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1956


Sunday 1st January 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Edmondo Ros

Michael Holliday

Don Harper

Dick James

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

Pantomime: Mother Goose with Max Bygraves as Sammy


Monday 2nd January 1956

BBC What's My Line

Josh White

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 9.45 pm

NB Also seen listed as 'Brush Up On Your Tele'. Actor Ian Charmichael takes viewers back stage to show viewers what goes on the other side of the cameras.

Stanley Black and his orchestra - How High The Moon

Barbara Lyon - Whisper

Shirley Abicair - Christmas Alphabet, I Love You Fair Dinkum (excerpt)

The Stargazers - Tender Trap

Eric Robinson

Peter Haigh


Tuesday 3rd January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Talking about the series to Melody Maker in 1959 she claimed "That came quite close to what I would have in mind. But 15 minutes was not enough to do all one wished. I suppose 30 minutes is too long. The probable answer is about 25 minutes."

Pet introduces her 'boyfriend of the week' Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Petula Clark - Little Coquette, With Your Love To Guide Me, Fascinating Rhythm

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7:15 - 7:30 (first edition)

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette

AR Big City: London 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Tin Pan Alley (play about two songwriters, one long established and a newcomer)

Alma Cogan

AR Gerry's Inn 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Geraldo & His Orchestra (first of three appearances by the band)

Barbara Lyon - Whisper, A Girl Can't Say

Roy Edwards - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing


Wednesday 4th January 1956

AR Ray Ellington Quartet & Marion Ryan 7:17 - 7:30 pm

AR Ralph Reader Presents Chance Of A Lifetime 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Eartha Kitt - Let's Do It, I Want To Be Evil

Ken Kirkham

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn - Only For You


Thursday 5th January 1956

BBC Time To Dream 10.45 - 10.55 pm

The Kentones

BBC Personality Parade 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Lorrae Desmond

AR Date With A Song 7:15 - 7:30 pm

NB Also seen as 'Just Me'

Shirley Abacair

AR Jack Hylton Presents: You’d Never Believe It 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Nat Gonella

ITV Quiet Rhythm 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Kenny Powell Trio


Friday 6th January 1956

BBC Forces Request 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Carole Carr

Eddie Calvert


Saturday 7th January 1956

BBC The Dave King Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Yana

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Annette Klooger - It's De-Lovely

Danny Purchas

The Burt Twins

Janie Marden

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 8th January 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.30 - 3.00 pm

NB Also seen as Lunch Time Sundae

David Hughes sings Never in 'the song that made a star'

BBC Max Bygraves 7.45 - 8.15 pm

BBC Music at Ten presents Contrasts 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Robert Farnon

Edmund Hockridge

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Monday 9th January 1956

BBC Hit Parade 9:15 - 9:45 pm

Hosted by Petula Clark and Dennis Lotis

Singers cover songs from the Hit Parade


Tuesday 10th January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC Children's Hour 5.00 - 6.00 pm

Shirley Abicair

BBC Camera One: Kenneth Horne & Non-Stop Variety 8:30 - 9:15 pm

Ronnie Carroll (NB singer Carroll gets a record deal as a result of his appearance)

The Hedley Ward Trio

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Lewis and the Reg Owen Orchestra


Wednesday 11th January 1956

BBC Late Date (aka Songs) 10:15 - 10:45

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

AR Singing For You 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Alma Cogan

AR Jack Hylton Presents Youth Takes A Bow 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Jim Dale

ITV Quiet Rhythm 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Kenny Powell Trio

AR Kenny Powell Trio 4.35 - 4.45 pm


Thursday 12th January 1956

BBC Strictly T-T (Terry-Thomas) 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Lorrae Desmond

ATV Date With A Song 7:20 - 7:30 pm

Shirley Abacair


Friday 13th January 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 14th January 1956

BBC Home James (Jimmy James) 8.30 - 9.30 pm

John Hanson

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Joan Small

The Kentones

Carol Newton

Les Baker and his Quartet

Maxine Daniels

Robert Earle

Shelley Moore - Please Hold Me Tightly

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 15th January 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Ronnie Hilton

The Jones Boys

Harry Gold

Libby Morris

Glen Mason

Pauline Shepherd

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown


Monday 16th January 1956

BBC Off The Record 9:15 - 9:45 pm

Alma Cogan

Frankie Vaughan

Frank Weir - Journey Into Space

Dennis Hale

Marion Ryan

Patti Lewis

Eric Winstone and his Orchestra

BBC Late Night Variety 10.15 - 10.55 pm

From the Chelsea Barracks

Jill Day

AR Lita Roza 7:20 - 7:30 pm

Lita Roza with Geoff Love on piano


Tuesday 17th January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette


Wednesday 18th January 1956

BBC Crackerjack

Spence and Davies (comedy musicians)

BBC More Contrary 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn - Yours, Yes We Have No Bananas, Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner, White Cliffs of Dover, With Your Love

David Jacobs


Thursday 19th January 1956

AR Date With A Song 7:20 - 7:30 pm

Shirley Abacair


Friday 20th January 1956

BBC Forces Requests 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Carole Carr

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 21st January 1956

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 – 9:00 pm

contents unknown

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Ronnie Harris

Carole Newton

Rita Reys

Desmond Lane

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 22nd January 1956

NB A technical problem causes the sound to fail on some ATV shows tonight

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.30 - 3.00 pm

Ronnie Hilton

ATV The Jack Jackson Show scheduled for 10.00 - 10.30 pm

The Tanner Sisters

Frances and Stella

Malcolm Mitchell

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

NB Sound problems led to a delay of the broadcast by over ninety minutes, but the opening dance number left the dancers with no music while someone from the audience audibly shouted "get on with it then". When the show finally got underway the host remarked "welcome to Monday morning at the London Palladium"

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Harry Secombe

Jill Day - But You Baby I Love, Young and Foolish


Monday 23rd January 1956

BBC Come Dancing

The Oscar Rabin Band (Both Rabin and singer David Ede had been involved in a car crash several hours before the broadcast)

AR Lita Roza 7:20 - 7:30 pm


Tuesday 24th January 1956

BBC Tea Party

The Oscar Rabin Band

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Reg Owen Orchestra

Patti Lewis


Thursday 26th January 1956

BBC Personality Parade 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Jill Day

AR Date With A Song 7:20 - 7:30 pm

Shirley Abacair

AR Billy Cotton Band Show 8:00 - 9:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 27th January 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 28th January 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Cherry Wainer, Malcolm Vaughan, Beryl Templeman, Betty Miller

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 – 9:00 pm

Ruby Murray

ITV On The Town 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 29th January 1956

ITA Liberace 4:00 – 4:30 pm

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Danny Purches

Sizu Miller

The Hedley Ward Trio

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

contents unknown


Monday 30th January 1956

BBC Off The Record 9:15 - 9:45 pm

Johnny Brandon & Pauline Innes

Norman Wisdom

Ruby Murray

Larry Adler

Dennis Hale

Edna Savage - Please Hurry Home

The Eric Delaney Band - Hornpipe Boogie

AR Lita Roza 7:20 – 7:30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents: Arthur Helliwell (showbiz journalist) 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Maxine Daniels


Tuesday 31st January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette

AR Geraldo & His Orchestra 10.00 - 10.30 pm


Wednesday 1st February 1956

AR The Keynotes 7:20 - 7:30 pm

AR The Vera Lynn Show


Thursday 2nd February 1956

AR Date With A Song 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Abacair

AR Jack Hylton Presents: You’d Never Believe It 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Nat Gonella


Friday 3rd February 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8.30 - 9.00 pm

The Three Skylarks


Saturday 4th February 1956

BBC The Dave King Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Yana

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Chris Barber Jazz Band

The Terry Sisters

Vicky Shaw

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Bernard Delfont presents Ruby Murray

ATV Playhouse 9:00 - 10:00 pm

Teddy Gang, a play about a group of Teddy Boys. From TV Times "This is a story of today, of Teddy Boys and Teddy Girls and their grim fight against organized society".

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 5th February 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Eddie Calvert

ITA Liberace 4.00 - 4.30 pm

ITA Ray Ellington Quartet & Marion Ryan 4:30 - 4:40 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Joan Regan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Desmond Lane

Eve Boswell


Monday 6th February 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9:15 - 9:45 pm (first edition)

Billy Cotton introduces

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

AR Lita Roza 7:20 - 7:30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Helliwell 9.30 - 10.00 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 7th February 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC Camera One, Non-Stop Variety 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Victor Lambati

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10:15 - 10:30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Reg Owen Orchestra

Patti Lewis


Wednesday 8th February 1956

ITA Telebox 5.15 - 6.00 pm

Nat Temple and his band

ITP Singing For You 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Glen Mason

ITV Dance To The Music 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Lita Roza, Lou Preager


Thursday 9th February 1956

AR Date With A Song 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Abacair

ITP Variety Star Time 8:00 – 9:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 10th February 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents: Arthur Askey 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 11th February 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

The Dill Jones Trio

Eileen Taylor

Dickie Bennett

Marion Ryan

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Bernard Delfont presents Ruby Murray

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 12th February 1956

BBC Music at Ten presents Contrasts 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Robert Farnon Orchestra

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Eve Boswell, Bomar Colleano and Dickie Valentine - Call The Whole Thing Off, Tender Trap

Dickie Valentine - The Clown That Cried


Monday 13th February 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 9.45 pm

