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1955


Thursday 22nd September 1955

NB The opening night of Independent Television (ITV). 7.15 pm - end (the Epilogue was at 11.00 pm)

The first two channels present the opening night’s programming - Associated Rediffusion (AR) and the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC). According to the New Musical Express during the first week of commercial television ABC-TV publicist Suzanne Walker sent bottles of eye-drops to business associates. Discussions between the new ITV stations and the Musicians Union which had been ongoing for five months were finally concluded the night before broadcasting begins. Musicians would get £6 per session regardless of if they on screen or not. Like the BBC, there would be a closedown between 6 and 7 in the evening.

AR / ABC Variety: Channel Nine 8:00 - 8:40 pm (actually from ABC's television theatre)

The first commercial break was for toothpaste, drinking chocolate and margarine. Advertisers were charged double for pleasure of being the first shown, with the excess charge donated to a charity chosen by the Lord Mayor. However, it was later discovered that the broadcasting companies made a loss on the venture and as a result only sent cheques for 100 guineas.

Introduced by Jack Jackson

Shirley Abicair

Billy Cotton

Reg Dixon

John Hanson

Harry Secombe

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

Jack Billings and The Visionaires

Marti Stevens

George Formby

Billy Ternent

Sheila Matthews


Friday 23rd September 1955

BBC TV Starlight (possibly 'On Show' 9.15 - 10.00 pm)

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR What Will You See 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Nat Temple and his Band

AR Friday's Girl 7.20 7.30 pm (alternates with Melody Maid starring Shirley Norman)

Sheila Matthews - three songs


Saturday 24th September 1955

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

Hosted by Gerry Wilmot

Patti Lewis - The Heart You Break

Bert Weedon - Button Up Your Overcoat

Marion Ryan

Tommy Maxwell / Ted Brennan Group - The Song Is You

Lee Lawrence - More Than A Millionaire

Tennessee Ernie Ford - Woman Is A Five Letter Word (film clip)

Peggy Lee - You Was Right Baby (film clip)

Pauline Shepherd

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

Harry Secombe

Pauline Shepherd - So Happy, I Wonder

ABC The Jack Jackson Show 10:15 - 11.00 pm (first edition)

NB Apparently Jackson fluffed his lines leading into the first commercial break

The Tanner Sisters - Blow Hot Blow Cold

Michael Kent

Max Bygraves with Geoff Love - Sunny Side Of The Street

Frankie Vaughan - Meet Me On The Corner, Seventeen

Benny Lee

Betty Miller


Sunday 25th September 1955

ABC Liberace 2:00 - 2:30 pm

ABC Palladium Preview 7:40 - 7:50 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Guy Mitchell - Truly Fair, Those Trombone Blues, She Wears Red Feathers

Gracie Fields - A Long Lonely Time, Sally (another review has her singing Hernado's Hideaway)


Monday 26th September 1955

BBC Television Tea Party (possibly 'Tea Dance' 4.00 - 5.00 pm)

hosted by Edmondo Ros

Petula Clark

The Beverley Sisters

Ted Heath

Ruby Murray

Anne Shelton

Norrie Paramour

Lou Praeger

Nat Temple

Carole Carr

Frank Chacksfield

Lorrae Desmond

Johnny Brandon

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

The Beverley Sisters - Hummingbird

Edmund Horckridge - The Man From Laramie

Lita Roza - Man In A Raincoat

Johnny Brandon - Home

Ronnie Hilton - Stars Shine In Your Eyes

Jack Parnell and his Orchestra - When The Saints Come Marching In


Tuesday 27th September 1955

AR Penny For A Song 7.30 - 7.45 pm

NB Penny Lester (Shirley Abicair) turns an old mews garage into a coffee bar The Rattletrap

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley (as a singer)


Wednesday 28th September 1955

AR Telebox: Band 5:30 - 5:45 pm

Nat Temple (first of 26 appearances on the show)

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm (American singer)


Thursday 29th September 1955

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

Shirley Bassey - Stormy Weather


Friday 30th September 1955

AR  Melody Maid 7.20 - 7.30 pm (alternates with Friday's Girl starring Sheila Matthews)

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

Ken Beaumont's Melody M<en

ITV News 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Johnnie Ray Arrives in London

AR Confidentially 9.00 - 9.30 pm (also seen as 'Reg Dixon')

Elizabeth Larner - He's My Guy


Saturday 1st October 1955

ABC ABC Music Shop 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Malcolm Vaughan

