson,
Leslie Dwyer. Also in cast Shaw Taylor.
Bernard Shaw's famous play

10.30 Weather, News (sound only)

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Top 20 BBC programmes
according to the audience research for February 17th-23rd 1957

1... What's My Line?- 9,750,000 viewers
2... Play: Trial of Mary Dugan- 9,500,000
3=... Play: Mayor's Nest- 9 million
4=... Panorama- 8,750,000
4=... Dixon of Dock Green
4=... This was The Eamonn Andrews Show
7=... This is Your Life- 8,250,000
7=... Armand & Michaela Denis
9=... Jack Benny programme- 8 million
9=... Off the Record
9=... Play: Green Cars
9=... Sportsview
13=... Rooftop- 7,500,000
13=... Burns & Allen Show
13=... Keniilworth
16=... Grove Family- 7,250,000
16=... Fred Emney Show
18=... Picture Parade- 6,750,000
18=... Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday June 8th 1954
Here's a fairly representative output of what was on offer at this period. To be frank, it looks pretty unexciting!
This is the schedule for BBC Wales.

3.15 Leisure and Pleasure with Siriol Hugh Jones: National Federation of Women's Institutes: a report from the AGM. National Union of Townswomen's Guilds: 25th Anniversary Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Summer Hobby: Rex Graham and Max Walters on collecting wild flowers. Music: Yvonne Arnaud and Sophie Wyss
4.00 Watch with Mother Andy Pandy -4.15
5.00 The Windmill Family part 5 (final episode) The Magicali Brothers with Glyn Dearman, Diana Day and Ronald Moody as 'Puffin'
followed by- Come to the Show Barrie Edgar on the first of three (!) visits to the Three Counties Agricultural Show at Staverton
5.50 The Forth Bridge Archie McCulloch commentates on a boat beside the famous bridge -6pm
7.30 Newsreel and Weather Chart
7.50 Meet My Friends John Richardson takes an evening walk around London Zoo
8.10 The True Glory General Eisenhower introduces a film of the war from just before D-Day to the final victory
9.30 The Name's The Same Host: Peter Martyn, with Catherine Boyle, Molly Weir, Frank Muir and Denis Norden
10.00 Panorama introduced by Max Robertson
10.45 approx News (sound only)

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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday January 8th 1955

2.15 In the Garden- with Percy Thrower
2.50 Association Football - second half of an unnamed amateur game -3.40 approx
5.00 Oxford v Cambridge Rugby Union - "in response to many requests," the last 30 minutes of the match shown on Dec 7th
5.30 Return to the Lost Planet - 1 A Message from Space, with Peter Kerr, John Stuart, Joan Allan, Wolfe Morris, also appearing Ronald Marriott, Christopher Hodge
6.00 Association Football Results -6.05approx
7.25 Weather Chart
7.30 In Town Tonight with John Ellison
8.00 News and Newsreel
8.15 Fabian of Scotland Yard - Against the Evidence
8.45 Table Tennis - from the Polytechnic London, commentator Max Robertson
9.15 Variety Parade- Jimmy James, Jack Hulbert and Cicely Courtneidge, Frances Day, The Five Smith Brothers, John Hanson, Terry Hall, Peter Glover, June Laverick, The George Mitchell Singers
10.15 War in the Air - 9 Wings Over Italy. Narrator: Robert Harris
10.45 News (sound only)
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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday June 21st 1955

2.00 Lawn Tennis Championships commentators: FH Grisewood, Dan Maskell and Dennis Coombe
4.00 Watch With Mother - Andy Pandy
4.15 Lawn Tennis
5.00 After Stanley - epilogue to the series about Dr Livingstone (Andrew Cruickshank) followed by
Wimbledon Tennis - A commentary for children by Dan Maskell
6.00 Lawn Tennis
7.25 Weather Chart
7.30 News and Newsreel
7.45 Science Review
8.00 The Royal Highland Show- commentator Harry Hoggan
8.45 Find the Link - Leslie Mitchell with Josephine Douglas, Carole Carr, Kenneth Horne and Peter Noble
9.15 The Dance Dress- by Michael Voysey, starring Kenneth Haigh and Shirley Eaton
10.15 On the Job - Johnny Morris
10.30 Today on the Centre Court- Peter Wilson with highlights of the day's tennis
10.45approx News (sound only)
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BBC TV Programmes for Thursday April 5th 1956
3.00 About the Home - 1ntroduced by Joan Gilbert, with Eleanor Summerfield and Margaret Douglas
3.45 Watch with Mother - Rag Tag and Bobtail -4.00
5.00 Meet the Penguins - The Family Group/ plus Children's Newsreel, Peter Butterworth, and Children of the Commonwealth -6.00

7.00 News Summary; Sports News; Weather
7.10 Newsreel
7.20 Highlight - with Cliff Michelmore
7.30 Double Cross - episode 1 with Jimmy Jewel, Ben Warriss, plus Jill Day
8.00 Wild Decembers - play about the Brontes, with John Cairney, Sheila Manahan, Margot van der Burgh, Maureen Pryor and Fred Johnson
10.00 News
10.15 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?
10.45 Men in Battle - Sir Brian Horrocks
The Weather, Road Works Report,
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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday October 28th 1956

2.00 House Magazine- edition 12 introduced by Alex Macintosh
2.30 Concert Hour- from BBC Studios Maida Vale
3.25 The Recording Angells - 1 A New Reporter
3.45 Sports Special - highlights of the weekend's sport
4.15 The Brains Trust - Norman Fisher with Peter Ustinov, Dr J Bronowski, Alan Bullock and James Fisher
5.00 Wilfred Pickles and Mabel, followed by
Kidnapped - 1 The House of Shaws with John Laurie
6.00 Sunday at Six - Rev Paul Morton-George - Close.

7.00 Meeting Point - Should a Christian Keep Out of Politics? Malcolm Muggeridge, Trevor Huddleston, Laurens van der Post
7.25 Interlude
7.30 News
7.35 The Jack Benny Programme
8.00 What's My Line? - with Eamonn Andrews
8.30 Bless the Bride - with Brian Reece, Edmund Goffron and Sally Bazely. Adapted for tv and produced by Francis Essex
10.00 The Sponger - CBC play with Katharine Blake
10.48 The Day Ahead
10.50 News; Weather
11.00 approx The Epilogue - Dr Erik Routley
11.20 Close Down

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BBC TV Programmes for Friday March 8th 1957

3.00 Keep Fit- with Eileen Fowler
3.15 Fabian of Scotland Yard - No Alibi
3.45 Watch With Mother - The Woodentops -4.00
5.00 David Copperfield - episode 10 starring Robert Hardy (rpt from Nov 30th 1956)
5.30 Jazz Club - 3 Johnny Dankworth
5.50 Marzipan; 5.57 The Weather
6.00 News; Sports News
6.05 Tonight - with Cliff Michelmore
6.45 Beauty Box - Patricia Lewis with The Blonde Toppers
7.15 News and Behind the Headlines
7.30 I Married Joan
7.55 Up For The Cup - quiz between supporters of Birmingham City and Cardiff City
8.45 It's a Horse's Life - Dorian Williams at Fred Rimell's training establishment, Kinnersley
9.15 Kenilworth - episode 5 starring Maxine Audley and Robin Bailey
9.45 Armand and Michaela Denis On Safari - third in a series of eight programmes
10.15 Press Conference - Viscount Hailsham
10.45 News; Weather; Close Down

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BBC TV Programmes for Thursday April 25th 1957
2.15 Badminton Horse Trials
3.00 About the Home, followed by
Our Miss Pemberton - 16 Shocker... with Terence Soall, Margot Boyd, Katherine Parr
3.45 Watch With Mother - Rag Tag and Bobtail
4.00 The World Cup - Italy v Northern Ireland
5.15 Show Jumping from Badminton
5.25 Sketch Club - with Adrian Hill
5.45 Prudence Kitten
5.57 The Weather
6.00 News; Sports News
6.05 Tonight - with Cliff Michelmore
6.45 The Alma Cogan Show - guest Harry Secombe
7.15 News; 7.20 Behind the Headlines
7.30 Kelly's Eye - with Barbara Kelly
8.00 The Charlie Chester Show - with the Three Petersen Brothers
8.30 Tread Softly - play starring Phil Brown and Faith Brook
9.10 At Home - Randolph Churchill at East Bergholt
9.40 Over There - NBC film, an American view of the First World War
10.30 Badminton Horse Trials - telerecording
10.45 News; Weather; Road Works Report
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BBC TV Programmes for Friday May 3rd 1957

