The world of British television off and on the screen, as it was sixty years ago.

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The Times’ classifieds report that the Summer issue (a bit late, surely) of the advertising quarterly magazine Impact is entirely devoted to the subject of commercial television. I wonder if I can get hold of a copy.

Elsewhere in the same paper’s small ads is one from Sir Henry Lunn Ltd, World Travel who are offering South African safari holidays where you can “See the scenery and wild life of the Armand and Michaela Denis Television Films”. You can travel from Southampton on the R.M.S. Carnarvon Castle, departing on 22 December and returning on 17 February next year – from 425 guineas per person, inclusive.

More news on the interference problem can be found in The Guardian. In particular it reports that in 1954 the Post Office dealt with 141,000 complaints about interference, of which 63,000 were the result of fault receivers or appeared to be unfounded. More than half of the remainder were traced to small electric motors somewhere nearby. 600 Post Office workers were employed on these investigations at a cost of between £500,000 and £600,000. Good grief.

There’s more television from the National Radio Show tonight. Starlight tonight features Carole Carr and the Steve Race Trio and is followed by Army Guest Night in which “members of the other services have been invited to join with the British Army in demonstrating various aspects of modern service life.” Brian Johnston commentates.

That’s followed by Off The Record at the NRS where Jack Payne introduces Max Bygraves, Petula Clark, Vera Lynn, Humphrey Lyttelton, Richard Attenborough, Eamonn Andrews and a multitude of others. I presume we’re back in the studio for 10pm’s Who Said That? and that’s followed by a Rendezvous at the Edinburgh International Festival.

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