Max Geldray

Jill Day

Robert Farnon

Dennis Lotis

Fran Warren

Connie Haynes

Brul Ives - film clip

ABC Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Harry Secombe

Marie Benson - Twenty Tiny Fingers

ABC The Jack Jackson Show 10.15 - 11.00 pm

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Sunday 2nd October 1955

ABC Liberace 2.00 - 2.30 pm

ABC Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Johnnie Ray

Alma Cogan - Dreamboat, Love Me Or Leave Me

ABC Celebrity Spot 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Ray Ellington


Monday 3rd October 1955

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

The Iris Long Trio


Tuesday 4th October 1955

AR Downbeat 7.30 - 8.00 pm (first edition) NB also seen in The Times as 'Orchestra'

NB a technical fault left the show silent for a few moments.

Ted Heath and His Orchestra (with new female singer, Toni Eden) - When I Fall In Love, Bill, Lover

Maggie Fitzgibbon (in Pin Up spot)

Eddie Thompson

Doreen Harris - Engagement Waltz (in Tin Pan Alley spot)

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley (as a singer)

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


Wednesday 5th October 1955

AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra


Thursday 6th October 1955

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

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Friday 7th October 1955

AR Friday's Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Malcolm Lockyear and his music


Saturday 8th October 1955

BBC The Saturday Show

Caterina Valente - The Breeze and I, Bibbonet (the host Paul Carpenter had introduced her as Vittoria Valente)

ABC Weekend Magazine 9.30 - 10.30 am

Hill and Billie (harmonica duo)

ABC ABC Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm (seen in TV Times as ABC TV Music Shop)

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ABC Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Harry Secombe

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

Kenneth Earle

Malcolm Vaughan


Sunday 9th October 1955

ABC Liberace 2.00 - 2.30 pm

ABC Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Norman Wisdom who also played a bit of Cherry Pink Mambo on a trumpet and a tune on the clarinet

Xavier Cugat

ABC Celebrity Spot 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Cherry Wainer

Robert Earl

ABC Water Rats (a commemoration of the first 65 years, noted in music press, not listed in newspapers)

Max Bygraves - Cowboy's Cantata, Meet Me On The Corner


Monday 10th October 1955

NB an interview with Humphrey Lyttelton appeared on TV today, show unknown

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

Larry Adler - St Louis Blues

Alma Cogan - The Banjo's Back In Town

Dave King (singing comedian)

Danny Purches - Golden Earrings

The Johnston Brothers - Hernando's Hideaway

Gisela Griffel

Jack Wallace - multi track guitarist

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

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Tuesday 11th October 1955

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

A Barney Colehan programme of Light Music

AR Morning Melody 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley (as a singer)


Wednesday 12th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra

AR The Weddin' o' McGinnis (not listed in TV Times)

Andy Stewart


Thursday 13th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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AR In Rehearsal 12.10 - 12.30 pm

The Pajama Game musical in rehearsal at the London Coliseum

ABC Jack Hylton Presents 8:00 - 9.00 pm

Shirley Bassey

Dorothy Squires


Friday 14th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:45 am - 12:00 pm

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AR Melody Maid 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music


Saturday 15th October 1955

NB ABC changes name to ATV, and along with the company name change there would be a change to some of the programme titles. However the channel is still referred to as ABC in this week's TV Times which ends today.

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

Dave King

Yana - Each Day A Valentine, I'm Not At All In Love, & Dave King - Promised Breath of Springtime

ABC/ATV ABC Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson - I'll Never Stop Loving You

Betty Miller

Tony Reid

ABC/ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Harry Secombe

ABC/ATV Weekend Magazine 9.30 am - ?

Don Harper (swing violinist)

ABC/ATV On The Town 10.15 - 11. 00 pm (the replacement for The Jack Jackson Show)

Ron Randell hosts the show from the Embassy Club, Bond Street, London

Earle and Vaughan


Sunday 16th October 1955

NB The new edition of TV Times, beginning today, now refers to ATV (Associated TV)

BBC The Show Band Show 7:45 - 8:15 pm (first in fortnightly series)

NB Cut down from its original 45 minutes to thirty minutes. Broadcast from BBC's TV Theatre at Shepherd's Bush with an audience.

