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: Victory at Sea: 2: The Pacific Boils Over

The story of Pearl Harbour, beginning with the detailed preparations by the Japanese, and leading up to the victory which they achieved by their surprise attack on the American naval base on December 7, 1941.
The film introduced by Michael Lewis, Professor of History at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
(Previously televised on Nov. 3, 1952)


Film introduced by: Michael Lewis

: Newsreels

(Previously televised on Monday and Tuesday)
(to 16.00)

: Children's Television

Olive Shapley talks about more books she has chosen.

Jungle Cowboy: 1
A true adventure story told by Ross Salmon.

How Science has Grown
A visit to the Royal Institution where, before an audience of L.C.C. schoolchildren, F. Sherwood Taylor, Director of the Science Museum, is giving a special television lecture with experiments selected from his series of six Christmas lectures.

(to 18.35)


Presenter (Books): Olive Shapley
Storyteller (Jungle Cowboy): Ross Salmon
Lecturer (How Science Has Grown): F. Sherwood Taylor
Presented for television by (How Science Has Grown): Michael Henderson

: Wednesday Theatre: Before the Flood

A play by A. A. Milne.
The action of the play takes place in Noah's house.

The Bible tells us of the command to Noah 'Make thee an ark', but we are not told how Noah's family received the news that there would be a flood which would drown the whole world. Did they really believe in Noah's prophetic dream? How was the ark to be built? Who would called the animals together and make sure that only two of each were taken on board? How was Noah's wife to tackle the problem of providing a year's supply of food for all the animals and the family? This gentle comedy shows Noah and his wife with their three sons and daughters-in-law as people who, with all-too-human frailty, do their best to interpret and carry out the command. (Mary Maxted)


Writer: A. A. Milne
Producer: Harold Clayton
Settings: Frederick A. Knapman
Kerin: Ursula Howells
Hannah: Olga Lindo
Shem: Robin Lloyd
Ham: Brian Worth
Japheth: Billy Thatcher
Meribal: Margaret Anderson
Ayesha: Pamela Alan
Noah: George Rose
Nathaneel: Leonard Sharp
Tirzah: Marjorie Manning

: Welcome to City Varieties

From Leeds.
Television presents a playbill of the past fifty years recalling some of the comedians, singers, dancers and others who have appeared in the stage of this famous Northern music-hall.
See above and 'Talk of the Week'


Orchestra under the direction of: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Kenneth Carter
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Retrospect, 1952

Television Newsreel's review of the past year.
(Previously televised on December 31)


Script: Paul Fox
Script: Michael Balkwill
Editor: Thomas A. Oliver
Producer: Richard Cawston
Voice: Edward Halliday.
Voice: Frank Phillips
Voice: Charles Gardner
Voice: Michael Henderson
Voice: Christopher Stagg

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