2.00 Lawn Tennis - from Bournemouth
3.00 Keep Fit - Eileen Fowler
3.15 Lawn Tennis continued
3.45app Watch With Mother - The Woodentops
4.00app Tennis continued
5.00 Rex Milligan - 5 The Bogus Formula (rpt from May 13th 1956)
5.25 Thrash It Out - Whitchurch Grammar School discuss Television is a Menace
5.57 The Weather
6.00 News; Sports News
6.05 Tonight - with Cliff Michelmore
6.35 Gardening Club - Percy Thrower
6.55 The Grove Family - Gran's Birthday
7.15 News; 7.20app Behind the Headlines
7.30 Up For The Cup - final with McDonald Hobley
8.15 Association Football - England v Young England (second half from Highbury)
9.00 Half The World Away - 2 Hong Kong, with Christopher Chataway
9.30 Passport to Yesterday - Canadian TV film, starring Patrick MacNee
10.20 Report from America - Weather Gone Wild
10.45 News; Weather;
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BBC TV Programmes for Wednesday November 26th 1958
11.50am-12.50 St Paul's Cathedral - Dedication of the American Memorial Chapel
2.05 For Schools - How Your Body Works- 9 Mainly About Hearing
2.30 Association Football - England v Wales at Villa Park
3.40approx Watch with Mother - The Flowerpot Men
3.55-4.40approx Mainly for Women - Wednesday Magazine - John Witty with Gerard Hoffnung
5.00 Children's Newsreel
5.10 Playbox - opened by Eamonn Andrews with Tony Hart. The Eyes of Truth part 5 with Ivan Owen and Owen Berry
6.00 News Headlines, Sports News and Weather; 6.10 Local News
6.20 Good Companions - with Peter West. A series about pets
6.45 Tonight; News Summary
7.30 A-Z - with Alan Melville. 'D' with Diana Dors, Dickie Dawson, Florence Desmond, Zena Dare, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Dankworth
8.20 Sportsview- Amateur Boxing, London v The Army, Professional Boxing: Bygraves v Folley
9.15 The English Speaking Union - from The Guildhall, Harold Macmillan welcomes Richard Nixon
10 News; 10.15 Sportsview- highlights of the afternoon match
10.30 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? - Cpt Taprell Dorling, VA McBride, George Millar are challenged by National Maritime Museum. Chairman: Glyn Daniel
11 News Summary; Weather and Close Down
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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday February 22nd 1959
2.00 The Weather Situation - for Farmers and Growers followed by
Farming introduced by John Harris: The Dilemma of Horns
2.35 News Review
3.00 Charlie Drake in Grandad was a Wrestler rpt
3.30 Concert Time BBC Midland Light Orchestra
4.15 The Brains Trust Margery Perham, Shirley Williams, David Williams and Albert Kayper-Mensah, Michael Flanders
5.00 Adventure with Hans Hass rpt
5.30 Captain Pugwash and Stowaway Tom
5.40 Jo's Boys- Part 3
6.10 Sunday Special - Choir Practice at the Royal School of Church Music- ends at 6.20 Close down
7.00 Meeting Point The Cross Quesioned, part 2 What is Man? with John Hale and Father Agnelius Andrew
7.25 News Summary; 7.30 The George Burns Show - George seraches for a bridegroom for his French singing star
7.55 What's My Line?
8.30 Sunday Night Theatre- The Picnic at Sakkara starring Alec McCowen, Virginia Maskell
10.00 News Summary
10.05 Music for You introduced by Eric Robinson, with Max Jaffa, and Jack Warner singing some French songs
10.50 The Epilogue A Plain Man Looks at the Bible with Rev William Neil. 2: The World We Live In
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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday July 18th 1959

1.35 Summer Grandstand - Ascot Racing, Swimming, British Grand Prix
5.00 The Lone Ranger- Outlaw's Revenge
5.25 Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School - Bunter's Birching
5.55 Today's Sport - with Alan Weeks
6.00 News Summary and Weather
6.05 Wells Fargo - The Branding Iron
6.30 Drumbeat - with Bob Miller and guests The Poni-Tails
7.00 Charlesworth - 16 Wensley Pithey in Further Developments
7.30 The Trinder Box - Tommy Trinder with guest Ernesto Bonino
8.15 News Summary
8.20 Double Dynamite- film with Frank Sinatra
9.40 My Young Brother- play with George Pravda and Susan Maryott
10.55 Crusade in the Pacific - 2 Guadacanal America's First Offensive
11.20 News Summary
11.25 Phil Silvers Show - Secret Life of Sergeant Bilko
11.50 Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday November 17th 1959

11.20 For Schools - Science and Life -11.45

2.05 For Schools - First Years At Work
2.30 Watch With Mother - Andy Pandy
2.45 Domestic Forum - chaired by Franklin Engelmann
3.15 Report from Paris -3.30

5.00 Strange Circus - puppet film
5.20 Country Close-Up - Ion Trant with his film on October on the land
5.30 Ask For King Billy - part 3 starring Peter Bull and Donald Churchill
6.00 News and Weather; Local News
6.20 Boots and Saddles - The Decision
6.45 Tonight
7.25 News Summary
7.30 Whack-O! - starring Jimmy Edwards, and Kynaston Reeves as Magistrate
8.00 Ice Cocktail - including Pat Edwards
8.45 Next to No Wife - comedy play starring Esmond Knight, Joseph Tomelty, with Lisa Daniely
9.45 News
10.00 Television Concert Hall- Paul Badura-Skoda, piano
10.50 Through Wooden Eyes - Jan Bussell and Ann Hogarth
11.05 Late Night News; Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday May 3rd 1960
1.00 Newyddion; 1.05 Gwraig Y Ty - magazine for housewives- 1.20
2.00 Lunchtime News and Cricket Scores
2.05 For the Schools - Men of the Past
2.30 Watch With Mother - Andy Pandy
2.45 Fashion and Beauty - Robert Gladwell with Marty Batten, Christina Gregg
3.15 Family Clinic -3.30
5.00 Railway Boy - film from Japan
5.30 The Pen of My Aunt - 4 Lucky Dip
6.00 Local News; 6.10 Regional programmes - Wales: Cliff Morgan with Welsh Sports Parade
6.40 News; Weather; 6.50 Tonight
7.30 Boots and Saddles - The Marquis of Donnybrook
7.55 Scotland Yard - 4 Robbery with Violence. Dramatised documentaries written by Robert Barr
8.25 Be My Guest - says Joan Regan, with The Kaye Sisters, The King Brothers
9.15 Eye on Research - 5 Shapes of Life, by Fellows of the Royal Society
9.45 News
10.00 Television Concert Hall- Lilian Kallir, piano
10.55 Late Night News; Weather; Close Down

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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday May 28th 1961

12.20 Seeing and Believing - The Image of God with Very Rev AIM Haggart
12.40 Farming introduced by John Cherrington: Cattle Breeding in USA/ Farm Visit: Lathwell Farm Granborough
1.15 O Sul I Sul - Welsh news review
1.30 Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol - hymn singing from Aberdare
2.00 The Adventures of Hiram Holliday - Wally Cox in Shipwrecked Ancestor
2.25 Film Matinee: She Couldn't Say No with Robert Mitchum
3.50 Western Jigsaw - film narrated by Ronald Russell about Devon and Cornwall
4.20 Bookstand - with Dick Taverne
4.50 Sooty - A Music Lesson rpt
5.00 The Man from the Moors - with Barry Letts as Mr Dickens, others appearing included Tony Robinson, Philip Latham
5.40 Test Pilot - Polish film documentary
5.50 Balloons- film from Poland
6.00 Sunday Special: VSO - Eric Blennerhassett and Alec Dickson
6.10 News; The Weather Man- close at 6.15.
7.00 Meeting Point - The Rebellious Years Anne Allen MP, Rev Dr Roy Lee and Kenneth Barnes
7.25 News
7.30 The Sunday Film- The Iron Petticoat with Bob Hope
9.00 Does The Team Think? - with McDonald Hobley, Jimmy Edwards, Ted Ray, Bernard Braden and Frank Muir
9.30 Ask Anne- with Anne Shelton, guests: Jimmy Logan, Ian Wallace, Acker Bilk, Douglas Squires, Una Stubbs, The Foursome
10.15 The News
10.25 What's a Saint? - introduced by Christopher Mayhew. Flora Robson speaks the words of St Theresa of Avila
10.55 Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Monday January 15th 1962
10.05 Schools (and at 2.05)
1.00 Newyddion; Heddiw
1.25 News
1.30 Table Talk
2.30 Watch With Mother - Picture Book -2.45
5.00 Blue Peter - letter O in the Blue Peter alphabet
5.15 Ask Mr Pastry - Cop- and Robber (rpt)
5.40 The Adventures of Tintin - The Broken Ear
5.55 News; Local News
6.20 Ask Me Another
6.45 Points of View
6.50 Tonight; 7.29 News Headlines
7.30 This Is Your Life
8.00 Crying Down the Lane- episode 2 starring Elvi Hale, Delphi Lawrence, Peter Sallis, Paul Stassino
8.30 Panorama
9.15 The News
9.25 Maigret - Murder on Monday
10.15 Come Dancing
11.00 Late Night News; Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday March 4th 1962

10.30 Sung Eucharist - from St David's Cathedral -11.30approx
12.40 Seeing and Believing
1.00 O Sul I Sul; 1.10 Oratorio (Welsh)
1.40 Farm Forum with David John
2.10 An Age of Kings- Henry VI part 1:9 The Red Rose and The White (rpt)
3.10 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon film starring John Wayne
4.50 Captain Pugwash - The Test
5.00 Oliver Twist - episode 9
5.25 Tenderfoot - The Canary Kid, Inc
6.10 News; Weather Man
6.15 Sunday Story - Pepino and His Donkey part 3, told by Eamon Andrews
6.20 Songs of Praise - from Pershore Abbey introduced by Barrie Edgar
6.55 Meeting Point - Quest, in the chair, David Dimbleby (so what changes?!)
7.25 What's My Line - Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon, Alan Melville
7.55 The Charlie Chester Music Hall- with Anne Shelton
8.35 Sparrow in a Cage - Play with Noel Johnson, Hugh David
9.50 The News
10.00 Face to Face - Albert Finney
10.30 Recital- Alberto Lysy (violin) with Geoffrey Parsons
10.50 The Epilogue - One Family with Rev Noel Calvin, Tabernacle Congregational Church Trowbridge
10.55 Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Monday August20th 1962
10.30am Watch With Mother - Picture Book -10.45
12.30pm Headline News
12.32 Cricket - 5th Test Match England v Pakistan
1.35 Newyddion; Wythnos y Plant - 2.00
4.30 Cricket
5.00 Blue Peter - with Christopher Trace and Anita West
5.30 Operation Fantail - with Alan White and Douglas Blackwell. Part 2
5.55 News; Local News
6.20 Cricket
6.35 The Noble Game - John Arlott discusses collecting books and prints on cricket
6.45 Points of View
6.50 Tonight; 7.29 News Headlines
7.30 Ask Me Another
8.05 The Third Man- Michael Rennie in Queen of the Nile
8.30 In Their Opinion - 1 New Statesman with John Freeman, Introduced by John Morgan
9.15 The News
9.25 Studio 4 - The Weather in the Streets with Vivien Merchant, Margaretta Scott and Derek Waring
10.15 Paul Tortelier talks to John Amis rpt
10.45 Late Night News; Weather
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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday March 2nd 1963