Cyril  Stapleton

Ronnie Hilton

The Stargazers

Janie Marden

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

Alma Cogan

Jimmy Young

Sid Phillips

Don Lang

Janie Marden

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Deep River Boys

Julie Andrews


Monday 17th October 1955

BBC Hit Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm (first edition in re-launch)

The Stanley Black Orchestra

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Jimmy Thompson

The Kentones

AR Morning Melody 11:30 - 11:45 am

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

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Tuesday 18th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:30 - 11:45 am

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AR Keep A Record 5.00 - 5.10 pm

Steve Race introduces Barbara Lyon


Wednesday 19th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:30 - 11:45 am

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AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra


Thursday 20th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:30 - 11:45 am

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Friday 21st October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11:30 - 11:45 am

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AR Friday's Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with Malcolm Lockyear and his music


Saturday 22nd October 1955

BBC Charlie Chester 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Marian Miller - You'll Never Walk Alone

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Lita Roza

Robert Earl - He

Harry Hayward

Greta Keller

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Harry Secombe

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 11.00 pm

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Sunday 23rd October 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Ronnie Hilton

Jill Day

Patti Lewis

Johnny Brandon

Freddie Randall

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Crew Cuts

Lena Horne


Monday 24th October 1955

BBC Off The Record 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Al Martino

David Hughes

Eve Boswell

The Coronets

Ken Macintosh and his orchestra

Harry Secombe

Stanley Black and concert Orchestra

The George Mitchell Singers

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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Tuesday 25th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley


Wednesday 26th October 1955

BBC This Is Show Business 9:30 - 10:30 pm (9.00 - 10.00 pm in Radio Times)

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AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm


Thursday 27th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Ella Logan


Friday 28th October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR Melody Maid 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

AR Laurie Lister's Late Show 10.20 - 10.50 pm

Elizabeth Welch


Saturday 29th October 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Joss White

Annie Ross

Suzi Miller

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Harry Secombe

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 11.00 pm

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Sunday 30th October 1955

BBC Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Cyril Stapleton

Josh White

Don Lang with the Show band Singers - The Yellow Rose Of Texas

The Stargazers - Give Me A Band And My Baby

Eddie Calvert - Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Lita Roza

Malcolm Vaughan

Glenn Mason

Johnny Dankworth

(possibly) Barbara Lyon

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.00 pm

ATV Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Johnnie Ray

The Beverley Sisters

ATV Celebrity Spot 10.15 - 10.30 pm

The Ray Ellington Quartet & Marion Ryan


Monday 31st October 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR Your Kind Of Music 8.30 - 9.30 pm

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Tuesday 1st November 1955

BBC Special Inquiry 9:15 - 10:00 pm

3: Britain’s Teenagers

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR Downbeat 7:30 - 8:00 pm

NB The first show produced by Richard Lester

Humphrey Lyttelton & His Band

The Kirchin Band - Jeepers Creepers


Wednesday 2nd November 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra


Thursday 3rd November 1955

BBC Personality Parade 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Josh White

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

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

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Friday 4th November 1955

AR Morning Melody 11.30 - 11.45 am

content unknown

AR Friday's Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with Malcolm Lockyear and his music


Saturday 5th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Bill McGuffie (a nine-fingered pianist from Glasgow)

Kim Bennett

Julie Dawn

Issy Bonn

Humphrey Lyttelton

Kim Bennett

Jill Day

Georgia Brown

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Billy Cotton's Band

The Keynotes

The 71st U.S. Air Force Band


Sunday 6th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Betty Miller

Eve Boswell

Dennis Lotis

Don Peters

Ronnie Aldridge

Munday and Earle

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.00 pm

ATV Palladium Preview 7.40 - 7.45 pm

Val Parnell previews tonight's live show and introduces some of the stars

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Ruby Murray - Hear It Hear It, Dear Old Donegal, Softly Softly

Alma Cogan with Jewell and Warriss


Monday 7th November 1955

BBC Off The Record 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Ted Heath and his music - Ted Heath interview, Suddenly There's A Valley, Malaguena

Joan Regan

Ray Ellington Quartet - Cloudburst (the band play the part of down and outs while Eliington sits on a dustbin)

Lee Lawrence

Edna Savage - By Candlelight (sings at a dinner table to a man)

Dennis Hale - Tina Marte

Margaret Bond - There's Always A First Time


Tuesday 8th November 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

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

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley


Wednesday 9th November 1955

BBC November Revue 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Josephine Gordon (dancer turned singer)

AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra

AR Ralph Reader Presents Chance Of A Lifetime 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Rosemary Squires


Thursday 10th November 1955

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

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Friday 11th November 1955

BBC Force’s Requests 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Josh White