NB There wass a Musicians' Union strike over fees, so no MU staff were present

Benny Hill

Jill Day

Lita Roza

Bert Weedon

Ronnie Carroll

Sid Phlillips and his Band

Rosemary Squires - Band Of Gold

ITV Jack Hylton Presents the Arthur Helliwell Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 14th February 1956

BBC Music Is Fun 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Eric Spear

BBC Alma Cogan 9:45 - 10:00 pm

Alma Cogan

AR Easy Rhythm 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette


Wednesday 15th February 1956

BBC More Contrary 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

AR Singing For You 7:20 - 7:30 pm

Malcolm Vaughan

AR Ralph Reader Presents Chance of A Lifetime 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Rosemary Squires

Ken Kirkham

AR The Nat Temple Show

Diana Day with Nat Temple's Band

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

AR And So To Be 10.57 - 11.00 pm

Audrey Simpson


Friday 17th February 1956

BBC Forces' Request

Maxine Daniels

NB The first day of ATV Midlands, who will broadcast from Monday to Friday while ATV London will continue on weekends

ATV Variety 8:00 - 8:45 pm

(possibly) The Joe Loss Orchestra, Mantovani, Vera Lynn

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8:30 – 9:00 pm

content unknown

BBC Forces' Request

Maxine Daniels


Saturday 18th February 1956

NB The first day of ABC who will broadcast in the Midlands on weekends

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Julie Dawn

Ivor Mairants

The Gitson Sisters

Ronnie Meede

Virginia Page

Dennis Lotis

ATV Saturday Showtime Bernard Delfont Presents Ruby Murray 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Ruby Murray

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown

ABC Hometown Saturday Night 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Joe Loss


Sunday 19th February 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

The Beverley Sisters

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Yana

Harry Secombe


Monday 20th February 1956

AR Date With A Song 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Shirley Abacair


Tuesday 21st February 1956

BBC Alma Cogan 10:15 - 10:30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents the Arthur Helliwell Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

AR George and Alfred Black Present Strike A New Note 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Earle and Vaughan

Patricia Bredin


Wednesday 22nd February 1956

AR Singing For You 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Frances Day


Thursday 23rd February 1956

BBC Personality Parade 4.00 - 4.15 pm

Edmund Hockridge

BBC Bing Crosby Introduces Oreste, the Maltese singer 10:45 - 10:55 pm

ATV Celebrity Spot 4:30 - 4:45 pm

Cherry Wainer

ATV Variety Star Time 8.00 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 24th February 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your Very Eyes 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 25th February 1956

BBC In Town Tonight 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Camilleri (accordionist)

BBC Nat Jackley in The Saturday Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Ronnie Hilton

ATV The Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

Jan Fraser

Audrey Samson

Margaret Rose

Don Simpson

Edmund Hockridge

Joe Harriot Quartet

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Bernard Delfont Presents Ruby Murray

ATV On The Town 10:00 - 10:45 pm

The Four Jones Boys


Sunday 26th February 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown


Monday 27th February 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 9.45 pm

Winifred Atwell

Joan Regan

Line Renard

Dave King

Eddie Calvert


Tuesday 28th February 1956

BBC Alma Cogan 10:15 - 10:30 pm


Wednesday 29th February 1956

AR Singing For You 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn


Thursday 1st March 1956

BBC Personality Parade

Shani Wallis

BBC Time To Dream 10.45 - 11.00 pm

The Coronets

AR Dance Music 7:30 - 8:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 2nd March 1956

ATV Steve Race 5:15 - 5:25 pm

content unknown


Saturday 3rd March 1956

BBC In Town Tonight 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

ATV The Music Shop 3:30 - 4:00 pm

content unknown

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 -9.00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 4th March 1956

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Beverley Sisters

Winifred Atwell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 5th March 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald


Wednesday 7th March 1956

BBC Alma Cogan 9.45 - 10.00 pm

with Stan Foster

BBC Camera One

The Four Jones Boys

AR Quiet Rhythm 4:35 - 4:55

content unknown

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm


Thursday 8th March 1956

ATV Variety Star Time 8.00 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 10th March 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

Camilleri (accordionist)

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Karen Greer (singer)


Sunday 11th March 1956

BBC Presentation of the Ivor Novello Awards 8:15 - 9:15 pm

Henry Hall

Jack Payne

Oscar Preuss (the one time boss of Parlophone Records)

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 12th March 1956

BBC Off The Record 9:15 - 9:45 pm

Max Bygraves

Harry Secombe

Winifred Atwell

Eve Boswell

The Keynotes

Gary Miller

Joe Loss and his Orchestra


Tuesday 13th March 1956

BBC Alma Cogan 10:15 - 10:30 pm

with Stan Foster

AR Jack Hylton Presents 10:00 - 10:30 pm

content unknown


Wednesday 14th March 1956

BBC More Contrary 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

AR The Patti Page Show 7:20 - 7:30 pm

AR Dance Orchestra 8:30 - 9:00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 17th March 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 18th March 1956

BBC Music at Ten 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Robert Farnon and his Orchestra

Vanessa Lee

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Patachou (French singer)

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Dennis Lotis


Tuesday 20th March 1956

BBC Alma Cogan


Wednesday 21st March 1956

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn


Thursday 22nd March 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 - 7:30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Variety Showtime 8:00 - 9:00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 24th March 1956

BBC The Saturday Show 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Ronnie Carroll

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.33 pm

content unknown


Sunday 25th March 1956

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Maxine Daniels


Monday 26th March 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 9.45 pm

Dickie Valentine

Anne Shelton

Shirley Abicair

The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band


Tuesday 27th March 1956

BBC Ray Ellington Quartet 10:15 - 10:30 pm


Wednesday 28th March 1956

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

A Boer War era special

Vera Lynn

ATV The Bob Hope Show 9.00 - 10.00 pm (shown by ATV London 2nd April 1956)

NB Advertisers were charged fifty percent extra for this show

Yana

Ted Heath and his orchestra


Thursday 29th March 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey 8:30 - 9:15 pm

Billy Cotton Band Show

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Eve Boswell 7.20 - 7.30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents The Lady Rattlings on Parade 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

Anne Shelton


Saturday 31st March 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

The Tanner Sisters

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown


Sunday 1st April 1956 Easter Sunday

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

David Hughes

Joan Regan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Earle and Vaughan


Monday 2nd April 1956 Bank Holiday

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 8:35 - 9:20 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

The Kentones

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

Semprini

Fess Parker (star of Davey Crockett)

AR Eve Boswell 7.20 - 7.30 pm

ITV Tune Room (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Peter Regan


Wednesday 4th April 1956

ATV Patti Page 7.20 - 7.30 pm

ITV Tea-V Time (also seen as Telebox) 5.00 - 5.30 pm

Nat Temple and his band

ATV Mantovani and his Orhcestra 8.00 - 8.30 pm


Thursday 5th April 1956

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Variety Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 6th April 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your Very Eyes 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 7th April 1956

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.33 pm

Eileen Taylor

Tommy Maxwell/Ted Brennan Sextet

ATV George & Alfred Black Present Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Earle and Vaughan

Julia (of Darvas and Julia singing duo)


Sunday 8th April 1956

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Oreste Kirkop

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 9th April 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 10.00 pm

NB Announced as a special show co-produced with Radiodiffusion-TV France with top British and French recording acts, but appears to be a regular show

Jack Payne introduces

Sid Phillips and his Band - Dixieland Highway

David Whitfield - My September Love, The Rudder and The Rock (NB singing live in Birmingham with Stanley Black and his Orchestra in London. The host mis-credits the first song as My Secret Love)

Alma Cogan (NB the host tactlessly says he prefers Shirley Abicair's version of 'Willie Can' despite Alma Cogan's own version)

Peggy Cochrane - phone chat with the host (who is also her husband)

Bill McGuiffe - All The Things You Are

Ronnie Hilton - No Other Love, & Alma Cogan - It's All Been Done Before

Arthur Wilkinson conducts the orchestra in the Off The Record theme tune

Ruby Murray - I Know I'm Home, Please Hold Me Tightly

Jack Payne conducts the orchestra in Marching Through Georgia


Tuesday 10th April 1956

BBC Festival Of Dance Music 9.30 - 10.00 pm

NB Thje previous show had over-run so this show was truncated

Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London

The Tanner Sisters - Rock Around The Clock

The Kenny Baker Group- Jada

Frankie Vaughan - Give Me The Moonlight

Eric Delaney

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 11th April 1956

ATV The Wizard's Den and Nat Temple and his band 5.00 - 5.40 pm

Nat Temple and his band

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00

Vera Lynn


Friday 13th April 1956

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three 7.20 - 7.30 pm

The Confrey Phillips Trio

AR Jack Hylton Presents 8:30 - 9:00 pm

(possibly) Dorothy Squires who was cut off for a commercial just as she was introducing a song

AR Revue: Ups and Downs 10.00 - 10.30 pm

a story in song by Myles Rudge (book), Rodney Hobson (music), Norman Hackforth (music)


Saturday 14th April 1956

BBC Saturday Comedy Hour: The Jimmy Wheeler Show 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Ronnie Carroll

Marion Keene

Doreen Hulme

Morton Frazer & His Harmonica Rascals

BBC Mary O’Hara 10:15 - 10:30 pm

ATV The Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

Tommy Maxwell/Ted Brennan Sextet

Gerald Young (accordionist)

Maxine Daniels

Gary Miller

Hollander and Hart

Felix King

ATV George & Alfred Black Present Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

contents unknown

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

(possibly) Dorothy Ward (singer)


