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: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Jeanne Heal.

I'd Like You to Meet...: Peter Russell
Member of the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers, who talks about the display of British fashions sent to Australia for the Royal Tour.

I Collect.....
Harry Fowler, film actor and 'phillumenist', brings his collection to the studio.

Parliament and People
Two Members of Parliament, a Conservative and a Socialist, discuss some of the important topics to be dealt with in the session of Parliament which opens today.

Time for Music
Gerald Moore, the distinguished accompanist, plays piano pieces.


Presenter: Jeanne Heal
Speaker (I'd Like You to Meet....): Peter Russell
Item presenter ( I Collect.....): Harry Fowler
Pianist (Time for Music): Gerald Moore
Programme editor: Jacqueline Kennish
Producer: S. E. Reynolds

: For the Very Young: Andy Pandy

Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children, and invites them to join in songs and games.
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings

(to 16.00)


Narrator/script, music and settings: Maria Bird
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson

: Children's Television: The Story of the Little Red Engine

by Diana Ross.
Charles Stidwill reads the story, and shows some of the pictures.


Writer: Diana Ross
Storyteller: Charles Stidwill

: Children's Television: The Play's the Thing: 4: The Performance

Penelope Davidson gives hints on make-up before her production: "Pirates Can't be Gentlemen" by Jean M. Thorpe.
(to 18.10)


Presenter: Penelope Davidson
Author ("Pirates Can't be Gentlemen"): Jean M. Thorpe
Programme presented by: Pamela Brown
Ben, cabin-boy: Terence Taylor
Tough Tom, Bo'sun: Colin Prime
Loopy: Michael Warren
Patch: John Hales
Pirate Captain: Alan Richardson
Mate: Brian Dodsworth
Sarah: Jill Foster
Robert Mainwaring: Martin Hansford
Priscilla Mainwaring: Carol Dowell
Alice Mainwaring: Felicity Wigg
Stage Manager and Sheriff: Robert Irvine

: The Centre Show

from the Nuffield Centre before an audience of H.M. Forces.
Michael St. Clair introduces: Larry Cross, Rondart, Dorothy Ashton, Russell Waters
At the pianos, Steve Race and Malcolm Lockyer
At the drums, Geoff Lofts


Presenter: Michael St. Clair
Singer: Larry Cross
Entertainer: Rondart
Performer: Dorothy Ashton
Performer: Russell Waters
Pianist: Steve Race
Pianist: Malcolm Lockyer
Drummer: Geoff Lofts
Producer: Mary Cook
Producer: Michael Henderson

: The Cocktail Party

by T.S. Eliot
Adapted for Television and produced by Desmond Davis

If someone had told us in 1945 that a philosophic play in verse - loose verse, but verse - would sweep England and America, we should probably have looked politely sceptical. Now T.S. Eliot is not a dramatist who insists on his plays having a very exact meaning; in fact. he deprecates this, and turns aside any too definite questions with a charming: 'It is what you yourself make of it.' But the people of the play who visit the celebrated psychiatrist Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly have all of them spiritual problems that must be solved - and in one case solved in a violent way - and the fascination of The Cocktail Party lies in these solutions.
Is the psychiatrist a symbol of priesthood, or even of Godhead? Are the friends of the chief actor acolytes, or even angels? 'It is what you yourself make of it.' But at least it is a play of the greatest distinction, and the loose rhythms of its colloquial verse have a fine swing and subtlety.
The play introduced by Harold Hobson


Play introduced by: Harold Hobson
Author: T.S. Eliot
Adapted by/Producer: Desmond Davis
Director: Michael Barry
Settings Designer: Barry Learoyd
Sir Henry Harcourt-Reilly: Edward Chapman
Edward Chamberlayne: John Robinson
Lavinia Chamberlayne: Helen Shingler
Celia Coplestone: Ursula Howells
Peter Quilpe: Grey Blake
Julia Shuttlethwaite: Susan Richmond
Alex McColgie Gibbs: Bill Shine
Nurse-secretary: Prudence Nesbitt
A caterer's man: Anthony Errock

: Newsreel

(Monday's edition repeated)

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