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

AR Melody Maid 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music


Saturday 12th November 1955

BBC Dave King 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Yana

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

The Radio Revelers

Dennis Hale

Julie Dawn

The Ray Ellington Quartet

Judy Lane

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

Billy Cotton

Alan Breeze - If You Bring Your Smile Along, Tomorrow Is My Wedding Day

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 11.00 pm

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Sunday 13th November 1955

BBC Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Cyril Stapleton was off with influenza, so David Jacobs made the announcements and Malcolm Lockyer replaced him as band leader

Eve Boswell

The Stargazers

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Dorothy Squires

David Hughes

Monty Norman

Max Geldray

Rose Brennan

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 7.40 - 8.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Daily Mirror Disc Festival featuring

Max Bygraves

Eddie Calvert

Alma Cogan - Hernado's Hideaway

Ted Heath and his Music

Ruby Murray

Joan Regan

The Stargazers

Dickie Valentine - impressions, The Clown That Cried (his split his trousers during the performance)

David Whitfield


Monday 14th November 1955

BBC Hit Parade 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Jimmy Thompson

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

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

contents unknown


Tuesday 15th November 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

content unknown

AR Keep A Record 5.00 - 5.15 pm

Steve Race chooses Jimmy Young

AR Downbeat 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Producer Tig Roe is replaced by Richard / Dick Lester. AR had announced at the end of October that the show will change to include more jazz.

Eric Delaney Band

Eddy Thompson and his Trio

Humphrey Lyttelton

Big Bill Broonzy


Wednesday 16th November 1955

AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Marti Stevens 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Marti Stevens with Reg Owen and his orchestra


Friday 18th November 1955

AR Friday's Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with Malcolm Lockyear and his music


Saturday 19th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

The Maxwell-Brennan Sextet (resident band who have just been retained for a further 13 weeks)

Edmund Hockridge

The Coronets

Tommy Reilly

Shirley Easton

Frank Weir (tenor sax player)

Bill McGuiffe (piano player)

Tommy Reilly (harmonica player)

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

Billy Cotton

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 11.00 pm

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Sunday 20th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Anne Shelton

Frankie Vaughan

Ronnie Scott

Don Lang

Joan Small

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Jerry Colona


Monday 21st November 1955

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

Mantovani

Jimmy Young

Anne Shelton

Jill Day

Charlie Kunz

Robert Earl

Geraldo and his orchestra

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

A song is played while someone looks at tomorrow's programming on Associated Rediffusion

Sheila Mossman


Tuesday 22nd November 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

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AR Penny For A Song 7.30 - 7.45 pm

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley

Thursday 24th November 1955

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

Vera Lynn - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Don't Stay Away Too Long, With Your Love

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Norman Hackforth


Wednesday 23rd November 1955

AR His Band and Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm


Thursday 24th November 1955

AR Time For A Tune 10:38 - 10:45 pm

Steve Race


Friday 25th November 1955

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

Cy Grant

AR Melody Maid 7:15 – 7:30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

AR Time For A Tune 10:38 - 10:45 pm

Moira Briody


Saturday 26th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Dorothy Squires

Anne Shelton

Cherry Wainer

Margaret Bond

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

Billy Cotton

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

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Sunday 27th November 1955

BBC Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

The Stargazers

Betty Miller

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

NB Monty Norman and Diana Coupland announce their engagement during the show

Jimmy Young

Joan Regan

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

David Whitfield - When You Lose The One You Love, Dance Gypsy


Monday 28th November 1955

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

Josh White

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Steve Race


Tuesday 29th November 1955

AR Twenty-To-Five 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

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AR Downbeat 7.30 - 8.00 pm

The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra

The Chris Barber Band

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Sheila Mossman


Wednesday 30th November 1955

AR His Band with Nat Temple 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR She Shall Have Music 8.30 - 9.00 pm

NB an extended version of Marti Stevens' previous series

Marti Stevens with the Reg Owen Orchestra

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Hugh Sinclair


Thursday 1st December 1955

AR Jazz Train 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Bertice Reading

Freddye Marshall

The Choclateers

Jeff Williams

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Norman Hackforth


Friday 2nd December 1955

AR For Members Only 11.30 - 11.45 am

Cy Grant

AR Friday's Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with Malcolm Lockyear and his music