Sunday 15th April 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

The Johnny Franks Quartet

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Howard Keel

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Michael Holliday

Sheila Buxton


Monday 16th April 1956

BBC Children's Television 5.00 - 5.55 pm

Mary O'Hara - Songs of Ireland

BBC Billy Cotton introduces The Tin Pan Alley Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Shani Wallis

The Kentones

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 17th April 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 18th April 1956

ATV Telebox 5.30 - 5.30

Nat Temple and his band

ATV Mantovani and his orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Thursday 19th April 1956

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three

The Mickey Greeve Quartet


Friday 20th April 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your very Eyes 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Saturday 21st April 1956

BBC Mary O’Hara 10:15 - 10:30

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.30 - 4.00 pm

Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson

Rosa Macari

Dickie Bennett

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 22nd April 1956

ATV Liberace 3.45 - 4.15 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Billy Daniels

The Stargazers

Billy Eckstine

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Mary Morgan

Michael Holliday


Monday 23rd April 1956

BBC Top Town 10.15 pm - end

Dorothy Ward (singer) as a judge

ATV Your Favourite Tunes 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Cherry Wainer


Wednesday 25th April 1956

BBC Hopscotch

MD Bert Hayes

BBC Vic Oliver Presents This Is Show Business 8:45 - 9:30 pm

Lita Roza

The Ray Ellington Quartet

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

(possibly) Artie Shaw

AR Musical Escapade - Young at Heart 9.30 - 10.00 pm

The Teenagers


Thursday 26th April 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 - 7:30 pm

ITA Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents Max Miller in You’ll Never Believe It 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Nat Gonella


Friday 27th April 1956

AR Friday Fare Steve Race 5.15 - 5.30 pm

Shirley Abacair


Saturday 28th April 1956

BBC Mary O’Hara 10.15 - 10.30 pm

BBC The Ted Ray Show 9.15 - 10.15 pm

Mona Baptiste - The Greatest Adventure of All, Mona Theresa

ATV The Music Shop 3:45 - 4:15

Anne Shelton

Margaret Rose

Brian Clark

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown

ABC Hometown Saturday Night 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Joe Loss


Sunday 29th April 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.25 - 3.00 pm

Edna Savage sings 'the song that made the star'

BBC The Max Wall Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Hutch

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV The Adventures of Robin Hood 5.30 - 6.00 pm

Children of the Greenwood

Peter and Jane Asher

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

contents unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 30th April 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Joan Regan

Larry Adler

Shani Wallis

Robert Earl

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 2nd May 1956

BBC Camera One

Denny Boyce's Paradise Hawaiians

ATV Telebox 5.00 - 5.30 pm

Nat Temple and his orchestra

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR Mantovani and his Orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Thursday 3rd May 1956

NB Granada Television begins broadcasting at 7.30 pm to the north of England on weekdays

BBC Camera One (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Jimmy Parkinson (Australian singer)

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

AR Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Lena Horne


Friday 4th May 1956

AR Friday’s Girl 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews - Three Little Words, I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy


Saturday 5th May 1956

NB ABC Television begins today covering the north of England at the weekends. It had previously only broadcast to the Midlands.

BBC Saturday Starlight 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Fredye Marshall (jazz singer) singing songs from Porgy and Bess, Carmen Jones, Show Boat

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown

ABC Hometown Saturday Night: Liverpool 7.20 - 8.00 pm

Frankie Vaughan

Joe Loss and his Orchestra

ABC unknown show

Maxine Daniels


Sunday 6th May 1956

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm (first in series)

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

David Whitfield

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 7th May 1956

BBC Festival Of British Popular Songs 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Diana Decker

Kenny Baker

AR Bernard Delfont presents Paris In Piccadilly 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Lita Roza

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three (also seen as A Note From Nicky) 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Nicky Kidd (pianist)


Tuesday 8th May 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 9th May 1956

AR Close Up: Frank Sinatra 8:00 - 8:30 pm

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

Dorinda Stevens

AR Hutch 10.30 - 10.45 pm

Leslie Hutchinson


Thursday 10th May 1956

AR Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three (also seen as Looking At Music) 7.20 - 7.30 pm

The Frank Baron Trio

AR Alfred Marks Time 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Lucille Mapp

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm (first edition)


Friday 11th May 1956

BBC Magic Carpet 10:45 pm – end

Shirley Abacair - 10,000 Miles, I Wish I Was


Saturday 12th May 1956

BBC The Kilt Is My Delight (also seen as Scottish Dancing) 10.30 - 10.50 pm

Jimmy Shand

BBC The Jimmy Wheeler Show 9.15 - 10.15 pm

Ronnie Carroll

The Four Jones Boys

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Sunday 13th May 1956

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Inkspots

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 14th May 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Line Renaud

Dennis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Johnny Brandon

Bert Weedon

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

Terry Gilbert

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Tuesday 15th May 1956

BBC The Valiant 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Play with Eartha Kitt


Wednesday 16th May 1956

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

ITV Late Date 10.30 - 10.45 pm

Leslie 'Hutch' Hutchinson


Thursday 17th May 1956

BBC The Carroll Levis Show 7.30- 8.00 pm

Deline Brothers (singing hillbilly songs)

Marjorie McMichael (singer)

The Brighton Belles (singing trio)

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Dickie Valentine

Cherry Wainer

Sheila Buxton

Granada Spot The Tune


Friday 18th May 1956

BBC Music In A Mellow Mood 8:45 - 9:15

Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra

BBC Shirley Abicair 9:45 - 10:00 pm


Saturday 19th May 1956

ABC Records 4:30 - 5:00 pm (first edition)

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 20th May 1956

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 21st May 1965

BBC Top Town (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Dorothy Ward (singer) as a judge


Tuesday 22nd May 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Billy Cotton Band Show

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 23rd May 1956

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR The Vera Lynn Show 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn


Thursday 24th May 1956

BBC Rats To You 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Max Bygraves

BBC Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Competition 9:45 - 10:30 pm

content unknown

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm


Friday 25th May 1956

BBC Summer Showboat 8.15 - 8.45 pm

Edna Savage

BBC Shirley Abicair 10.45 pm - end


Saturday 26th May 1956

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm

The Terry Sisters (regulars)

ABC Hometown Saturday Night (Warrington) 7.05 - 7.45 pm

Joe Loss

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

The Kaye Sisters


Sunday 27th May 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Nat Gonella

The Keynotes

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

Denny Boyce's Paradise Hawaiians

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Portrait Of A Star: Frank Sinatra 10:30 - 10:45 pm


Monday 28th May 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Carole Carr

Stephane Grappelli

Shani Wallis

Ronnie Hilton

The Kentones

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

Ray Powell

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

ATV Liberace 7.30 - 8.00 pm


Tuesday 29th May 1956

BBC Camera One 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Joan Regan

ITV George and Alfred Black present Get Happy 9.00 - 9.30 pm

The Kentones

Maria Pavlou


Wednesday 30th May 1956

AR The Patti Page Show 7.20 - 7.30 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

ATV Mantovani and his orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

contents unknown

ITV Wednesday Club 5.00 - 5.55 pm

Nat Temple and his band


Thursday 31st May 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Earle and Vaughan

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm


Friday 1st June 1956

BBC Aces High 8.15 - 9.00 pm

The Beverley Sisters

BBC Shirley Abicair 10.45 pm - end


Saturday 2nd June 1956

BBC The Charlie Chester Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

The Hedley Ward Trio

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm (possibly cancelled by cricket)

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 3rd June 1956

BBC Jack Benny 9.30 - 10.30 pm

NB Peter Sellers had been a part of the show until Jack Benny told him how a cockney accent should sound, then left

Teddy Johnson

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Stephane Grappelly

Michael Holliday


Monday 4th June 1956

BBC Festival of British Popular Songs 9.45 - 10.30 pm

Semprini

Anne Shelton

Laurie Payne

Pamela Charles

Dennis Lotis

The Keynotes

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR Let's Stay Home 9.30 - 10.00 pm (first in drama series)

Rosemary Squires acts and sings in the series


Tuesday 5th June 1956

BBC Wakey Wakey 8.15 - 9.00 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

ATV George and Alfred Black presents Get Happy 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Maria Pavlou


Wednesday 6th June 1956

BBC We Are Your Servants 8.30 - 10.00 pm

NB celebrating the tenth anniversary of the re-opening of BBC Television

Petula Clark – archive clip, interview with Stephen Boyd

Alma Cogan – Out Of Town

Shirley Abicair

Carole Carr

Geraldo and his Orchestra

ATV Tea With Noele Gordon 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Billy Eckstein

The Tanner Sisters

AR Vera Lynn Melody Cruise 8.30 - 9.00 pm

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

The Kaye Sisters

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 7th June 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Hosts: Marion Ryan and Ken Platt, Bob Sharples Orchestra

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Variety 8:00 - 9:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 8th June 1956

BBC Shirley Abicair 10.45 pm - end

AR Jack Hylton Presents the 21 Club with Jack Buchannan 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party from the Hammersmith Palais 10:00 - 10:45 pm (first edition)

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 10.45 pm

contents unknown


Saturday 9th June 1956

BBC The Jimmy Wheeler Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Bryan Johnson

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 10th June 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

Frankie Vaughan

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ABC Time For Melody 6.00 = 6.15 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Yana

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 11th June 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Eve Boswell

Jimmy Young

Sid Philips

Denis Lotis

Shani Wallis

Gillian Lynne

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

Ray Powell

ATV Liberace 7.00 - 7.30 pm

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 12th June 1956

BBC On With The Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Frankie Vaughan

BBC Camera One 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Betty Miller – Hot Diggity, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Dickie Bennett

ATV Get Happy with Arthur Haynes 9:00 - 9:30 pm

content unknown


Wednesday 13th June 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

The Radio Revelers

AR Opportunity Knocks 7.30 - 8.00 pm (first in series)

Celia Rowley (singer)

The Wright Brothers (singing trio)

AR Musical Show - Port Calypso 8:30 - 9:00 pm

From TV Times "Blazing sunshine, blue seas, lovely girls, the irresistible rhythms of Latin-American music - these are only part of the magic that is the enchantment of this Caribbean paradise. So tonight climb aboard television's magic carpet of the air and join the islanders in a fiesta of music".

