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: Children's Television

Ring Time
The best of all the pleasant things The Christmas season brings Are circuses with acrobats And horses in the rings
To meet some of the animals And see some of the thrills
Barrie Edgar's at Olympia to visit Bertram Mills.

Children's Newsreel

The Princess and the Pea
Adapted from Hans Andersen by Barbara Euphan Todd.
The action of the play takes place in a far-off country, long, long ago.

(to 18.20)


Presenter (Ring Time): Barrie Edgar
Presented by (Ring Time): Stephen Wade
Author (The Princess and the Pea): Hans Andersen
Adapter (The Princess and the Pea): Barbara Euphan Todd
Producer (The Princess and the Pea): Vivian Milroy
Songs set by (The Princess and the Pea): David Davis
Settings (The Princess and the Pea): Richard Wilmot
The Cook: Will Leighton
Boots: Charles Hodgson
The Nurse: Constance Fraser
The Goose Girl: Ann Summers
The Queen: Catherine Lacey
Prince Cophetua: Peter Rendall
Princess Indigo: Susanna Hogan
King Cedric: John Ruddock
Princess Evadne: Carolyn Gorman

: Excerpts from Bertram Mills' Circus

from Olympia, London.
A special performance before an invited audience of part of the famous circus during its twenty-sixth London season.
Raymond Baxter is with the cameras at the ringside, and Berkeley Smith takes viewers behind the scenes to meet some of the circus folk.


Commentator: Raymond Baxter
Reporter: Berkeley Smith
Presented for television by: Keith Rogers

: What's My Line?

with Ghislaine Alexander, Barbara Kelly, Jerry Desmonde and Gilbert Harding trying to find the answers and Eamonn Andrews to see fair play.


Panellist: Ghislaine Alexander
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Jerry Desmonde
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Johnnie Was a Hero

A new play by Kenneth Hyde.
The action takes place in a remote part of Lincolnshire.
Second performance: Thursday at 7.30 p.m.
The war is long over, but the Millers' Lincolnshire farmhouse stands, literally and figuratively, in the shadow of the nearby R A.F. Station, now empty and derelict, where young Bill Miller served as a wartime bomber pilot; he has returned with permanent scars on his nerves and disposition, and at night, still, when aircraft throb on exercises over the Wash, he is given to sleep-walking among the ghosts in the Nissen hut which was his old Mess.
Another shadow looms over the autumnal scene with the arrival of a rough, taciturn stranger who might be on the run from London, where Doll - a sometime crony of Mavis, the Millers' household help-has been 'done in'.
The play is a suspenseful and sometimes ironic study in which the author points to the sharp distinction made by society between peacetime killing (singular) and wartime, killings (plural), and in which the line separating innocence and guilt is often clouded. (Kenneth A. Hurren)


Writer: Kenneth Hyde
Producer: Campbell Logan
Settings: Lawrence Broadhouse
Fred Miller, a small-holding farmer: Douglas Jefferies
Bill, his son: Bryan Forbes
Sheila, his daughter: Marjorie Stewart
Mavis, an ex-WAAF: Sheila Burrell
Joe, a policeman: Richard Pearson
George, a farm labourer: Eliot Makeham
Ernie: Duncan Lamont

: Jascha Spivakovsky

at the piano


Pianist: Jascha Spivakovsky

: Weather Forecast and News

(sound only)

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