TV Pop Diaries 1956

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1956


Sunday 1st January 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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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 Off The Record

NB Also seen listed as 'Brush Up On Your Tele'

Shirley Abicair

The Stargazers

Eric Robinson

Peter Haigh


Tuesday 3rd January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun

Eric Spear

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

Pet introduces her 'boyfriend of the week'

Joe 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)

Alma Cogan


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


Thursday 5th January 1956

BBC Time To Dream 10.45 - 10.55 pm

The Kentones

BBC Personality Parade

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

Carole Carr

Eddie Calvert


Saturday 7th January 1956

BBC The Dave King Show

Yana

ATV The Music Shop

Annette Klooger, Danny Purchas, The Burt Twins, Janie Marden

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition

ITV On The Town

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Sunday 8th January 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

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

Robert Farnon

Edmund Hockridge

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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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

Eric Spear

BBC Children's Hour

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)

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

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm

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 Youth Takes A Bow

Jim Dale

AR Singing For You

Alma Cogan

AR Jack Hylton Presents

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ITV Quiet Rhythm 11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Kenny Powell Trio


Thursday 12th January 1956

BBC Strictly T-T (Terry-Thomas)

Lorrae Desmond

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

Shirley Abacair


Friday 13th January 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents

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Saturday 14th January 1956

BBC Home James (Jimmy James)

John Hanson

ATV The Music Shop

Joan Small

The Kentones

Carol Newton

Les Baker and his Quartet

Maxine Daniels

Robert Earle

Shelley Moore

ATV Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition

ITV On The Town

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Sunday 15th January 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Ronnie Hilton

The Jones Boys

Harry Gold

Libby Morris

Glen Mason

Pauline Shepherd

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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Monday 16th January 1956

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

Alma Cogan

Frankie Vaughan

Frank Weir

Dennis Hale

Marion Ryan

Patti Lewis

Eric Winstone and his Orchestra

BBC Late Night Variety

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

Eric Spear

BBC The Petula Clark Show

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette


Wednesday 18th January 1956

BBC Crackerjack

Spence and Davies (comedy musicians)

BBC More Contrary

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

AR The Vera Lynn Show

Vera Lynn - Yours, Yes We Have No Bananas, Maybe It's Becuase 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 Request

Carole Carr

AR Jack Hylton Present

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Saturday 21st January 1956

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 – 9:00 pm

No guests of interest in this edition

ATV ATV Music Shop

Ronnie Harris

Carole Newton

Rita Reys

Desmond Lane

ITV On The Town

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Sunday 22nd January 1956

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

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

The Tanner Sisters

Frances and Stella

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

BBC Let's Make A Date

Ronnie Hilton


Monday 23rd January 1956

AR Lita Roza 7:20 - 7:30 pm


Tuesday 24th January 1956

BBC The Petula Clark Show 10.15 - 10.30 pm

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm

Reg Owen Orchestra

Patti Lewis


Thursday 26th January 1956

BBC Personality Parade

Jill Day

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

Shirley Abacair

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

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Friday 27th January 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents

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Saturday 28th January 1956

ATV The Music Shop

Cherry Wainer, Malcolm Vaugham, Beryl Templeman, Betty Miller

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 – 9:00 pm

Ruby Murray

ITV On The Town

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Sunday 29th January 1956

ITA Liberace 4:00 – 4:30 pm

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Danny Purches

Sizu Miller

The Hedley Ward Trio

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

No guests of interest in this edition


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)

Maxine Daniels


Tuesday 31st January 1956

BBC Music Is Fun

Eric Spear

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

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette


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

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

The Three Skylarks


Saturday 4th February 1956

BBC The Dave King Show

Yana

ATV The Music Shop

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

ITV On The Town

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Sunday 5th February 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

Eddie Calvert

ITA Liberace

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Desmond Lane

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Joan Regan

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


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

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Tuesday 7th February 1956

BBC Music Is Fun

Eric Spear

BBC Camera One

Victor Lambati

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

Petula Clark

Joe 'Mister Piano' Henderson

AR Easy Rhythm

Reg Owen Orchestra

Patti Lewis


Wednesday 8th February 1956

ITA Telebox

Nat Temple and his band

ITP Singing For You

Glen Mason

ITV Dance To The Music

Lita Roza, Lou Preager


Thursday 9th February 1956

AR Date With A Song

Shirley Abacair

ITP Variety Star Time 8:00 – 9:00 pm

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Friday 10th February 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents: Arthur Askey

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Saturday 11th February 1956

ATV The Music Shop

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

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Sunday 12th February 1956

BBC Music at Ten presents Contrasts

Robert Farnon Orchestra

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

Benny Hill

Jill Day

Lita Roza

Bert Weedon

Ronnie Carroll

Sid Phlillips and his Band

ITV Jack Hylton Presents the Arthur Helliwell Show

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Tuesday 14th February 1956

BBC Music Is Fun

Eric Spear

BBC Alma Cogan 9:45 - 10:00 pm

AR Easy Rhythm

Cleo Laine

Frank Holder

The Dave Lee Quartette


Wednesday 15th February 1956

BBC More Contrary

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

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

Malcolm Vaughan

AR Chance of A Lifetime

Rosemary Squires

Ken Kirkham

AR The Nat Temple Show

Diana Day with Nat Temple's Band

AR The Vera Lynn Show

AR And So To Be

Audrey Simpson


Friday 17th February 1956

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

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

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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