Cy Grant

Fredye Marshall

Badia Ben Ahmed

John Carvallio

Linda Sims

Donaldo and Tommy Kamara

ATV Mantovani and his orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 14th June 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9:00 to 10:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 15th June 1956

BBC Shirley Abicair 9.45 - 10.00 pm

ATV Jack Hylton Presents 21 Club with Jack Buchannan 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

ATV On The Town 10.15 - 10.45 pm

contents unknown


Saturday 16th June 1956

BBC In Town Tonight 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind

BBC The Norman Evans Show 9.15 - 10.156 pm

The Fraser-Hayes Four

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ABC Joe Loss’ Dancing Years 9:30 - 10:00 pm

content unknown

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind


Sunday 17th June 1956

BBC Mrs Patterson 8:30 - 9:45 pm

play with Eartha Kitt (acting role and two songs)

Elizabeth Welch

ABC Number Please 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ABC Time For Melody 6.00 - 6.15 pm

contents unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Alma Warren

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind


Monday 18th June 1956

BBC Children's House

Denny Boyce's Paradise Hawaiians

ATV Liberace 7.00 - 7.30 pm

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

Granada The Ramblers (British / American ballads) 10:30 - 10:45 pm

content unknown


Tuesday 19th June 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey 9:00 - 9:45 pm

The Billy Cotton Band Show


Wednesday 20th June 1956

AR Vera Lynn's Melody Cruise

Vera Lynn

ATV The Music Shop 9:00 to 9:30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 21st June 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety 9.00 - 10.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 22nd June 1956

BBC Joan Regan 10:45 pm - end

AR This Week 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Humphrey Lyttelton

Ken Colyer

AR Jack Hylton Presents 21 Club with Jack Buchannan 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Three Alley Cats (early skiffle group)

AR Palais Party 10:00 - 10:45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 23rd June 1956

BBC The Ted Ray Show 9:00 to 10:00 pm

Petula Clark

BBC Rock N Roll 1856 (Victorian Soiree) 10:15 - 10:30 pm

The Keynotes

ABC Number Please 7.05 - 7.45 pm

Joan Edwards

Ray Eliington

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Sunday 24th June 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Anne Shelton - The Great Pretender, No Time For Tears

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

ABC Bring A Record 4.00 - 4.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Tony Martin

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Danny Purches

Shirley Abicair

The Keytones

Humphrey Lyttelton

Confrey Phillips

Libby Morris

Glen Mason


Monday 25th June 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

David Hughes

Yana

The Stargazers

Shani Wallis

Kenny Baker

BBC Relax, Look and Listen 10:15 - 10:30 pm

A programme of jazz music with Ken Rattenbury and his Band featuring Bonnee Montgomery and Martin Slavin

ATV Liberace 7.40 - 8.00 pm

Granada Liberace 9.00 - 10.00 pm

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 26th June 1956

BBC Camera One: Variety 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Paule Desjardins (French singer)


Wednesday 27th June 1956

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Beatice Reading

Sammy Wilde and the Kari-Kari sisters

Linda Simms

John Carvalho

Donaldo

Tommy Kamara

The Caribbean Singers and Dancers

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp, Clacton-on-Sea 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 28th June 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 29th June 1956

BBC Joan Regan 9.45 - 10.00 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents The 21 Club with Jack Buchannan 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

The Sunnysiders

ATV On The Town 10.00 - 10.45 pm

contents unknown


Saturday 30th June 1956

ABC unknown show

Bill Gregson and his band

ABC The Dickie Valentine Show 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Dickie Valentine – Let’s Get Together, The Tender Trap, No Other Love


Sunday 1st July 1956

BBC Cavalcade of Variety 7.45 - 9.15 pm

Charty show for Variety Artists Federation

Anne Shelton

Max Bygraves

Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang

ABC Bring A Record 4.00 - 4.30 pm (also seen listed as Records)

content unknown

ATV Liberace 4.30 - 5.00 pm

ITP for ABC & ATV Meet The Stars - Sunday Night at Blackpool 8:00 - 9:30 pm

The Daily Mirror Disc Festival

The Beverley Sisters - You Ought To Have A Wife

Alma Cogan

Eddie Calvert

Dickie Valentine

David Whitfield

Geraldo and his Orchestra

Eve Boswell

Winifred Atwell

Jack Parnell and his Orchestra

Frankie Vaughan – Let’s Go Steady

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

ABC Portrait Of A Star: Doris Day 10.30 - 10.45 pm


Monday 2nd July 1956

BBC Festival Of British Popular Songs 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Carole Carr

John Hanson

Benny Lee

Joan Barmhall

The Coronets

ATV Liberace 7.00 - 7.30 pm

AR Let’s Stay Home 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Rosemary Squires

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 3rd July 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! 8.00 - 8.45 pm

The Billy Cotton Band Show


Wednesday 4th July 1956

BBC Summer Serenade

Frank Chacksfield

ATV The Music Shop 9:00 - 9:30 pm

Jackie Lee

Dennis Lotis

Anne Shelton

AR Vera Lynn’s Musical Cruise 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

contents unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 5th July 1956

BBC Rats To You 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Dorothy Squires

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety 9.00 - 10.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 6th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan 9:45 - 10:00 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents Jack Buchannan 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Shirley Bassey – Wayward Wind, Born To Sing The Blues

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.45 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 7th July 1956

BBC Second International Song Festival 10.45 - 11.45 pm

The finals of the five day festival from Venice

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Dickie Valentine – Birth of the Blues, My Impossible Castle, The Voice in the Wilderness


Sunday 8th July 1956

BBC Northern Showground 7.45 - 8.30 pm

Carole Carr in excerpt from Show Parade (Garrick Theatre, Stockport)

ITP for ABC & ATV Meet The Stars - Sunday Night At Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Yana

Ray Ellington Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

The Hilltoppers - Trying


Monday 9th July 1956

BBC Billy Cotton’s Tin Pan Alley Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Billy Cotton introduces

Gisela Griffel

Maria Pavlou

Bert Weedon

Hutch

AR Let’s Stay Home 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Rosemary Squires

AR The Patti Page Show 10.00 - 10.15 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 10th July 1956

BBC Camera One 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Ronnie Carroll

AR Summer Theatre: Sweet Talk Me Jefferson 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Dick Haymes plays a crooner


Wednesday 11th July 1956

ATV Mantovani 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Larry Adler plays piano – Le Grisbi

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso 8.30 - 9.00 pm

George Brown

Eric Spear and his Orchestra

Samara

Bari-Johnson

The Caribbean Dancers and Singers

Russ Henderson and his all-steel band

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 12th July 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Showtime 9:00 - 10:00 pm

Kathy Barr


Friday 13th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan 10.15 - 10.30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents Jack Buchannan 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Anne Moore

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Palace 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest


Saturday 14th July 1956

BBC Starlight 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Larry Adler (playing piano)

Anne Morre

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show 8:15 - 9:00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 15th July 1956

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Host Tommy Trinder's plane had to make a forced landing and he ended up missing the first half of the live show

Billy Daniels

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

content unknown

ABC Portrait Of A Star: Bing Crosby 10.30 - 10.45 pm


Tuesday 17th July 1956

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Jill Day

ATV Gerry’s Inn 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Lorrae Desmond


Wednesday 18th July 1956

BBC Summer Serenade 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Stanley Black

AR Jolly Good Time 5.00 - 5.55 pm

Nat Temple and his Band

AR Vera Lynn's Melody Cruise 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR The Patti Page Show 10.30 - 10.45 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Thursday 19th July 1956

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety

The Hilltoppers

Granada Spot The Tune

Marian Ryan


Friday 20th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan 10.45 pm - end

Joan Regan - Never In A Million Years, Sitting On Top Of The World, The Skye Boat Song

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 21st July 1956

BBC The Ted Ray Show 9.30 - 10.30 pm

Lester Ferguson - Who Are We?

