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: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
BBC film
(to 11.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Headline News

: Cricket: England v. Australia - Fifth Test Match

The second day's play at The Oval.


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: Denis Compton
Commentator: Richie Benaud
Summaries: E. W. Swanton
Television presentation: Philip Lewis

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Peter Hawkins speaks the voices
Maria Bird writes the songs and music
BBC film
(to 13.50)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music: Maria Bird

: Cricket: England v. Australia - Fifth Test Match

A further visit to The Oval.
See also BBC-2
(to 16.15)

: Holiday Knockout: Scotland v. The Rest

Holiday campers meet in an all-in contest of skill and courage.
Guests artists: Jimmy Logan, Chas McDevitt and Shirley Douglas, Don Gordon
Your host, David Coleman
From Butlin's Holiday Camp, Ayr

(Jimmy Logan is appearing at The King's Theatre, Glasgow. Chas McDevitt, Shirley Douglas, and Don Gordon are appearing at The Gaiety Theatre, Ayr)
See page 48


Presenter: David Coleman
Comedian: Jimmy Logan
Musicians: Chas McDevitt and Shirley Douglas
Performer: Don Gordon
Music: Ted Taylor
Director: Robert Stewart
Devised and produced by: Leonard Chase

: The News

: Cricket: England v. Australia - Fifth Test Match

The closing overs of the second day's play at The Oval, followed by a summary.

: Town and Around

A daily presentation of news and views from London and the South-East.
Introduced by Michael Aspel.
followed by The Weather


Presenter: Michael Aspel

: The Major

The old oak tree, for years the village meeting-place and notice board, has to be cut down because it has become a traffic hazard.
Commentary written by Desmond Hawkins
spoken by Paul Rogers
Music composed and conducted by Sidney Sager
Played by the BBC West of England Players
From the West
First transmission on May 20, 1963

The unwilling gardner-a jay plants an acorn, seed of the doomed oak

What does it mean when a mighty oak tree, known to generations of villagers simply and affectionately as 'The Major' must die? What does it mean to the people who live nearby and who have used it for many, many years as both a meeting place and a noticeboard? What does it mean, too, to the creatures who live both within it and on its leafy branches? Such is the story behind the BBC's Natural History Unit documentary The Major which will be retold tonight.
John Burton and Christopher Parsons wrote the script before actually finding their tree-but after an extensive search the Forestry Commission did locate one which satisfied almost all their requirements. It stood near the Speech House in the Forest of Dean. Christopher Parsons, who also produced this film, and cameraman William Morris, visited ' the Major' over the months for an entire year recording the various activities: the Gloucestershire Morris Men dancing beneath the branches at Whitsun, a village cricket match in the next field and, finally, the felling.
Meanwhile two other cameramen, Eric Ashby and Leslie Jackman, were filming other sequences. While Ashby concentrated on small mammals and birds Jackman filmed creatures ranging from tiny gall-wasps to large caterpillars.


Commentary written by: Desmond Hawkins
Narrator: Paul Rogers
Music composed and conducted by: Sidney Sager
[Music] played by: The BBC West of England Players
Filmed by: Eric Ashby
Filmed by: Leslie Jackman
Filmed by: William Morris
Sound mixer: George Pagan
Film editor: Paul Khan
Producer: Christopher Parsons

: Martin Chuzzlewit: Episode 13

by Charles Dickens
Dramatised in thirteen episodes by Constance Cox

In which revelations are made and justice is done-or very nearly done.
(First transmission on April 12)


Author: Charles Dickens
Dramatised by: Constance Cox
Music composed and conducted by: John Hotchkis
Costumes supervised by: Joyce Hammond
Make-up supervised by: Elizabeth Blattner
Designer: Susan Spence
Producer: Campbell Logan
Director: Joan Craft
Jonas Chuzzlewit: Alex Scott
Chuffey: Harold Scott
Mrs. Gamp: Angela Baddeley
John Westlock: Jeremy Burnham
Old Martin: Barry Jones
Mark Tapley: Tom Watson
Lewsome: John Golightly
Nadgett: Blake Butler
Police Officer: John Dunbar
Policemen: Arthur Skinner
Policemen: Anthony Browne
Mary Graham: Ilona Rodgers
Tom Pinch: John Quentin
Mercy: Anna Middleton
Charity: Rosalind Knight
Mrs. Todgers: Barbara Cavan
Mr. Jinkins: Peter Stephens
Mr. Spottletoe: Arthur Pentelow
Mrs. Spottletoe: Betty Duncan
Large Woman: Eunice Black
Bridesmaid: Janet Henfrey
Bridesmaid: Geraldine Stephenson
Ruth Pinch: Fern Warner
Martin: Gary Raymond
Pecksniff: Richard Pearson
Mrs. Lupin: Barbara Ogilvie

: International Athletics: Great Britain v. Poland

direct from the White City Stadium, London.
Highlights from the first day of this two-day international athletic match.
Organised by the B.A.A.B in conjunction with the News of the World

See page 47


Commentator: Max Robertson
Commentator: Norris McWhirter
Television presentation: Innes Lloyd

: A World of His Own

Starring Roy Kinnear
featuring Anne Cunningham
with John Junkin, Maria Lennard, Sidonie Bond

See page 48


Script: Dave Freeman
Theme music: Lionel Bart
Design: Darrol Blake
Producer: David Croft
Stanley Blake: Roy Kinnear
Helen Blake: Anne Cunningham
[Actor]: John Junkin
[Actress]: Maria Lennard
[Actress]: Sidonie Bond

: The News

: Saints and Sinners: Ten Days for a Shirt-tail

A film series starring Nick Adams as Nick Alexander, John Larkin as Mark Grainger.
Special guest star, Steve Lawrence
and Richard Erdman, Robert F. Simon

Nick is sentenced to ten days' imprisonment because he refuses to reveal the source of a story he wrote alleging negligence on the part of a hospital.


Nick Alexander: Nick Adams
Mark Grainger: John Larkin
Whitey: Steve Lawrence
Klugie: Richard Erdman
Dave Tabak: Robert F. Simon

: Queen Kristina in Rome

Sweden's Italia Prize film by Lennart Ehrenborg.
English version spoken by John Glen.
A picture of the life led in seventeenth-century Rome by Sweden's most colourful and controversial Queen.


Producer: Lennart Ehrenborg
Narrator: John Glen

: News Extra

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