Julie Dawn

Ivor Mairants

The Gitson Sisters

Ronnie Meede

Virginia Page

Dennis Lotis

ATV Saturday Showtime

Bernard Delfont Presents Ruby Murray

ITV On The Town

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ABC Hometown Saturday Night

Joe Loss


Sunday 19th February 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

The Beverley Sisters

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Yana

Harry Secombe


Monday 20th February 1956

AR Date With A Song

Shirley Abacair


Tuesday 21st February 1956

BBC Alma Cogan 10:15 - 10:30 pm

ITV Jack Hylton Presents the Arthur Helliwell Show

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AR Strike A New Note

Earle and vaughan


Wednesday 22nd February 1956

AR Singing For You

Frances Day


Thursday 23rd February 1956

BBC Personality Parade

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

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Friday 24th February 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your Very Eyes

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Saturday 25th February 1956

BBC On Town Tonight

Camilleri (accordionist)

ATV The Music Shop

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

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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Monday 27th February 1956

BBC Off The Record

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

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Thursday 1st March 1956

BBC Personality Parade

Shani Wallis

BBC Time To Dream

The Coronets

AR Dance Music 7:30 - 8:00 pm

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Friday 2nd March 1956

ATV Steve Race 5:15 - 5:25 pm

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Saturday 3rd March 1956

BBC In Town Tonight

Winifred Atwell

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

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ATV Saturday Showtime

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Sunday 4th March 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Beverley Sisters

Winifred Atwell


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

AR Quiet Rhythm 4:35 - 4:55

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AR The Patti Page Show

BBC Camera One

The Four Jones Boys


Thursday 8th March 1956

ATV Variety Showtime

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Saturday 10th March 1956

ATV The Music Shop

Camilleri (accordionist)

ATV Saturday Showtime

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 The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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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

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Wednesday 14th March 1956

BBC More Contrary

Michael Holliday

Mary O'Hara

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

AR Dance Orchestra 8:30 - 9:00 pm

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Saturday 17th March 1956

ATV The Music Shop

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Sunday 18th March 1956

BBC Music at Ten

Robert Farnon and his Orchestra

Vanessa Lee

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Patachou (French singer)


Tuesday 20th March 1956

BBC Alma Cogan


Wednesday 21st March 1956

AR The Patti Page Show


Thursday 22nd March 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 - 7:30 pm

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

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Saturday 24th March 1956

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

Ronnie Carroll

ATV The Music Shop

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Sunday 25th March 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Maxine Daniels

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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Monday 26th March 1956

BBC Off The Record

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

AR The Vera Lynn Show

a Boer War era special

ATV The Bob Hope Show (shown by ATV London 2nd April 1956)

NB Advertsisers 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

AR Eve Boswell

AR Jack Hylton Presents The Lady Rattlings on Parade

Vera Lynn

Anne Shelton


Saturday 31st March 1956

ATV The Music Shop

The Tanner Sisters


Sunday 1st April 1956 Easter Sunday

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Earle and Vaughan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

David Hughes


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

ITV Tune Room (not listed in newspapers)

Peter Regan


Wednesday 4th April 1956

AR It’s Patti Page


Thursday 5th April 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Variety Startime

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Friday 6th April 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your Very Eyes

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Saturday 7th April 1956

ATV The Music Shop

Eileen Taylor

Tommy Maxwell/Ted Brennan Sextet

ATV George & Alfred Black Present Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition

ITV On The Town

Earle and Vaughan

Julia (of Darvas and Julia singing duo)


Sunday 8th April 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Oreste Kirkop


Monday 9th April 1956

BBC Off The Record

A special show co-produced with Radiodiffusion-TV France with top British and French recording acts


Tuesday 10th April 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 11th April 1956

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Friday 13th April 1956

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three

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 Ups and Downs

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

Ronnie Carroll

Marion Keene

Doreen Hulme

Morton Frazer & His Harmonica Rascals

BBC Mary O’Hara 10:15 - 10:30 pm

ATV The Music Shop

Tommy Maxwell/Ted Brennan Sextet

ATV George & Alfred Black Present Saturday Showtime

No guests of interest in this edition

ITV On The Town

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ABC Home Town

Dorothy Ward (singer)


Sunday 15th April 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Michael Holliday

Sheila Buxton

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Howard Keel


Monday 16th April 1956

BBC Children's Televison

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

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


Tuesday 17th April 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Thursday 19th April 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

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AR Rehearsal in Studio Three

