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1955


Thursday 22nd September 1955

NB The opening night of Independent Television (ITV). Its first two channels present the opening night’s programming - Associated Rediffusion (AR) and the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC)

AR / ABC Variety: Channel Nine 8:00 - 8:40 pm

Introduced by Jack Jackson

Shirley Abicair

Billy Cotton

Reg Dixon

John Hanson

Harry Secombe

AR / ABC Star Cabaret 10:30 - 10:50 pm

No guests of interest in this edition


Friday 23rd September 1955

BBC TV Starlight

Petula Clark

Joe Henderson


Saturday 24th September 1955

ABC ABC Music Shop 3:00 - 3:30 pm (first edition)

Host: Gerry Wilmot

ABC Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm (first edition)

Harry Secombe

ABC The Jack Jackson Show 10:15 pm – end (first edition)

Musical guests not known


Sunday 25th September 1955

ABC Liberace 2:00 - 2:30 pm

ABC Palladium Preview 7:40 - 7:50 pm

Musical guests not known

ABC Sunday Night at the London Palladium 8:00 - 9:00 pm (first edition)

Host: Tommy Trinder

Guy Mitchell


Monday 26th September 1955

BBC Television Tea Party

Petula Clark

Edmondo Ros

The Beverley Sisters

BBC Off The Record 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 27th September 1955

BBC Songs For The Asking 8:00 - 8:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Wednesday 28th September 1955

AR Band 5:30 - 5:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 29th September 1955

AR Jack Hylton Presents: Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm (first edition)

Shirley Bassey


Friday 30th September 1955

BBC Music In View

Musical guests not known

ITV News

Johnnie Ray Arrives in London


Saturday 1st October 1955

ABC ABC Music Shop3:00 - 3:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ABC Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Harry Secombe

ABC The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known


Sunday 2nd October 1955

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Johnnie Ray

Alma Cogan

ABC Celebrity Spot 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Ray Ellington


Monday 3rd October 1955

ABC Your Kind Of Music 8:30 - 9:30 pm

No guests of interest in this edition


Tuesday 4th October 1955

AR Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 6th October 1955

AR Billy Cotton & His Band 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 8th October 1955

ABC ABC Music Shop

Musical guests not known

ABC Saturday Showtime

Harry Secombe

ABC The Jack Jackson Show 10:15 - 11:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Sunday 9th October 1955

ABC Celebrity Spot

Cherry Wainer

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 10th October 1955

BBC Off The Record 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Musical guests not known

AR Melody 11:45 am - 12:00 pm (first edition of daily series)

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 11th October 1955

BBC Rhyme And Rhythm 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Musical guests not known

AR Penny For A Song 7:30 - 7:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 13th October 1955

ABC Jack Hylton Presents 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 14th October 1955

AR Pet’s Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Petula Clark


Saturday 15th October 1955

BBC The Dave King Show 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ABC ABC Music Shop

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson, Betty Miller

ABC Saturday Showcase

Harry Secombe


Sunday 16th October 1955

NB ABC changes name to ATV

BBC The Show Band Show 7:45 - 8:15 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Deep River Boys


Monday 17th October 1955

BBC Hit Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm First in re-launch

Musical guests not known

ATV Morning Melody11:30 - 11:45 am. (first edition in daily series)

Musical guests not known

ATV Your Kind Of Music 8:30 - 9:30 pm

No guests of interest in this edition


Wednesday 19th October 1955

BBC Time For Music 3:30 - 3:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 22nd October 1955

BBC Charlie Chester Show

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

Lita Roza, Robert Earl, Harry Hayward

ATV Saturday Showtime

Harry Secombe


Sunday 23rd October 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Crew Cuts

Lena Horne


Monday 24th October 1955

AR Melody (daily series)

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 25th October 1955

AR Penny For A Song 7:30 - 7:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Wednesday 26th October 1955

BBC This Is Show Business 9:30 - 10:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 27th October 1955

AR Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 28th October 1955

AR Pet’s Parade

Petula Clark


Saturday 29th October 1955

ATV Saturday Showtime

Harry Secombe

ATV ATV Music Shop

Joss White

Annie Ross

Suzi Miller


Sunday 30th October 1955

BBC Show Band Show

Joss White

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Johnnie Ray

The Beverley Sisters

ATV Celebrity Spot

Ray Ellington & Marion Ryan


Monday 31st October 1955

AR Melody

Musical guests not known

AR Your Kind Of Music

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 1st November 1955

BBC Special Inquiry 9:15 - 10:00 pm

3: Britain’s Teenagers

AR Humphrey Littleton & His Band and The Kirchin Orchestra 7:30 - 8:00 pm


Thursday 3rd November 1955

BBC Personality Parade

Josh White

AR Words & Music: A Tribute To Ivor Novello 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 5th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

Bill McGuffie, Kim Bennett, Julie Dawn

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey

Billy Cotton, The Keynotes


Sunday 6th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Ruby Murray

Alma Cogan


Monday 7th November 1955

BBC Off The Record

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 8th November 1955

AR Penny For A Song 7:30 - 7:45

Musical guests not known


Thursday 10th November 1955

ATV Jack Hylton Presents 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 11th November 1955

