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Children's Television


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The further adventures of Billy Bean and his Funny Machine: 1: The Atomic Power House

5.15 Shirley Abicair presents songs and stories for scallywags

5.30 Lenny the Lion
with Terry Hall

5.40 South Pole Bound
Douglas Fleming and George Lowe have a look round the motor ship Magga Dan at Butler's Wharf in the Pool of London. She is now carrying the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition on its way south.
(A BBC telerecording of part of the broadcast on November 8)

(to 18.00)


Puppetry (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Elizabeth Donaldson
Assisted by (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Ann Pavitt
Assisted by (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Andrew Brownfoot
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Peter Hawkins
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Ivan Owen
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Elizabeth Havelock
Animations (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Reginald Jeffryes
Script/Production (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Vere Lorrimer
Singer/Storyteller: Shirley Abicair
Ventriloquist (Lenny the Lion): Terry Hall
Reporter (South Pole Bound): Douglas Fleming
Reporter (South Pole Bound): George Lowe
Presented by (South Pole Bound): Bill Wright

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