12.25 Telewele (Welsh Children's TV)
12.50 Newyddion
12.55 Noticeboard - public service announcements
1.00 Grandstand - Boxing, Motoring from Wendover, Racing from Warwick, Rugby League
5.00 The Boss Cat - The Missing Heir
5.25 Zero One - Fly Away Peter (rpt)
5.50 News; Today's Sport introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme
6.00 Juke Box Jury - David Jacobs with Harry H Corbett, Alan Dell, Dusty Springfield
6.30 Dixon of Dock Green - A Strange Affair
7.15 Laramie - Beyond Justice
8.00 The Rag Trade
8.25 Dangerous Moonlight - film with Anton Walbrook
9.55 News and The Weather Man
10.05 Saturday Sport - introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme: Figure Skating, Football
10.45 That Was The Week That Was
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BBC TV Programmes for Saturday April 20th 1963

12.25 Telewele (Welsh Children's TV)
12.50 Newyddion
12.55 Noticeboard
1.00 Grandstand - Boxing, Racing from Newbury, Badminton Horse Trials, Athletics, Rugby League
5.00 Circus Boy - The Masked Marvel
5.25 William and the Sleeping Major
5.50 News; Today's Sport introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme
6.00 Juke Box Jury - David Jacobs with Alan Dell, Louise Dunn, Harry Fowler, Julia Lockwood
6.35 The Third Man - King's Ransom
7.00 Laramie - Vengeance
7.45 A Touch of the Sun - starring Dick Emery, Joan Sims with Patrick Cargill
8.30 Fun On A Weekend - film with Eddie Bracken
10.00 News and The Weather Man
10.05 Saturday Sport - Football: Everton v Spurs, Fulham v Liverpool
10.35 That Was The Week That Was
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BBC TV Programmes for Monday March 12th 1964

9.40 Schools (and 2.05pm)
also 10.45 Watch with Mother- Picture Book
1.25 News and Watch with Mother- Tales of the Riverbank
1.45 Racing at Lincoln, and at 3.10 to 4.25 approx.
5.10 Blue Peter- Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton
5.35 Swallows and Amazons - 5 Tables Turned (rpt)
6.00 News
6.10 Town and Around; The Weather
6.35 The Hootnanny Show
7.00 Tonight
7.35 Adventure - Diamond Men, film made in British Guiana
8.00 The Lucy Show - Lucy Takes a Job at the Bank
8.25 Panorama
9.15 The News
9.25 The Best of Maigret - The Flemish Shop (rpt from Nov 5th 1963)
10.15 Points of View
10.20 Dancing Club
11.00 News Extra
11.15 The Weather
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BBC -2 TRADE TEST
9.15am Film - not specified - 9.30
10.05am Le Mans 1952; Station 307 -11.00
11.10 Henry Moore; Tennis Highlights 1953 -11.50
12 noon A Question of Springing; The Glory That Was Greece: Age of Minos
2.00 Hook Line and Sinker
2.20 Model Flight
2.30 No Passport: The English Lakes
3.00 Till The End of Time starring Robert Mitchum
4.45 Lost World of the Kalahari: The Vanished People
5.15 The Sea Tower
5.35 West Highland Railway
6.10 Tribal World
6.35 The Artist Speaks: Kenneth Armitage
6.50 Bringing Up Baby starring Cary Grant-8.15

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BBC TV Programmes for Wednesday September 9th 1964
10.45 Watch with Mother- The Flowerpot Men
11.25 Cricket - England XI v Sir Frank Worrell's XI, second day from Edgbaston
1.30 News; Watch with Mother- Picture Book
2.30 Cricket to 4.15, and at 4.30
5.10 Clapperboard - introduced by Gary Watson
6.00 News; 6.10 Town and Around; The Weather
6.35 Top of the Pops - introduced by Pete Murray
7.00 Tonight
7.35 Zero One - Delayed Reaction
8.00 Z Cars - The Dark Side of the Road
8.50 Sportsview -with Frank Bough
9.15 The News
9.30 Party Political Broadcast
9.45 East Side, West Side - No Wings at All
10.35 Plenty to Say - Jack Jones (rpt from BBC Wales, Aug 12th 1964)
11.00 News Extra
11.15 Postscript- by the Archdeacon of London
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Monday January 25th 1965
BBC 1
9.35am-10.30 and 11.05-11.55 and 2.05pm-3.15 For Schools
10.45am and 1.30pm Watch with Mother: Picture Book/ Tales of the Riverbank
5.05 Blue Peter
5.30 Ripcord- Diplomatic Mission rpt
5.55 News, Local News
6.35 The Valiant Years- Battle of Britain
7.00 Tonight
7.35 Image of the East
8 Bewitched - Love is Blind
8.25 Panorama - Mr Wilson's Hundred Days
9.15 News
9.25 Perry Mason- The Careless Kidnapper
10.15 Come Dancing
11.00 News Extra
11.10 Laws of Disorder
11.40 Close Down
BBC 2
11am Play School - Storyteller Enid Lorimer. Presenters: Julie Stevens and Paul Danquah -11.20
6.57pm News; The Beat Room - with Paul Anka, Cliff Bennett, The Gamblers, The Lancastrians, Julie Grant
7.30 Pick the Winner - with Gay Byrne
8.00 The Virginian - Another's Footsteps
9.15 The Human Side- A Man's Worth introduced by Bill Wedderburn
10.00 Hit and Run - episode 2 Inquiry
10.30 Newsroom; The Weather; Late Night Line-Up
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BBC TV Programmes for Wednesday November 3rd 1965
BBC -1
9.10am-12.25pm Schools
1.25 News; 1.30 Watch with Mother- The Flowerpot Men -1.45
2.05- 2.50 Schools
5.00 Hector Heathcote- comedy film series, part 5
5.25 Animal Magic - last in series; Magic Roundabout. The News, Regional News and Weather
6.30 Going for a Song - with Max Robertson
7 United! - Job for the Girl
7.30 The Best of Hancock - The Big Night
8 Bewitched - Alias Darrin Stephens...
8.25 Sportsview - introduced by Frank Bough
8.50 News; Twenty Four Hours
9.30 Party Political Broadcast
9.40 The Wednesday Play - Up the Junction
10.50 Rostropovich and Richter play Beethoven
11.20 Postcript by the Archdeacon of London
11.25 The Weather; Close Down

BBC -2
11-11.25am Play School
7.30pm Outlook - Shop Floor. 5 Dispute with Harold Webb
8 The Great Adventure - Kentucky's Bloody Ground part 2, starring Peter Graves, David McCallum
8.50 Master Class - Paul Tortellier
9.30 Party Political Broadcast
9.40 Vintage Years of Hollywood - Man's Castle (1933)
10.45 Newsroom and The Weather
11.05 Jazz 625 - Jazz from Kansas City introduced by Humphrey Lyttelton
11.40 Late Night Line Up
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BBC TV Programmes for Sunday March 13th 1966
BBC -1
11.30 Forward to Retirement - Finding Something to Do, interviewer Joan Bakewell
12.00 A World of Weather - 9 Climate in Miniature
12.30 Man Discovers His Past- From Savagery to Civilisation -1pm
1.30 Gardening Club - with Percy Thrower. First outside broadcast of the year
1.50 Farming- with Frank Taylor. How Much Off?
2.15 Adventure- Secrets of the Chasm rpt
2.40 Skiing
3.15 Made in Britain
3.25 Clash By Night film starring Barbara Stanwyck
5.05 The Lucy Show- Lucy and Clint Walker
5.30 David Copperfield- 9 Domestic Tangles; Pinky and Perky; The News and Weather
6.15 Meeting Point - Comeback with Canon Bryan Green
6.45 The Sunday Story - Warren Mitchell tells The Happy Prince, part 2
6.50 Songs of Praise - from St Giles Newcastle-under-Lyme
7.25 The Egg and I - film starring Claudette Colbert
9.20 Dr Finlay's Casebook - Better Safe Than Sorry
10.10 The Rachmaninoff Concertos - with Moura Lympany, Piano Concerto No 1; Meeting Point (rpt from 6.15pm)
11.25 The Weather; Close Down

BBC -2
7.25 News Review - presented by Richard Baker
7.55 People to Watch - Talking of Things to Come. 3: Andrew Shonfield
8.25 Horizon - Colin Riach introduces The Beginning of Life
9.10 Theatre 625 - The Queen and Jackson starring George Baker, Jill Dixon and Brian Oulton
10.30 Tonight in Person- Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
11.00 News Summary
11.05 Late Night Line Up including Plunder, a weekly raid on the BBC archive: Music Maestro Please.
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BBC TV Programmes for Tuesday February 21st 1967
BBC -1
9.35 Schools -11.55
1.05 Heddiw
1.30 Watch with Mother- Trumpton
1.45 News and The Weather Man -1.53
2.05 Schools -4.35
4.40 Jackanory; Johnny Quest
5.20 Tom Tom - with Jeremy Carrad and John Earle; Magic Roundabout
5.49 The Weather Man; News
5.58 Town and Around
6.17 Going for a Song
6.40 Bewitched - Samantha for the Defence
7.05 The Newcomers - Fielding continues his investigations, Betty learns of her formidable rival
7.30 All Gas and Gaiters - The Bishop Sees A Ghost
8.00 Madeleine - film starring Ann Todd (News and Weather 8.50-9.05)
10.05 Sportsview - Boxing
10.25 Twenty-Four Hours - with Cliff Michelmore
11.00 The Weather Man; 11.02 In Your Place - No.7 A Period Cottage
11.32 approx Close Down