AR Time For A Tune 10.38 - 10.45 pm

Felix King


Saturday 3rd December 1955

BBC The Bernard Brothers in The Saturday Show 8.30 -9.30 pm

Norrie Paramour

BBC Get Together 10.30 - 10.50 pm

Ken Rattenbury and band of local musicians - The Saints, Beale Street Blues, Who's Sorry Now (broadcast from Birmingham)

Alma Warren - Ain't Misbehavin', Wee Small Hours (broadcast from London)

Kathleen Stobart - Love Me Or Leave Me (broadcast from London)

and host David Jacobs (broadcast from London)

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Frankie Vaughan

Harry Jacobson

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 - Dinah, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

The Deep River Boys

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

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Sunday 4th December 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Josh White

The Three Deuces

Eve Boswell

Malcolm Vaughan

Tony Kinsey Quartet

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Dickie Valentine - Song Of The Trees, two others, impressions of Johnnie Ray, Al Jolson and David Whitfield

Patachou (French Cabaret star) - Rue Lepic, I'm In Love With A Wonderful Guy


Monday 5th December 1955

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

The Hedley Ward Trio - Who's Dat Up Dere

Ambrose and his orchestra - The Bluebell Polka

Rita Williams - Soldier Boy

The Keynotes - Steam Heat

Bill Darnel - Bring Me A Bluebird

Jean Carson - phone chat with Jack Payne, I'm In Love For The Very First Time (An Alligator Named Daisy film clip)

Bill McGuiffe - introduced by Jean Carson, This Is My Beloved

Max Bygraves - Meet Me On The Corner (in his dressing room at the Hippodrome, London, while Stanley Black's orchestra plays in the television studio. A split-screen is used to show both)

The Beverley Sisters - Teddy Bear

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

NB a re-boot of Time For A Tune

Sheila Mossman


Tuesday 6th December 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

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AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Dill Jones


Wednesday 7th December 1955

BBC Children's Hour 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Shirley Abicair

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

Joan Regan

AR She Shall Have Music 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Marti Stevens

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Hero de Rance


Thursday 8th December 1955

AR Penny For A Song 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Abicair

Denis Quilley

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

content unknown

AR Dance Music 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Hosted by David Jacobs and Anne Valery

Lou Preager and Phil Tate

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Steve Race


Friday 9th December 1955

AR For Members Only 11.30 - 11.45 am

Cy Grant

AR Melody Maid 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

AR Hylton’s Half Hour 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Broadcast from the Alband Club, which Hylton had just bought

Content unknown

AR Laurie Lister's Late Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Elizabeth Welch

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Steve Race


Saturday 10th December 1955

BBC Dave King Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Yana

ATV ATV Music Shop 3:00 - 3:30 pm

Joe Loss

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

Billy Cotton

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 11th December 1955

BBC Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Joan Regan

Eamonn Andrews (possibly reciting his hit)

The Stargazers

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 2.00 - 2.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Liberace 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

contents unknown


Monday 12th December 1955

BBC Hit Parade 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Jimmy Thompson

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

Terence Theobald

Denny Bettis

AR Quarter Measure 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Jill Day (singer)

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Steve Race


Tuesday 13th December 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

content unknown

AR Keep A Record 5.00 - 5.15 pm

Steve Race introduces Shani Wallis

AR One Night Stand 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Vic Lewis Orchestra

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Sheila Mossman


Wednesday 14th December 1955

AR Nat Temple and his Band 5.30 - 5.45 pm

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

Alma Cogan

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Norman Hackforth


Thursday 15th December 1955

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Hugh Sinclair


Friday 16th December 1955

BBC Children's Hour 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Shirley Abicair

BBC Rhyme And Rhythm 8.30 - 9.00

Grace O'Connor

Norman George and Dennis Newey

The Three Skylarks and Tony Brent

Musical accompaniment by the Jimmy Leach Dixieland Band

AR For Members Only 11.30 - 11.45 am

Cy Grant

AR Melody Maid 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Norman with Four In A Chord and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

AR Hylton’s Half Hour 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Dill Jones


Saturday 17th December 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Harry Jacobson

Harry Dawson

The Tanner Sisters

Don Peters

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 18th December 1955

ATV Liberace 4.00 - 4.30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 7.45 - 9.15 pm

Pantomime: Cinderella with Max Bygraves

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.15 - 10.45 pm

A pantomime special

Vera Lynn - Unfaithful You

Liberace - clip from his movie Sincerely Yours

Lorrae Desmond - Ooh Bang Jiggerly Jang

Tony Brent - With Your Love

The Johnson Brothers - Some Of These Days


Monday 19th December 1955

AR Monday Mixture 11.30 - 11.45 pm

content unknown

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Norman Hackworth


Tuesday 20th December 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am -12.00 pm

