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: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the very young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in the songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
BBC film
(to 11.00)


Narrator/script, music and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Heddiw

gydag Owen Edwards
Topical items introduced by Owen Edwards in Welsh.
(Crystal Palace, Sutton Coldfield, Holme Moss)


Presenter: Owen Edwards

: Cricket: Glamorgan v. The Australians: Third day

A visit to Cardiff Arms Park for some of today's play.


Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: Wilfred Wooller
TV presentation: Philip Thompson

: The News

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
BBC film
(to 13.50)

: Cricket: Glamorgan v. The Australians

Further commentary.
(to 16.00)

: Ripcord: Darb

A thrilling film series about the adventures of two dare-devil parachutists.
Ted becomes involved with the discovery of an ancient Aztec mask.

: Circus at Clopton Hall

Written by Philip O'Connor.
A second chance to see this film about a group of children who organise an impromptu circus in a deserted farmyard.
Commentary spoken by Vanessa Redgrave.


Writer: Philip O'Connor
Narrator: Vanessa Redgrave
Filmed by: Annie Mygind
Filmed by: Denis Lowson

: The News

: Town and Around

News and views from London and the South-East.
Introduced by Michael Aspel.
Followed by The Weather


Presenter: Michael Aspel

: Davy Jones: 8: Councillor Davy Jones

by T. C. Thomas.
A last look at life in a railway signalbox somewhere in rural Wales.
Davy Jones searches his opponent's cupboard and finds the skeleton.
(First shown on BBC Wales, April 2)


Writer: T. C. Thomas
Film cameramen for the series: Bill Greenhalgh
Film cameramen for the series: Ken Mackay
Film cameramen for the series: John Pike
Film cameramen for the series: Russell Walker
Film editor: John Brewser.
Film editor: Terry Laurie
Costumes supervised by: Coleen O'Brien
Make-up supervised by: Judy Tarling
Designer: Julian Williams
Producer: David J. Thomas
Director: Arthur Williams
Davy Jones: Jack Walters
Tom the Relief: Aubrey Richards
Liza Hargest: Dilys Davies
Mitsie Mulligan: Carmel McSharry
Major D Pryce-Powell, O. B. E. , j.p.: Evan Thomas
Morgan the Keeper: Eynon Evans
Frankie the Wern: Howell Evans
P.C. Prosser: Ieuan Rhys Williams
Price the Cwm: Brinley Jenkins
Jenkins the Stores: W. H. Williams
Williams the Blue Boar: Emrys Cleaver

: Tonight

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore
with Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Kenneth Allsop, Macdonald Hastings, Christopher Brasher, Julian Pettifer, Brian Redhead.

At precisely seven o'clock this evening that bouncy little tune that goes 'rum-tum-tum-tiddley, tiddley-um-te-tum' will be sounding out for the 1,596th time to introduce another edition of Tonight. And by the time Cliff Michelmore says 'Goodnight and the next Tonight will be tomorrow night' the total number of people interviewed on the show will have risen to 6,387 - roughly the population of Bodmin, Cornwall. Not that they all come from Bodmin, of course; for example, the gentleman who made his own set of false teeth out of concrete certainly didn't.
According to one unofficial estimate, Fyfe Robertson will have posed the question 'but do ye rreally like doing this?,' for the 472nd time, and Cliff will have been interrupted by the telephone for the 1,647th time.
The total amount of film which the programme will have exposed will add up to just under 563 miles. If made up into one reel this would be enough to form the base for a rather small gasometer, while if it were laid out in a single continuous strip it would stretch from Lime Grove Studios in London to a point just short of Stavanger, Norway.
Besides the strange and wonderful assortment of people who have appeared on Tonight, the programme has also featured a variety of animals. These have included the tankful of tropical fish once used as part of the set (all but one of which perished on duty in a studio accident), elephants, horses, various breeds of monkey, birds talkative and otherwise, dogs, cats, and kangaroos. It has been calculated that if all these non-human Tonight guests were assembled in one place they would stock a somewhat curious zoo approximately one-third the size of Whipsnade.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Reporter: Christopher Brasher
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Reporter: Brian Redhead
Associate Producer: Derrick Amoore
Associate Producer: Kevin Billington
Associate Producer: John Lloyd
Associate Producer: Kenneth Corden
Associate Producer: Michael Tuchner
Assistant Editor: Elizabeth Cowley
Editor: Alasdair Milne

: Compact: Delicate Negotiations

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.
Iris tries to keep a secret, and Farrow comes up against the law.