BBC Force’s Request

Josh White

AR Cy Grant & His Guitar 11:30 - 11:45 am

AR Pet’s Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Petula Clark


Saturday 12th November 1955

BBC Dave King 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

The Radio Revellers, Dennis Hale, Julie Dawn, The Ray Ellington Quartet

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Billy Cotton


Sunday 13th November 1955

BBC Show Band Show

Musical guests not known

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

The Daily Mirror Disc Festival featuring

Max Bygraves

Eddie Calvert

Alma Cogan

Ted Heath and his Music

Ruby Murray

Joan Regan

The Stargazers

Dickie Valentine

David Whitfield


Monday 14th November 1955

BBC Hit Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV Your Kind Of Music 8:30 - 9:30 pm

No guests of interest in this edition


Tuesday 15th November 1955

AR Downbeat 7:30 - 8:00 pm (directed by Dick Lester)

Eric Delaney Band


Wednesday 16th November 1955

BBC Time For Music 7:30 - 7:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 19th November 1955

BBC Charlie Chester Show 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

Bill McGuffie

Edmund Hockridge

The Coronets

Tommy Reilly

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Billy Cotton


Sunday 20th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 21st November 1955

BBC Off The Record 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Mantovani


Tuesday 22nd November 1955

BBC Songs For The Asking 7:30 - 8:15 pm

Musical guests not known

AR Penny For A Song

Shirley Abicair


Wednesday 23rd November 1955

BBC This Is Show Business 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 24th November 1955

ATV Jack Hylton Presents 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 25th November 1955

AR For Members Only 11:30 - 11:45 am

Cy Grant

AR Pet’s Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Petula Clark

AR Melody Maid 7:15 – 7:30 pm

Shirley Norman and Four In A Chord sing the hits of the day

AR Time For A Tune 10:30 - 10:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 26th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

Dorothy Squires

Anne Shelton

Cherry Wainer

Margaret Bond

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Billy Cotton


Sunday 27th November 1955

BBC Show Band Show

Musical guests not known

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

David Whitfield


Monday 28th November 1955

ABC Your Kind Of Music 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Josh White

AR Time For A Tune

Musical guests not known


Saturday 3rd December 1955

BBC The Saturday Show 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

Joan Anderson

Teresa Waters

Johnny Stevens

Peter Regan

Joan Powell

Anne Shelton

Cherry Wainer

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey! Wakey! 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Billy Cotton


Sunday 4th December 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Josh White

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Dickie Valentine


Monday 5th December 1955

BBC Off The Record 8:15 - 8:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Wednesday 7th December 1955

AR Joan Regan 7:15 - 7:30 pm


Thursday 8th December 1955

AR Penny For A Song

Musical guests not known

AR Jack Hylton Presents Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known

AR Dance Music 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 9th December 1955

AR Hylton’s Half Hour 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 10th December 1955

BBC Dave King Show

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop7:00 - 7:30 pm

Joe Loss

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Billy Cotton


Sunday 11th December 1955

BBC Show Time Show

Musical guests not known

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Musical guests not known


Monday 12th December 1955

BBC Hit Parade

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 13th December 1955

ATV Jack Hylton Presents: Youth Takes A Bow 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Wednesday 14th December 1955

AR Singing For You 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Alma Cogan


Friday 16th December 1955

BBC Rhyme And Rhythm

Musical guests not known

AR Hylton’s Half Hour

Musical guests not known


Saturday 17th December 1955

BBC Charlie Chester Show

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

Harry Jacobson, Harry Dawson, The Tanner Sisters, Don Peters

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition


Sunday 18th December 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Pantomime: Cinderella with Max Bygraves


Tuesday 20th December 1955

BBC Songs For The Asking

Musical guests not known

ATV Humphrey Littleton Band 7:15 - 7:30 pm


Wednesday 21st December 1955

BBC Time For Music 7:30 - 7:45 pm

Musical guests not known


Thursday 22nd December 1955

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Musical guests not known


Saturday 24th December 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

R H Elliot

Marion Ryan

The Three Deuces

Ronnie Hilton

Joe Henderson

Virginia Day

Jill Day

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition


Sunday 25th December 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Musical guests not known

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium: Christmas Night With The Stars 7:45 - 9:00 pm

Vic Damone

Alma Cogan


Sunday 26th December 1955

ATV Penny For A Song

Musical guests not known


Tuesday 27th December 1955

ATV Jack Hylton Presents: Youth Takes A Bow 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Wednesday 28th December 1955

BBC Music For A Mellow Mood 10:15 pm - end

Musical guests not known

AR Anne Shelton 7:15 - 7:30 pm


Thursday 29th December 1955

AR Swing Song 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Musical guests not known


Friday 30th December 1955

ATV Hylton’s Half Hour

Musical guests not known


Saturday 31st December 1955

ATV Final Night 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Musical guests not known

ATV ATV Music Shop

Ken Mackintosh

Alma Warren

Dennis Lotis

The Maple Leaf Four

The Burt Twins

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition