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: Apna Hi Ghar Samajhiye

Make Yourself at Home

Introduced by Saleem Shahed

Wah Re Bhole: Bhola and his daughter-in-law face life in a new land
with K.C. Gould and Lalita Ahmed

Once Upon a Time: A story for mothers and children at home

(from BBC Midlands)

12.50 Interval


Presenter/Producer: Saleem Shahed
[Actor] (Wah Re Bhole): K.C. Gould
[Actress] (Wah Re Bhole): Lalita Ahmed
Devised and produced by (Wah Re Bole): Mahendra Kaul

: Disc a Dawn

Discs and talents of young people

1.25 Interval

: Watch with Mother: Pogles' Wood: Grains of Wheat

For the very young
Pippin and Tog watch the farmers through the hedge.

: The News

1.53 Interval


Weatherman: Bert Foord

: Out of School

For teachers, parents and older children, this series previews some of the documentary programmes for Secondary Schools which will be transmitted in the next school year.

1.55 Scene: What it Means to be Old
A programme from the Humanities series for 14-16-year-olds, designed to make pupils think and talk. The series returns in the autumn term.

2.20* Going to Work: Assembly Line
From the careers series for young school leavers, this film is concerned with work in a large cycle factory.

2.40* New Horizons: Monkeys, Apes and Men: The Singular Ape
One of a group of programmes for students of 16-18 which examines the affinities between man and other primates.
Introduced by Caroline Medawar


Producer (Scene): Julian Aston
Producer (Going to Work): Barbara Parker
Presenter (New Horizons): Caroline Medawar
Producer (New Horizons): Paul Mitchell

: Closedown

: Play School

A programme for children under 5

: Jackanory: The Dribblesome Teapots and Other Incredible Stories: The King with the Paper Face

by Norman Hunter
With George Benson

Today: The King with the Paper Face


Author: Norman Hunter
Storyteller: George Benson

: The Tinderbox: Part 3

A German version of the story by Hans Christian Andersen

The soldier sets about rescuing the Princess with the aid of the three magic dogs.
Story told by Leigh Crutchley


Based on the story by: Hans Christian Andersen
Narrator: Leigh Crutchley
Presented by: Peggy Miller

: Tom Tom

Introduced by Norman Tozer with Jan Leeming and John Earle
People, places, events, ideas, and inventions

Tom Tom starts April with an odd mixture of Volcanoes... lions... magnets... skiing...
(From BBC South and West)


Presenter: Norman Tozer
Reporter: Jan Leeming
Reporter: John Earle
Producer: Lawrence Wade

: Hector's House

The varied adventures of Hector the Dog and Zaza the Cat, not forgetting Mrs Kiki Frog.

: London

The facts, the people, the background of the nation's capital

The news, features, opinions of the country at large, co-ordinated by Michael Barratt from BBC studios throughout the UK.


Producer (London): Michael Townson
Presenter (Nationwide): Michael Barratt
Assistant editor (Nationwide): Robert Rowland
Editor (Nationwide): Derrick Amoore

: The Doctors

Written by Christopher Bond
Starring John Barrie, Richard Leech, Barry Justice with Irene Hamilton

Dr Conrad goes out on an emergency call. Edmund redeems himself and probably saves a life. Dr Somers receives grave news concerning Nella.


Writer/Script Editor: Christopher Bond
Serial created by: Donald Bull
Storyline: John Cresswell
Designer: Margaret Peacock
Producer: Bill Sellars
Director: Mary Ridge
Nella Somers: Alexandra Dane
Edmund West: Christopher Masters
Betty Hamilton: Olga Lowe
Dr Bill Conrad: Barry Justice
Mrs Groom: Pamela Duncan
Dr Roger Hayman: Richard Leech
Louise Hayman: Irene Hamilton
Dr John Somers: John Barrie
Mrs Lipska: June Bland
Ray Hayman: Stephen Follett
Jo Hayman: Elaine Mileham
Staff Nurse Phillips: Daphne Clyne Thomas
Staff Nurse Blake: Elaine Daniels

: Tomorrow's World

Introduced by Raymond Baxter with James Burke


Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Presenter: James Burke
Reporter: John Parry
Producer: Peter Bruce
Producer: Gordon Thomas
Producer: Andrew Wiseman
Editor: Michael Latham

