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Pre-ITV era 1950 - 21st September 1955


1950


Friday 28th April 1950

BBC Kaleidoscope

Petula Clark


Sunday 18th June 1950

BBC Sunday Serenade

Petula Clark


Friday 11th August 1950

BBC Starlight

Petula Clark


Sunday 1st October 1950

BBC For The Children

Josh White sings


Friday 3rd November 1950

BBC Kaleidoscope

Petula Clark


Friday 24th November 1950

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark

Joe Henderson


Friday 1st December 1950

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark

Joe Henderson


Friday 8th December 1950

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark

Joe Henderson


1951


Saturday 17th November 1951

BBC Top Hat Rendezvous

Josh White


Friday 14th December 1951

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark


Friday 21st December 1951

BBC Kaleidoscope

Petula Clark


Tuesday 25th December 1951

BBC Christmas Party

Petula Clark


1952


Monday 4th February 1952

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark


Monday 18th February 1952

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark


Sunday 2nd March 1952

BBC Daily Mail Television Awards

Petula Clark


Tuesday 4th March 1952

BBC The Monster of Killoon

movie with Petula Clark


Saturday 26th April 1952

BBC On Show In Manchester

Petula Clark


Wednesday 14th May 1952

BBC How Do You View

Jimmy Young


Wednesday 28th May 1952

BBC How Do You View

Jimmy Young


Wednesday 11th June 1952

BBC How Do You View

Jimmy Young


Wednesday 16th July 1952

BBC A Flight Of Fancy

Jimmy Young


Wednesday 30th July 1952

BBC Petula Clark


Tuesday 12th August 1952

BBC Leisure and Pleasure

Jimmy Young


Monday 13th October 1952

BBC Petula Clark


Saturday 25th October 1952

BBC This Is Showbusiness

Jimmy Young


Tuesday 16th December 1952

BBC Petula Clark


Thursday 25th December 1952

BBC Christmas Party

Petula Clark


1953


Tuesday 13th January 1953

BBC Petula Clark


Friday 24th July 1953

BBC Pet's Parlour

Petula Clark


Tuesday 8th September 1953

BBC The 1953 Radio Show

Petula Clark


Friday 11th December 1953

BBC Starlight

Annette Klooger


1954


Friday 1st January 1954

BBC Hollywood Hit Parade

Compilation of MGM musicals

Frank Sinatra


Tuesday 9th March 1954

BBC Four O'Clock In The Morning Blues

contents unknown


Friday 12th March 1954

BBC Hollywood Hit Parade

Compilation of MGM musicals

Frank Sinatra


Tuesday 4th May 1954

BBC Jazz Session

From the Ice Rink, Sreatham, London

The Humphrey Lyttelton All-Stars

Humphrey Lyttelton (trumpet)

Wally Fawkes (clarinet)

Bruce Turner (alto-saxophone)

George Chisholm (trombone)

Micky Ashman (bass)

Fitzroy Coleman (guitar)

Eric Delaney (drums)

Mike McKenzie (piano)

and Marie Bryant


Friday 7th May 1954

BBC Garrison Theatre

Petula Clark


Saturday 26th June 1954

BBC Three's A Crowd

Petula Clark


Tuesday 29th June 1954

BBC Music Music Music!

quiz with Petula Clark


Friday 13th August 1954

BBC Time For Dancing

Jimmy Young


Monday 29th November 1954

BBC Jazz Session

Dill Jones (piano)

Joe Muddel (bass)

Eddie Taylor (drums)

Bert Courtley (trumpet)

Bill Le Sage (vibes)


Friday 17th December 1954

BBC Cabaret

Petula Clark


Saturday 18th December 1954

BBC The Crosby Christmas Hour

Bing Crosby

Rosemary Clooney


Saturday 25th December 1954

BBC Christmas Party

Petula Clark


1955


Sunday 2nd January 1955

BBC Children's Television

Petula Clark


Monday 3rd January 1955

BBC Quite Contrary

Ruby Murray


Saturday 8th January 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Frances Day & The Seven Knights

John Hanson


Thursday 12th January 1955

BBC Twelfth Night Out

Alma Cogan


Friday 14th January 1955

BBC Garrison Theatre

Petula Clark


Saturday 15th January 1955

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Alma Cogan

Four in A Chord - Waiting At The Gate For Kate


Monday 24th January 1955

BBC Show Case

The Peter Crawford Trio

Mel Taylor - Everything I Have Is Yours, How Deep Is The Ocean

Bethe Douglas - You Were Meant For Me, The Man That Got Away


Tuesday 25th January 1955

BBC Is Jazz Music?