BBC -2
7.30 Outlook - The Population Problem: 2 India- Writings in the Sand
8.00 News Summary; This Man Craig - John Cairney in The Day's Run
8.55 Pause for Laughter
9.05 Life - The Largest Animal Ever
9.45 Europa - introduced by Derek Hart
10.15 The Forsyte Saga - No.7 Into the Dark rpt
11.05 Newsroom; The Weather
11.25 Late Night Line Up
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Some Forgotten BBC programmes

Picture Page (1936-1952)
Television Surveys (1939)
Parent-Craft (1951)
Silk, Satin Cotton, Rags (1952)
The Betty Driver Show (1952)
Face the Music (1953)
Emney Enterprises (1954)
They Come By Appointment (1955)
Abigail and Roger (1956)
The Recording Angells (1956)
Beauty Box (1957)
Now (1957)
The Midlander (1958)
The Dithering Detective (1959)
Sooty on Safari (1959)
Carry On Ron (1959)
The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull (1959)
Don't Do It Dempsey (1960)
Your World (1961)
Television Club (1962 on)
The Five Foot Nine Show (1964)
Davy Jones (1964)
Swizzlewick (1964)
Tich Puzzle (1964/5)
I Object (1965)
Lil (1965)
Night Train to Surbiton (1965)
Tich Space Trips (1965)
Police Patrol (1965)
John Beckett (1965)
Barney is My Darling (1965/6)
Jennings (1966)
Picture- from story #8 of Swizzlewick

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You could hardly say Sooty is in the 'Forgotten' category! Heaven forbid.
But here is a rather unusual and neglected serial by Harry Corbett:

Sooty on Safari (May 24th and 31st, June 7th 1959, BBC)

A cliffhanger serial recording the adventures of Sooty and Sweep, not forgetting Chief Porter Harry Corbett, as they set out for Africa from Squire's Gate Blackpool. Their quest is for the Wild Man of Membesi.
The party leave on a Bristol Wayfarer and though allegedly landing in Africa, the filmed scenes were made by a canal at Chester Zoo. Animals from the zoo were thus used as a backdrop, though the 'live' part of the programme in the BBC North Studios had a tropical set designed by Kenneth Lawson. The producer was Trevor Hill.
The plane carrying our puppet heroes was christened Sooty's Safari Flight for the series, and apparently throughout that summer 1959 season it continued to carry holidaymakers bearing this name

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The Adventures of Brigadier Wellington-Bull
A BBC series shown in June/July 1959.
A contemporary comment on the programme:
"I was particularly interested in seeing Alexander Gauge in a series of his own. His comedy and acting abilities have been sadly neglected. I'm not saying this series requires much acting prowess, but it does need some qualities to make it a success. The script by Austin Melford is harmless enough, but without Alexander Gauge the idea would fall flat on its face. I think if the plots improve and there are more comic lines it might well turn out to be a success. However I also feel that without Gauge this series would be a load of Bull!"
However, after a second programme this sad conclusion was reached:
"I'm afraid, I'm very much afraid that it is a flop. I looked in again last Friday (19th June) to the second instalment hoping that it had improved. Instead it turned out to be the worst script and the worst bit of acting I have seen on tv for a long time. Certainly Miss Pat Cavin needs more lessons in dramatic art, though in all fairness I cannot lay the blame a hundred per cent at her door. The fault lies with the author Austin Melford. How the producer accepted such banal, unfunny rubbish is beyond me and I should think beyond most viewers. I feel very sorry for Alexander Gauge because he deserved much better than this from the BBC- unless the corporation are getting their own back for his success on the other channel. They're certainly not doing him any favours with this series."

The producer was Ronald Marsh. Theme music by Trevor H Stanford.

I only have the cast lists for these three stories:
3 A Clubbable Man (Friday June 26th 1959, 7.30pm) - starring Alexander Gauge as Brig Garnet Wellington-Bull, with Valerie Singleton (Jane, his daughter), Donald Hewlett (Captain 'Sooty' Pilkington), Carl Bernard (Fred, a Soho type), Miriam Karlin (Coffee bar assistant), Paul Eddington (Harry, another Soho type), Mela White (Showgirl), Frank Leighton (Plain clothes policeman), and Erik Chitty (Club chairman)
4 A Party Matter (Friday July 3rd 1959) - starring Alexander Gauge, with Valerie Singleton, Donald Hewlett, Bill Shine (Assistant Manager), Irene Hamilton (A Press reporter), Frank Pettitt (Head Waiter), Sheree Winton (Flower Salesgirl), MacDonald Parke (Otis P Walkinshaw).
5 A Spicy Dish (Friday July 17th 1959) - starring Alexander Gauge, with Valerie Singleton, Donald Hewlett, Andre van Gyseghem (The Rajah), Fenella Fielding (The Rajah's Wife) and Oscar Quitak (Abdur Rahman).
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Police Patrol (1965, BBC)
A children's series showing the real life and adventure among the police of many lands, including Flint of the CID. Introduced by David Edwards. Scriptwriter and Producer: Leonard Chase.
1 (August 2nd 1965, 5.05-5.30pm). With Peter Dennis as Flint, Robin Adler as Himself, Susan Hopwood as The Model and Desmond Cullum-Jones as The Policeman.
2 (August 9th 1965). With Peter Dennis as Flint, Hayne Ryan as Professor Karling, David Oliver as Night watchman. Insp Flint goes spycatching.
3 (August 16th 1965). With Peter Dennis as Flint, Robert Mill as Producer, Peter Purnell as Actor, and Anne Murphy as Actress.
4 (August 23rd 1965). With Peter Dennis as Flint, John Barcroft as Doctor, and Cleo Silvestre as Au Pair Girl.
5 (Bank Holiday August 30th 1965, 5.15pm). With Peter Dennis as Flint, John Banks as Himself, and Brian Walton as Brian.
6 (Sept 6th 1965, 5.05pm). With Peter Dennis as Flint, Harvey Hall as Manager, and Gillian Leach as Secretary.
7 (Sept 13th 1965). With Peter Dennis as Flint, Billy McComb as Billy, and Barbara Barrett as Trixie.

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Emney Enterprises

Of course the immortal Fred Emney was one of the mainstays of the BBC comedy output. Laid back, with very little effort, Fred somehow exuded his giant comic persona.

So much has been sadly lost, here are details of one such:
Whit Monday June 7th 1954, 8.25-8.55pm
Appearing with Fred were Eliot Makeham, Charles Hawtrey, David Main, John Burch, Tobor the Great, Jack Billings, Michael Segal, John Hanson, David Enders, Clarence Wright, Bobbie Dwyer, and Trixie Charles.
Others down the bill were Thelma Baker, Ann Banbury, Roma Dale, Pat Denny, Peggy Gomm, Wynn Gray, Ginger Stewart and Joyce White.
The script was by Fred Emney and Max Kester.
Producer: Bill Ward

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Swizzlewick (1964, BBC)
Another Corporation twice weekly soap opera, that never made it. Putting it initially against Emergency-Ward 10 was never a good idea, specially as its starting time was 5 minutes after that series had begun. Made in the BBC Midlands Studios, it related the "ups and downs of a town council."
Creator: David Turner, who also wrote most of the early scripts, however he got the push after complaints from Mrs Mary Whitehouse. Producer: Episodes 1-6: Morris Barry. Eps 7-26: Bernard Hepton.
Main characters: Martin Wyldeck played Mayor Augustus Bent, a builder,
Geoffrey Denton was Arthur Oakes, a country gent,
Philip Garston-Jones was Harry Jolly, and
Patrick Mower appeared as Public Relations Officer Ken Wiley.
The opposition are led by Arnold Peters as Councillor Vernon Salt.
Independents include Ballard Berkeley as Major Lamb, Margot Boyd as Mrs Felicity Smallgood, anti-sleeze and allegedly rather like Mrs Whitehouse, with Nancie Jackson as her friend Miss Hart.
Citizens include Peter Russell as Rufus Wright, a jobbing printer, Madeleine Mills as Wendy Yapp, tea girl, Christina Taylor as Audrey Willett and George Layton as Eustace Hadden, the voice of youth.