The Mickey Greeve Quartet


Friday 20th April 1956

AR Jack Hylton Presents Arthur Askey in Before Your very Eyes

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Saturday 21st April 1956

BBC Mary O’Hara 10:15 - 10:30

ATV ATV Music Shop

Leslie ‘Jiver’ Hutchinson

Rosa Macari

Dickie Bennett

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

ITV On The Town

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ATV Saturday Showtime

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Sunday 22nd April 1956

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

Mary Morgan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Billy Daniels

The Stargazers

Billy Eckstine


Monday 23rd April 1956

ITA Your Favourites

Cherry Wainer

BBC Top Town

Dorothy Ward (singer) as a judge


Wednesday 25th April 1956

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

Lita Roza

The Ray Ellington Quartet

AR The Vera Lynn Show

possibly Artie Shaw

AR The Patti Page Show

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

AR Young at Heart

The Teenagers


Thursday 26th April 1956

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 - 7:30

ITA Liberace

AR Jack Hylton Presents You’ll Never Believe It

Nat Gonella


Friday 27th April 1956

ITA Steve Race

Shirley Abacair


Saturday 28th April 1956

BBC Mary O’Hara 10.15 - 10.30 pm

BBC The Ted Ray Show

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

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town

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ABC Hometown Saturday Night

Joe Loss


Sunday 29th April 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

Hutch

BBC Let's Make A Date

Edna Savage sings 'the song that made the star'

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 30th April 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show

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

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Thursday 3rd May 1956

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

BBC Camera One

Jimmy Parkinson (Australian singer)

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Lena Horne

AR Liberace


Friday 4th May 1956

AR Friday’s Girl

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 Starlight

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

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town

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ABC Hometown Saturday Night: Liverpool

Frankie Vaughan

Joe Loss and his Orchestra

ABC unknown show

Maxine Daniels


Sunday 6th May 1956

ABC Number Please (first in series)

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

David Whitfield


Monday 7th May 1956

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

Diana Decker

Kenny Baker

AR Paris In Piccadilly

Lita Roza

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three

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 Vera Lynn

Dorinda Stevens

AR Hutch

Leslie Hutchinson


Thursday 10th May 1956

AR Liberace

AR Rehearsal in Studio Three

The Frank Baron Trio

AR Alfred Marks Time

Lucille Mapp


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

Jimmy Shand

BBC The Jimmy Wheeler Show

Ronnie Carroll

The Four Jones Boys

ITV On The Town

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ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Sunday 13th May 1956

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

The Inkspots


Monday 14th May 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show

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

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


Thursday 17th May 1956

BBC THe Carroll Levis Show

Deline Brothers (singing hillbilly songs)

Marjorie McMichael (singer)

The Brighton Belles (singing trio)

ATV Liberace

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Dickie Valentine

Cherry Wainer

Sheila Buxton


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

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

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

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ITV On The Town

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Sunday 20th May 1956

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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Monday 21st May 1965

AR Paris in Piccadilly

Helen Cordet

BBC Top Town

Dorothy Ward (singer) as a judge


Tuesday 22nd May 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey

Billy Cotton Band Show

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm


Wednesday 23rd May 1956

AR The Vera Lynn Show

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Thursday 24th May 1956

BBC Rats To You

Max Bygraves

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

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Friday 25th May 1956

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents the Winifred Atwell show

ITV On The Town

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Saturday 26th May 1956

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm

The Terry Sisters (regulars)

ABC Hometown Saturday Night (Warrington)

Joe Loss

ITV On The Town

The Kaye Sisters


Sunday 27th May 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

Nat Gonella

The Keynotes

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

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


Monday 28th May 1956

BBC Camera One

Joe Lynch

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show

Billy Cotton introduces

Carole Carr

Stephane Grappelly

Shani Wallis

Ronnie Hilton

The Kentones

April Olrich

Terence Theobald

Ray Powell

AR Eve Boswell 7:20 – 7:30 pm

ITV Get Happy

The Kentones

Maria Pavlou


Tuesday 29th May 1956

BBC Camera One

Joan Regan


Wednesday 30th May 1956

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Thursday 31st May 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Earle and Vaughan

ITV Liberace


Friday 1st June 1956

BBC Shirley Abacair

BBC Aces High

The Beverley Sisters


Saturday 2nd June 1956

BBC The Charlie Chester Show

The Hedley Ward Trio

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town

content unknown

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm

content unknown


Sunday 3rd June 1956

BBC Jack Benny

NB The actor Peter Sellers had been a prt of the show but left when Benny told him how a cockney accent should sound

Teddy Johnson

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown


Monday 4th June 1956

BBC Festival of British Popular Songs

Semprini

Anne Shelton

Laurie Payne

Pamela Charles

Dennis Lotis

The Keynotes

AR The Patti Page Show

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

AR Let's Stay Home (first in drama series)

Rosemary Squires acts and sings in the series


Tuesday 5th June 1956

BBC Wakey Wakey

The Billy Cotton Band

ITP Get Happy

Maria Pavlou


Wednesday 6th June 1956

BBC We Are Your Servants

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

ATV Tea With Noele Gordon

Billy Eckstein

The Tanner Sisters

AR Vera Lynn Melody Cruise

ATV The Music Shop

The Kaye Sisters

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 7th June 1956

Granada Spot The Tune 7:30 - 8:00 pm (first edition)

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 We Are Your Servants

Recognising the tenth anniversary of the return of the BBC's television service after World War II

Shirley Abicair

Carole Carr

Geraldo and his Orchestra

Petula Cark

Alma Cogan

BBC Shirley Abicair

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)

