Two pilots were made before the series began on
Sunday March 16th 1958 with Janette Scott.
Sunday March 30th 1958 with Canon Bryan Green and Steve Race.
Sunday April 20th 1958 with Rev David Sheppard.
Sunday May 11th 1958 with Rev Marcus Morris, plus Sheila Buxton, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday May 18th 1958 with Rev Marcus Morris and Sheila Buxton, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday May 25th 1958 with Margaret Jones, Steve Race, Lucille Mapp, Alex Welsh Band.
Sunday June 8th 1958 with CA Joyce, Victor Soverall and Alex Welsh's Band
Note- June saw the closing date for the painting competition, open to anyone aged between 16 and 21. There were five choices of Biblical subject: The Creation, Portrait of Amos, The Crucifixion, Cleansing of the Temple, Paul in Shipwreck.
Sunday July 6th 1958 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, plus Rosemary Squires, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Alex Welsh Band.
August 10th 1958 with Rev Max Magee, Roy Guest and the Alex Welsh Band.
August 17th 1958 with Father Peter Blake, Cy Grant, Dill Jones, Alex Welsh Band.
September 14th 1958 with Rev Len Barnett, Jim Dale, John Disley, Alex Welsh Band.
September 28th 1958 with Rev Walter Fyfe, Barbara Lyon, Dill Jones Trio, and Dickie Hawdon.
October 12th 1958 with Canon Bryan Green, Earl of Harewood, Gerald Lascelles, Jon Vickers, Johnny Dankworth, George Chisholm, and Dill Jones Trio.
October 26th 1958 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas, Mick Mulligan, Dill Jones Trio
November 9th 1958 with Rev Simon Phipps and Dill Jones Trio.
November 23rd 1958 with Rev Bill Wright, Jeremy Lubbock, Mervyn Levy and Dill Jones Trio with Dave Shepherd.
November 30th 1958 with Rev Tom Colvin, Victor Soverall, Mervyn Levy and Dill Jones Trio with Johnny Dankworth.
December 21st 1958 with the Lord Bishop of Birmingham , Mervyn Levy, Johnny Duncan, Vic Ash, Johnny Scott and Dill Jones Trio.
January 4th 1959 with CA Joyce, Victor Soverall and Dill Jones Trio.
January 18th 1959 with Professor CD Coulson, Cy Grant, William Reid (Sadler's Wells Opera) and Dill Jones Trio.
February 1st 1959 with Rev Donald Soper, William Reid of Sadler's Wells and the Dill Jones Trio. Also with Humphrey Lyttelton and Yolanda.
February 22nd 1959 with Rev David Sheppard and Dill Jones Trio. Sheppard explained that "it might be a good idea to put the argument side away for a bit and to say what it means to get to grips with Christian teaching." This programme therefore, was the first of three which did that. His aim was to show that "confirmation is the time when somebody, having thought out his place, takes his stand in the Church as a follower of Christ."
March 1st 1959 with Rev David Sheppard, Sam Wanamaker, Mervyn Levy, TS Lowrie, and Dill Jones Trio.
March 15th 1959 with Rev James Currie, Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas and Dill Jones Trio.
March 29th 1959 with Rt Rev Dr Dwyer Bishop of Leeds, Mervyn Levy, Victor Soverell, and Dill Jones Trio. Director: Janice Willett.
April 19th 1959 with Rev Walter Fyffe and Richard Williams. The club's music by Bob Cort and Dill Jones Trio. Director: Ben Churchill.
May 17th 1959 with Rev George D Wilkie, Gary Mills, Rev Geoffrey Beaumont.
May 24th 1959 with Rev Charles Davey, Valerie Masters with the Ray Ellington Quartet. Anthony Finigan was now producing the programmes.
June 14th 1969 with Canon ED Patey, Steve Benbow and The Hedley Ward Trio.
July 5th 1959 with Rev Charles Davey. Music by Ray Ellington Quartet
July 26th 1959 with Rev Simon Phipps and Acker Bilk 's Paramount Jazz Band
August 16th 1959 with Father Donald Proudman and the Alex Welsh Six. Producer now of the programmes was now Janice Willett.
August 30th 1959 with Father Hugh Bishop, Edric Connor and the Vic Ash Quintet.
September 6th 1959 with Rev Geoffrey Shaw, Elaine Burton MP, the Chief Constable of Manchester.
