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: Newsreels

(Previously televised on Monday and Tuesday)

: Victory at Sea: 16: The Turkey Shoot

The Americans' re-conquest of Guam and the other islands in the Marianas, and their development of this vital base on the direct line between Pearl Harbour and the Philippines.
Film introduced by Michael Lewis, Professor of History at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
(Previously televised on February 9)
(to 16.15)


Film introduced by: Michael Lewis

: Children's Television

Prudence Kitten
with Annette Mills (who writes the songs).

Popo's Easter Holiday
with Ian Stewart at the piano and pictures by Harry Rutherford.

Spring at the Zoo
Gerald Iles, Superintendent of Belle Vue Zoo, Manchester, and his friend Peter the Chimpanzee invite you to meet some of the new arrivals who are spending their first spring at the Zoo.

(to 17.45)


Presenter/songwriter (Prudence Kitten): Annette Mills
Designs (Prudence Kitten): George Fry
Pianist (Popo's Easter Holiday): Ian Stewart
Pictures (Popo's Easter Holiday): Harry Rutherford
Presenter (Spring at the Zoo): Gerald Iles
Presented by (Spring at the Zoo): Derek Burrell-Davis

: Meet the Australians

A Prelude to the Cricket Season
Members of the Australian touring team visit the Middlesex County Cricket School in Alexandra Palace for some net practice prior to the start of their tour.
The programme ends with a controversial discussion on the coming fight for the 'Ashes'
Representing England:
R. W. V. Robins and George Duckworth
Putting the Australian point of view:
Two Australian ex-Test Cricketers
Chairman, Peter West


Panellist: R. W. V. Robins
Panellist: George Duckworth
Chairman: Peter West
Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: E. W. Swanton
Presented by: Antony Craxton

: Before Your Very Eyes

[Starring] Arthur Askey
with Diana Decker and a guest artist.


Comedian: Arthur Askey
Performer: Diana Decker
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Settings: Michael Yates
Script: Sid Colin
Script: Talbot Rothwell
Script: David Climie
Producer: Bill Ward

: Wednesday Theatre presents: Great Catherine

by Bernard Shaw.
[Starring] Mary Ellis with Frederick Valk
See 'Television Diary' on page 15


Author: Bernard Shaw
Producer: Barbara Burnham
Assistant producer: Michael Barry
Settings: Frederick Knapman
Prince Patiomkin: Frederick Valk
Varinka: Anne Manghan
The Sergeant: Horace Sequeira
Captain Edstaston: James Drake
Naryshkin: Peter Copley
Princess Dashkoff: Grizelda Hervey
Empress Catherine: Mary Ellis
Claire: Dorothy Alison
Lady-in-Waiting: Peggy Forbes-Robertson
Lady-in-Waiting: Alexis Milne
Cossack guard: Paddy Hayes
Cossack guard: Peter Diamond

: Shirley Abicair

with her zither and the Rhythm Quartet.


Zitherist: Shirley Abicair
Musicians: The Rhythm Quartet

: Weather Forecast and News (sound only) followed by The Budget

The Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell C.B.E., M.P., for the Opposition
(Recording of the broadcast in the Home Service at 9.15)
(Sound only)


Speaker (The Budget): The Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell

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