Episode details:
1 The Bodies (August 18th 1964, 7.35-8pm). With all main characters. Cast also included John Gill as Fidgett, Hugh Morton as Town Clerk, Gillian Royale as Gina Promise, John Baddeley as Vincent Salt, Liam Redmond as Grubbitt, Haydn Jones as Ernest Carter, and Salmaan Peer as Mohan Das. Director: Michael Imison. The Council wants to turn the derelict Primitive Methodist Chapel into a Community Centre. But youngsters are using it unofficially for their own ends. Note: this is the only episode known to survive
2 Rearing its Ugly Head (August 21st 1964, 7.35-8pm). With all main characters. Rest of cast: Gillian Royale, and John Baddeley. Director: Michael Imison.
3 Campaigners All (August 25th 1964). With all main characters. Rest of cast: Gillian Royale, John Baddeley, Judy Child as Blousie and Haydn Jones. Director: Michael Imison. "Ere, take me chain." Thus The Mayor when his plans for the new community centre are turned down.
4 How to Make 250,000 (August 28th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, George Layton, Christina Taylor, Gillian Royale, Margot Boyd, Peter Russell, Arnold Peters, Judy Child, Haydn Jones, Hilary Mason as Mrs Yapp, Edward Jewesbury as Vicar, and Liam Redmond. Director: Richmond Harding.
5 The Unspotted Genius (September 1st 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Philip Garston-Jones, Geoffrey Denton, Gillian Royale, Margot Boyd, John Gill, Ballard Berkeley, John Baddeley, Nancie Jackson, Peter Russell, Arnold Peters, Judy Child, Haydn Jones, Hilary Mason, Madeleine Mills, Edward Jewesbury, Liam Redmond and Elspeth Duxbury as Miss Oldacre. Director: Richmond Harding.
6 Burnt Umber with Graining (September 4th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Philip Garston-Jones, Geoffrey Denton, Gillian Royale, Margot Boyd, John Gill, Ballard Berkeley, John Baddeley, Nancie Jackson, George Layton, Arnold Peters, Haydn Jones, Hilary Mason, Madeleine Mills, and Edward Jewesbury. Director: Julia Smith.
7 Jam and Maggots (September 8th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Philip Garston-Jones, Geoffrey Denton, Gillian Royale, Judy Child, Margot Boyd, John Gill, Ballard Berkeley, John Baddeley, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Haydn Jones, Hilary Mason, and Madeleine Mills. Director: Julia Smith.
8 Dead Image (September 11th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Philip Garston-Jones, Geoffrey Denton, Gillian Royale, Judy Child, Margot Boyd, John Baddeley, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Elspeth Duxbury, Madeleine Mills, and Liam Redmond. Director: Michael Imison. Vincent Salt finds the path of true love very rough going
9 A Reputation Cleared (September 15th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Peter Russell, Christina Taylor, George Layton, Gillian Royale, Haydn Jones, Ballard Berkeley, Judy Child, Madeleine Mills, Margot Boyd, John Baddeley, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Elspeth Duxbury, Hilary Mason, Hugh Morton, Liam Redmond, and Arthur R Webb as Registrar. Script: Brian Hayles. Director: Michael Imison.
10 In for a Penny (September 18th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Gillian Royale, Ballard Berkeley, John Baddeley, Arnold Peters, Hilary Mason, Liam Redmond, Edward Jewesbury, Peter Collingwood as Dr McCrag, Marne Maitland as Rashid, and David Lander as Jawaharlal. Director: R Harding.
11 The Value of Silence (September 21st 1964, now moved to Monday at 6.35pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Peter Russell, Christina Taylor, George Layton, Gillian Royale, Haydn Jones, Ballard Berkeley, Judy Child, John Baddeley, Arnold Peters, Hilary Mason, and Liam Redmond. Script: Brian Hayles. Director: R Harding.
12 A Proposal of Marriage (Wednesday September 23rd 1964, 6.35pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Peter Russell, Hugh Morton, Christina Taylor, George Layton, Gillian Royale, Haydn Jones, Margot Boyd, Ballard Berkeley, John Gill, Nancie Jackson, Judy Child, Arnold Peters, Liam Redmond and Blake Butler as Mr Sparrow. Story editor: John Barber (writer not stated for this and next few episodes). Director: Julia Smith.
13 A Very Important Occasion (September 28th 1964, 6.30pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Peter Russell, Christina Taylor, George Layton, Haydn Jones, Margot Boyd, Ballard Berkeley, John Gill, Madeleine Mills, Hilary Mason, Nancie Jackson, Judy Child, Arnold Peters, Liam Redmond, Elspeth Duxbury, Edward Jewesbury, and Mary Hinton as Lucasta. Director: Julia Smith.
14 Dog Lovers Unite! (September 30th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Peter Russell, Haydn Jones, Margot Boyd, Ballard Berkeley, Madeleine Mills, Hilary Mason, Nancie Jackson, Judy Child, Arnold Peters, John Woodnut as Rack, Cec Linder as Filch, Elspeth Duxbury, Edward Jewesbury, Mary Hinton, and Simon Brent as Howard. Director: Hugh David.
15 A Threat from Outside (October 5th 1964). With: Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, John Gill, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Margot Boyd, Ballard Berkeley, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, John Woodnut, Cec Linder, Liam Redmond, Gillian Royale, Hugh Morton, Edward Jewesbury, Mary Hinton, and Simon Brent. Director: Hugh David.
16 Dead Reckoning (October 7th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, John Gill, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, John Baddeley, Margot Boyd, Ballard Berkeley, Edward Jewesbury, George Layton, Haydn Jones, Madeleine Mills, Nancie Jackson, Hilary Mason, John Woodnut, Arnold Peters, Cec Linder, Gillian Royale, Hugh Morton, Mary Hinton, Simon Brent, Elspeth Duxbury, Jill Meers, and Patricia Gallimore as Waitress. Script: Malcolm Bradbury. Director: R Harding.
17 Blackmail (October 12th 1964, 7.30- 8pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Liam Redmond, John Gill, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, John Baddeley, Margot Boyd, Edward Jewesbury, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Cec Linder, John Woodnut, Gillian Royale, Judy Child, Mary Hinton, Elspeth Duxbury, and Jill Meers. Script: Malcolm Bradbury. Director: R Harding.
18 The Best Method of Defence (October 14th 1964, 7.00-7.25pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Hilary Mason, John Gill, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Margot Boyd, Edward Jewesbury, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Haydn Jones, Madeleine Mills, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Ballard Berkeley, Cec Linder, John Woodnut, Simon Brent, John Baddeley, Mary Hinton, Gillian Royale, and Peter Daly as Music Shop Man. Story editor John Barber. Director: Julia Smith.
19 A Council of War (October 19th 1964, 7.30-8pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, John Gill, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Margot Boyd, Edward Jewesbury, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Nancie Jackson, Arnold Peters, Ballard Berkeley, Cec Linder, John Woodnut, Simon Brent, John Baddeley, Elspeth Duxbury, Gillian Royale, Jack Holloway as Commander Matthew, and Chris Gittins as Gardener. Story editor John Barber. Director: Julia Smith.
20 A Spy in the Camp (October 21st 1964, 7.30-7.55pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Margot Boyd, Nancie Jackson, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Arnold Peters, Edward Jewesbury, Ballard Berkeley, John Gill, John Woodnut, Simon Brent, John Baddeley, Gillian Royale, and Haydn Jones. Script: Kenneth Hill. Director: Hugh David.
21 A New Plan (October 26th 1964, 6.30-6.55pm). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Nancie Jackson, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Arnold Peters, Edward Jewesbury, John Gill, Margot Boyd, John Woodnut, John Baddeley, Gillian Royale, Hilary Mason, Simon Brent, Haydn Jones, and Jon Rollason as Policeman. Script: Kenneth Hill. Director: Hugh David.
22 Balance of Power (October 28th 1964, 6.30). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Nancie Jackson, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Arnold Peters, John Gill, Ballard Berkeley, Jack Holloway, Margot Boyd, John Woodnut, John Baddeley, Gillian Royale, Hilary Mason, Simon Brent, Haydn Jones, Frederick Raphael as Removal Man, Chris Gittins, Jon Rollason, Graham Rigby as Councillor Boreham, and Jennifer Whitworth as Nurse. Script: Malcolm Bradbury. Director: Douglas Camfield.
23 The Exercise (November 2nd 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Geoffrey Denton, Philip Garston-Jones, Hugh Morton, George Layton, Madeleine Mills, Arnold Peters, John Gill, Ballard Berkeley, Jack Holloway, Edward Jewesbury, John Woodnut, John Baddeley, Gillian Royale, Hilary Mason, Simon Brent, Haydn Jones, Jon Rollason, and Marigold Sharman as Miss Raven. Script: Kenneth Hill. Director: Douglas Camfield.
24 The Spider's Web (November 4th 1964). With: Martin Wyldeck, Patrick Mower, Christina Taylor, Peter Russell, Hugh Morton, Madeleine Mills, Arnold Peters, Nancie Jackson, Ballard Berkeley, Jack Holloway, Edward Jewesbury, John Woodnut, John Baddeley, Gillian Royale, Hilary Mason, Simon Brent, Haydn Jones, and Marigold Sharman, Raymond Mason as Salesman, Ysanne Churchman as Housewife, and Michael Ingham as Householder. Script: Brian Hayles. Director: Julia Smith.
25 An Important Discovery (November 9th 1964).
26 The Axe Falls (November 11th 1964).

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Barney is My Darling (1965/6)
Stars: Irene Handl and Bill Fraser. Script: Marty Feldman and Barry Took.
With such stars and writers, how could this series fail? Somehow it did. The six stories are about Ramona and Barney Pank, married in 1940, but strangers almost ever since, as Barney works as Chief Steward on board the SS Addis Ababa. He hasn't been home for twelve years, as the ship plies from Tasmania to Sumatra. She runs a little hairdressing salon in Willesden.
Other regulars: Angela Crow as Cissie Ludgrove, and also Pat Coombs as Miss Hobbitt (in stories 2, 3, 4 and 6 only).

1 Home is the Sailor (December 17th 1965, 7.30pm) also with George Tovey, Margaret Flint, and Peter Cleall. The couple meet for the first time in twelve years.
2 The 2,000 a Year Man (December 23rd 1965) also with Walter Carr, Warren Mitchell, Ronnie Barker, Pat Gilbert and Ken Jones, plus Jessie Robins, Bernard Goldman, Pam Marmont, Peter Cleall, Pearl Prescod, and Freddy Powell.
3 The Twenty-Six Year Itch December 31st 1965), also with Dudley Foster, and Helen Lindsay.
4 Weddings, Funerals, and Christenings (January 7th 1966), also with Kenneth Cope, and Ronald Adam.
5 My Son! My Son! (January 14th 1966), also with Robert Raglan, James Chase, and George Tovey. Barney learns at last why Ramona is reticent about the son he has not seen for so long, "he is what he is because I am what I am, being where I was instead of where I should have been."
6 The Prodigal Son (January 21st 1966), also with Colin Spaull.

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Abigail and Roger (1956)

starred David Drummond as solid City gent Roger, and Julie Webb as Abigail, a thoroughly modern woman.
Scripts: Kevin Sheldon.