Johnny Pearson

AR One Night Stand 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Humphrey Lyttelton Band

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Sheila Mossman


Wednesday 21st December 1955

AR Nat Temple and his Band 5.30 - 5.45 pm

AR Singing For You 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Lee Lawrence and The Tanner Sisters

AR Musical Play: The Merry Christmas 9.00 - 9.45 pm

A musical version of A Christmas Carol, with music by Brian Burke and lyrics by Donald Cotton

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Moira Briody


Thursday 22nd December 1955

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

content unknown

AR And So To Bed 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Steve Race


Friday 23rd December 1955

AR Christmas Cards 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with Malcolm Lockyer

AR The Dick Lester Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

The Reg Owen Orchestra

Patti Lewis


Saturday 24th December 1955 Christmas Eve

BBC Pantomania 8.45 - 9.45 pm

Jill Day as Prince Charming

Jack Payne as an ugly sister

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.50 pm

G H Elliot

Marion Ryan

The Three Deuces

Ronnie Hilton

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Virginia Day

Jill Day

Garry Miller - Robin Hood (sung with his three young sons)

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Contents unknown

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 25th December 1955 Christmas Day

BBC Christmas Box 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Shirley Abicair

Eve Boswell

Edna Savage

Shani Wallis

ATV Liberace 4.00 - 4.30 pm

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Shirley Ryan

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Vic Damone - Come Back To Sorrento

Alma Cogan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 26th December 1955 Boxing Day

BBC Cabaret Matinee 4.15 - 4.50 pm

The Kentones

Kay Porter (13 year old singer)

BBC Off The Record 8.15 - 9.00 pm

The top records of 1955

The Johnston Brothers - Join In And Sing, Hernando's Hideaway

Alma Cogan - Dreamboat, Love and Marriage

Ruby Murray - Slowly With Feeling, medley of her 1955 hits

Jimmy Young - Unchained Melody, The Man From Laramie, Someone On Your Mind (NB singing in the BBCs Birmingham TV studios, while the accompaniment is played by the Stanley Black Orchestra in London)

Eddie Calvert - John and Julie, Oh My Beloved Daddy (O Mein Papa)

Ronnie Hilton - A Blossom Fell, Young and Foolish

Don Lang with the Mariants-Langhorn Big Six -  Cloudburst, I Want You To Be My Baby

Cyril Stapleton

Julie Dawn - Blue Star

AR Once Upon A Bank Holiday 11.15 - 11.30 am

comedy musical

AR Penny For A Song 12.45 - 2.00 pm

Shirley Abaicair

Denis Quilley

AR Quarter Measure 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Jill Day

AR Confidentially 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Reg Dixon

AR And So To Bed 10.58 - 11.00 pm

Norman Hackforth


Tuesday 27th December 1955

AR Twenty-To-Twelve 11.40 am - 12.00 pm

content unknown

AR One Night Stand 7.15 - 7.30 pm

NB Sidney Bechet and Claude Luter's Orchestra were due to appear but the Musician's Union objected

Ted Heath

AR And So To Bed 10.58 - 11.00 pm

Sheila Mossman


Wednesday 28th December 1955

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

The Coronets

The Shepherd Singers

Gillian Lynne

Malcolm Goddard

AR Nat Temple and his Band 5.30 - 5.45 pm

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

Anne Shelton

AR And So To Bed 10.58 - 11.00 pm

Dill Jones


Thursday 29th December 1955

AR Swing Song 7:15 - 7:30 pm

content unknown

AR And So To Bed 10.58 - 11.00 pm

Steve Race


Friday 30th December 1955

AR For Member's Only 11.30 - 11.45 pm

Cy Grant

AR Friday's Girl 7.15 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews and Malcolm Lockyer and his music

AR Hylton Half Hour 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR And So To Bed 10.58 - 11.00 pm

Moira Briody


Saturday 31st December 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Ken Mackintosh

Alma Warren

Dennis Lotis

The Maple Leaf Four

The Burt Twins

(possibly) Shirley Abicair

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ATV On The Town 11.45 pm - 12.00 am (Big Ben 12.00 - 12.02 am) 12.02 am - end

content unknown


Also this year...

ITV Murray Mints advert

sung by The Stargazers