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night 7.05 - 7.45 pm

content unknown

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Dickie Valentine – The Clown Who Cried, Song Of The Trees, They Didn’t Believe Me


Sunday 22nd July 1956

BBC Northern Showground 7.45 - 8.00 pm

From Radio Times "A round-up of stars and personalities who are appearing at leading holiday resorts in the North of England"

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Derek Roy

Mel Torme

Lita Roza

ATV Round About Ten 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Host: Barry Took

Jimmy Young

Glen Mason

Marion Keene

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm (first in second series)

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra

Lorrae Desmond

The Reg Wale Four


Monday 23rd July 1956

AR Let’s Stay Home 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Lita Roza


Tuesday 24th July 1956

ITV (unknown children’s show)

Anne Shelton


Wednesday 25th July 1956

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR The Patti Page Show 10:30 - 10:45 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso (not listed in newspapers)

Bari-Johnson


Thursday 26th July 1956

BBC The Edmundo Ros Orchestra 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Yana – The Birds and The Bees, Flamenco Love, Who Are We


Friday 27th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan 10.45 pm - end

With the Bluebird Boys

AR Jack Hylton Presents Al Read 8:30 – 9:00 pm

Shirley Bassey

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 28th July 1956

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Dickie Valentine

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night: Tower Theatre, New Brighton 7.05 - 7.55 pm

Joe Loss

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 29th July 1956

BBC Northern Showground 7.45 - 8.00 pm

Lita Roza - Love Me, No Time For Tears

Jimmy Leach (organist)

The Kordites (singing group)

The Hindley-Taylor Singers

ITV Round About Ten 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Anne Shelton

Malcolm Goddard

Ronnie Hilton

Jim Dale

Humphrey Lyttleton

Bobby McGee and his Music

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Hosted by Jimmy Logan as Tommy Trinder couldn't get there in time

Ronnie Carroll

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Monday 30th July 1956

BBC The Festival Of Popular British Songs 9.15 - 10.00 pm

fourth round of songs performed by

Dora Bryan

Bill O'Connor

Johnny Brandon

Kathie Kay

Doreen Duke

Alan Page

The Four Grads


Wednesday 1st August 1956

BBC Summer Serenade

Geralso

AR Vera Lynn’s Melody Cruise 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Jimmy Kennedy (song writer)

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.30 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR The Patti Page Show 10.30 - 10.45 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Thursday 2nd August 1956

AR Alfred Mark's Time 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Lucille Mapp (singer from Trinidad)

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety 9.00 - 10.00 pm

content unknown

Granada Spot The Tune 7.00 - 7.30 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 3rd August 1956

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown


Saturday 4th August 1956

ITV Bag Of Tricks 5.00 - 6.00 pm

The Johnny Franks Quartet

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Dickie Valentine - I Never Worry (written by Bill Sellers, father of Peter Sellers, co-star of the show)


Sunday 5th August 1956

BBC Northern Showground 7.45 - 8.30 pm

contents unknown

BBC Contrasts 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Robert Farnon

Vanessa Lee

Edmund Hockridge

Denys Palmer

BBC Next Week's Calls

Dolores Ventura

BBC The Holiday Show

Joan Regan

ATV Round About Ten 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Malcolm Goddard

Dennis Lotis

Jim Dale

Audrey Jeans – Ticky Ticky Tick

Bobby McGee and his Music

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Sani Wallis

David Hughes

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Tuesday 7th August 1956

AR The Ten O’Clock Club 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Edmondo Ros

ATV Hits and Misses

Bob Carter

Danny Lewis (jazz violin player)


Wednesday 8th August 1956

AR Close Up 8.00 - 8.30 pm

clips from The King and I, Carousel

AR Eartha Kitt 24 Hours In London 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Eartha Kitt with chorus of children – London Bridge Is Falling Down

ATV The Music Shop 9:00 - 9:30 pm

Group One

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson 10.47 - 11.00 pm


Thursday 9th August 1956

Granada Spot the Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9:00 - 10:00 pm

Al Martino

Cherry Wainer

Lita Roza


Friday 10th August 1956

ATV Jack Hylton Presents Friday Night With Terry-Thomas 8:30 - 9:00 pm

content unknown

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 11th August 1956

ITV Bag Of Tricks 5.00 - 6.00 pm

The Johnny Franks Quartet

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

contents unknown

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night 7.05 - 7.45 pm

Joe Loss and his orchestra


Sunday 12th August 1956

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night At Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

David Whitfield

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra

Jabnie Marden

ATV Round About Ten 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Malcolm Goddard

Patti Lewis

Jim Dale

Bobby McGee and his Music


Tuesday 14th August 1956

BBC Summer Showtime 7.30 - 8.15 pm

NB Ronnie Carroll cancelled due to laryngitis

Janie Marden

Jen Jackson (singer)

AR The Ten O’Clock Club 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Edmundo Ros


Wednesday 15th August 1956

BBC Summer Serenade 8.45 - 9.30 pm

Stanley Black

Ronnie Hilton

George Merlacharino

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

ABC Number Please: Your Kind Of Music 9.00 - 9.30 pm

contents unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson 10.30 - 10.46 pm


Thursday 16th August 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety 9:00 – 10:00 pm

content unknown


Friday 17th August 1956

AR Palais Party 10.05 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 18th August 1956

BBC The Show Parade (Hit Songs and Scenes) 8.30 - 9.30 pm

Lester Ferguson

ATV Saturday Showtime 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Diane Cilento

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 19th August 1956

ABC Beside The Seaside 4.00 - 4.30 pm

The Four Southlanders - Hush-a-bye Rock, In An Old Shanty Town, We'll Keep A Welcome

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night At Blackpool 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Eve Boswell

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm (first networked show)

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra

Lorrae Desmond


Monday 20th August 1956

BBC Ted Heath And His Music: Turn On The Heath 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Ted Heath And His Music

Shirley Abicair

Joan Regan

Johnnie Gray


Tuesday 21st August 1956

AR Ten O’Cock Club 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Geraldo & His Orchestra


Wednesday 22nd August 1956

AR Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Jean Stevens - September Love

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR David Hughes 10.30 - 10.46 pm


Thursday 23rd August 1956

BBC Barn Dance 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Traditional folk accompanied by Jack Armstrong and his Barnstormers

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Anne Shelton


Friday 24th August 1956

BBC Starlight 10.45 pm - end

Lorrae Desmond

ATV Jack Hylton Presents Friday Night with Terry-Thomas 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Marian McPartland

AR Palais Party 10.01 - 10.46 pm

Co host Eunice Grayson has Teddy Boys present her with a corsage at the start of each show

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 25th August 1956

ITV Bag Of Tricks 5.00 - 5.55 pm

The Johnny Franks Quartet

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night 7.05 - 7.45 pm

content unknown

ATV Saturday Showtime: Hip Hip Who? Ray 8:15 - 9:00 pm (Ted Ray)

Marion Keene


Sunday 26th August 1956

ABC Beside The Seaside 4.00 - 4.30 pm

content unknown

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night At Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Al Martino

Alma Cogan

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Monday 27th August 1956

BBC The Holiday Show (according to a music paper this was broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday)

Ted Heath

Joan Regan

Ormonde Douglas (singer)

Morris, Marty and Mitch

BBC National Radio Show: British Popular Songs 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Petula Clark

Dennis Hale

Janie Marden

Bill McGuffie

The Kentones


Tuesday 28th August 1956

BBC Radio Show: Wakey Wakey 7:40 - 8:25 pm

Billy Cotton

BBC Relax, Look and Listen: Jazz 10:45 - end

The Dill Jones Trio

Tommy Whittle

AR Afternoon Serenade 4.45 - 5.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Gerry's Inn 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Dorothy Squires

AR The Ten O’Clock Club 10.01 - 10.30 pm

John Dankworth


Wednesday 29th August 1956

BBC Summer Serenade 8.45 - 9.15 pm

Lizabeth Welch – And This Is My Beloved

Michael Holliday

Peter Yorke and his orchestra

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

Don Fox – Blue Suede Shows

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson 10.30 - 10.46 pm


Thursday 30th August 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Sheila Buxton becomes the resident singer while Marion Ryan is on holiday

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety 9:00 - 10:00 pm

NB replaces The Straker Special on AR due to June Whitfield’s appendicitis operation

Michael Holliday


Friday 31st August 1956

BBC Starlight 10.45 pm - end

Lorrae Desmond

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.01 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 1st September 1956

ITV Bag Of Tricks 5.00 - 5.55 pm

The Johnny Franks Quartet

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night 7.05 - 7.45 pm

Bill Gregson and his band

ATV Hip Hip Who? Ray 8.15 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 2nd September 1956

BBC Going Up (Holiday Entertainment) 7:55 - 8:30 pm

Joan Turner

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool 8.00 - 9.00 pm

The Deep River Boys

Shani Wallis

ABC Number Please: Your Kind Of Music 10.00 - 10.30 pm

contents unknown


Monday 3rd September 1956

BBC Shapes 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Shapes are shown on screen instead of the musical act

Ted Health and his band


Tuesday 4th September 1956

BBC Camera One 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Ronnie Carroll

Don Rennie

ATV Johnny Dankworth 9:00 - 9:30 pm

Johnny Dankworth and his orchestra

AR The Ten O’Cock Club 10:01 - 10:30 pm

Steve Race

Edmondo Ros


Wednesday 5th September 1956

ATV The Music Shop 9:00 - 9:30 pm

The hosts Rita Gillespie, Garry Wilmott and Dickie Leeman (producer) bring in their dogs

Anne Shelton

Janie Marden

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson 10.30 - 10.46 pm


Thursday 6th September 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9:00 - 10:00 pm

David Whitfield

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

content unknown


Friday 7th September 1956

BBC Starlight 8.45 - 9.00 (also seen as Meet Lorrae Desmond)

Lorrae Desmond

ATV Fancy Free

The Malcolm Mitchell Quartet

AR Jack Hylton Friday Night with Terry Thomas 8.30 - 9.00 pm

content unknown

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.30 pm

The Tanner Sisters

AR Palais Party 10.01 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 8th September 1956

NB ATV will conduct a test broadcast in subjective colour before 6.00 pm. A test film was shown in which a certain section would produce a "flutter" by making temporary changes in the equipment which may give the impression of colour. During an internal test at ATV some saw the colour effect, while others didn't.

