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: About the Home

Practical help for the housewife.
Presented by Joan Gilbert.

Cushion Covers
Gwenyth Clark shows how to make cushion covers from remnants.

Marguerite Patten, in the first of two weekly programmes, recommends different ways of cooking vegetables.

Around the Shops
Margot Lovell reports on what she thinks will interest you in the shops.


Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Cushion Covers): Gwenyth Clark
Cook: Marguerite Patten
Reporter (Round the Shops): Margot Lovell
Edited and produced by: S. E. Reynolds

: For the Very Young: The Flowerpot Men

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Peter Hawkins speaks the voices
Maria Bird writes the songs and music
(A BBC film)
(to 16.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

Children's Newsreel

An American Gentleman
by G. B. Stern.
In 1881 Robert Louis Stevenson wrote "Treasure Island", which he dedicated to his step-son, Lloyd Osbourne, in the following words "..an American Gentleman in accordance with whose classical taste, the following narrative has been designed..."
Robert Louis Stevenson spent the last years of his life in Samoa, and this is the smarting point for this story. The Samoans' name for Stevenson was 'Tusitala' 'the storyteller'. The action takes place in Samoa, Braemar in Scotland, and Davos in Switzerland.

(Arthur Lowe is appearing in "Call Me Madam" at the London Coliseum; John Gregson appears by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation)
(Second performance next Sunday)

(to 17.50)


Writer (An American Gentleman): G.B. Stern
Producer (An American Gentleman): Vivian Milroy
Settings (An American Gentleman): Eileen Diss
Pola, a Samoan boy: John Levitt
Lloyd Osbourne as a boy: Thomas Conniffe
Lloyd Osbourne as a man: Robin Lloyd
Robert Louis Stevenson: John Gregson
Scots business man: Arthur Lowe
Laura, an English girl: Isla Richardson
Fanny Stevenson: Avis Scott
Hotel manager: Shaun Sutton

: The Hero

An American comedy for television by Irwin Lewis.
(Second performance: for details see Sunday at 8.40)


Writer: Irwin Lewis
Producer: Douglas Allen

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

A fortnightly programme in which a panel of experts is challenged to identify a series of unusual objects.
The experts:
Adrian Digby, Deputy Keeper of Ethnography, British Museum
James Laver, Keeper of Engraving, Illustration, and Design, Victoria and Albert Museum
The Challenger: Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Chairman, Glyn Daniel, Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge


Expert: Adrian Digby
Expert: James Laver
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Paul Johnstone

: Shirley Abicair

with her zither and the Rhythm Quartet.
See 'Television Diary,' page 15


Zitherist: Shirley Abicair
Musicians: The Rhythm Quartet

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Abicair Bassey & Cogan 12 June 2016

: The Waking Point

A film on civil defence.
[Starring] John Slater


Joe Mercer: John Slater

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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