September 13th 1959 with Rev Uist Macdonald, and the Vic Ash Quintet. Producer for this programme was Eddie Kebbell.
September 27th 1959 with Rev Maurice Wood, Millicent Martin, Alex Welsh and His Band. Producer: Janice Willett.
October 4th 1959 with Malcolm Moore, Eddie Hickey and the Norman Percival Group. Producer from now on was Eddie Kebbell. Julie Stevens was now a regular at the club, though never credited as such in TV Times.
October 11th 1959 with Rev Austen Williams, John Betjeman, Endre Muller, and The Jazz Maker.
October 25th 1959 with Father John Fitzsimmons, Tom O'Brien, Chris Langford and the Norman Percival Group.
November 1st 1959 with Rev Bill Wright, Keith Waterhouse, The Jean-Ettes and Ted Heath.
November 8th 1959 with Rev John Gardiner, Jim Dale and Mick Mulligan and His Band.
November 22nd 1959 with Philip Race, Colin McInnes and guest Marty Wilde and the Wildcats. Music: Red Price Group.
November 29th 1959 with Rev Charles Smith, The Singing Hills and the John Barry Seven.
December 6th 1959 with Rev James Currie, Lorie Mann and the Dix Disley String Quintet. Lorie mimed two songs, according to the producer it was because she was unwell.
December 20th 1959 with Canon ED Patey, John Betjeman, Allan Bruce, George Mitchell Singers, Norman Percival Group.
December 27th 1959 with Bishop Leslie Newbiggin, Jack Escott, Norman Percival Group.
January 3rd 1960 with Rev Walter Fancutt, Yvonne French, Mr Aker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.
January 17th 1960 with Rev Kenneth Slack, Kenny Baker, the Roy Marsh Quintet.
January 24th 1960 with Rev David Sheppard, Wally Whyton, Johnny Wiltshire. Directed by Janice Willett.
January 31st 1960 with Rev Alan Booth, Woolf Phillips and His Quintet. Programmes now directed by Anthony Finigan.
February 14th 1960 with Father Clifford Howell, Craig Douglas, Nat Gonella and His Georgians.
February 21st 1960 with Rev Donald Tytler, Anstice Gibbs, and Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band.
February 28th 1960 with Rev James Maitland, Bob Cort, Diz Disley String Quintet.
March 13th 1960 with Dr William Neil, Ken Collyer's Jazzmen.
March 20th 1960 with Rev Len Tyler, Alec Dixon, Terry Lightfoot's Band.
March 27th 1960 with Rev Donald Carpenter, Modern Jazz Committee.
April 10th 1960 with Rev Huw Pearce-Jones.
April 17th 1960 with Dr William Neil, George Mitchell Singers, Norman Percival and His Group.
April 24th 1960 with Rev EF Easson, Humphrey Lyttelton and His Band.
May 8th 1960 with Rev Cuthbert Bardsley, The Alan Ganley Quintet.
May 15th 1960 with Rev Bill Wright, Bob Cort, Alex Welsh and His Band.
May 22nd 1960 with Prof John Bachmann, The Diz Disley Quintet, The Bell-Tones.
June 5th 1960 with Father AE Basil, Robin Garton and his Band.
June 12th 1960 with Rev Donald Carpenter, Mervyn Levy, Nat Gonella and His Georgians. Note: Twelve electricians came out on strike at ABC's Alpha Studios in Birmingham, causing the programme to be televised from the carpenters' shop, the only location where the house lighting was suitable for tv caneras. "Viewers saw discussion groups sitting on work benches among saws and drills. Noise of traffic could be heard in the background. By using the carpenters' shop noone had to do an electrician's duties and the only prop used was a bowl of imitation fruit."
June 19th 1960 with Canon Bryan Green, Steve Benbow Folk Four, George Chisholm and the Jazzers. The studio club closed after this programme.
July 3rd 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Now directed by Janice Willett again. Script by Hazel Adair. "A new and stimulating edition," including film of two girls in a Manchester convent. In the studio they question Rev Mother Superior and Sister Michael.
July 10th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres and The Sunday Break Songsters. A boy and girl living at The Mayflower Centre talk to Rev David Sheppard
July 17th 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Film of Rev James Currie of Glasgow.
July 31st 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Two teenagers investigate Cotswold Approved School in Wiltshire, then talk to the headmaster CA Joyce.
