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: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales: 1964 Swansea - Opening Ceremony

under the presidency of Sir Thomas Parry-Williams
The first television programme from the Pavilion at the Eisteddfod in Swansea.
The ceremony is described by Alun Williams.
TV presentation by Heddiw Unit
See page 21
(to 10.15)


Commentator: Alun Williams

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

Vera McKechnie turns the pages and shows you how to make a scrapbook.
You need a scrapbook, pictures from magazines, newspaper, and paste
BBC film
(to 11.00)


Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Editor: Maria Bird
Producer: Freda Lingstrom

: Grandstand


Bank Holiday Grandstand
1.0 to 5.25
Introduced by Harry Carpenter

From 1.10 Cricket: Sussex v. Middlesex
Second day's play from Hove
Hove is one of the most attractive county grounds, and holiday games there generally draw good crowds. Today is the second day of a match between two teams which have performed unremarkably so far this season-despite the fact that in Ted Dexter and Fred Titmus each has a cricketer capable of swinging the fortunes of any game. At the moment neither team seems likely to have much say in the final argument for the Championship which looks like belonging to one of the two Midland sides, Warwickshire or Worcestershire, this year. But both Sussex and Middlesex have the ability to play dashing, attractive cricket on occasion.
Commentators: Brian Johnston, Peter West, Denis Compton
Television presentation by Dennis Monger

From 2.0 Athletics: International Invitation Meeting
(Organised by the B.A.A.B. in conjunction with the 'News of the World')
At the White City Stadium
This afternoon's International Invitation Meeting promises to provide stern competition from several European countries - notably France and Poland - for British athletes. There will be a full programme of metric distances and British performances will be carefully scrutinised by the Olympic selectors who will announce their team for Tokyo in a fortnight's time. The meeting was arranged in a hurry after the Hungarian team, which was to have competed against Britain today, was forced to withdraw. Despite the relatively short notice the response received from other European countries has been very satisfactory.
Commentators: David Coleman and Norris McWhirter
Television presentation by Bill Wright

Racing: from Newcastle
3.0: Hedgehope Handicap (over 1 mile)
3.30: Cheviot Handicap (over 2 miles)
4.0: Seaton Delaval Stakes (over 5 furlongs)
Commentators: Peter O'Sullevan and Clive Graham
Television presentation by Ray Lakeland

Motor Racing: from Brands Hatch
3.15 Guards International Trophy for Sports and G.T. cars (over 50 laps)
Commentator: Raymond Baxter with John Bolster in the pits
Television presentation by Brian Johnson

Sports news service throughout the afternoon including Racing and Cricket summaries

(While it is hoped to keep to the above timings, they may be changed by events)


Presented: by Richard Tilling
Associate Editor: Lawrie Higgins
Associate Editor: Alan Hart
Editor: Cliff Morgan

: Voyage into England: 5: Roses and Castles

with Macdonald Hastings

Down the Grand Union Canal to Stoke Bruerne... into the forgotten world of the painted boats, where families worked out their lives on the cut between Birmingham and London.


Presenter: Macdonald Hastings
Director: John Davies
Producer: Peter Bale

: 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

: Martin Chuzzlewit: 10

by Charles Dickens
Dramatised by Constance Cox

In which Tom gains the post of librarian to an unknown employer and Martin makes a big decision.
(First transmission on March 22)


Author: Charles Dickens
Dramatised by: Constance Cox
Music composed and conducted by: John Hotchkis
Designer: Susan Spence
Producer: Campbell Logan
Director: Joan Craft
Pecksniff: Richard Pearson
Old Martin: Barry Jones
Mark Tapley: Tom Watson
Martin: Gary Raymond
John Westlock: Jeremy Burnham
Tom Pinch: John Quentin
Footman: Vernon Dobtcheff
Ruth Pinch: Fern Warner
Employer: Frederick Farley
Employer's wife: Patricia Kerry
Pupil: Elna Pearl
Nadgett: Blare Butler
Tigg Montague: Peter Bayliss
Bailey: Peter Craze
Jonas Chuzzlewit: Alex Scott
Mr. Fips: Ian Wilson

: Billy Smart's Circus

Under Europe's biggest Big Top
The Guv'nor plays host to star performers specially invited from two Continents.

