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1955


Thursday 22nd September 1955

NB The opening night of Independent Television (ITV).

The 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

The first commercial break was for toothpaste, drinking chocolate and margarine

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


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)

Hosted by Gerry Wilmot

Patti Lewis - The Heart You Break

Bert Weedon - Button Up Your Overcoat

Marion Ryan

Tommy Maxwell / Ted Brennan Group

Lee Lawrence - More Than A Millionaire

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

Peggy Lee - You Was Right Baby

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 pm – end (first edition)

The Tanner Sisters

Michael Kent

Max Bygraves

Frankie Vaughan - Meet Me On The Corner, Seventeen


Sunday 25th September 1955

ABC Liberace 2:00 - 2:30 pm

ABC Palladium Preview 7:40 - 7:50 pm

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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 Faethers

Gracie Fields - A Long Lonely Time, Sally


Monday 26th September 1955

BBC Television Tea Party

Petula Clark

Edmondo Ros

The Beverley Sisters

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

The Beverley Sisters

Edmund Horckridge

Lita Roza

Johnny Brandon

Ronnie Hilton

Jack Parnell and his Orchestra


Wednesday 28th September 1955

AR Band 5:30 - 5:45 pm

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Thursday 29th September 1955

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

Shirley Bassey


Friday 30th September 1955

ITV News

Johnnie Ray Arrives in London

AR Condfidentially (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

ABC Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Harry Secombe

Marie Benson - Twenty Tiny Fingers

ABC The Jack Jackson Show

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Sunday 2nd October 1955

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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

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Thursday 6th October 1955

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

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Saturday 8th October 1955

ABC ABC Music Shop

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ABC Saturday Showtime

Harry Secombe

ABC Weekend

Hill and Billie (harmonica duo)

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

Kenneth Earle

Malcolm Vaughan


Sunday 9th October 1955

ABC Celebrity Spot

Cherry Wainer

ABC Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Norman Wisdom

No guests of interest in this edition

ABC Water Rats (a commemmoration of the first 65 years, this show is not listed in daily newspapers)

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


Monday 10th October 1955

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

Larry Adler

Alma Cogan

Dave King

Danny Purches

The Johnston Brothers

Gisela Griffel

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

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Wednesday 12th October 1955

AR The Weddin' o' McGinnis

Andy Stewart


Thursday 13th October 1955

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

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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

Dave King

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

ABC ABC Music Shop

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Betty Miller

Tony Reid

ABC Saturday Showcase

Harry Secombe

ABC Weekend Magazine

Don Harper (swing violinist)

ABC On The Town

Earle and Vaughan


Sunday 16th October 1955

NB ABC changes name to ATV, along with the name change a change to some of the programmes as Jack Jackson moves to Sunday afternoons

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

Ronnie Hilton

The Stargazers

Janie Marden

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

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Deep River Boys

Julie Andrews


Monday 17th October 1955

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

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Jimmy Thompson

The Kentones

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

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

No guests of interest in this edition


Saturday 22nd October 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

Lita Roza

Robert Earl

Harry Hayward

ATV Saturday Showtime

Harry Secombe

BBC Charlie Chester

Marian Miller - You'll Never Walk Alone


Sunday 23rd October 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Ronnie Hilton

Jill Day

Patti Lewis

Johnny Brandon

Freddie Randall

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Crew Cuts

Lena Horne


Monday 24th October 1955

BBC Off The Record

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 Melody (daily series)

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Tuesday 25th October 1955

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

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Wednesday 26th October 1955

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

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Thursday 27th October 1955

AR Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm

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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

Lita Roza

Malcolm Vaughan

Glenn Mason

Johnny Dankworth

Barbara Lyon (possibly)

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Johnnie Ray

The Beverley Sisters

ATV Celebrity Spot

Ray Ellington & Marion Ryan


Monday 31st October 1955

AR Melody

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AR Your Kind Of Music

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Tuesday 1st November 1955

BBC Special Inquiry 9:15 - 10:00 pm

3: Britain’s Teenagers

AR Humphrey Lyttelton & 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

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Saturday 5th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