August 7th 1960 introduced by James Roose Evans, with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres, Sunday Break Songsters. Two teenage boys attend the Stafford Cripps Memorial Conference.
August 14th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton, Reginald Barrett-Ayres and The Sunday Break Songsters. A film report by two teenagers, a Muslim and an agnostic, on the youth camps run by the Iona Community. In the studio they talk with Rev John Jardine and Peggy Bee
September 4th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton etc. Film report from Tower Hill, followed by a discussion between the two young people who have visited here with Dr Donald Soper
October 9th 1960 with Ronnie Hilton and including the semi-finals of the Jive Competition. Also topical events for young people. Film Report: The Gorbals
December 4th 1960 introduced by Neville Barker with Lorie Mann, Dick Williams' Band. Students from London University explore the conflict between Roman Catholic studies and religion. Very Rev Mgr GA Tomlinson answers their questions.
December 18th 1960 introduced by Neville Barker with Mark Wynter, Dick Williams' Band. Two teenagers visit an Oxford Street store where the Rev Michael Harper works as a chaplain.
January 22nd 1961 introduced by Neville Barker with guests Johnny Dankworth and Susan Grey, also The Dick Williams Band. On film, Oxford and Cambridge undergraduates get a foretaste of London's East End with Rev Maurice Wood, Vicar of St Mary's Islington (is that 'East End'?)
January 29th 1961 with Cleo Laine and Johnny Dannkworth. Film report by two teenagers on A Day in the Life of a Bishop (Mervyn Stockwood), film directed by Jeremy Summers. Plus The Dick Williams Band and a cartoon featuring the drums
March 12th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker with Cy Grant. Young people of Oxford give their attitude to the Bible and Rev H Sims discusses the new version of the Bible.
March 19th 1961 with guest Sacha Distel, and Raymond le Senechal Quartet. A film report from Yardley, Birmingham, about Canon Charles Crowson's Do It Yourself parish. Followed by a discussion with Roy Nelson of Harlow and Tom Ferguson of East Lothian
April 16th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker. With the results of the Religious Art Competition. Filmed report on a day in the life of Rev Duncan Forester and three theology students at New College Edinburgh.
May 7th 1961 introduced by Neville Barker. With Alex Welsh and His Band. Filmed report by Jeremy Summers on the YMCA Woolwich. Also John West talks about the SS Canberra. Programmes now directed by Marjory Baker.
May 21st 1961 with Neville Barker, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen, Carole Simpson.
June 4th 1961 with Neville Barker, Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, Jackie Lynn. Film of Luton Industrial College and Mission with Rev William Gowland.
June 11th 1961 with Neville Barker, Clyde Valley Stompers. Film of Methodist Association of Youth Clubs annual rally. Andrew Duncan talks to members.
June 18th 1961 with Tony Iveson, Terry Lightfoot New Orleans Jazzmen, Valerie Mountain. Excerpt from The Hoodlum Priest and a discussion with Don Murray who plays the priest Father Charles Clark.
July 2nd 1961 with Neville Barker, Will Todd and His Trio, and the Bell-Tones. Filmed report on Father Frayne Liverpool Port Chaplains.
July 9th 1961 with Neville Barker, Red Price Combo, The Allisons.
July 16th 1961 with Neville Barker, Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, Jackie Lynn. Excerpts from Between Two Worlds, about Northern Rhodesia. Rev Philip Potter talks about the church's role in the rising nations. Neville Barker visted a Smethwick Youth Club which had a colour bar, and this provoked strong viewer reaction.
July 30th 1961 with Neville Barker, John Barry Seven, and Danny Williams. Extracts from the film Leaves of the Tree, about the translation of the Bible into an Eritrean language. Three young Welsh church members talk about their recent visit to Berlin.
August 6th 1961 with Neville Barker, Mick Mulligan's Band. George Melly. Rev Alan Keighley talks to young people about fatal accidents and Rev E Chad Varah discusses Christ's Second Coming after extracts from Whistle Down the Wind have been screened. Original producer Ben Churchill was the programme's director for the August programmes.
August 13th 1961 with Neville Barker, Monty Sunshine's Band, The Davidson Brothers. Filmed report on missionaries in East Africa with a discussion by Ven DIC Waldron and Dr Jean Waldron.
