The Appleyards was a British television soap opera for children, made and transmitted fortnightly by BBC Television from October 1952 to April 1957, from the BBC's Lime Grove Studios. It was produced and directed by Naomi Capon.
Transmitted live on a Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 5 pm with a Sunday repeat (which was not usually a recorded repeat of the first show but the same cast repeating a live performance). The programme told the story of the Home Counties family Mr and Mrs Appleyard and their three children. The protagonist was the youngest son Tommy who was usually accompanied by his best friend Ronnie.
A reunion programme, "Christmas with the Appleyards", went out at Christmas 1960.
In the show's first year (1952) the episodes were aired live and never recorded, thus no episodes from the 1952 season exist. From 1953, the episodes were telerecorded, but the BBC ended up wiping most of them. Only one episode of the entire run of 68 exists in television archives as of 2009.
-  The Appleyards at Television Heaven
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