This was an early comedy series that suffered the indignity of the Axe, I believe it was the first BBC television series to receive such a terrible fate.
Eight programmes were shown, the ninth at the end of August 1956 was advertised, but not transmitted, the remainder of the run of thirteen were never made either.
The series was about a newly engaged middle class couple, and received widespread criticism.

If you know more of this minor scandal, please email me

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Lil (1965 BBC)
Set in a South Wales valley, Lil was written by Elaine Morgan, who had created the character originally for her serial A Matter of Degree. The series of six stories proved so popular on BBC Wales, as "viewers found... a woman just like Lil living close to them," that it was also screened on the main BBC network in July and August 1965.
Jessie Evans starred in the title role. Producer was David J Thomas. Director: Arthur Williams.

1 The Sultan (Friday April 23rd 1965). Others in the cast: Joan Newell as Blod, Douglas Blackwell as Sultan, and Esme Lloyd as Assistant.
2 A Little Lonelier (April 30th 1965). Again with Joan Newell. Others in the cast: Patricia Clapton as Marlene, Carol Ann Corfield as Sandra, Vera McGregor as Mrs Lloyd, David Lawton as Monsieur Gabriel, and Heather Morgan as Shirley.
3 The Surgery (May 7th 1965). Also with Prysor Williams as Dick, Dilys Davies as Mrs Rees-Jenkins, Margaret John as Receptionist, and Trevor Bannister as Dr Richardson.
4 Chapter and Verse (May 14th 1965). Also with Frank Williams as Mr Brown, and John Gill as William Thomas. Also appearing: Henley Thomas as Derek, Maralynn Burt as Librarian, and Talfryn Thomas as Dai Davies.
5 Will you be Mine? (May 21st 1965). With Joan Newell, and JG Devlin as Mervyn Morris.
6 A Patch of Damp (May 28th 1965). Also with Ray Smith as Bill, Ieuan Rhys Williams as Councillor Griffiths, Norman Wynne as Evan, and Keith Taylor as Herbert.

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Night Train to Surbiton (BBC)

A serial in six parts by John Chapman, starting January 27th 1965.

Starring Nicholas Parsons as Guy and Peter Jones as Matthew, who are slightly inebriated on their 8.20pm train home when their fellow passenger collapses and dies. The body disappears and the two are not believed.
Though played for laughs, when the pair return the man's briefcase they are engulfed in a mystery "in which not only their own lives but the very survival of mankind are in danger!" Well, to be more precise, Matthew's mother-in-law is kidnapped.
Also appearing were
Eleanor Summerfield,
Christine Finn,
John G Heller,
Fabia Drake and
John Bluthal

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Tich Puzzle! (1964-5, BBC)

One of several children's series made by ventriloquist Ray Alan, best known for his immortal silly arss dummy Lord Charles. This one followed on from the earlier successful Tich and Quackers and began on Wednesday September 30th 1964, shown from 5.05 to 5.30pm
It was "a programme of comedy and puzzles" introduced by Ray Alan, "assisted, interrupted and generally thwarted by Tich and Quackers." Tony Hart provide the cartoons as well as the voice for the latter character. Director and producer was Michael Westmore.
Judith Chalmers joined the programme as 'Answers Lady' from December 2nd that year. From the start of 1965, the programme moved to Tuesdays at 5.05pm, starting on January 5th 1965. The final programme (number 29) was shown on April 13th 1965. Ray Alan returned with
Tich Space Trips that July.

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Tich Space Trips
Tich and Quackers set out to conquer space with Ray Alan, and Tony Hart, Jacqueline McDonald (in programmes #1,3,5) Mari Griffith (in #2,4,6-12), and Jerry Allen (in all except #5), Harry Hayward (#5). Each week they landed at a different holiday destination.

1: Festival Pavilion Skegness (July 20th 1965) with guest Ronnie Hilton.
2: Casino Pleasure Beach Blackpool (July 27th 1965) with guest George Wallman.
3: Winter Gardens Ballroom Morecambe (Aug 3rd 1965) with guest Roy Rivers.
4: Town Hall Great Yarmouth (Aug 10th 1965) with guests The Geddes Brothers.
5: Southsea (Aug 17th 1965) with guest Larry Parker.
6: The Floral Hall Southport (Aug 24th 1965) with guests The Holy Family School Choir, Southport.
7: Butlin's Holiday Camp, Clacton-on-Sea (Aug 31st 1965) with guest Johnny Stewart.
8: The Tower Ballroom New Brighton, (Sept 7th 1965) with guests Paul Connor and Janita Morrel.
9: Butlin's Holiday Camp, Bognor Regis, (Sept 14th 1965) with guest Freddie Sales.
10: Winter Gardens Ballroom Weston-Super-Mare, (Sept 21st 1965) with guest George Heaton.
11: The Town Hall Rhyl, (Sept 28th 1965, 5pm) with guest Les Peters
12: The Spa Ballroom Scarborough, (Oct 5th 1965) with guest Bill Dainty

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John Beckett (BBC, 1965)
starred David Davies as Rev John Beckett.

This was screened only on BBC Wales, on Fridays from 8-8.50pm.
Episode 1 was Stranger than Pretence (October 8th 1965).
5 Still Waters (November 5th 1965)
6 No Way Back (November 12th 1965)
Can you add any more light on this most obscure of rare drama programmes?

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Jennings (1966, BBC)
with David Schulten in the title role (his only tv acting part), Robert Bartlett as Darbishire (who at least made it on to the tv series After They Were Famous), Martin Carroll as Headmaster, Ian Gardiner as Mr Carter, and John Moore as Mr Wilkins. The regular pupils in each story were Iain Burton as Venables, William Burleigh as Temple, Edward McMurray as Atkinson, and Frank Barry as Rumbelow.
Produced in BBC's Manchester Studios by Johnny Downes.

1 The Planned Operation (Monday September 5th 1966, 5.25-5.50pm).
2 Jennings Gets The Message (Sept 12th 1966) also with Maurice Hedley as General Merridew.
3 The Scientific Frogman (Sept 19th 1966) also with Toke Townley as Dr Hipkin, and Barney Gilbraith as Robinson.
4 The Organised Outing (Sept 26th 1966) also with Roger Avon as Fireman (no Martin Carroll).
5 An Inspector Calls (Oct 3rd 1966) also Douglas Muir as Inspector.
6 The Rattling Relic (Oct 10th 1966) also with Michael Sheard as Bus Conductor, Eric Woodburn as Curator, and John Caesar as Junk man (no Martin Carroll).

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Now (1957)
"Sit tight and we'll take you there." A series of live outside broadcasts on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, to places you "might never have an opportunity to enjoy." It followed on the successful Saturday-Night Out series.

Programme 1 on April 3rd 1957 was 'Two Miles Under' with regulars Raymond Baxter and Bob Danvers-Walker.
The second programme took place on a submarine, while three future programmes were on the Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy, and The Army.
Berkeley-Smith was another presenter and programmes came from all parts of the country. This was early reality tv, but not like today recorded, or transmitted nearly live, this was real cutting edge live tv

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Picture Page
A topical magazine that began in 1936, devised and edited by Cecil Madden. It had the distinction of being the only programme to run weekly through the pre war years. The series was revived after the war until 1952, with mainly different personnel.
The pre war series is detailed below, and included The Switchboard Girl, Joan Miller. Though not credited for the first hundred programmes in Radio Times, Leslie Mitchell conducted the interviews. He was the only original person to appear in the post war programmes.
Opening theme was the 1934 song 'I've Had My Moments.'
First Producer: George More O'Ferrall.

Programme 1: Monday November 2nd, 3.30-4pm, second edition 9.30-10pm. The pattern was continued, edition one in the afternoon, then another the same evening. This first show included Squadron Leader Swann, new holder of the altitude record, a boy bugler, Ras Prince Monolulu, and a sixteen year old model, soon to be a film star, Dinah Sheridan. However because of the topicality of the programme, Radio Times rarely was able to reveal which guests would appear.
By Programme 71, Wednesday August 25th 1937 4.25, Royston Morley was the producer.
Programme 73, Wednesday September 1st 1937 4.25, the producer was Jan Bussell. Note: At this era, these two producers alternated weekly. They continued to alternate with other producers, whose first programme is noted.
Programme 85, Wednesday October 13th 1937 3.25-3.50pm, Royston Morley producer, who now became the regular producer. With The Maori Choir.
Programme 91, Wednesday November 3rd 1937 3.30-4pm, producer Andrew Miller Jones.
Programme 93, Wednesday November 10th 1937 3.30pm, producer Eric Crozier.
Programme 99, Wednesday December 1st 1937 3.30pm, producer George More O'Ferrall. Edition 100 was that evening's programme at 9.30pm.
Programme 101, Wednesday December 8th 1937 3.30pm, producer Moultrie Kelsall.
Programme 115, new slot: Thursday January 27th 1938 3.30pm, producer Moultrie R Kelsall. The producers continued to alternate.
119 Thursday February 10th 1938 also with Trudi Binar (continental songs). Programme 120 also advertised Sir Barry Jackson, Rt Hon Sir John Anderson, Robb (fashion drawings) and from the stage play Idiot's Delight, Raymond Massey, Tamara Geva and Henry Sherek.
139 Thursday April 21st 1938 3.30pm, producer Desmond Davies.
143 Thursday May 5th 1938 3.35pm, producer Arthur Ozmond.
145 Thursday May 12th 1938 3.30pm, producer Michael Barry.
147 Thursday May 19th 1938 3.30pm, producer Stephen Harrison.
149 Thursday May 26th 1938 3.35pm, producer Eric Boseley
The programme took a short summer break after 166 on the evening of July 21st.
The series returned with 167 on Thursday August 25th 1938 3.30pm, producer DH Munro. Introducing Alan D'Egbille (Cartoonist), Sgt Major Lynch, direct from Radiolympia. Evening programme 168 at 8.30pm.
169 Thursday September 1st 1938 3.30pm, producer DH Munro. With Robb, from Radiolympia.
173 Thursday September 15th 1938 3.40-4pm, producer Denis Johnston.
177 Thursday September 29th 1938 3.40pm, producer Imlay Watts.
185 Thursday October 27th 1938 3.40-4pm, producer Philip Bate.
193 Thursday November 24th 1938 3.40-4pm, producer Lanham Titchener.
The 200th programme on Thursday December 15th included Viscount Castlerosse, Cecilia Colledge, Sir Harry Brittain, Howard Marshall, Douglas Walters and L Marsland Gander.
223 Thursday March 9th 1939 3.40-4pm, producer Arthur Ozmond, with Henry Sherek's Chester Hayle Girls from the Dorchester Hotel (Radio Times noted they did not appear in the evening edition at 9.50pm).
243 Thursday May 18th 1939 3.45-4pm, producer Philip Bate, with scenes from Henry Sherek's Dorchester Floor Show with Kay Kimber, Helen Bennett, Brantley and Linda, and Robert Alton's Stars of Tomorrow.(they did not appear in the 9.45pm programme, but returned in programme 246 May 25th 1939 at 9-9.30pm).
251 Thursday June 15th 1939 3.50-4.15pm, producer Eric Fawcett.
The programme took its summer break after programme 258 on Thursday July 6th. That programme shown 9.40-10.30pm included a one off appearance by The Mills Brothers.
Though the series returned, it was a very shortlived return!
259 Thursday August 24th 1939 3-3.30pm, producer Harry Pringle. With the Chessington Baby Elephant, Joss (cartoonist), Miss Radiolympia and composer Noel Gay. Direct from Radiolympia. Edition 260 was on Saturday August 26th 1939 at 3pm.
261 Thursday August 31st 1939 3.40-4pm, producer Denis Johnston. Edition 262 was that evening 9.40-10.20pm. The last.