August 27th 1961 with Neville Barker, Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band, Jim Dale. Excerpt from Hand in Hand, followed by a discussion on marriage between two people of different religions led by Rev JC Fenton and AI Polack. Plus a discussion on astrology with Rev Kenneth Ross and Peter Clark.
September 3rd 1961 with Neville Barker, Johnny Dankworth, Nick Villard. Squadron leader Brian Mercer discusses aerobatics at the Farnborough Air Show, and a filmed report from Nechells Secondary School Birmingham, on The 11 Plus and After. Marjory Baker had now returned to produce the series again.
September 10th 1961 with Neville Barker, Bruce Turner and His Jump Band, Ronnie Hall. Film report on the Abbeyfield Society.
September 24th 1961 with Neville Barker, Wilf Todd and His Trio, Van Doren. Bishop Ambrose Reeves discusses the colour bar.
October 29th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Ken Colyer's Jazzmen, and Gay Pursue. Film report on the work of Group Captain Cheshire VC, who afterwards in the studio answers questions from young people.
November 5th 1961 Operation Leadership- film report on the Church of Scotland's youth camp at Glenmore Lodge. With Dick Charlesworth and His City Gents, also Jackie Lynn
November 19th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Mike Cotton and His Six. Who Wants to Read Books, a filmed report by Jeremy Summers, discussed afterwards by Rev Timothy Beaumont.
November 19th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Terry Lightfoot, Clinton Ford. Film report on Toc H, plus Rabbi Rosen discussing Jews and Christians- how do they get on?
December 3rd 1961 with Barry Westwood, New Orleans Knights, Paul Raven. Rev John Mortimer's ballet school in Surrey. The Christian attitude towards the homeless is investigated by Rev John Nicholls.
To accommodate the series Journey of a Lifetime, the programme was now shortened to thirty minutes from 6.30pm to 7pm.
December 17th 1961. Man in Time a modern nativity play performed by St James Youth Club Lockleaze Bristol.
December 24th 1961 with Barry Westwood, Melbourne New Orleans Jazz Band. No Room at the Inn- with Donald Soper and Norman Pannell. Dilys Powell talks on religious films.
December 31st 1961 with Barry Westwood, Chris Barber, Ottilie Patterson. Religion Under the Big Top- from Billy Smart's Circus. Rev WD Omand explains the role of clergy among circus folk.
January 14th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Second City Jazzmen. Rev Tom Colvin disuccses with young people the problems of being a Christian in a Communist country.
January 28th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Mike Cotton Jazzmen. The Law is discussed by Dr William Neil with young people. Inspector Leonard Hampton discusses the relationship between teenagers and the police.
February 11th 1962 with Barry Westwood. From Wingfield Music Club London, a remarkable story of courage in the face of handicap, filmed by Jeremy Summers. This is then discussed by Rev Scott Hutchison. Thank you to Janet Cattier who appeared in this film and described it for this site: "I was filmed with my violin getting on a bus at the top of Queen's Road in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, going to the club. This club was held on Monday evenings in Hale End Road School for sick and physically disabled children. On arriving at the school the film crew were waiting. In the school hall, the orchestra starts up and my 'Carnival March' is played. Then my 'Seagulls' Flight', with Georgina Kent (who had one arm) playing cello, and me accompanying her on piano, was filmed. Then I was filmed getting a hot dog from the film crew's food kiosk."
February 18th 1962 with Barry Westwood, The Galliards. Dilys Powell, Alan Dent and Rev John Wedmore discuss whether or not films like King of Kings do good or harm. There is also a filmed report of the Student Christian movement among overseas students in London.
February 25th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Valerie Mountain. Yusef Saad discusses Do the Dead Sea Scrolls challenge the New Testament? (This follows on from the Journey of the Lifetime film on the Dead Sea Scrolls.) Dr William Neil then discussed how such discoveries affect our understanding of the Bible.
March 11th 1962 Should the Churches Advertise? - Mervyn Francis and Father Nigel Larn, with Malcolm Mitchell Trio
March 25th 1962 with Barry Westwood, Dr William Neil, songs by Carole Simpson, accompanied by Colin James. Did Christ Really Heal The Sick?
April 8th 1962 Can People Be Raised from the Dead? - Dr William Neil discusses with Heather Bloom and Gordon Watts, the story of the Raising of Lazarus. Plus: Is Pop Music Trash?- Larry Adler who thinks most of it is, discusses with a group of young people
April 15th 1962. Barry Westwood introduces an edited version of A Man Dies. The passion story performed by St James Presbyterian Church Lockleaze Bristol, told through jive and rock music. Rock Harkness played Jesus. The original production had been screened in 1961. This programme is extant in the ABC archive.