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band

Duke Diamond and The All Stars:

George Chisholm

Harry Klein

Eric Delaney

Bruce Turner

Jack Fallon

Cedric West

Mike McKenzie


Monday 31st January 1955

BBC Quite Contrary

Ruby Murray


Saturday 5th February 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Georgia Brown - The Man Who Got Away, Bal Petit Bal


Sunday 6th February 1955

BBC This Is Television

Presentation of the Daily Mail National Television Awards for 1954-1955

Pearl Carr


Monday 7th February 1955

BBC Three New Faces

Eartha Kitt (on film)

BBC Rhyme and Rhythm

Tony Brent


Tuesday 8th February 1955

BBC The Sing In His Workshop

David Franklin


Saturday 12th February 1955

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Alma Cogan


Wednesday 16th February 1955

BBC Bing Crosby

An edited version of the previous years' Christmas show (18th December 1954)


Saturday 19th February 1955

BBC Ralph Reader Presents It's A Great Life

Lisabeth Welch

Betty Reilly - Hey Mambo, Rain

The Hedley Ward Trio - Who Dat?


Monday 28th February 1955

BBC Quite Contrary

Ruby Murray

Muriel Young

Margaret Mitchell - Oh My Beloved Father, I Speak To The Stars

Ronnie Hilton - A Blossom Fell, I Still Believe

Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra


Tuesday 8th March 1955

BBC A Star Is Born

The premier of the movie with Judy Garland


Wednesday 9th March 1955

BBC Henry Hall Invites You To Face The Music

Eve Boswell - Baby It's Cold Outside

Four In A Chord


Satruday 12th March 1955

BBC The Benny Hill Show

Alma Cogan


Thursday 17th March 1955

BBC The Centre Show

Ruby Murray


Saturday 19th March 1955

BBC Raplph Reader Presents It's A Great Life

Eugenie Baird - Melancholy Baby, Limehouse Blues


Wednesday 23rd March 1955

BBC From Our Library 'London Pride'

Music composed and played by Larry Adler

BBC Starlight

Petula Clark


Friday 25th March 1955

BBC Garrison Theatre

Pearl Carr


Monday 28th March 1955

BBC Music For You

Cy Grant


Saturday 2nd April 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Jerry Wayne - Face Of An Angel Heart Of A Devil

Billy Anthony - Don't Need This House No Longer


Friday 8th April 1955

BBC Frank Chacksfield


Saturday 16th April 1955

BBC Children's Television

The Alberts

The King Brothers


Monday 18th April 1955

BBC Show Case

Morris, Marty and Mitch (a comedy and music trio featuring Marty Feldman)

BBC Rhyme and Rhythm

Alma Cogan


Thursday 28th April 1955

BBC Edmondo Ros Entertains 8.30 - 9.00 pm


Saturday 30th April 1955

BBC Children's Television: Sugar and Spice

The Alberts

The King Brothers


Tuesday 3rd May 1955

BBC Starlight

The Beverley Sisters


Wednesday 4th May 1955

BBC Children's Television

Chris Barber's Jazz Band

BBC Evergreen

The Copa Cousins


Friday 6th May 1955

BBC Down In The Valley

Kurt Weill musical drama


Monday 9th May 1955

BBC Bless 'Em All

Vera Lynn


Saturday 14th May 1955

BBC Children's Television

The Alberts

The King Brothers

BBC Leave It To Jackson (first of three shows) 8.15 - 8.45 pm

DJ Jack Jackson 'talks' to stars using the cut up technique he developed on his radio show

Jimmy Young

BBC Secombe's Here

Harry Secombe

Shirley Eaton (as a singer)


Tuesday 24th May 1955

BBC Starlight

Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson


Wednesday 25th May 1955

BBC Off The Record (first edition)

Vera Lynn

Frankie Vaughan

Winifred Atwell - interviewed in Australia (NB the interviewed failed due to technical problems)

Lita Roza

Mel Gaynor

Barbara Lyon - Stowaway

Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires


Saturday 28th May 1955

BBC Children's Television

The Alberts

The King Brothers


Friday 3rd June 1955

BBC Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr

BBC The Centre Show

The Iris Long Show


Tuesday 7th June 1955

BBC Garrison Theatre

Teddy Johnson

Andy Stewart

BBC Rhyme and Rhythm

The Copa Cousins


Wednesday 8th June 1955

BBC Off The Record

Anne Shelton

Jimmy Young

Pat Kirkwood

Shani Wallis

Eric Delaney


Friday 10th June 1955

BBC Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr


Saturday 11th June 1955

BBC Saturday Night Date

Alma Cogan

BBC Everybody Swing

The Jolly Waggoners

Square Dance Band

BBC The Howerd Crowd (Frankie Howerd)

