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: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the very young

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


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

: A Beginners' Alphabet: Programme 5: I.T.A. in Perspective

a beginners' alfabet
A series of five programme 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 teachers: Morah Goulding, Joyce Holden, Teresa Leigh
Repeated this afternoon at 4.35
(to 11.30)


Presenter: Michael Smee
Presenter: Caroline Nicholson
Speaker: Morah Goulding
Speaker: Joyce Holden
Speaker: Teresa Leigh
Producer: Julia Gaitskell

: Headline News

: Cricket: An England XI v. A Rest of the World XI: Third day's play

A visit to the Scarborough Cricket Festival to see in action the team chosen by readers of Radio Times.
Organised by the International Cavaliers Cricket Club in association with Rothmans of Pall Mall Ltd.


Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: John Arlott
Commentator: E. W. Swanton
Presented for TV by: Ray Lakeland

: Play School

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

: Cricket

A further visit to Scarborough.
On BBC-2 from 4.30
(to 16.15)

: A Beginners' Alphabet: Programme 5

First shown this morning

: Hey Presto! It's Rolf

Rolf Harris introduces this week's guests Michael Bailey, The Bedlams and Paddy Joyce.
Music by The Bert Hayes Sextet
(Bert Hayes is appearing at Butlin's Hotels, Cliftonville)


Presenter: Rolf Harris
Magician: Michael Bailey
Performers: The Bedlams
Guest: Paddy Joyce
Musicians: The Bert Hayes Sextet
Producer: Richard Evans

: Comedy Capers: Tall Timber

A series of old silent comedy films.
Featuring Harry Langdon


[Actor]: Harry Langdon

: Junior Points of View

with Sarah Ward
A weekly look at criticism and comments from younger viewers.
Letters for inclusion in these programmes should be addressed to: Junior Points of View, [address removed]


Presenter: Sarah Ward

: 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

: Gardening Club

A regular feature serving gardeners in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.
A specialist edition for rose lovers.
Percy Thrower meets two amateur rosarians, each of whom grows about 1,500 rose bushes in his suburban garden - Bob Bowman of Belfast and Archie Dick of Glasgow.
Film sequences include: amateur hybridising: new and well-proven varieties: the 'arrival' of black spot in the British Isles: budding roses
From the Midlands


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Bob Bowman
Guest: Archie Dick
Producer: Paul Morby

: Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years: Episode 11: The Torch Is Lit

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

In Washington, Churchill and Roosevelt plan the Second Front in Africa in spite of the fall of Tobruk. Churchill visits Stalin in Moscow and convinces him that an attack on the 'soft belly of the crocodile', through Italy, will be the best way to relieve German pressure on the Russian front. The complete victory of the Desert Rats at El Alamein paves the way for Operation Torch-the landing of the Anglo-American Expeditionary Force at Casablanca, Oran, and Algiers.


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

: 199 Park Lane

A serial by William Fairchild.
See page 49


Writer: William Fairchild Producer: Morris Barry
Director: Hugh David
Ben Graham: Edwin Richfield
Hugo Kellner: Alan Rowe
Kate Harvester: Brenda Kaye
Baines: Geoffrey Toone
Harry: Jerold Wells
Caroline Petrakos: Ann Firbank
Constantin Petrakos: Henry Gilbert
John: Christopher Tranchell
Nicky: Charles Laurence
Mr. Farrow: Hugh Morton
Mrs. Farrow: Eileen Peel
Lord Caister: Derek Bond
Derek Farrow: Leonard Cracknell
Claire Bell: Caroline Hunt
Colin Gage: Paul Grist
Prescott: Frederick Piper
Rachel Stein: Zeynep Tarimer
Alexa Kovacs: Yvette Rees
Jeremy Quest: Hugh Latimer
Paul Sabin: William Dexter
Sir George Strudwick: John Barron
Joseph Porter: Brian Hawksley
Anne Faulkner: Ellen McIntosh

: Dr. Finlay's Casebook: Medical Finance

Created by A.J. Cronin.
Starring Andrew Cruickshank, Barbara Mullen
with Bill Simpson as Dr. Finlay


Created by: A.J. Cronin
Script: Donald Bull
The series produced by arrangement with: Graham Stewart
Producer: Gerard Glaister
Director: Moira Armstrong
Dr. Cameron: Andrew Cruickshank
Mrs. Cowen: Joan Fitzpatrick
Arnie Raymond: Gordon Reid
Mr. Raymond: Malcolm Hayes
Mrs. Raymond: Gabrielle Hamilton
Miss Scott: Janet Bruce
Janet: Barbara Mullen
Dr. Finlay: Bill Simpson
Harry Oddy: Ronnie Caryl
Henny Geddes: Amanda Walker
Mr. Oddy: Douglas Murchie
Miss Macbeth: Judith McGilligan
Woman patient: Maisie MacFarquhar
Mr. Jameson: Douglas Storm
Mr. Cavor: Meadows White
Dr. Snoddie: Eric Woodburn
Mrs. McLeish: Gertrude Kaye

: Travellers' Tales: The Land of Dolpo

Told by Alexander John.
A journey of exploration in a little-known region beyond the Himalayan giants Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, where men live permanently 14,000 feet above sea level, where water boils before it is hot enough to cook, and yaks are the only means of transport.
See page 49


Narrator: Alexander John
Filmed by: Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf
Presented by: Joan Duff
Series edited by: Brian Branston

: The News

: Esther Waters: Part 3: Starter's Orders

by George Moore.
Dramatised by Harry Green.Peggy and William's marriage has ended in divorce. Esther has had her baby boy and after much hardship has found a good place with Miss Rice. She has promised to marry the dependable Fred Parsons when William re-enters her life.
Recorded in the BBC's Glasgow studio
First shown on BBC-2


Author: George Moore
Dramatised by: Harry Green
Music: Dudley Simpson
Producer: Douglas Allen
Director: James Cellan Jones
William: John Bennett
Mr. Ward: Blake Butler
Jemmy Toms: Douglas Murchie
Esther: Meg Wynn Owen
Miss Rice: Anne Ridler
Fred Parsons: Gordon Gostelow
Mrs. Latch: Daphne Heard
Mrs. Barfield: Pauline Letts
Jackie: Gerald Rowland
Mr. Randall: Carl Bernard
Margaret: Gwendolyn Watts

: Points of View

with Robert Robinson
A quick look at criticism and comments from viewers.


Presenter: Robert Robinson

: Muses with Milligan

Poetry and Jazz
Introduced by Spike Milligan.
with Adelaide Hall, The Five Worthies, Steve Benbow, Peter Redgrove, John Betjeman.
(First shown on BBC-2)
(Spike Milligan is appearing in "Son of Oblomov" at the Comedy Theatre, London)


Presenter: Spike Milligan
Singer: Adelaide Hall
Musicians: The Five Worthies
Singer: Steve Benbow
Poet: Peter Redgrove
Poet: John Betjeman
Producer: John Furness

: Having a Baby: Home Confinement

A series of nine programmes on maternity and baby care.
Introduced by a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of London.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having a baby at home? A midwife and a General Practitioner give their opinions.
Should a husband be with his wife when their baby is born? Three fathers argue it out.


Presenter: A Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the University of London [name uncredited]
Interviewee: A midwife [name uncredited]
Interviewee: A General Practitioner [name uncredited]
Interviewer: Joan Bakewell
Producer: Joyce Bullen
Editor: Beryl Radley

: News Extra

including a report on the Trades Union Congress at Brighton.

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