Bill McGuffie

Kim Bennett

Julie Dawn

Issy Bonn

Humphrey Lyttelton

Kim Bennett

Jill Day

Georgia Brown

ATV Saturday Showtime: Wakey Wakey

Billy Cotton, The Keynotes


Sunday 6th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Betty Miller

Eve Boswell

Dennis Lotis

Don Peters

Ronnie Aldridge

Munday and Earle

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

Ted Heath and his music

Joan Regan

Ray Ellington Quartet

Lee Lawrence

Edna Savage

Dennis Hale


Tuesday 8th November 1955

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

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Wednesday 9th November 1955

BBC November Revue

Josephine Gordon (dancer turned singer)


Thursday 10th November 1955

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

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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

Yana

ATV ATV Music Shop

The Radio Revellers

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


Sunday 13th November 1955

BBC Show Band Show

Eve Boswell

The Stargazers

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Dorothy Squires

David Hughes

Monty Norman

Max Geldray

Rose Brennan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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

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

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

Eddy Thompson and his Trio


Saturday 19th November 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

Bill McGuffie

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


Sunday 20th November 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

NB Monty Norman and Diana Coupland get engaged during the show

Anne Shelton

Frankie Vaughan

Diana Coupland

Ronnie Scott

Don Lang

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

No guests of interest in this edition


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


Tuesday 22nd November 1955

AR Penny For A Song

Shirley Abicair


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


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

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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

The Stargazers

Betty Miller

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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


Monday 28th November 1955

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

Josh White

AR Time For A Tune

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Saturday 3rd December 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

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

The Deep River Boys


Sunday 4th December 1955

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Josh White

The Three Deuces

Eve Boswell

Malcolm Vaughan

Tony Kinsey Quartet

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Dickie Valentine

Patachou (French singer)


Monday 5th December 1955

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

The Beverley Sisters

Bill McGuiffe

The Keynotes

The Hedley Ward Trio - Who's Dat Up Dere

Rita Williams

Bill Darnel

Ambrose and his orchestra


Wednesday 7th December 1955

BBC Children's Hour

Shirley Abicair

AR Joan Regan 7:15 - 7:30 pm


Thursday 8th December 1955

AR Penny For A Song

Shirley Abicair

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

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AR Dance Music 10:00 - 10:30 pm

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Friday 9th December 1955

AR Hylton’s Half Hour 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Broadcast from the Alband Club, which Hylton had just bought


Saturday 10th December 1955

BBC Dave King Show

Yana

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

Joan Regan

Eamonn Andrews (possibly reciting his hit)

The Stargazers

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 12th December 1955

BBC Hit Parade

Petula Clark

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Jimmy Thompson

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

Terence Theobald

Denny Bettis


Tuesday 13th December 1955

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

The Teenagers


Wednesday 14th December 1955

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

Alma Cogan


Friday 16th December 1955

BBC Children's Hour

Shirley Abicair

BBC Rhyme And Rhythm

Grace O'Connor

Norman George and Dennis Newey

The Three Skylarks and Tony Brent

Musical accompaniment by the Jimmy Leach Dixieland Band

AR Hylton’s Half Hour

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Saturday 17th December 1955

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

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Pantomime: Cinderella with Max Bygraves


Tuesday 20th December 1955

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


Wednesday 21st December 1955

AR The Merry Christmas

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


Thursday 22nd December 1955

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

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Saturday 24th December 1955

ATV ATV Music Shop

R H Elliot

Marion Ryan

The Three Deuces

Ronnie Hilton

Joe Henderson

Virginia Day

Jill Day

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

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition


Sunday 25th December 1955

BBC Christmas Box 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Shirley Abicair

Eve Boswell

Edna Savage

Shani Wallis

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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

Alma Cogan


Sunday 26th December 1955

BBC Cabaret Matinee

The Kentones

Kay Porter (13 year old singer)

BBC Off The Record

The top records of 1955

Alma Cogan

Ruby Murray

Jimmy Young

Eddie Calvert

Ronnie Hilton

The Johnston Brothers

Don Lang with the Mariants-Langhorn Big Six

Cyril Stapleton

Julie Dawn

ATV Penny For A Song

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AR Confidentially

Reg Dixon


Tuesday 27th December 1955

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

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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 Anne Shelton 7:15 - 7:30 pm


Thursday 29th December 1955

AR Swing Song 7:15 - 7:30 pm

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Friday 30th December 1955

ATV Hylton’s Half Hour

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Saturday 31st December 1955

ATV Final Night 8:30 - 9:30 pm

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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