AR Jack Hylton Presents the 21 Club with Jack Buchannan

content unknown


Saturday 9th June 1956

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ABC ABC Diskery 4.00 - 5.00 pm

content unknown

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

ITV On The Town

content unknown

BBC The Jimmy Wheeler Show

Bryan Johnson


Sunday 10th June 1956

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Yana

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown

ABC Time For Melody

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

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Tuesday 12th June 1956

BBC On With The Show

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 Revellers

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

Cy Grant

Fredye Marshall

Badia Ben Ahmed

John Carvallio

Linda Sims

Donaldo and Tommy Kamara

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Opportunity Knocks (first in series)

Celia Rowley (singer)

The Wright Brothers (singing trio)


Thursday 14th June 1956

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

content unknown


Friday 15th June 1956

BBC Shirley Abicair

BBC The Valiant

play with Eartha Kitt

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

ATV Jack Hylton Presents 21 Club with Jack Buchannan

content unknown


Saturday 16th June 1956

BBC In Town Tonight

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

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

content unknown

ATV On The Town

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind


Sunday 17th June 1956

BBC Mrs Patterson 8:30 - 9:45 pm

Play, with Eartha Kitt, Bari-Johnson

ABC Number Please

Joan Edwards

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Alma Warren

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Tex Ritter - The Wayward Wind

ABC Time For Melody

contents unknown


Monday 18th June 1956

AR The Patti Page Show

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

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

content unknown

BBC Top Town

Dorothy Ward (singer) as a judge


Tuesday 19th June 1956

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

The Billy Cotton Band Show


Wednesday 20th June 1956

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

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 21st June 1956

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety

content unknown

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Friday 22nd June 1956

BBC Joan Regan 10:45 pm - end

AR Palais Party 10:00 - 10:45 pm

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

AR Jack Hylton Presents 21 Club with Jack Buchannan

content unknown


Saturday 23rd June 1956

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

The Keynotes

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

Petula Clark

ATV Bernard Delfont Presents The Winifred Atwell Show

Winifred Atwell

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson


Sunday 24th June 1956

BBC The Max Wall Show

Anne Shelton - The Great Pretender, No Time For Tears

ABC Bring A Record

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Tony Martin

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Danny Purches

Shirley Abicair

The Keytones

Humphrey Littleton

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

AR Liberace

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Tuesday 26th June 1956

BBC Camera One: Variety

Paule Desjardins (French singer)

AR Port Calypso

Bertrice Reading

Sammy Wilde

The Kari-Kari Sisters


Wednesday 27th June 1956

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso

Bertice 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

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 28th June 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

content unknown


Friday 29th June 1956

BBC Joan Regan

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

The Sunnysiders

AR Jack Hylton Presents The 21 Club with Jack Buchannan

content unknown


Saturday 30th June 1956

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

Charty show for Variety Artists Federation

Anne Shelton

Max Bygraves

Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang

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

ABC Portrait Of A Star: Doris Day

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown

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

content unknown


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

AR Let’s Stay Home

Rosemary Squires

AR The Patti Page Show

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


Tuesday 3rd July 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey!

The Billy Cotton Band Show


Wednesday 4th July 1956

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

Jackie Lee

Dennis Lotis

Anne Shelton

AR Vera Lynn’s Musical Cruise

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 5th July 1956

BBC Rats To You

Dorothy Squires

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety

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

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 7th July 1956

BBC Second International Song Festival

The finals of the five day festival from Venice

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show

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


Sunday 8th July 1956

BBC Northern Showground

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

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

Yana

Ray Ellington Quartet

Marion Ryan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

The Hilltoppers - Trying


Monday 9th July 1956

BBC Billy Cotton’s Tin Pan Alley Show

Billy Cotton introduces

Gisela Griffel

Maria Pavlou

Bert Weedon

Hutch

AR The Patti Page Show

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

AR Let’s Stay Home

Rosemary Squires


Tuesday 10th July 1956

BBC Camera One

Ronnie Carroll

AR Summer Theatre: Sweet Talk Me Jefferson

Dick Haymes plays a crooner


Wednesday 11th July 1956

ATV Mantovani

Larry Adler plays piano – Le Grisbi

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso

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

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 12th July 1956

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan

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

Kathy Barr


Friday 13th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan

AR Jack Hylton Presents Jack Buchannan

Anne Moore

AR Palais Palace

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest


Saturday 14th July 1956

BBC Starlight

Larry Adler (playing piano)

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

content unknown


Sunday 15th July 1956

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool

Billy Daniels

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown

ABC Portrait Of A Star: Bing Crosby


Tuesday 17th July 1956

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Jill Day

ATV Gerry’s Inn

Lorrae Desmond


Wednesday 18th July 1956

AR Jolly Good Time

Nat Temple and his Band

ATV The Music Shop

content unknown

AR The Patti Page Show

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

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


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

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

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 21st July 1956

BBC The Tin Pan Alley Show (probably not on)

content unknown

BBC The Ted Ray Show

Lester Ferguson - Who Are We?