BBC In Town Tonight 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Johnny Green (singer)

ITV Bag Of Tricks 5.00 - 5.55 pm

The Johnny Franks Quartet

ATV Hip Hip Who? Ray 8.15 - 9.00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 9th September 1956

BBC Cyril Stapleton introduces The Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

The Stargazers

Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group

Shirley Wilson

Mel Torme

ABC Number Please 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Johnny Green (singer)


Monday 10th September 1956

BBC Top Ten 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Sheila Armstrong (singer)

AR Play Of The Week: The Last Enemy 8.00 - 9.30 pm

Play starring Peter Murray (Radio Luxembourg DJ)


Tuesday 11th September 1956

BBC Wakey, Wakey 7:15 - 8:30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band

ATV Jack’s Back 9:00 - 9:30 pm

Jack Parnell & His Orchestra

AR The Ten O’Clock Club 10.01 - 10.30 pm

content unknown


Wednesday 12th September 1956

BBC Vic Oliver Presents: Music And Comedy from the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith 9:45 - 10:30 pm

Shirley Abicair

ATV The Music Shop 9.00 - 9.30 pm

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson 10.30 - 10.46 pm


Thursday 13th September 1956

BBC Latin-American Dance Party 8:00 - 8:30 pm

Edmundo Ros

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Sheila Buxton

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Variety Hour 9:00 - 10:00 pm

Ronnie Hilton

Tony Fayne

David Evans

AR Music Sets The Scene 10.01 - 10.46 pm

includes an excerpt from Somnambulism, a modern day ballet by Stan Kenton


Friday 14th September 1956

BBC Rock And Roll 1856 8:45 - 9:00 pm

Rock and roll songs dressed up in Victorian costumes

The Keynotes - Love's Old Sweet Song, Silver Threads Among The Gold

ATV On The Town 9.00 - 9.45 pm

content unknown

AR Palais Party 10.01 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 15th September 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9:00 to 9:45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr

Cherry Wainer

Peter Crawford Trio

ABC Time For Rhythm 4:00 - 4:30 pm (first edition)

ABC had intended to broadcast a dance band contest series, but Time For Rhythm took over

Broadcast from Moseley and Balsall Heath Institute

Hosted by Jerry Dawson

The Merseysippi Jazz Band

The Johnny Hilton Quartet

ABC Hip Hip Who? Ray 9.00 - 9.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 16th September 1956

BBC Cyril Stapleton introduces The Show Band Show 7:45 - 8:15 pm

The Stargazers - Come In At The Door

Billy Daniels - I Need Your Love, Begin The Beguine

Ray Ellington - Left Hand Boogie

The Ray Ellington Quartet - Just One Of Those Things

ABC Bring A Record 3:00 - 3:30 pm

content unknown

ABC Bid For Fame 4.15 - 4.45 pm (first of thirteen shows)

TV Talent show with regular band Joe Loss and His Orchestra

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Harry Secombe

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Glen Mason

Alma Cogan

Don Lang

Michael Holliday


Monday 17th September 1956

BBC Listen To My Music 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Ruby Murray

Lita Roza

Ted Health and His Music

AR Be My Guest 7.15 - 7.30 pm (first show of series)

Barbara Lyon (regular)

Steve Race Quartet

AR Son Of Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 18th September 1956

BBC Camera One 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Audrey Jeans

AR It’s Song Time 7:15 - 7:30 pm

Charles Trenet


Wednesday 19th September 1956

ATV Box Of Tricks 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Jim Dale

AR The Arthur Haynes Show 9:30 - 10:00 pm (first edition)

content unknown


Thursday 20th September 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

NB The Musical Director is Peter Knight, who takes over from Bob Sharples

Marion Ryan returns as resident singer

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Petula Clark

Mel Torme

Winifred Atwell


Friday 21st September 1956

BBC Bowery Bar Style 8.45 - 9.00 pm

The Keynotes accompanied by The Sour Note Seven

The Sour Note Seven


Saturday 22nd September 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.10 am - ?

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ABC Time For Rhythm 4.00 - 4.30 pm

content unknown

ATV The Music Shop 3:00 - 3:45 pm

The Three Deuces

Jackie Lee

Annette Klooger

Tony Brent

ABC Hip Hip Who? Ray! 9.00 - 9.45 pm

content unknown


Sunday 23rd September 1956

BBC House Magazine 3.30 - 4.00 pm

Tony Brent - I'll Understand

Max Bygraves playing golf with Eric Sykes

Emondo Ros

BBC Cyril Stapleton introduces The Show Band Show 7.45 - 8.15 pm

The Stargazers

Michael Holliday

Shirley Wilson

Winifred Atwell

ABC Number Please 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Humphrey Lyttelton

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Tony Crombie and His Rockets

Ruby Murray

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Lita Roza

Johnny Brandon

Audrey Jeans

Glen Mason

Pamela Barrie

David Hughes


Monday 24th September 1956

BBC Festival Of British Popular Songs 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Anne Shelton

Tony Brent

AR Be My Guest 7.16 - 7.30 pm

The Steve Race Quartet

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray

AR The Patti Page Show 10.30 - 10.46 pm

Patti Page, Jack Rael and his Singers, The Page Five Quintette


Tuesday 25th September 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey! 7.30 - 8.15 pm

The Billy Cotton Band Show

AR It's Song Time 7.16 - 7.30 pm

Lucienne Foyer

ATV Fan Fever 8:00 - 8:30 pm

content unknown


Thursday 27th September 1956

BBC Senor and Senora Edmundo Ros 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

AR Be My Guest 7.16 - 7.30 pm

Sheila Matthews with The Steve Race Quartet


Friday 28th September 1956

BBC Max Bygraves 7.45 - 8.15 pm

ATV Eartha Kitt Spends 24 Hours In London 8:30 - 9:00 pm

Eartha Kitt

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 29th September 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV ATV Music Shop 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Dennis Hale

Gerald Young

Annette Klooger

Barbara Hayden

ABC Time For Rhythm 4.02 - 4.30 pn

content unknown

ATV Hip Hip Who? Ray 9.00 - 9.45 pm

The Malcolm Mitchell Trio

Marion Keene


Sunday 30th September 1956

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Liberace (NB he would later complain that he only received £200 for his performance. Speaking to the Sunday Express he said "it's almost an insult, isn't it? I shall give it to charity". Despite his comment he re-appeared on the show a couple of weeks later)

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Glen Mason and Pamela Barrie

ABC Bring A Record 3.02 - 3.30 pm

content unknown


Monday 1st October 1956

BBC Off The Record 9:30 - 10:00 pm (first in new series)

Stanley Black (resident)

The Deep River Boys

Anne Shelton

Ronnie Hilton

Sid Phillips and his band

Eric Jupp

Audrey Jeans

The Three Kaye Sisters

AR Be My Guest 7:16 - 7:30 pm

Barbara Lyon and The Steve Race Group

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 2nd October 1956

BBC On Stage 8.00 - 8.45 pm

The Blue Stars (French singing group)

Lita Roza

Eric Delaney Orchestra

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Wednesday 3rd October 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show 9:30 - 10:00 pm

content unknown


Thursday 4th October 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Audrey Jeans


Friday 5th October 1956

BBC Henry Hall's Guest Night

The Hedley Ward Trio

Eula Parker - Happiness Street

BBC Edna Savage 9.15 - 9.30 pm

AR Jack Hylton Presents The Crazy Gang 8:30 - 9:00 pm

The Crazy Gang do a Teddy Boy routine

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 6th October 1956

BBC The Norman Wisdom Show 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Marion Keene

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 am

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Johnnie and Roy

Vincent Hill

Ray Burns

June Forrest

Joan Small

ABC Time For Rhythm 4:02 - 4:30 pm

content unknown

ATV Young and Foolish 9.00 - 9.45 pm (first in series)

Jack Parnell

Michael Holliday


Sunday 7th October 1956

BBC Contrasts

Robert Farnon

Edmund Hockridge - A Woman In Love, My Time Of Day

Vanessa Lee - I've Never been In Love Before

ABC Number Please 3.02 - 3.30 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Alma Cogan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Al Martino

Ronnie Hilton

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

The Coronets - Rockin' Horse Cowboy


Monday 8th October 1956

BBC Stories for Scallywags

Shilrey Abicair

AR Be My Guest 7.16 - 7.30 pm

Barbara Lyon

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 9th October 1956

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Petula Clark

AR Steve Race Introduces A Man Wrote A Song 7:16 - 7:30 pm

The songs of Cole Porter


Wednesday 10th October 1956

BBC The Yana Show 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Yana

Ronnie Carroll

Stephane Grappelli


Thursday 11th October 1956

BBC Frankie Howerd 7.50 - 8.20 pm

Shani Wallis

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 12th October 1956

BBC Edna Savage 9.45 - 10.00 pm

BBC A-Z 8.00 - 8.45 pm (first in a series based on Wolf Mankowitz's A-Z of Show Business)

Larry Adler

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 13th October 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

Teresa Waters

Harry Dawson

Bob Oliver's Square Dance Team

ABC Time For Rhythm 4.02 - 4.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Young and Foolish 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Jack Parnell

Michael Holliday


Sunday 14th October 1956

ABC Bring A Record 3.02 - 3.30 pm

content unknown

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Liberace

The Beverley Sisters

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Jo Searle

David Hughes

Ronnie Carroll

The Malcolm Mitchell Trio


Monday 15th October 1956

BBC Election of Miss World 1956 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Marion Keene with Group One

BBC Off The Record 10:00 - 10:20 pm

Joan Regan – Gone

Jimmy Young

Johnny Dankworth

Kenneth McKellar

Mandy Miller

Tommy Steele

The Three Professors (three members of the production team including Dennis Wilson)

Jimmy Young (NB replaces Malcolm Vaughan)