Series creator: Hazel Adair
Series creator: Peter Ling
Script: Rosemary Anne Sisson
Designer: Christopher Robilliard
Producer: Bernard Hepton
Director: James Cellan-Jones
Sheila: Joanna Vogel
Dinah: Margo Andrew
Mr Coombs: Eric Barker
Gary: Brian Miller
Ray: Frazer Hines
Stan: Johnny Wade
Wendy: Sandra Payne
Camilla: Carmen Silvera
Bruce: Robert Flemyng
Mrs Chater: Beryl Cooke
Adrian: Robert Desmond
Doug: Lawrence James
Ben: Bill Kerr
Ian: Ronald Allen
David: Vincent Ball
Mike Fuller: Richard Coleman
Norman Spring: Lew Luton
Iris: Louise Dunn
Farrow: Bernard Kay
Police Inspector: Colin Douglas

: Meet the Wife: Little Andrew

Written by Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney.
[Starring] Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton
(Thora Hird and Freddie Frinton are appearing in "The Best Laid Schemes" at the Pier Theatre, Bournemouth)


Writer: Ronald Wolfe
Writer: Ronald Chesney
"Meet the Wife" theme by: Russ Conway
Incidental music: Norman Percival
Designer: Peter Seddon
Producer: John Paddy Carstairs
Thora: Thora Hird
Freddie: Freddie Frinton
The Doctor: David Morrell

: Saints and Sinners: Servant in the House of My Party

A new film series starring Nick Adams as Nick Alexander and John Larkin as Mark Grainger.
With Special guest star, Charlie Ruggles and Robert Simon

Newspaperman Nick Alexander covers his first political convention and a story he writes threatens to upset the plans of certain politicians.


Nick Alexander: Nick Adams
Mark Grainger: John Larkin
Senator Jerome Archer: Charlie Ruggles
Dave Tabak: Robert Simon

: The News

: The Life and Times of Bertrand Russell

Born May 18, 1872
A birthday tribute narrated by Robert Bolt.
Contributors: Sir Julian and Lady Huxley, Leonard Woolf, Miles Malleson, A. J. Ayer
Lord Boothby, Michael Foot, MP.


Narrator: Robert Bolt
Interviewee: Sir Julian Huxley
Interviewee: Lady Huxley
Interviewee: Leonard Woolf
Interviewee: Miles Malleson
Interviewee: A. J. Ayer
Interviewee: Lord Boothby
Interviewee: Michael Foot
Film Cameraman: Gene Carr
Film Editor: James Colina
Producer: Malcolm Brown

: Ivor Novello: 1: The Silver Lining

The story of a great romantic of the theatre, told through songs and dances from his shows, with tributes by many of his friends.
Introduced by Hugh David.
With Ben Travers, Isabel Jeans and Fred W. Allen on film
In the studio: Patricia Clark, Elaine Delmar, John Wakefield, John Lawrenson
The Hubert Williams Singers, The Sybil Marks-Dancers
BBC Welsh Orchestra
Leader, Philip Whiteway
Conductor, Rae Jenkins
(First transmission on February 9)


Presenter: Hugh David
Interviewee: Ben Travers
Interviewee: Isabel Jeans
Interviewee: Fred W. Allen
Singer: Patricia Clark
Singer: Elaine Delmar
Singer: John Wakefield
Singer: John Lawrenson
Singers: The Hubert Williams Singers
Dancers: The Sybil Marks-Dancers
Musicians: BBC Welsh Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Philip Whiteway
[Orchestra] conductor: Rae Jenkins
Film cameraman: Russell Walker
Film editor: John Brewser
Music associate: Alwyn Jones
Script: Frank Baker
Designer: Donald Homfray
Designer: Colin Shaw
Director: Jack Williams

: News Extra

followed by The Weather

: Growth and Play: 7: The Infant School

Programmes for parents about children.
A BBC Educational broadcast
First shown on Sunday

: Close Down

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