From the United States of America
with an escort of cowboys, Indians, and the '6th U.S. Cavalry'

Star of the high trapeze, from Madison Square Garden.
The Skyrolls
Skating in the clouds
Phil Enos
and his car with a mind of its own
Bob Markworth
America's 'Robin Hood' with his beautiful human target Mayana.

and from Europe
The Domini
Italian elegance, clowning, and gymnastic skill on the horizontal bars.
A Spanish boy who is more at home on his head than his heels.
Brown Bears from Yugoslavia
presented by Kreft.
The Marconis from the French National Circus
'cyclobatics' on a silver rod high above the sawdust.
Introduced by Harry Towb.
Billy Smart's Touring Show is appearing at Portsmouth


Trapeze artist: Francarro
Skaters: The Skyrolls
Comedian: Phil Enos
Archer: Bob Markworth
Entertainers: The Domini
Performer: Titos
Presented by (Brown Bears from Yugoslavia): Kreft
Entertainers: The Marconis
Presenter: Harry Towb
Ringmaster: A. Delobsq
Musical director: Jack Ansell
Circus presentation: Ronnie Smart
Circus presentation: David Smart
Producer: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Follow the Beatles

The story of the making of the Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night' told by Robert Robinson and featuring The Beatles with Wilfrid Brambell, Norman Rossington, Lionel Blair, Walter Shenson, Richard Lester, Alun Owen, Gilbert Taylor, George Martin, Alexander Walker.
Sequence from 'A Hard Day's Night' by courtesy of United Artists


Presenter/narrator: Robert Robinson
Speakers: The Beatles
Speaker: Wilfrid Brambell
Speaker: Norman Rossington
Speaker: Lionel Blair
Speaker: Walter Shenson
Speaker: Richard Lester
Speaker: Alun Owen
Speaker: Gilbert Taylor
Speaker: George Martin
Speaker: Alexander Walker
Film Cameraman: Adrian Console
Film Editor: Jock Clark
Presented for television by: Richard Evans

: Cluff: The Vagrant

by Gil North
Starring Leslie Sands and Eric Barker
Guest stars, Michael Aldridge, Naomi Chance, Maurice Hedley, Ronald Lacey


Writer: Gil North
Music composed by: Harry Dexter
Animals trained by: John Holmes
Film Cameraman: Ewart Needham
Film Editor: Gitta Zadek
Story Editor: Bill Barron
Designer: Austen Spriggs
Producer/Director: Terence Dudley
Sergeant Caleb Cluff: Leslie Sands
Smith: Ronald Lacey
Inspector Mole: Eric Barker
Seth Harrison: Michael Gover
Wickham: Maurice Hedley
Tim Thwaite: Ray Roberts
Bill Wickham: Michael Aldridge
Moira Dix: Naomi Chance
Sarah Harrison: Sally Lahee
P.C. Bullock: John McKelvey
Det -Constable Barker: John Rolfe
Annie Croft: Olive Milbourne
Josh Tupman: Cameron Hall
Mrs. Whalley: Doris Rogers
Dr. Hamm: Jack Howlett

: Panorama

The Window on the World
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby with reports on People-Places-Problems in the news from Panorama's regular team of commentators Robin Day and Michael Barratt, Michael Charlton, Roderick MacFarquhar, John Morgan.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Reporter: Robin Day
Reporter: Michael Barratt
Reporter: Michael Charlton
Reporter: Roderick MacFarquhar
Reporter: John Morgan
Associate producer: Richard Francis
Assistant editor: Christopher Railing
Editor: David Wheeler

: The News

: Glynis: Pros and Cons

A film series of comedy-thrillers.
Starring Glynis Johns as a writer of mystery stories with a flair for making her own perilous predicaments and Keith Andes as her long-suffering husband.

Pros and Cons
...prove that you can't con a pro!


Glynis Granville: Glynis Johns
Keith Granville: Keith Andes

: Travellers' Tales: A Greenland Summer

told by Derek Cooper.
A year ago ten members of the Trinity College, Dublin, expedition flew in a charter plane to the bleak coast of East Greenland. In spite of melting glaciers and swollen rivers. three of them succeeded in reaching an isolated Eskimo settlement at Scoresbysund.


Narrator: Derek Cooper
Filmed by: Valentine Rylands
Film editor: Robert Walter
Presented by: Ivan Lockett
Series edited by: Brian Branston

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