AR Be My Guest 7.16 - 7.30 pm

Barbara Lyon The Steve Race Group

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 16th October 1956

BBC Vera Lynn Sings 8.15 - 9.00 pm

Vera Lynn

The Keynotes

ATV Noele Gordon's Teatime 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Harry Dawson

AR It’s Song Time 7:16 - 7:30 pm

Charles Trenet


Wednesday 17th October 1956

BBC Yana

Stephane Grappelli

AR The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

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Thursday 18th October 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Billy Daniels


Friday 19th October 1956

BBC Edna Savage 9.15 - 9.30 pm

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 20th October 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out 8.30 - 10.10 pm

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ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Bob Oliver's Square Dance Team

Don Rennie

Glenda Gould

ABC Time For Rhythm 4.02 - 4.30 pm

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ATV Young and Foolish 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Jack Parnell

Michael Holliday


Sunday 21st October 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Janie Marden - sings 'the song that made a star'

ABC Number Please 3.02 - 3.30 pm

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ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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ATV The Jack Jackson Show: The Jay Jay Recording Company 10:00 - 10:30 pm

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Monday 22nd October 1956

BBC The Festival Of British Popular Songs 9:15 - 10:15 pm

Petula Clark and Laurie Payne – Wibbly Wobbly Moon

Ronnie Carroll & Semprini – For You And Me

Shirley Abicair & Bill McGuffie – Little Ship

Dennis Lotis & The Keynotes – Everybody Falls In Love With Someone (sung in the qualifiers by Johnny Brandon)

Carole Carr & Max Jaffa – No Love Could Be

Jean Campbell & Lester Ferguson – Cloudy Moon

AR Be My Guest 7.16 - 7.30 pm

Barbara Lyons with The Steve Race Group

AR Son Of Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 23rd October 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! 7:30 - 8:15 pm

The Billy Cotton Band Show

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm

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ATV Tea With Noel Gordon 4.30 - 5.00 pm

Ray Burns


Wednesday 24th October 1956

BBC The Yana Show 9.15 - 10.00 pm

Ronnie Carroll

ATV Lunch Box 12.30 - 1.30 pm

Ray Burns

Harry Dawson


Thursday 25th October 1956

ATV Fancy Free 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Rosemary Squires

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 26th October 1956

BBC A-Z 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Irving Berlin - featured composer

BBC Edna Savage 9.15 - 9.30 pm

Dennis Lotis

AR Palais Party 10.15 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 27th October 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Time For Rhythm 4.04 - 4.30 pm

The Peter Groves Trio

ATV Young and Foolish 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Jack Parnell

Michael Holliday


Sunday 28th October 1956

ABC Bring A Record 3:02 - 3:30 pm

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ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Ray Burns

Shirley Bassey

The Maple Leaf Four

Billy McCormack


Monday 29th October 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.15 - 9.45 pm

Ruby Murray – True Love

Frankie Vaughan – Green Door

Norrie Paramour

The Johnston Brothers

Inia te Wiata

The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band - Ambush

Joan Small - Autumn Concerto

AR The Monday Club 4.00 - 5.00 pm

Bob Harvey - singer/pianist will sing viewer's requests

AR A Man Wrote A Song (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

The songs of Harold Arlen

AR Son Of Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 30th October 1956

BBC Vera Lynn Sings 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Vera Lynn

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Wednesday 31st October 1956

BBC Vic Oliver Presents 9.45 - 10.28 pm

Ronnie Hilton

BBC Cabaret 10.45 - 11.15 pm

NB Organised for the Roosevelt Memorial Fund

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.oo pm

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Thursday 1st November 1956

BBC Music For You 10.45 pm - end

Luia del Parana and his Los Paraguyos

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 8.00 - 9.00 pm

Michael Holliday

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 2nd November 1956

BBC Edna Savage 9.15 - 9.30 pm

Edna Savage - The Saints Rock 'n' Roll, April in Portugal, Once in a While, Canadian Sunset

AR The Ted Heath Story 10:00 - 10:46 pm

From TV Times "The true story in words, pictures and music of the adventures of a band; a story of the glamour, gaiety, heartbreak and hard work that have gone into the making of one of the finest bands in the world. Told by Ted Heath with guest stars and personalities who have featured in the band's history".


Saturday 3rd November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4:02 - 4:30 (first edition)

Hosted by David Hughes

Lita Roza

Alma Warren

ABC Salute To Yorkshire 7.00 - 7.30 pm

NB Celebrating the opening of the Elmley Moor transmitter, bringing ITA to Yorkshire

Dickie Valentine (in London)

Ruby Murray (in London)

Jack Parnell & His Orchestra (in London)

Joan Regan (from Leeds Town Hall)

Joe Loss and his orchestra (from Leeds Town Hall)

ABC Time For Rhythm (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

The Peter Groves Trio


Sunday 4th November 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Eddie Calvert

ATV Liberace 7.15 - 7.45 pm

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

NB A Royal Command Performance preview show. The Royal show itself was cancelled due to the "international situation" but was rehearsed

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ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

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Monday 5th November 1956

AR Steve Race Introduces A Man Wrote A Song 7.16 - 7.30 pm

The songs of Jerome Kern

AR Son Of Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 6th November 1956

BBC Billy Cotton's Band 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Billy Cotton Band

ATV Song Time 7.16 - 7.30 pm

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ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Wednesday 7th November 1956

BBC The Yana Show 8.45 - 9.30 pm

Yana


Thursday 8th November 1956

BBC A Man from the Sun 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Drama featuring Cy Grant as Alvin

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

NB new host: Desmond O’Connor


Friday 9th November 1956

BBC A-Z 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Alma Cogan

Petula Clark

BBC Edna Savage 9.15 - 9.30 pm

BBC Show Band Show (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Rosemary Squires

AR The Ted Heath Story 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Ted Health & His Band


Saturday 10th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

Tony Brent

ABC Fan Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

David Hughes


Sunday 11th November 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Shirley Bassey sings 'the song that made the star'

BBC House Magazine

Ronnie Harris

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Rockin' The Town review part one

Alma Cogan

Winifed Atwell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

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Monday 12th November 1956

BBC Off The Record 9:30 - 10:00 pm

Jackie Lee

David Hughes – A Different World

Lionel Hampton interview

Terry-Thomas

Petula Clark

David Hughes

Tony Brent

Frank Weir

Jackie Lee

Vic Lewis and his Orchestra

AR A Man Wrote A Song 7:16 - 7:30

The songs of Ray Noble


Tuesday 13th November 1956

BBC Vera Lynn 7.20 - 8.05 pm

Vera Lynn


Wednesday 14th November 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

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Thursday 15th November 1956

BBC The Story of Ivor Novello 8.30 - 9.00 pm

Elisabeth Welch, plus many artists who had worked with Novello

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

Desmond O'Connor

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Anne Shelton


Friday 16th November 1956

BBC Carole Carr 9:15 – 9:30 pm

Carole Carr

AR The Ted Heath Story 10:00 - 10:46 pm

Ted Heath and his band

Victor Feldman


Saturday 17th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

NB Host Edwards says that the show is getting about a thousand postcards a week

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

Lorrae Desmond


Sunday 18th November 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.00 - 2.30 pm

'The Song that Made the Star' with Shirley Bassey

BBC Children’s Television: Songs and Stories for Scallywags

Shirley Abicair

BBC Music at Ten Present Contrasts 10.00 - 10.28 pm

Robert Farnon

ABC Number Please

Micheal Holliday

Humphrey Lyttelton

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

Rockin' The Town review part two

Alma Cogan

Winifred Atwell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Ray Burns

Harry Dawson

Ronnie Harris


Tuesday 20th November 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! 7:30 - 8:15 pm

The Billy Cotton Band Show

BBC Larry Adler 9:05 – 9:15 pm


Wednesday 21st November 1956

BBC The Yana Show 8.45 - 9.00 pm

NB The show gets a re-vamp by producer Russell Turner due to poor ratings and reviews. Yana (real name Pamela Guard) claimed in the Daily Mirror. “I think it's unfair to blame me for the whole show. I'm in the hands of the B.B.C.—and I have to do what I'm told. I wasn't very happy with the first show. But I think it's all right now."

