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: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the very young
Vera McKechnie turns the pages, and shows you how to make a little tree.
You need some twigs, tissue paper (coloured and cut into squares), glue, and scissors.
BBC film


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

: A Beginners' Alphabet: Programme 1: Context

A beginners' alfabet
A series of five programmes for teachers in Primary Schools, introducing the Initial Teaching Alphabet in the general context of learning to read and write.
With Michael Smee, Caroline Nicholson and Three Head Teachers of Infant Schools.

Repeated this afternoon at 4.35
(to 11.30)


Presenter: Michael Smee
Presenter: Caroline Nicholson
Studio Direction: Margaret Jay
Producer: Julia Gaitskell

: Heddiw

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


Presenter: Owen Edwards

: The News

: Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
First shown on BBC-2 this morning
(to 13.55)

1.55-2.30 Medicine Today
A programme for doctors.
(Rowridge, Brighton)

: A Beginners' Alphabet: Programme 1: Context

(First shown this morning)

: Police Patrol

A new series showing real life and adventure among the Police of many lands.

Introduced by David Edwards.

and including
Flint of the C.I.D.
a detective puzzle by Leonard Chase.


Presenter: David Edwards
Writer (Flint of the C.I.D.)/Producer: Leonard Chase
Flint: Peter Dennis
Manager: Harvey Hall
Secretary: Gillian Leach

: Ripcord: Jump to a Blind Alley

A film series about the adventures of two dare-devil parachutists.

Jim puts his flares to good use when confronted by a tricky situation.

: The News

: Town and Around

News and views from London and the South-East.
Introduced by Corbet Woodall.
Followed by The Weather


Presenter: Corbet Woodall

: The Telegoons: Tales of Old Montmartre

Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan
BBC radio's world-famous Goons in a puppet series for television.
Television adaptation by Maurice Wiltshire.
Produced by Tony Young of Grosvenor Films for BBC-tv


Voices: Peter Sellers
Voices: Harry Secombe
Voices/Script: Spike Milligan
Television Adaptation: Maurice Wiltshire
Producer: Tony Young

: Barn Dance

A country-style get-together.
with The Countrymen, The Barry Sisters, Buster Noble, The Spinners, The St. Leonard's Irish Dancers, Silksworth, The John Peel Dancers.
Music by Jack Armstrong and his Barnstormers and The Harry Hayward Hustlers
Your host, Brian Redhead
From the North
The Countrymen are appearing in 'Show-time' at the Princess Theatre, Torquay; the Barry Sisters in 'Here's Harry' at the Floral Hall, Scarborough


Musicians: The Countrymen
Singers: The Barry Sisters
Singer: Buster Noble
Musicians: The Spinners
Dancers: The St. Leonard's Irish Dancers
Dancers: The John Peel Dancers
Directed and called by: Bill Cain
Musicians: Jack Armstrong and his Barnstormers
Musicians: The Harry Hayward Hustlers
Presenter: Brian Redhead
Producer: John Ammonds

: Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years: Episode 9: Alone No More

A film series based on Sir Winston Churchill's Memoirs of World War II.

In spite of the non-aggression pact, Hitler invades Russia and city after city falls to the Nazi troops who are only halted by Russia's old ally-winter. Churchill crosses the Atlantic to meet Roosevelt; the Atlantic Charter-a reaffirmation of human rights-is signed and is an inspiration to the whole freedom-loving world. In December 1941 the Russians launch a counter-attack and the same month the Japanese bomb the American fleet in Pearl Harbour. The United States are in the war.


Author: Sir Winston Churchill
Churchill's words spoken by: Richard Burton
Narrator: Gary Merrill
Musical Score: Richard Rodgers

: On Safari with Armand and Michaela Denis: 1: Ancient Arizona

A new film series in which Armand and Michaela Denis forsake the old world of Africa for the new world of America.
They look at some of the natural wonders of Arizona-the Petrified Forest, the Grand Canyon, and the Giant Meteor Crater. Their journey ends in an old mining town, now restored with all the atmosphere of the Wild West.
See page 19


Presenter: Armand Denis
Presenter: Michaela Denis

: The Likely Lads: The Talk of the Town

Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Starring James Bolam as Terry and Rodney Bewes as Bob
featuring Sheila Fearn as Audrey
First shown on BBC-2


Writer/producer: Dick Clement
Writer: Ian La Frenais
Music: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Terry: James Bolam
Bob: Rodney Bewes
Audrey: Sheila Fearn
Blakey: Richard Moore
Mrs. Ferris: Irene Richmond
Cloughy: Bartlett Mullins
Jack: Donald McKillop
Elsie: Patricia Shakesby
Helen: Helen Fraser
Man in pub: Michael Coles

: Top Brothers

On the opening day of the ninety-seventh Trades Union Congress, Peter Jenkins looks at the chief officers of Britain's Trade Unions and talks to Sir William Carron,
Sir Harry Douglass, Clive Jenkins, Will Paynter and Ron Smith.
As the National Debate on incomes policy, productivity, restrictive practices, and redundancy develops, more depends on the Union leaders than ever before. What sort of men are they?
See page 19


Presenter: Peter Jenkins
Interviewee: Sir William Carron
Interviewee: Sir Harry Douglass
Interviewee: Clive Jenkins
Interviewee: Will Paynter
Interviewee: Ron Smith
Producer: Anthony Smith
Producer: Rex Winsbury

: The News

: The Rogues: The Computer Goes West

A film series.
Starring David Niven, Charles Boyer, Gig Young, Gladys Cooper, Robert Coote as The Rogues

This week's story: The Computer Goes West

To smuggle a computer out of an Iron Curtain country seems a dull -but profitable-job. Marcel soon finds that this particular computer is anything but dull. (Repeat)


Marcel St. Clair: Charles Boyer
Timmy St. Clair: Robert Coote
Nicol: Susanne Cramer
Svarna: Ilona Wilson
Szigeti: Malachi Throne
Alec Fleming: David Niven
Tony Fleming: Gig Young
Margaret St. Clair: Gladys Cooper

: The Greyhound St. Leger

direct from the Empire Stadium, Wembley.
Outside Broadcast cameras cover the 33rd Final of this 700-yard Greyhound Racing Classic worth £1,250 to the winner.


Commentator: Peter Bromley
Presented for television by: Alec Weeks

: Best of Both Worlds

Leading conductors from Britain and America present the music they compose and arrange.
This week: Percy Faith and his Orchestra
Guest star, Peter Nero
First shown on BBC-2


Musicians: Percy Faith and his Orchestra
Pianist/guest star: Peter Nero
Production: Yvonne Littlewood

: News Extra

including a report on the Trades Union Congress from Brighton.

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