263 scheduled for September 7th 1939 with new producer Val Gielgud was not screened. 264 was to have been that evening 9.40-10.20pm.
However on June 13th 1946, the programme number 263 was finally shown, almost seven years and one war on, rather different to that originally planned.
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Television Surveys
A Sunday afternoon series on the pre war BBC in 1939.
This was an early example of an outside broadcast using the BBC's Mobile Unit.

There were seven programmes shown in this series:
1 Railways (January 15th 1939, 3-3.30pm)- behind the scenes at Watford Junction.
2 The International Telephone Exchange (January 29th 1939, 3.20-3.40pm)- at the Faraday Buildings with Leslie Mitchell.
3 Safety on the Road (February 5th 1939, 3-3.20pm)- on an arterial road near London.
4 Autogiros (February 19th 1939, 3-3.20pm)- at London Air Park Hanworth, the Cierva Autogiro Company.
5 The Civil Air Guard (February 26th 1939, 3-3.30pm)- at Hanworth, the training of pilots with the London Air Park Flying Club.
6 A Life on the Canals (March 12th 1939, 3-3.20pm)- at Clitheroe's Lock, Grand Union Canal, with AP Herbert discussing family life on canal boats.
7 Dinghy Sailing (March 26th 1939, 3.35- 4.05pm)- at Ranelagh Sailing Club Putney, with Peter Scott.
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Silk, Satin Cotton, Rags

A six part Saturday night comedy
part one on 10th May 1952
Script: MA Lonsdale.
Producer: Douglas Moodie.
Starring Barry K Barnes as Nick Nicholson, with Cecile Chevreau as Stella, Anthony Ireland as Geoffrey Masters QC, Clive Morton as Sir William Heywood, Richard Murdoch as Max Rollo, and Gladys Henson.

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I Object (1965)

Really a variation of Does the Team Think?
The series began on Wednesday April 14th 1965 (6.30-6.55pm) with Jimmy Edwards as The Judge, Ted Ray and Charlie Chester as Counsel, investigating viewers' dislikes, and with help of a jury taken from the studio audience, pass sentence on them. A sort of forerunner of Room 101.
Producer Albert Stevenson planned to call four cases per show. Though it was announced as a series of twelve, I can only trace details of seven shows being transmitted, Programme Number 4 was on May 5th, then a break before programmes 5 to 7 were shown from June 2nd to June 16th.

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The Five Foot Nine Show
BBC (Friday January 31st 1964, 9.25-10.15pm)

Stars: Roy Kinnear and Lance Percival, seen here with Tsai Chin.
Script: Dave Freeman, who also made a rare cameo acting appearance.
The producer Barry Lupino claimed this was "an old-style show with a lick of paint."
Be interesting to see these talented stars, even if it was likely very corny. "Six dancers, a singing eskimo, a singing tadpole and pipes and drums," Dave Freeman promised.

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The Recording Angells
(starting October 28th 1956, BBC)

This five part fortnightly 20 minute series was scripted by that fine writer RF Delderfield. It was produced in BBC's Bristol Studios by Brandon Acton-Bond.
Shelmouth is a small West Country resort, its newspaper The Recorder is a one man show run by a man in his sixties, William Angell. His nineteen year old reporter is Jo, but vaguely disapproving of her is Sid, a foreman printer of the old school.
Cast: Cyril Wood (Willy Angell), Norman Tyrrell (Sid Kittle), Lewis Wilson (Tom Angell), Ethel Coleridge (Thirza), Jenny Davis (Jo Crispin) and Phyllis Smale (Mrs Corbett-Smythe).

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Davy Jones (BBC, 1964)
This was a second series about a rural railway signalman starring Jack Walters in the title role. The first had been shown in 1959.
Also in each story were Aubrey Richards (Tom the Relief), Dilys Davies (Liza Hargest), and Ieuan Rhys Williams (PC Prosser).
The series was written by TC Thomas and produced by David J Thomas for BBC Wales. It was deemed suitable for screening on the BBC network later that year.

1. Davy Jones's Lovebirds (Thursday February 13th 1964, 8.50-9.15pm). In which Davy has trouble with his points. Also with George David as Evan Evans, and Madge Jones as Maggie Williams.
2. Davy Jones's Catch (Feb 20th 1964). To win an angling contest, Jones catches his pike in advance. He asks Frankie the Wern to catch it for him, with disastrous results. Also with Evan Thomas as Major D Pryce-Powell OBE JP (in stories 2-4), Eynon Evans as Morgan the Keeper (also in story 4), and Howell Evans as Frankie the Wern (in stories 2-4).
3. Davy Jones's Wallop (Feb 27th 1964). Also with Evan Thomas, Howell Evans, and Hubert Rees as Excise Officer.
4. Davy Jones's Last Train (Mar 5th 1964). Director: Arthur Williams. The Beeching Axe- but Davy has no intention of retiring. Also with Evan Tomas, Eynon Evans, Howell Evans, and Graham Suter as Railways Inspector.
5 Davy Jones' Pup (Mar 12th 1964).
6 Davy Jones' Caravan (Mar 19th 1964).
7 Davy Jones' Lotion (Mar 26th 1964).
The earlier series titled The Davy Jones Saga had a very similar cast, with Jack Walters in the title role, Aubrey Richards as Tom Davies the Lamps, Dilys Davies as Liza Hargest, but with Eynon Evans as PC Prosser. imdb lists the six 1959 stories which began in February that year as 1 Davy Jones' Goldmine, 2 Davy Jones' Catch, 3 Davy Jones' Lovebirds (also with Emrys Leyshon as Evan Evans), 4 Davy Jones' Brush, 5 Davy Jones' Wallop, and 6 Davy Jones' Dance.

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Carry On Ron
BBC Wales only, June 24th 1959 (30 minutes)
starring Ronnie Harris, Welsh comic and mimer.
Also appearing: Verushka, dramatic soprano,
Howell and Pat Evans, and
The Statesiders, instrumental trio.
Producer Brian Evans

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Face the Music (1953)

In 1953 Ronnie Waldman arranged for the veteran erstwhile conductor of the BBC Dance Orchestra, Henry Hall, to reinvent his immensely successful Guest Night for a new audience on television. Three shows were booked in early 1953, the first included Bernard Miles and Dickie Henderson. A clip from Henry Hall's pre-war musical film Music Hath Charms was also shown.
The second programme included Henry Hall's old pal Leslie Henson, as well as one of the newer comedians, Reg Dixon. Snooker legend Joe Davis "serenely potted" all seven coloured snooker balls, quite a feat for live tv!
After the success of the programmes, the BBC took up its option of three further shows, and the series was eventually extended throughout that year. Other stars in Henry Hall's line up were Max Miller, Elsie and Doris Waters, Larry Adler, his first ever tv appearance, and even the immortal Laurel and Hardy made a brief appearance, one, we are told, full of "knockabout comedy."

Note- no connection between this and the later better remembered BBC series of the same name with pianist Joseph Cooper, that ran from 1966
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The Betty Driver Show

June 12th 1952, 9.15-9.45pm

Betty starred with
Geoffrey Sumner, Tom Macaulay, Harry Jacobson, Elizabeth Maude, and The Petersen Brothers.
Eric Robinson directed the orchestra, of course.
Script was by Chris Webb and Kenneth Milne-Buckley, the latter also produced the show

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Harry Worth
had made various tv guest appearances before he starred in a one off programme

The Dithering Detective
shown on BBC in The North (ie it was a rare regional excursion for the BBC, not shown in other areas).
The date was Friday March 20th 1959.
John Ammonds, who had 'discovered' Harry for the BBC claimed, "Harry is not just a gag teller. He has a wonderful personality. He has no equal in putting over that nervous type of comedy." This programme must have done well, for it led to Harry's first series the following year
The Trouble With Harry. Later in 1960 the successful Here's Harry began its long and happy run.