April 22nd 1962 with Barry Westwood. A film titled The Boys, about some boys at Canterbury Cathedral.
May 20th 1962 Barry Westwood narrates Cross Over Coventry. A film about the staff of the cathedral.
June 3rd 1962. Barry Westwood discusses the Journey of a Lifetime series which ends today, with its creator Dr Eric Fletcher. Music: Peter Shade Trio. Pamela Lonsdale now directed the series.
The programme now resumed its 45 minute slot starting at 6.15pm.
June 10th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Songs: Steve Arlen, accompanied by The Expresso Five. Also in the programme: Prison- A Place of Punishment or Reform?
June 17th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Life Upon the Wicked Stage! With Rev John Hester, David Rudkin, songs by Carole Simpson and Colin James
July 8th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Music by Ronnie Ross Quartet. Honour Thy Father and Mother: Canton Fenton Morley discusses the fifth commandment with some young people.
July 15th 1962 with Barry Westwood. Songs: Alan Klein. Theme- Violence.
July 29th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs: Colin James. Reporter: Desmond Wilcox. Sunday Break's "first outside broadcast" from Leicester and the third British Conference of Christian Youth.
August 5th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With Steve Race and his Trio. Reporter: Gordon Watts. Theme- Christians in Conflict- more from the British Conference of Youth.
August 26th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With songs by Carole Simpson accompanied by the Brian Dee Trio. Theme- Flying Doctor Service for Africa- some young volunteers from the Midlands who are travelling to Gasau in Northern Nigeria.
September 2nd 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With music by the Tubby Hayes Quintet. Theme- The Doubters.
September 9th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With music by Joe Brown and The Bruvvers. Theme- No Jobs for The Boys, problems of unemployed school leavers, one interviewed was a 16 year old school leaver from Liverpool Tony Hughes, who recalled Joan Bakewell's (uncredited in TV Times) part in the programme. The host was Rev Bill Wright, and the producer for this programme only was Michael Mills.
October 7th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. With Alan Klein. Theme- Borstal Boys. Producer again Pamela Lonsdale.
October 21st 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs- Maureen Stobie. Theme- Never on Sundays, Sundays laws.
October 28th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Songs- Jill and Terry. Theme- Best Seller, the Bible.
November 18th/ November 25th 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Love Sex and Marriage. The second programme included a clip from the film A Kind of Loving. Originally planned in three parts this mini series was extended to four "because of the enormous response from viewers." Claimed TV Times, "a real social service," with 90% of viewers praising these programmes
December 23rd 1962 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Loneliness. Interviews with Rev Chad Varah and Miss Heather Jenner.
February 10th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- No Time for Politics. Young people discuss whether the church should have anything to do with politics.
February 17th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- No Time for Politics. This second programme featured Anthony Greenwood, Peter Kirk, and Walter James. This programme only directed by Laurence Bourne.
March 10th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Your Lucky Stars. Young people talk to a professional astrologer.
March 17th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Booze. Young people argue for and against total abstinence.
March 24th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Fleet Street.
March 24th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Lolly, Christian attitude to money. Also- Boxing, should it be banned?
April 21st 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Superstitions.
May 5th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Go, Go, Go!, about new music in church.
May 12th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Help! Three stories for Christian Aid Week. Plus- Jobs, the Youth Employment Service.
May 19th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Exams.
June 2nd/9th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Africans on Africa (2 programmes).
June 16th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- We Teach Them All Wrong? Director: Laurence Bourne.
June 30th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Poor Dad! Responsibilities of fathers. From now on, the director of the series was Geoff Ramsey.
July 7th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Sin! Four young people discuss their views. Also- Young Film Makers. A discussion of one of the winning films at the National Film Theatre competition.
July 14th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood with Rev Simon Phipps joining three young people visiting Coventry Cathedral.
July 28th 1963 introduced by Barry Westwood. Theme- Poor Dad! With Roy Shaw (possibly same as June 30th?)
August 4th 1963 Holiday Edition with Gordon Watts.
August 11th 1963 introduced by Gordon Watts. Theme- What About the Workers? The Young Christian