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: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the very young
Vera McKechnie turns the pages.
BBC film
(to 11.00)

For the next six weeks the afternoon edition of 'Watch with Mother' on BBC-1 will be replaced by a repeat of 'Play School', the morning programme which is running on BBC-2
Can you remember what it was like to be four years old? Everything you saw was new. But your hands were still uncertain servants. Your feet were not allowed to take you exploring far beyond your own front door. Your mind bubbled with ideas but you did not have enough words to express them. This child you once were is Play School's target audience.
Turn on your set and you will see-a house. The door opens and lets you into a room which very soon you will feel you know: Humpty Dumpty, Jemima, and Teddy live in the toy cupboard by the blackboard. The shelves are full of books. The picture board might show one of your own paintings one day. There is a corner for pets; a table for scientific experiments; seven pegs carry an ever-changing selection of dressing-up clothes; and a large hamper overflows with useful oddments for making things.
So far Play School offers the standard equipment of any good nursery school. But it also has at its disposal all the imaginative resources of television-lights that can transform a blank wall into an apple orchard, lenses that turn men into giants, film that can show anything from a spider spinning its web to a rocket ship on its way to the moon.
Above all, Play School offers a stream of exciting people-not only experts in the field of nursery education but visitors from the world of adult entertainment. Ted Moult describes his farm. George Melly provides an ABC of jazz. Many accept for the first time the challenge of shaping their material without condescension to the needs of this specialised audience. A team of twelve young men and women present the programmes, pairing up a week at a time with changing partners-a system which keeps the chemistry fresh for viewers and performers.
This testimonial from a couple of teachers whose daughter has watched Play School from the start is typical of the many letters we receive from parents: 'Her imagination has been stimulated, her language enriched and the creative ideas which are a feature of the programme have started her on many an hour of effective learning through play.'
We hope that this week-with Athene Seyler, Beryl Roques and Brian Cant-what has been true every day for thousands of children on BBC-2 can now be true during the summer holidays for the wider audience on BBC-1.
(Joy Whitby)


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

: Headline News

: Cricket: England v. South Africa: First Test Match

Fourth day's play at Lord's.


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: Denis Compton
Commentator: Richie Benaud
Television presentation: Philip Lewis

: Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
First shown on BBC-2 this morning
(to 14.00)


Presenter: Beryl Roques
Presenter: Brian Cant
Storyteller: Athene Seyler

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Ready to Play... Ten Notable Things About Play School 20 April 2017

: Cricket

A further visit to Lord's.
On BBC-2 from 5.0 to 6.5
(to 16.15)

: Blue Peter

with Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton.


Presenter: Christopher Trace
Presenter: Valerie Singleton
Film Editor: Geoff Botterill
Production Team: Iris Furlong
Production Team: Tony Arnold
Production Team: Malcolm Walker
Production Team: Gillian Reilly
Producer: Edward Barnes
Producer: Rosemary Gill
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Ripcord: The Money Mine

A second chance to see this film series.

Hired to drop crates of machinery into a mountainous region, Ted and Jim find unexpected trouble.

: The News

: Cricket

The closing overs at Lord's.

: Town and Around

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


Presenter: Michael Aspel

: Divided We Stand

The United Kingdom contains a great many highly individual people.
So many things happen about here that can only be inspired by fairies and red elves (Bill Wood, Argyll)
I can't offer a cobra or viper to somebody. but I can easily pop them an alligator (Mr. E. P. Killit, Rutland)
Why shouldn't I be buried standing up in my own house! (Mr. M. Allen, Worthing)

Robert Robinson introduces film from A Quick Look Round, Six-Five, Spotlight South-West, Points West, Look East, South Today and Midlands Today.
Fourth of six weekly programmes.


Presenter: Robert Robinson

: Zero One: The Body

Call-sign of International Air Security
A film series.
Starring Nigel Patrick as Alan Garnett
Produced by MGM-TV in association with the BBC


Teleplay: David T. Chantler
Producer: Lawrence P. Bachmann
Director: Pennington Richards
Associate Producer: Aida Young
Alan Garnett: Nigel Patrick
Jimmy Delaney: Bill Smith
Archie Vane: Hugh McDermott
Ziggy: Gordon Sterne
Cecil: Jeremy Lloyd
Humbolt: Keith Pyott

: Hugh and I: The Critics

A comedy series by John Chapman.
Starring Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd
Guest star, Stratford Johns
Featuring Rosemary Nicols
with Vi Stevens, Patricia Hayes, Jack Haig, Mollie Sugden, Jill Curzon, Charles Dyer, Ian Trigger, Katy Greenwood, Pamela Hewes, Vickie Woolf
(First shown on February 7)


Writer: John Chapman
Incidental music: Wally Stott
Design: Michael Young
Producer: David Croft
Terry: Terry Scott
Hugh: Hugh Lloyd
[Actor]: Stratford Johns
[Actress]: Rosemary Nicols
Mrs. Scott: Vi Stevens
Mrs. Wormold: Patricia Hayes
Arthur Wormold: Jack Haig
Mrs. Crispin: Mollie Sugden
Norma Crispin: Jill Curzon
[Actor]: Charles Dyer
[Actor]: Ian Trigger
[Actress]: Katy Greenwood
[Actress]: Pamela Hewes
[Actress]: Vickie Woolf

: Panorama

The 10,000 Faces of 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, John Morgan,
Leonard Parkin.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Reporter: Robin Day
Reporter: Michael Barratt
Reporter: Michael Charlton
Reporter: John Morgan
Reporter: Leonard Parkin
Associate Producer: Richard Francis
Editor: David Wheeler

: The News

: Slattery's People: Question: How Do You Catch a Cool Bird of Paradise?

A film series featuring a young politician who makes people and their problems his business.
Starring Richard Crenna as Slattery
with Paul Geary, Edward Asner, Maxine Stuart, Tol Avery
and Guest stars, Simon Oakland, Susan Bay, Raymond St. Jacques

Question: How Do You Catch a Cool Bird of Paradise?
...the vicious murder of a brilliant young student reveals the cold reality of one effective method-drug addiction.


Slattery: Richard Crenna
Johnny Ramos: Paul Geary
Frank Radcliff: Edward Asner
B.J. Clawson: Maxine Stuart
Speaker Bert Metcalf: Tol Avery
Murray Keller: Simon Oakland
Jan Riggs: Susan Bay
Bud Rollins: Raymond St. Jacques

: Best of Both Worlds

Leading conductors from Britain and America present the music they compose and arrange.
This week, Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
Guest star, Sue Raney
First shown on BBC-2


Musicians: Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra
Singer: Sue Raney
Sound: Richard Chamberlain
Lighting: Geoff Shaw
Designer: Lionel Radford
Production: Yvonne Littlewood

: News Extra

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