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: Athletics: Great Britain v. France

Cameras at the White City Stadium, London, cover some of the events in the twenty-second match between the two countries.

This year it is Britain's turn to be at home to France in the annual athletics match between the two countries. Since the match became Great Britain v. France in 1933, Great Britain has won ten times and prior to that, when the match was between England and France, England had won six times. France has won five contests in all.


Commentator: Peter Dimmock
Commentator: Geoffrey Dyson
Commentator: Norris McWhirter

: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1953: Chief Choral Competition

Cameras visit the Pavilion of the National Eisteddfod at Rhyl.

Y Coru Mawr
Awn a chi i Bafiliwn yr Eisteddfod i weld a chlywed rhan o'r brif gystadleuaeth gorawl.


English commentary: Hywel Davies
Presented for television by: David J. Thomas

: Athletics: Great Britain v. France

A further visit to the White City Stadium, London.
(to 16.40)


Commentator: Peter Dimmock
Commentator: Geoffrey Dyson
Commentator: Norris McWhirter

: Children's Television

Billy Bean and his Funny Machine
(Programme devised by Chuck Luchsinger and presented by arrangement with Monty Bailey-Watson)

This Was News
Frank Duncan helps you to understand some of the important events of recent weeks.

Chimps and Babies
From the London Zoo
There's lots of baby animals Inside the London Zoo
And we are going visiting To look at one or two
Then after that, upon the lawn, We are going out to see
The chimpanzees enjoy themselves Whilst they are having tea

(to 17.45)


Script (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Lisa Lincoln
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Dick Vosburgh.
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Gaylord Cavallaro
Sets and puppets made by (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): John Wright
Producer (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): David Boisseau
Programme deviser (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Chuck Luchsinger
Presenter (This Was News): Frank Duncan
Commentator (Chimps and Babies): Noelle Middleton
Commentator (Chimps and Babies): Barrie Edgar
Presented for television by (Chimps and Babies): Stephen Wade

: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, 1953

National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Conductor, Clarence Raybould
Joan Davis (soprano), Eifion Williams (clarinet)
Part of the concert in the National Eisteddfod Pavilion at Rhyl.
Introduced by Morfudd Mason-Lewis.
Gerddorfa Genedlaethol
Ieuenctid Cymru
Heno teledir rhan o'r gyngerdd a roddir gan y Seindorf yn y Pafiliwn yn y Rhyl.
Yr arweinydd fydd Clarence Raybould.


Musicians: National Youth Orchestra of Wales
[Orchestra] conductor: Clarence Raybould
Soprano: Joan Davis
Clarinetist: Eifion Williams
Presenter: Morfudd Mason-Lewis
Presented for television by: David J. Thomas

: Top of the Bill

Viewers return to the London Zoo to meet some of the animals who have proved favourites with this year's Bank Holiday crowds.


Commentator: Noelle Middleton
Commentator: Barrie Edgar
Presented for television by: Stephen Wade

: Toppers by the Sea

You are invited to join The Television Toppers at Butlin's Ocean Hotel Saltdean, near Brighton in a Holiday Cabaret.
Introduced by McDonald Hobley.
Accompanied by Eric Robinson and the Orchestra
(By arrangement with Jack Hylton and George and Alfred Black)


Dancers: The Television Toppers
Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Musicians: Eric Robinson and his Orchestra
Dance direction: Jack Billings
Arranged and produced by: Richard Afton

: The Brown Man's Servant

From the story by W. W. Jacobs.
Adapted for television by Lionel Brown.
[Starring] Russell Thorndike

The scene is Solomon Hyams' shop off the Commercial Road, London, in November 1890.
David Kossoff is appearing in 'Tobias and the Angel at the Arts Theatre, London)
Solomon Hyams is not averse to a shady deal. As he puts it: "I'm not afraid of anything if there's money in it" and there is money - big money - in this deal with the sailor who brings something more interesting to dispose of than old clothes and tawdry knick-knacks which festoon the crowded pawnshop. Hyams is aware that he is taking a risk; he is aware even that the stakes are higher than usual. But just how high they are he, and the viewer, will not discover until this grim little piece winds chillingly to its close.


Author: W.W. Jacobs
Adapted for television by: Lionel Brown
Producer: Owen Reed
Settings: Stephen Bundy
Solomon Hyams: Russell Thorndike
The Sailor: Victor Platt
Bob: Noel Davis
Joseph Levi: David Kossoff
A Lascar: Michael Mellinger
Nosey Wheeler: Campbell Copelin
A police constable: Alan Rolfe
The Brown Man: Erik Chitty

: Channel Swim 1953

You are invited to meet Jenny James, Kathleen Mayoh, Margaret Feather, Elna Andersen who will be taking part in a mass attempt to swim the English Channel tomorrow.


Swimmer: Jenny James
Swimmer: Kathleen Mayoh
Swimmer: Margaret Feather
Swimmer: Elna Andersen
Presented by: Richard Afton

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