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show

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


Sunday 22nd July 1956

BBC Northern Showground

contents unknown

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool

Derek Roy

Mel Torme

Lita Rosa

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

Host: Barry Took

Jimmy Young

Glen Mason

Marion Keene

ABC Number Please (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

Lita Roza

ATV Liberace


Tuesday 24th July 1956

ITV (unknown children’s show)

Anne Shelton


Wednesday 25th July 1956

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

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

ATV The Music Shop

No guests of interest

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Musical Show: Port Calypso

Bari-Johnson


Thursday 26th July 1956

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

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

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan


Friday 27th July 1956

BBC Joan Regan

With the Bluebird Boys

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

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

Shirley Bassey


Saturday 28th July 1956

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show

content unknown

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night: Tower Theatre, New Brighton

Joe Loss

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 29th July 1956

BBC Northern Showground

Lita Roza - Love Me, No Time For Tears

Jimmy Leach (organist)

The Kordites (singing group)

The Hindley-Taylor Singers

ITV Round About Ten

Anne Shelton

Malcolm Goddard

Ronnie Hilton

Jim Dale

Humphrey Lyttleton

Bobby McGee and his Music

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool

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

Ronnie Carroll

ABC Number Please

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Monday 30th July 1956

BBC The Festival Of Popular British Songs

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

AR The Patti Page Show

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

ATV The Music Shop

content unknown

AR Vera Lynn’s Melody Cruise

Jimmy Kennedy (song writer)

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra


Thursday 2nd August 1956

BBC Alfred Mark's Time

Lucille Mapp (singer from Trinidad)

ATV Tom Arnold Presents Star Studded Variety

content unknown


Friday 3rd August 1956

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 4th August 1956

ATV The Dickie Valentine Show

Sings ‘I Never Worry’, written by Bill Sellers, father of Peter Sellers, co-star of the show

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 5th August 1956

BBC Northern Showground

contents unknown

BBC Contrasts

Robert Farnon

Vanessa Lee

Edmund Hockridge

Denys Palmer

ATV Round About Ten

Malcolm Goddard

Dennis Lotis

Jim Dale

Audrey Jeans – Ticky Ticky Tick

Bobby McGee and his Music

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool

Sani Wallis

David Hughes

ABC Number Please

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Tuesday 7th August 1956

AR The Ten O’Clock Club

content unknown

ATV Hits and Misses

Bob Carter

Danny Lewis (jazz violin player)


Wednesday 8th August 1956

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

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson


Thursday 9th August 1956

Granada Spot the Tune

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

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 11th August 1956

ATV Saturday Showtime 8:15 - 9:00 pm

contents unknown

ABC Holiday Town Saturday Night

Joe Loss and his orchestra

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 12th August 1956

ABC Number Please

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra

ATV Round About Ten

Malcolm Goddard

Patti Lewis

Jim Dale

Bobby McGee and his Music

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night At Blackpool

David Whitfield


Tuesday 14th August 1956

BBC Summer Showtime

NB Ronnie Carroll cancelled due to laryngitis

Janie Marden

Jen Jackson (singer)

AR The Ten O’Clock Club

Edmundo Ros


Wednesday 15th August 1956

BBC Summer Serenade

Ronnie Hilton

ATV The Music Shop

content unknown

ABC Number Please: Your Kind Of Music

No guests of interest in this edition

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson

BBC Summer Serenade

Stanley Black

Ronnie Hilton


Thursday 16th August 1956

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

content unknown


Friday 17th August 1956

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 18th August 1956

BBC The Show Parade

Lester Ferguson

ATV Saturday Showtime

Diane Cilento

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 19th August 1956

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

Eve Boswell

ABC Number Please (first networked show)

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra

Lorrae Desmond

ABC Beside The Seaside

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


Monday 20th August 1956

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

Shirley Abicair

Joan Regan


Tuesday 21st August 1956

AR Ten O’Cock Club

Geraldo & His Orchestra


Wednesday 22nd August 1956

AR Hughie Green’s Opportunity Knocks

Jean Stevens - September Love

ATV The Music Shop

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR David Hughes


Thursday 23rd August 1956

BBC Barn Dance 7:30 - 8:00 pm

Traditional folk accompanied by Jack Armstrong and his Barnstormers

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Anne Shelton


Friday 24th August 1956

BBC Starlight

Lorrae Desmond

ATV Jack Hylton Presents Friday Night with Terry-Thomas

content unknown

AR Palais Party

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

BBC The Charlie Chester Show

content unknown

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

content unknown

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 26th August 1956

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night At Blackpool

Al Martino

Alma Cogan

ABC Number Please

Regulars: Joan Edwards, Frank Weir & His Orchestra


Monday 27th August 1956

BBC The Holiday Show (broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday)

Joan Regan

Ormonde Douglas (singer)