The Tanner Sisters


Friday 17th June 1955

Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr


Saturday 18th June 1955

BBC The Ted Ray Show

Bruce trent - Unchained Melody, song from Kismet


Wednesday 22nd June 1955

BBC Off The Record

The Beverley Sisters

Ruby Murray

Johnny Brandon

Diana Decker

Ronnie Harris

Ray Burns

Ted Heath and his Music


Friday 24th June 1955

BBC Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr


Saturday 25th June 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Georgia Brown - Mon Homme

Cherry Wainer

Earl and Vaughan


Tuesday 28th June 1955

BBC Great Yarmouth

The Beverley Sisters

Ronnie Ronalde


Friday 1st July 1955

BBC Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr


Sunday 3rd July 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Alma Cogan - Just Give The Fool A Chance, Dreamboat


Wednesday 6th July 1955

BBC Off The Record

Hoagy Carmichael

Eddie Calvert

Monty Norman

Wally Stott

Edmundo Ros and his Latin-American Orchestra


Friday 8th July 1955

BBC Bath-Night with Braden

Pearl Carr


Wednesday 12th July 1955

BBC Garrison Theatre

Georgia Brown


Sunday 17th July 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Frankie Vaughan


Wednesday 20th July 1955

BBC Off The Record

Jean Carson

David Hughes

The Ray Ellington Quartet

Tony Brent

The The Kentones

Joe Henderson


Friday 22nd July 1955

BBC The Centre Show

Michael Holliday


Saturday 23rd July 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Morris, Marty and Mitch (NB Morris had fallen over during the live broadcast and broke his wrist, but only found out when he went to play a guitar)

Russ Henderson's Trinidad Music

Bethe Douglas - Ten Cents A Dance


Saturday 30th July 1955

BBC The Saturday Show

Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra

Dorothy Squires


Sunday 31st July 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Joan Regan


Friday 5th August 1955

BBC Music For Romance

Anne Shelton


Tuesday 9th August 1955

BBC Garrison Theatre

Petula Clark

BBC Two Plays

includes The Girl, with music by Larry Adler and lyrics by Lawrence Benedict


Wednesday 10th August 1955

BBC Pocket Edition Variety

Jimmy Young

Joan Savage

Ken Morris

The Coronets

The Steve Race Quartet


Friday 12th August 1955

BBC Pocket Edition

Jimmy Young

BBC Music For Romance

Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra


Sunday 14th August 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Ronnie Hilton


Wednesday 17th August 1955

BBC Off The Record

The Stargazers

Bill McGuffie

Ray Burns

Bethe Douglas

Margaret Bond

Vic Lewis and his Orchestra


Friday 19th August 1955

BBC Music For Romance

Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra


Saturday 20th August 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Maria Pavlou (appeared on the show despite a current stay in a clinic in London)

BBC Saturday Night Date

Jill Day - From This Moment On, Whoopee, I Get A Kick Out Of You, One Of Those Things, You Should Know


Friday 26th August 1955

BBC Starlight

Shirley Abicair

BBC Music For Romance

Dennis Lotis


Sunday 28th August 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Alma Cogan


Monady 29th August 1955

BBC Starlight

Jimmy Young


Tuesday 30th August 1955

NB Many of the day's output is broadcast from The National Radio Show

BBC Children's Television

Shirley Abicair

BBC Starlight

Carole Carr

BBC Off The Record

Max Bygraves

Eve Boswell

Vera Lynn

Petula Clark

Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band


Saturday 3rd September 1955

BBC Secombe Here

NB From the National Radio Show

Ruby Murray - The Irish In Me, I'l Come When You Call


Monday 5th September 1955

BBC Dancing With The Stars

Dorothy Squires

Ken Morris & Joan Savage


Thursday 8th September 1955

BBC Max Bygraves

Bert Weedon


Friday 9th September 1955

BBC We Got Rhythm

'An All-Coloured Musical Review'

Hutch

Nancy Holloway

The Southlanders

Russ Henderson's Trinidad Steel Band

Eddie Lynn


Saturday 10th September 1955

BBC The Saturday Show

Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra

Des O'Connor - Friendship, That's How A Love Song Is Born

Pat Rainey - From This Moment On, When I Fall In Love


Sunday 11th September 1955

BBC Holiday Hotel

Joan Regan


Monday 12th September 1955

BBC Children's Television: A Plateful of Trouble

Morris, Marty and Mitch

BBC Off The Record

Norman Wisdom

Jimmy Young

The Kirchin Band


Tuesday 13th September 1955

ITV begin test transmission from their Croydon tansmitter from 6.00 pm


Saturday 17th September 1955

BBC Variety Parade

Gene Baxter - Love Walked In

Lorrae Desmond - You Should Know, songs from Palmy Days, & Dave King


Monday 19th September 1955

BBC Pocket Edition

The Ray Ellington Quartet

BBC Garrison Theatre

Vera Lynn


Tuesday 20th September 1955

BBC Wilfred and Mabel Pickels

Vera Lynn