If you have a Northern edition of Radio Times for the week of The Dithering Detective, I'd be very glad to receive more details of this one off programme.

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Beauty Box
A 1957 series, Tuesdays 6.45-7.15pm, later Wednesdays 7.30-8pm.
Despite its title, this was actually "a lighthearted entertainment" hosted by Patricia Lewis.
One of the interviewers was Hariette Johns. Joan Manning, singing to her guitar, was a regular on early shows.
April 2nd included the regulars, The Blonde Toppers, with Nat Temple and his orchestra.
It was reported that regular Arthur English was "a big success" as a level crossing keeper (April 16th).
On April 30th also appearing was teenage Scottish singer Sally Logan.

After a very short break, Beauty Box returned on July 18th.
Aug 1st: with Jack Train and Peter Cavanagh "again." Also Trudi Walker, Russ Hamilton, Elizabeth and Collins (knife throwing), The Brunette Toppers and Nat Temple's Orchestra.
The final show in the series on September 25th included Val Doonican, Iris Villiers, Arthur English, Rosalie Ashford, with The Blonde Toppers and The Brunette Toppers. Music was by Nat Temple and his Orchestra.

Producer and director was Richard Afton.

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Parent-Craft

A fortnightly series of six programmes that commenced on July 19th 1951.

Despite the title this was a comedy series for children!
It was written by Robert Morley and produced by Alan Bromly.

The first programme introduced the Pebble family: Mother played by Janet Burnell, Father, who works in a bank, played by William Mervyn, and fourteen year old Anne as portrayed by a young Shirley Eaton. At the centre of the family crises is her brother, twelve year old black sheep Irving, in the guise of William Fox, while Robert Morley himself was R Cressington-Tallboy.

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Television Club
A 1962 series for schools introduced by Windsor Davies.
Written and produced by Alan Hancock. For "backward and retarded children," to quote Radio Times, "designed to help with the arduous job of learning to read, as well as to encourage discussion and practical work."

The very first episode was Meet the Wade Family (Tuesday January 16th 1962, 2.05-2.25pm).
Cast: Bernard Kay (Mr Wade), Jean Alexander (Mrs Wade), Linda Grange (Janet Wade), Colin Spaull (Cliff Wade).
One later story was: Cliff and Janet Give a Pancake Party (Tuesday March 6th 1962).
The cast was Bernard Kay, Jean Alexander, Linda Grange, Colin Spaull, Jennifer Moss (Peggy Russell), William Victor (Derek Russell), Anthony Wilson (Mike), Lesley Venner (Eileen).

Note- Windsor Davies also hosted Television Club in the next academic year, and with different personnel the series continued into the 1970s.

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The Midlander (1958/9)

A 25 minute fortnightly show televised from BBC's Birmingham studios on alternate Friday nights.
The first programme went out in November 1958 introduced by everyone's favourite, Phil Drabble. The aim was to talk to local personalities, and among those interviewing were Barney Bamford, Barrie Edgar, Bill Hartley, Michael Hayes, and Bob Waller. The producer was Malcolm Freegard.

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Your World
(BBC Schools, Summer Term 1961).
As quite often with Schools' Drama, study of cast lists reveals the occasional budding star
A series of plays and follow up discussions on issues facing young people.
No. 1 Work (April 24th/25th, May 1st/ 2nd 1961). Introduced by Anne Allen. Director: Paul Mitchell. Producer: Peter Dunkley.
No. 3 At Home. A Question of Balance (May 29th/30th 1961).
Script: John Wiles.
Cast:
Clifford Cox (Mr Blake)
Anna Turner (Mrs Blake)
Julia Foster (May Blake)
Anthony Ashdown (Fred Stevens)
Maris Tant (Denise)
James Belchamber (Mr Crayne)
Daphne Foreman (Janice)
Jenny Jones (Mary) and
Pamela Sholto (Miss Iddon).

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They Come By Appointment (January 5th 1955)

These were true stories from a surgeon's casebook by George Sava.
Producer: Robert Barr.

The first of this series was titled The Malayan Planter.
"It was a few years after the war that the name of Hugh Fletcher appeared in my appointment book. A name, a letter from a country GP, who was a friend of mine, and a time- 10.30. The letter from Fletcher's doctor was not encouraging, and I wondered whether the patient himself might give me more confidence..."
Regrettably no cast list, if there was a cast, was given for this 30 minute story

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'Don't Do It Dempsey!' (1960)
Scripts: Patrick Campbell and Vivienne Knight.
Producer: John Harrison.

"Brian Reece, neglected for a long time by tv, comes back in a subtle, sophisticated series about a bachelor who's inclined to take beautiful girls to his flat for a bit of dinner over a candle."
In the first story on April 4th 1960, a young French girl (Adrienne Corri) prepared a meal in a mere ten minutes, that includes a nice souffle for our hero.
The fifth story, Travelling Hopefully (May 2nd 1960), showed James Dempsey's encounter with Jane (Helen Lindsay). Others in this cast were Peter Copley, James McLoughlin and Benedicta Leigh.
Music for the series was by Christopher Whelen, who claimed, "I do my best work in buses and tubes, pubs and hotels, and not at home." Sounds a good excuse!

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BBC In House Films
AP News or Ask Egton (c1956) - A nice bumbling newsreader with lots of spoof items, mainly on themes such as sewage. Plenty of jabs at BBC practice, like the harrassed newsreader being phoned on air over late changes. After a filmed report by Mike Lewis on giant paper rolls, there's a slide of American politician Dulles, "I think that's the wrong still." Vivian Ferguson-Short reports on the Elgin Scandal, MD's comment, "no comment." A photo of Col Nasser, written on his tie, "I love Eden." Also pictures of the BBC soccer and hockey teams, with numerous backroom staff depicted. A photo montage of other employees is followed by Bill Haley's record Rock Around the Clock, danced by Africans.

The Fred Boggs Show - To commentary as only the BBC could provide, Fred dreams he is Stuperboy, with his assistant, in drag. The pair call at a manor house where Frankenstein pursues Stuperboy, Ada the Witch supplies nerve tonic and Count Dracula enables Fred to escape to return to his postroom. Sub editor Ug concludes with a non sequiter, in a none too original skit

Midnight BBC Opening - to avoid competition with ITV, here's a new idea, programmes will now commence at midnight. Thus Richard Baker, in night attire reads the news in a northern accent, then camp, then a la BBC. There's a report from Peter Southwood in Paris, but the only sound is a French lady singing. The Thing from Outer Space is the next programme, slightly incomprehensible animation before a spaceman lands for an interview, in which he talks gibberish a la Spike Milligan. A brief take-off of Dragnet 'We've Lost Maisie Dawson' is followed by more news from Robert Dougall, a report showing how news is allegedly collected, only to be interrupted by Richard Baker in drag, singing an operatic aria. Kenneth Kendall in Regency costume shows us some pinups, before Picture Charade, a take off of a film mag. A silent film clip, then an interview with a Hollywood director, "frightfully decent of you to come along." A clip from The Great Drip, which is boxing in slow motion, and as a finale more footage of Charlie Chaplin to an accompaniment of Whole Lotta Shakin
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What's My Line? (BBC)
A great panel game devised by Americans Mark Goodson and Bill Todman.
The first BBC series began on July 16th 1951.
275 programmes were transmitted, before the Ninth series started on August 30th 1959. Reviewing the start of this 1959 season, St John Roberts wrote, "only two original members remain, Isobel Barnett and Gilbert Harding." Mind you, these were the pair we most remember today! "Lady Barnett still plays the game as if her life depended on getting the correct answer, while the old fire and quips seem to have diminished from Harding's repertoire." In describing the first of the new series, he commented that it "still remains the most successful of quiz games and with Dawn Addams as guest celebrity (spelt incorrectly on the superimposed caption) the programme is worth watching. Whether its popularity will last throughout the winter remains to be seen. Familiarity breeds contempt!"
In fact, the programme ran until about May 1963, though it was also revived much later on BBC2 and ITV.

A few sample panels, Eamonn Andrews of course was usually in the chair.
March 17th 1952 with Gilbert Harding, Marghanita Laski, Jerry Desmonde, Elizabeth Allan (also on March 24th 1952)
February 8th 1953 with Gilbert Harding, Barbara Kelly, Jerry Desmonde, Ghislaine Alexander
March 8th 1953 with Gilbert Harding, Barbara Kelly, Ghislaine Alexander
March 29th 1953 with Gilbert Harding, Elizabeth Allan, Jerry Desmonde, Ghislaine Alexander
January 2nd 1955 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon, and "a guest"
February 27th 1955 (7.45-8.25pm) with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon and Douglas Duff
February 13th 1956 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Ben Lyon, Zoe Gail
June 25th 1956 with Gilbert Harding in the chair, Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Bob Monkhouse, Alan Melville. (exactly same on July 16th 1956)
March 31st 1957 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Robinson.
April 5th 1957 (last of series) with Isobel Barnett, David Nixon, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Robinson. The mystery panellist was Victor Borge.
October 26th 1958 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Sara Leighton, Farmer Moult
November 9th 1958 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Brian Reece, Adrienne Corri
November 23rd 1958 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Adrienne Corri, Bob Monkhouse
March 22nd 1959 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Louise Collins, Cyril Fletcher. (same on November 15th 1959)
January 17th 1960 with Gilbert Harding, Isobel Barnett, Cyril Fletcher, Polly Elwes.
April 30th 1961 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Cyril Fletcher and "a guest panellist"
November 26th 1961 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon, Maurice Edelman MP
January 14th 1962 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon, Alan Melville (same on March 4th 1962)
March 4th 1963 with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, David Nixon, Gerald Nabarro MP
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