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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 18:52 GMT
1950: TV hell or heaven?
Children watching Andy Pandy
Andy Pandy was guaranteed to keep the kids quiet
It's 1950 and you fancy a night in front of the telly. What can you watch?

On Sunday 9 July, the listings for the only channel available - the BBC - were as follows:

  • 5pm: For the Children - Annette in Fairyland
    5.30pm: Children's Newsreel
    5.45pm - 6pm: Scenes from the Royal Military Tournament
  • 8pm: Sunday Serenade with Vanessa Lee
  • 8.15pm: Nancy Price in The Orange Orchard, a Devonshire comedy. The action takes place in the Devon village of Tavybridge and a solicitor's office in London
  • 9.45pm - 10pm: News (sound only)

Monday 10 July

  • 10am - 12pm: Demonstration film
  • 3pm - 4.15pm: The Baby Vanishes - a comedy film in which a producer decides a film star should have a baby for publicity reasons, and borrows one for the purpose
  • 8pm: Newsreel
    Larry Adler
    Larry Adler: Star billing on 1950s TV
  • 8.15pm: Can You Cook? Four viewers who have completed a cookery course prepare a meal in the studio. Viewers are invited to answer a cookery quiz
  • 9pm: Starlight with Larry Adler
  • 9pm: War on Crime - The story of a gun - a gun that hanged two men. It is used to commit a crime in London but no bullet is spent until it reaches Scotland Yard
  • 10pm - 10.15pm: News (sound only)

Tuesday 11 July

  • 10am-12pm: Demonstration film
    bbc
    The BBC broadcast from Alexandra Palace in London
  • 3pm: Your Wardrobe - Mary Malcolm discusses with Iris Ashley, recently returned from the United States, some new fashion ideas from America
  • 3.45pm: Andy Pandy - Maira Bird brings a new friend for your small children, who are invited to join in songs and games
  • 8pm: Country Visit - Sheep-dog trials from Holly Hill Farm
  • 8.30pm: October Horizon - A play by Lydia Ragosin
  • 10pm - 10.15pm - News (sound only)


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