: Comedy Playhouse: Haven of Rest

by Alan Melville
Starring Julian Orchard as Rupert Haliburton
with Vivienne Bennett as Miss Barnett, Ballard Berkeley as Col. Satchwell-Simpson, Janie Booth as Bessie, Lally Bowers as Daphne Delaney, Joyce Cary as Lady Henderson, Judith Furse as Muriel Crump, Colin Gordon as Arthur Plenderleith, Deryck Guyler as Mr Benson, Patricia Hayes as Miss Batchelor, John Le Mesurier as Mr Prentice, Tony Sympson as Thatcher

(Tony Sympson is in "Fiddler on the Roof" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London)


Writer: Alan Melville
Incidental Music: Dennis Wilson
Designer: Valerie Warrender
Producer: Robin Nash
Rupert Haliburton: Julian Orchard
Miss Barnett: Vivienne Bennett
Col. Satchwell-Simpson: Ballard Berkeley
Bessie: Janie Booth
Daphne Delaney: Lally Bowers
Lady Henderson: Joyce Carey
Muriel Crump: Judith Furse
Arthur Plenderleith: Colin Gordon
Mr Benson: Deryck Guyler
Miss Batchelor: Patricia Hayes
Mr Prentice: John Le Mesurier
Thatcher: Tony Sympson

: The Good Old Days

Old-Time Music-Hall from the stage of the Famous City Varieties Theatre, Leeds.
(by arrangement with Stanley and Michael Joseph)
Presenting Danny La Rue, Show Business Personality of the Year
and Cheryl Kennedy, Ken Wilson, Les Samourai, Ken Goodwin, The Keeners and David Ellen, George Giles
Chairman Leonard Sachs


Entertainer: Danny La Rue
Performer: Cheryl Kennedy
Performer: Ken Wilson
Performers: Les Samourai
Comedian: Ken Goodwin
Performers: The Keeners
Performer: David Ellen
Performer: George Giles
Chairman: Leonard Sachs
Musical Director: Billy Ternent
Make-up: Lilias Munro
Costumes: Michael Robbie
Lighting: Geoff Lomas
Sound: John Drake
Producer: Barney Colehan

: The Main News

With Richard Baker and Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: The Wednesday Play presenting: To See How Far It Is: 2: The Curse of the Donkins

by Alan Plater
[Starring] Nigel Davenport as Donkin, Norman Rodway as Murphy, Stephanie Bidmead as Mrs Mellish, Fiona Walker as Susan, John Bryans as Mr Mellish, Jill Melford as Mrs Donkin
(First shown on BBC2)
(Norman Rodway is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company)

"It was the sheer fluency and ease of the writing that struck me most about
'The Curse of The Donkins'... Mr Plater gave us an extremely entertaining and swift-flowing 75 minutes." - Michael Billington (The Times)


Writer: Alan Plater
Music: Norman Kay
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Michael Bakewell
Director: Gilchrist Calder
Donkin: Nigel Davenport
Murphy: Norman Rodway
Mrs Mellish: Stephanie Bidmead
Susan: Fiona Walker
Mr Mellish: John Bryans
Mrs Donkin: Jill Melford
David Donkin: Clive Francis
Mike: Donald Webster
Terry: Gareth Robinson
Brenda: Helen Cotterill
Receptionist: Patricia Maynard
MacAllister: Richard Armour
Perkins: Robert McBain
Radio voice: Tony Blackburn
Radio voice: Judith Chalmers
Radio voice: Stephen Jack
Radio voice: Graham Parker

: 24 Hours

A daily look at what matters in the news and out of it
Presented all this week by David Dimbleby with the latest news in pictures


Presenter: David Dimbleby

: John Updike: A Small Town in America

John Updike, the American writer, talks to Melvyn Bragg about life in a small American town, and how it has influenced his work.
John Updike's novels are rooted in two small towns: Shillington, Pennsylvania, which was his childhood home and the basis of his first four novels; and Ipswich, Mass, which provided the background for his last book, the best-selling "Couples", and where he now lives.


Interviewer: Melvyn Bragg
Interviewee: John Updike
Director: Jane Graham

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