Morris, Marty and Mitch

BBC Radio Show: British Popular Songs

contents unknown


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 The Ten O’Clock Club

John Dankworth


Wednesday 29th August 1956

BBC Summer Serenade

Lizabeth Welch – And This Is My Beloved

Michael Holliday

Peter Yorke and his orchestra

ATV The Music Shop

Don Fox – Blue Suede Shows

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson


Thursday 30th August 1956

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

Granada Spot The Tune

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


Friday 31st August 1956

BBC Starlight

Lorrae Desmond

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 1st September 1956

ATV Hip Hip Who? Ray

content unknown

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 2nd September 1956

BBC Going Up 7:55 - 8:30 pm

Joan Turner

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

content unknown

ITP for ABC & ATV Sunday Night at Blackpool

The Deep River Boys

ABC Number Please: Your Kind Of Music

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 3rd September 1956

BBC Shapes

Shapes are shown on screen instead of the musical act

Ted Health and his band


Tuesday 4th September 1956

BBC Camera One

Ronnie Carroll

Don Rennie

AR The Ten O’Cock Club 10:01 - 10:30

Steve Race

ATV Johnny Dankworth 9:00 - 9:30 pm


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

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson


Thursday 6th September 1956

AR The Crazy Gang 9:00 - 10:00 pm

content unknown

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

David Whitfield

Granada Spot The Tune


Friday 7th September 1956

BBC Starlight

Lorrae Desmond

AR Jack Hylton Friday Night with Terry Thomas

content unknown

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

ATV On The Town

The Tanner Sisters


Saturday 8th September 1956

ITV Bag Of Tricks

The Johnny Franks Quartet


Sunday 9th September 1956

BBC Cyril Stapleton introduces The Show Band Show

The Stargazers

Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group

Shirley Wilson

Mel Torme

ABC Number Please

No guests of interest in this edition

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium (first edition in new series)

No guests of interest in this edition


Monday 10th September 1956

BBC Top Ten

Sheila Armstrong (singer)

AR Play Of The Week: The Last Enemy

Play starring Peter Murray (Radio Luxembourg DJ)


Tuesday 11th September 1956

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

The Billy Cotton Band

AR The Ten O’Clock Club

content unknown

ATV Jack’s Back 9:00 - 9:30 pm

Jack Parnell & His Orchestra


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

content unknown

AR Holiday Night from Butlin's Holiday Camp

Eric Winstone and his orchestra

AR Lester Ferguson


Thursday 13th September 1956

BBC Music Sets The Scene

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

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

Edmundo Ros

AR The Crazy Gang 9:00 - 10:00 pm

content unknown

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

content unknown

Granada Spot The Tune

Sheila Buxton


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

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 15th September 1956

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

Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr, Cherry Wainer, Peter Crawford Trio

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

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ABC Hip Hip Who? Ray

content unknown

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

Hosted by Jerry Dawson

Broadcast from Moseley and Balsall Heath Institute


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

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

Alma Cogan

Don Lang

Michael Holliday

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

content unknown

ABC Bid For Fame (first of thirteen shows)

TV Talent show with regular band Joe Loss and His Orchestra


Monday 17th September 1956

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

Ruby Murray, Lita Roza, Ted Health and His Music

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray

AR Be My Guest

Steve Race Quartet


Tuesday 18th September 1956

BBC Camera One

Audrey Jeans

BBC The Vera Lynn Show

Vera Lynn

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

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

The Keynotes accompanied by The Sour Note Seven

The Sour Note Seven

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

content unknown


Saturday 22nd September 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

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

The Three Deuces

Jackie Lee

Annette Klooger

Tony Brent

ABC Hip Hip Who? Ray!

content unknown


Sunday 23rd September 1956

BBC House Magazine

Tony Brent - I'll Understand

Max Bygareves playing golf with Eric Sykes

Emondo Ros

BBC Cyril Stapleton introduces The Show Band Show

The Stargazers

Michael Holliday

Shirley Wilson

Winifred Atwell

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

Lita Roza

Johnny Brandon

Audrey Jeans

Glen Mason

Pamela Barrie


Monday 24th September 1956

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

Anne Shelton

Tony Brent

AR Be My Guest

The Steve Race Quartet

AR The Patti Page Show

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

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 25th September 1956

BBC Billy Cotton Calls Wakey Wakey!

The Billy Cotton Band Show

ATV Fan Fever 8:00 - 8:30 pm

content unknown


Wednesday 26th September 1956

BBC Late's Maake A Date

Joe Henderson in 'the song that made a star'


Thursday 27th September 1956

BBC Senor and Senora Edmundo Ros 8.00 - 8.30 pm

AR Be My Guest

The Steve Race Quartet


Friday 28th September 1956

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

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

Eartha Kitt


Saturday 29th September 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV ATV Music Shop

Dennis Hale

Gerald Young

Annette Klooger

Barbara Hayden


Sunday 30th September 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Liberace (NB he would later complain that he only recived £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

Glen Mason and Pamela Barrie

ABC Bring A Record

content unknown

ATV Hip Hip Who? Ray

The Malcolm Mitchell Trio


Monday 1st October 1956

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

The Deep River Boys

Anne Shelton

Ronnie Hilton

Sid Phillips and his band

Eric Jupp

Audrey Jeans

The Three Kay Sisters

BBC On Stage

The Blue Stars (French singing group)

Lita Roza

Eric Delaney Orchestra

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

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

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra


Wednesday 3rd October 1956

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

content unknown


Thursday 4th October 1956

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Audrey Jeans


Friday 5th October 1956

BBC Edna Savage

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

The Crazy Gang do a Teddy Boy routine

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 6th October 1956

BBC The Norman Wisdom Show

Marion Keene

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

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


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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Alma Cogan

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Al Martino

Ronnie Hilton

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

The Coronets - Rockin' Horse Cowboy

ABC Number Please

Marion Ryan


Monday 8th October 1956

BBC Stories for Scallywags

Shilrey Abicair

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

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

Shani Wallis


Friday 12th October 1956

BBC Edna Savage

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

Larry Adler

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 13th October 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop

Ray Ellington and his Quartet

Marion Ryan

Teresa Waters

Harry Dawson

Bob Oliver's Square Dance Team

ABC Time For Rhythm

content unknown


Sunday 14th October 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Liberace

The Beverley Sisters

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Jo Searle


Monday 15th October 1956

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

Joan Regan – Gone

Jimmy Young

Johnny Dankworth

Kenneth McKellar

Mandy Millar

Tommy Steele

The Three Professors (three members of the production team)

Malcolm Vaughan

AR Be My Guest

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

Vera Lynn

The Keynotes

AR It’s Song Time 7:16 - 7:30 pm

Charles Trenet

ATV Noele Gordon's Teatime

Harry Dawson


Wednesday 17th October 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown


Thursday 18th October 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

No musical guests of interest in this edition


Friday 19th October 1956

BBC Edna Savage

AR Palais Party

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

AR Jack Hylton Presents The Crazy Gang

content unknown


Saturday 20th October 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV The Music Shop

Bob Oliver's Square Dance Team

ABC Time For Rhythm

content unknown


Sunday 21st October 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

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

content unknown


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

The Steve Race Group

AR A Show Called 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

content unknown

ATV Noel Gordon's Teatime

Ray Burns


Wednesday 24th October 1956

BBC The Yana Show 21.15 - 22.00 pm

Ronnie Carroll

ATV Lunch Box

Ray Burns

Harry Dawson


Thursday 25th October 1956

ATV Fancy Free

Rosemary Squires


Friday 26th October 1956

BBC A-Z

Irving Berlin - featured composer

BBC Edna Savage

Dennis Lotis

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 27th October 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers 3:00 - 3:45 pm

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Time For Rhythm

The Peter Groves Trio


Sunday 28th October 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Ray Burns

Shilrey Bassey

The Maple Leaf Four

Billy McCormack

ABC Bring A Record 7:02 - 7:30

content unknown


Monday 29th October 1956

BBC Off The Record

Ruby Murray – True Love

Frankie Vaughan – Green Door

Norrie Paramour

The Johnston Brothers

Inia te Wiata

The Basil and Ivor Kirchin Band

Joan Small

AR The Monday Club

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

AR A Man Wrote A Song

The songs of Harold Arlen

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 30th October 1956

BBC Vera Lynn Sings

Vera Lynn

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra


Wednesday 31st October 1956

BBC Vic Oliver Presents

Ronnie Hilton

BBC Cabaret

NB Organised for the Roosevelt Memorial Fund

Petula Clark

Joe Henderson

AR The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown


Thursday 1st November 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Michael Holliday

BBC Music For You

Los Paraguyos


Friday 2nd November 1956

BBC Edna Savage

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

AR The Ted Heath Story 10:00 - 10:30 pm

ATV Jack Hylton Presents Friday day Night With Tommy Trinder

content unknown


Saturday 3rd November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ABC Salute To Yorkshire

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

Dickie Valentine

Ruby Murray

Jack Parnell & His Orchestra

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

ABC Time For Rhythm

The Peter Groves Trio


Sunday 4th November 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

Eddie Calvert

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

NB A Royal Command Performance preview show

content unknown

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown

ABC The Old Lady Shows Her Medals

Play starring Gracie Fields


Monday 5th November 1956

AR Steve Race Introduces A Man Wrote A Song

The songs of Jerome Kern

AR A Show Called Fred 9.30 - 10.00 pm

Patti Lewis (singer)

The Alberts

Max Geldray


Tuesday 6th November 1956

ATV Song Time

content unknown

ATV Geraldo & His Orchestra


Wednesday 7th November 1956

ATV Bag Of Tricks

content unknown


Thursday 8th November 1956

Granada Spot The Tune

NB new host: Desmond O’Connor

BBC A Man from the Sun

Drama featuring Cy Grant as Alvin


Friday 9th November 1956

BBC Edna Savage

BBC A-Z

Alma Cogan

Petula Clark

BBC Show Band Show

Rosemary Squires

AR The Ted Heath Story

Ted Health & His Band


Saturday 10th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

Tony Brent

ABC Fan Club

content unknown

ATV Saturday Showtime

Gracie Fields


Sunday 11th November 1956

BBC Let's Make A Date

Shirley Bassey sings 'the song that made a star'

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Rockin' The Town review part one

Alma Cogan

Winifed Atwell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

content unknown


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


Wednesday 14th November 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown

ATV Bag Of Tricks

content unknown


Thursday 15th November 1956

BBC The Story of Ivor Novello

Elisabeth Welch, plus many artists who had worled with Novello

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Anne Shelton

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan

Desmond O'Connor


Friday 16th November 1956

BBC Carole Carr 9:15 – 9:30 pm

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


Saturday 17th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

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

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Club

content unknown

ATV Saturday Showtime

Gracie Fields


Sunday 18th November 1956

BBC Children’s Television: Songs and Stories for Scallywags

Shirley Abicair

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Rockin' The Town review part two

Alma Cogan

Winifred Atwell

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Ray Burns

Harry Dawson


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

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."