Yana

Kenny Baker

Ronnie Carroll


Thursday 22nd November 1956

BBC After Dinner - Lyrics In The Lounge 9.15 - 9.30 pm

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 23rd November 1956

BBC A-Z 7.30 - 8.15 pm

D - featuring Jack Parnell, Sam Costa

BBC Carole Carr 9.15 - 9.30 pm

AR The Ted Heath Story 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Jack Parnell


Saturday 24th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

Ray Ellington

ATV Val Parnell Spectacular: The Max Bygraves Story 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Max Bygraves

The Kaye Sisters


Sunday 25th November 1956

ABC Number Please 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Elena Siutsi (Italian singer)

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Johnnie Ray – Just Walking In The Rain

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Glen Mason

Paddie O'Neil

Edna Savage

The Tanner Sisters - Just Walkin' In The Rain


Monday 26th November 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Max Bygraves - The Feather Song, That Dear Old Gentleman

Shirley Abicair - Little Boy Fishing

Dickie Henderson - Everybody Falls In Love With Someone

Dorothy Squires - Come Home To My Arms

The Four Jones - Someone To Love

Ronnie Harris - A House With Love In It

The Victor Feldman Quintet - Monsoon

AR A Man Wrote A Song 7.16 - 7.30 pm

The songs of Jerome Kern


Tuesday 27th November 1956

BBC Vera Lynn Sings 7.30 - 8.15 pm

Vera Lynn

The Keynotes


Wednesday 28th November 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

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Thursday 29th November 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

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ATV Val Parnell Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Danny Blond - Hold Him Tight, Forever Rock (NB Blond was a 12 year old rock and roll singer, and was given special dispensation by London County Council to appear on the show as long as he was out of the studio by 9:30 pm)

Lester Furguson


Friday 30th November 1956

BBC Carole Carr 8.45 - 9.15 pm

Carole Carr - Sings I Cry More, True Love, Blue Moon

AR The Ted Heath Story 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Lita Roza and Alma Warren – My Sister and I (Roza and Warren are sisters in real life)


Saturday 1st December 1956

BBC The Laugh's On Us 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Susan Lane (singer)

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Record Club 4:04 - 4:30 pm

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ABC/ATV Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular: The Johnnie Ray Show 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Johnnie Ray

Joan Regan

Johnnie Ray and Joan Regan – Walking My Baby Back Home


Sunday 2nd December 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date 2.00 - 2.30 pm

Benny Lee - sings 'the song that made the star'

ABC Number Please

The Denny Boyce Orchestra

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium 8.00 - 9.30 pm

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Daily Mirror Disc Festival

Winifred Atwell

Eddie Calvert

Alma Cogan

Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group

Ted Heath & His Music

Ronnie Hilton

Ruby Murray

Anne Shelton

The Stargazers

Dickie Valentine

David Whitfield

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

NB The show will be re-titled The Jay Jay Recording Company according to The Stage

Glen Mason

Paddie O´Neil

Joan Savage

Frankie Vaughan

Rosemary Squires

The Kentones

Desmond 'Penny Whistle Man' Lane

The Tony Kinsey Quintet


Monday 3rd December 1956

BBC The Frankie Howerd Show 7:45 - 8:15 pm

Joan Regan

BBC Annual Dinner of Concert Artists’ Association 8:30 – 10:00 pm

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Tuesday 4th December 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! 7.45 - 8.30 pm

The Billy Cotton Band


Wednesday 5th December 1956

BBC The Yana Show 9:15 - 10:00 pm

Stephane Grappelli


Thursday 6th December 1956

BBC Great Scott It's Maynard 8.15 - 8.45 pm

Patti Lewis

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

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Friday 7th December 1956

BBC A-Z 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Ray Ellington

AR The Ted Heath Story 10.00 - 10.46 pm

? Show Band Style (noted in music press, but not in newspapers of the day)

Sheila Buxton


Saturday 8th December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Broadcast from the Cote d'Azure Club, Frith Street, London

Leslie Weeks and his band

Lesil Southern

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Record Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

Eve Boswell

ATV The Bob Monkhouse Show 9.00 - 9.45 pm

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Sunday 9th December 1956

ABC Number Please 3.00 - 3.30 pm

Shirley Ryan

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

NB This was a charity edition organised for the Spastics Charity organisation, raising £3000 and becoming the first charity fund raiser on British television. The show featured artists from France and Britain.

Vera Lynn

Denis Lotis

Eve Boswell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Sheila Buxton


Monday 10th December 1956

BBC Off The Record 9.30 - 10.00 pm

The Goons (possibly just Milligan and Sellers) – The Ying Tong Song

Eve Boswell

Ronnie Ronalde

Julie Dawn

Desmond Lane

The Barrie Sisters

Terry Burton

The Vipers Skiffle Group


Tuesday 11th December 1956

BBC Airmen Of Note 7.15 - 7.45 pm

The United States Air Force Dance Band

BBC Vera Lynn Sings 8.45 - 9.30 pm

Vera Lynn – My Son My Son

Eddie Calvert


Wednesday 12th December 1956

ATV The Arthur Haynes Show 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Ken Morris

Joan Savage


Thursday 13th December 1956

BBC Children's Hour: Trayful of Trouble

Morris and Mitch (Marty Feldman seems to have left the group)

BBC The Petula Clark Show 7:15 - 7:45 pm

Petula Clark

The Five Dallas Boys (Romeos of Rhythm who join Petula as her 'Boy Friends of the Week')

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan, Ken Platt

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime 9.00 - 10.00 pm

Shirley Bassey

Donald Peers


Friday 14th December 1956

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.45 pm

Filmed at The Palais, Hammersmith, London

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

Tina Vaughan

Steve Martin

The Sunnysiders


Saturday 15th December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Rock n roll in Purley and Paris hosted by Robin Scott and Alesandre Tarta

The Denny Boyce Orchestra play at the Orchid Ballroom, Purley, while cameras went to the St Germain area of Paris

Colin Day (singer in the Purley section)

BBC The Dave King Show 8.30 - 9.30 pm

NB the start of the series had to be postponed due to King’s illness

Leigh Madison (singer)

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

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ATV Val Parnell’s Saturday Spectacular: The David Whitfield Show 9:00 - 9:45 pm

David Whitfield


Sunday 16th December 1956

BBC The Midland Light Orchestra 2:30 - 3:20 pm

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV Val Parnell Presents Sunday Night At The Prince Of Wales Theatre 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Eve Boswell

Tommy Fields

Dorothy Squires

Glen Mason

Joan Savage

Paddie O'Neil

Tommy Steele


Monday 17th December 1956

BBC Edmondo Ros Show 7:15 - 7:45 pm

BBC Panorama

Louis Armstrong

AR A Man Wrote A Song 7.16 - 7.30 pm

The songs of Vincent Youmans


Tuesday 18th December 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey! 8:15 - 9:00 pm

Max Bygraves


Wednesday 19th December 1956

BBC Christmas Crackerjack

Shirley Abicair

BBC The Yana Show 8.00 - 8.45 pm

Ronnie Carroll


Thursday 20th December 1956

BBC The Petula Clark Show 7.15 - 7.45 pm

Petula Clark

BBC Great Scott It's Maynard 7.45 - 8.15 pm

The Hedley Ward Trio

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan


Friday 21st December 1956

BBC A-Z 7.40 - 8.30 pm

Morton Frasier’s Harmonica Gang

AR The Deep River Boys 10:15 - 10:46 pm

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Saturday 22nd December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out 7.30 - 8.00 pm

From the Cabaret De Lido, Paris

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 pm

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4.04 - 4.30 pm

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular: The Harry Secombe Show 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Harry Secombe


Sunday 23rd December 1956

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

David Hughes

Janie Marden

Marie Benson

Glen Mason

Joan Savage

Paddie O'Neil


Monday 24th December 1956

BBC Off The Record 10:00 - 10:30 pm

Anne Shelton

Alma Cogan

Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group

Jill Day

Tommy Steele

ATV A Bonus For Christmas 7.05 - 7.30 pm

Max Bygraves in acting role. The play had originally been written by Bygraves’ 13 year old daughter Christine, who was paid £50 in premium bonds for it


Wednesday 26th December 1956 Boxing Day

BBC Beauty and The Beast 7.40 - 9.00 pm

David Hughes (plays a sailor)

AR It’s Song Time 10.30 - 10.46 pm

David Hughes

ITN News 10.46 - 11.00 pm

Pat Boone interview

ATV Mantovani and His Orchestra 9.30 - 10.00 pm


Thursday 27th December 1956

BBC The Petula Clark Show 7.15 - 7.45 pm

BBC Max Bygraves 7.45 - 8.15 pm

Max Bygraves

The Kaye Sisters

AR A Man Wrote A Song 7.16 - 7.30 pm

The songs of Franz Lehar

ATV Fancy Free 4.00 - 4.30 pm

Glen Mason

The Les Baker Quartet

Granada Spot The Tune 7.30 - 8.00 pm

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time 9.00 - 10.00 pm

David Whitfield

Betty Driver

Cherry Wainer


Friday 28th December 1956

AR Palais Party 10.00 - 10.46 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 29th December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out 8.00 - 8.30 pm

Joe Loss

Lonnie Donegan

BBC The Eamon Andrews Show 8:30 - 9:30 pm (first edition)

Yana

Jill Day

Skiffle group made up of Dick Bentley, Eric Robinson and Alan Melville

ABC Housewives Call The Tune 9.00 - 9.45 am

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3.00 - 3.45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club 4:04 - 4:40 pm

Jimmy Young

ATV Val Parnell’s Saturday Show 9:00 - 9:45 pm

Frankie Vaughan


Sunday 30th December 1956

ABC Number Please 3.00 - 3.30 pm

ATV Liberace 4.15 - 4.45 pm

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

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Pat Boone (fifteen minute set)

ATV The Jack Jackson Show 10.00 - 10.30 pm

Ronnie Carroll

Lee Lawrence - Rock N Roll Opera

Barbara Lyon

Marion Keene

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

Glen Mason

Joan Savage

Paddie O'Neill


Monday 31st December 1956

BBC Secombe’s Year 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Harry Secombe

Alma Cogan

The Coronets

BBC New Year Greetings 12.15 am - end

The Chelsea Arts Ball

Humphrey Lyttelton

Sid Phillips

Ted Heath

AR Cool For Cats 7:16 - 7:30 pm (first edition)

From TV Times "An intimate record programme in which Ker Robertson brings viewers the hits and near hits, the songs, music and stories of the people who make discs a £25,000,000 a year business"

Tony Brent

ITN News 10.46 - 11.00 pm

Footage of young people jiving at a rock and roll club

ITV New Year’s Eve Party 11.30 pm - 12.05 am

From the Trocadero, London

Shirley Bassey

The Gitson Sisters (singing trio)


Also this year

AR Let's Stay Home

Rosemary Squires

AR Vera Lynn's Melody Cruise

The Teenagers