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: Cricket: England v. Australia - Fifth Test Match

The first of three visits to the Oval to see play on the second day of the match.
(to 13.30)


Commentator: E. W. Swanton
Commentator: Brian Johnston

: Greensleeves

A film of life in the W.R.A.C.

: Science in the Orchestra

A film produced by the Central Office of Information in which Muir Mathieson and the London Symphony Orchestra show how different musical sounds are created.
The film is in three parts:
1 - Hearing the Orchestra; 2 - Exploring the Orchestra; 3 - Looking at Sounds
(to 16.15)


Conductor/presenter: Muir Mathieson
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
Music for the film composed by: Malcolm Arnold

: Children's Television

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

The Sea Shore
John Barrett talks about some of the creatures and plants you can find among the rocks and pools of the shore.

For Deaf Children
McDonald Hobley introduces a special programme including Harty the Clown.
(Harty is appearing in Billy Smart's Circus)


Script (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Lisa Lincoln
Puppetry (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Jane Tyson
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Dick Vosburgh
Voices (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Gaylord Cavallaro
Drawings (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): Reginald Jeffryes
Set and puppets made by (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): John Wright
Producer (Billy Bean and his Funny Machine): David Boisseau
Presenter (The Sea Shore): John Barrett
Presenter (For Deaf Children): McDonald Hobley
Clown (For Deaf Children): Harty the Clown

: Today at the Oval

A summary of the second day's play by E. W. Swanton.
(to 18.40)


Summariser: E. W. Swanton

: Come on Board H.M.S. Caledonia

at Rosyth
and meet: Dave Willis, Janet Brown, Ian Wallace, Kenneth McKellar, John Ramsay,
George Neil, The Sunshine Four and The Maurice Little Rhythm Quartet who entertain the ship's company.
(George Neil is appearing in 'Half Past Eight' at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow; The Maurice Little Rhythm Quartet at the George Hotel, Edinburgh)


Bassist: Dave Willis
Comedienne: Janet Brown
Singer: Ian Wallace
Tenor: Kenneth McKellar
Magician: John Ramsay
Performer: George Neil
Dancers: The Sunshine Four
Musicians: The Maurice Little Rhythm Quartet
Dance arranger: Jean McLennan
Producer: Eddie Fraser
Presented for television by: Michael Henderson

: The Comics

A discussion on the merits-or otherwise - of 'comics', illustrated by various types of comic paper and comic strip cartoons.
Taking part are:
The Hon. Mrs. Bower
M. M. Lewis, Ph.D. Director of the Institute of Education, University of Nottingham
Kingsley Martin, Editor of the New Statesman and Nation
Marcus Morris, Editor of Eagle, Girl, and Robin
Chairman: Mrs. Helen Bentwich, Former Chairman of the L.C.C. Education Committee
See 'Television Diary' on page 15


Panellist: The Hon. Mrs. Bower
Panellist: M. M. Lewis
Panellist: Kingsley Martin
Panellist: Marcus Morris
Chairman: Helen Bentwich
Producer: Geoffrey Moore

: London Laughs

[Starring] Jimmy Edwards Vera Lynn and Tony Hancock in excerpts from the revue London Laughs
From the stage of the Adelphi Theatre, London by arrangement with Jack Hylton and George Black and Alfred Black.
A special performance before an invited audience.


Producer (stage): Alec Shanks
Producer (stage): Joan Davies
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger
Comedian: Jimmy Edwards
Singer: Vera Lynn
Comedian: Tony Hancock

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