Kenny Baker

Ronnie Carroll


Thursday 22nd November 1956

poss Granada After Dinner (no mention of the show in that day's newspapers)

Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson

Granada Spot The Tune


Friday 23rd November 1956

BBC Carole Carr

AR The Ted Heath Story

Jack Parnell


Saturday 24th November 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

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

Max Bygraves

The Kaye Sisters

ABC Fan Club

content unknown


Sunday 25th November 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

ABC Number Please

Elena Siutsi (Italian singer)


Monday 26th November 1956

BBC Off The Record

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 - Monsson

AR A Man Wrote A Song

The songs of Jerome Kern


Tuesday 27th November 1956

BBC Vera Lynn Sings

Vera Lynn

The Keynotes


Wednesday 28th November 1956

AR The Arthur Haynes Show

content unknown


Thursday 29th November 1956

Granada Spot The Tune

content unknown

ATV Val Parnell Startime

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

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

AR The Ted Heath Story

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

Susan Lane (singer)

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

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

content unknown

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

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

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

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

Glen Mason

Paddie O´Neil

Joan Savage


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

contents unknown


Tuesday 4th December 1956

BBC Billy Cotton calls Wakey Wakey!

The Billy Cotton Band Show

Granada Liberace


Wednesday 5th December 1956

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

Stephane Grappelli

BBC Great Scott It's Maynard

Patti Lewis

Granada Spot The Tune

content unknown

ATV Bag Of Tricks

content unknown


Friday 7th December 1956

BBC A-Z

Ray Ellington

AR The Ted Heath Story

? Show Band Style (not listed in newspapers on this day)

Sheila Buxton


Saturday 8th December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out

British rock n roll fans go to France to check out the opposition

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

ABC Fan Record Club

Eve Boswell

ATV The Bob Monkhouse Show

content unknown


Sunday 9th December 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

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

Sheila Buxton

ABC Number Please

Shirley Ryan


Monday 10th December 1956

BBC Off The Record

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

United States Air Force Dance Band

BBC Vera Lynn Sings

Vera Lynn – My Son My Son

Eddie Calvert


Wednesday 12th December 1956

ITV 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')

ATV Val Parnell’s Startime

Shirley Bassey

Donald Peers

Granada Spot The Tune

Marion Ryan, Ken Platt


Friday 14th December 1956

AR Palais Party

Filmed at The Palais, Hammersmith, London

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)

Tina Vuaghan

Steve Martin

The Sunnysiders


Saturday 15th December 1956

BBC The Dave King Show

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

Leigh Madison (singer)

BBC Saturday Night Out

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 are of Paris

Colin Day (singer in the Purley section)

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

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

David Whitfield

ABC Fan Club

content unknown


Sunday 16th December 1956

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

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

Eve Boswell

Tommy Fields

Dorothy Squires

Glen Mason

Joan Savage

Paddie O'Neil


Monday 17th December 1956

BBC Edmondo Ros 7:15 - 7:45 pm (not in Radio Times)

AR A Man Wrote A Song

The songs of Vincent Youmans


Tuesday 18th December 1956

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

The Billy Cotton Band Show


Wednesday 19th December 1956

BBC Christmas Crackerjack

Shirley Abicair

BBC The Yana Show

Ronnie Carroll

ATV Bag Of Tricks

content unknown


Thursday 20th December 1956

BBC Great Scott It's Maynard

The Hedley Ward Trio

BBC The Petula Clark Show

Petula Clark

BBC The Billy Cotton Band Show

Max Bygraves


Friday 21st December 1956

BBC A-Z

Morton Frasier’s Harmonica Gang

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

content unknown


Saturday 22nd December 1956

ABC Housewives Call The Tune

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

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

Harry Secombe

ABC Fan Club

content unknown


Sunday 23rd December 1956

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

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

ITV A Bonus For Christmas

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

BBC Beauty and The Beast

David Hughes (plays a sailor)

AR It’s Song Time

David Hughes

ITN News

Pat Boone interview


Thursday 27th December 1956

BBC The Petula Clark Show

BBC Max Bygraves

Max Bygraves

The Kaye Sisters

AR A Man Wrote A Song

The songs of Franz Lehar

ATV Val Parnell’s Star Time

David Whitfield

Betty Driver

Cherry Wainer


Friday 28th December 1956

AR Palais Party

Dance contest with the ‘find the singer’ contest

Lou Preager and His Orchestra (regulars)


Saturday 29th December 1956

BBC Saturday Night Out

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

Hosted by Joan Edwards

ATV Musical Cheers

Jerry Allen and his Trio

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

Frankie Vaughan

ABC Fan Club 4:04 - 4:40 pm

Jimmy Young


Sunday 30th December 1956

ATV Val Parnell’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium

Hosted by Tommy Trinder

Pat Boone (fifteen minute set)

ATV The Jack Jackson Show

Ronnie Carroll

Lee Lawrence - Rock N Roll Opera

Barbara Lyon

Marion Keene

Joe 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

ITV New Year’s Eve Party

From the Trocadero, London

Shirley Bassey

The Gitson Sisters (singing trio)

AR Cool For Cats 7:16 - 7:30 pm (described as ‘record programme’)

content unknown

ITN News

Footage of young people jiving at a rock and roll club


Also this year

AR Let's Stay Home Rosemary Squires

AR Vera Lynn's Melody Cruise The Teenagers