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: Cricket: England v. Australia: Fifth Test Match

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


Commentator: E. W. Swanton
Commentator: Brian Johnston

: Newsreels

(Previously televised on Monday and Tuesday)

: The Envious Little Animals

A cartoon film from Czechoslovakia.

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

For the very young
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 television film)
(to 16.15)


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

: Children's Television

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

Into the Television Garden
with Frances Perry.

Simon the Simple Sardine: 3 - Simon visits a shipwreck
An adventure series for young children, by James Gilroy.


Presenter/songwriter (Prudence Kitten): Annette Mills
Designs (Prudence Kitten): George Fry
Presenter (Into the Television Garden): Frances Perry
Writer (Simon the Simple Sardine): James Gilroy
Drawings (Simon the Simple Sardine): Bill Hooper
Animations (Simon the Simple Sardine): Lionel Pearce
Voices (Simon the Simple Sardine): Daphne Oxenford
Voices (Simon the Simple Sardine): Kenneth Connor
Producer (Simon the Simple Sardine): Hazel Wilkinson

: Today at the Oval

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


Summariser: E. W. Swanton

: Steel Under Stress

Outside broadcast cameras visit the Naval Construction Research Establishment at Rosyth to see scientists testing steel with machines and explosives.


Commentator: Michael Henderson
Commentator: Noel Stevenson
Presented by: James Buchan

: Wednesday Theatre: Mr. Betts Runs Away

A play by Marie Fawcett.
Adapted for television by Moultrie R. Kelsall.

Nervous people should not let themselves be misled by the merriment with which this play begins. It is a blood-curdling piece which makes a series of sharp, little assaults on the emotions. It begins cheerfully for the scene is a party which Mr. Betts, the watch-maker, has enjoyed and is continuing to enjoy. He is among those who cluster around Mrs. Turner from upstairs as she turns over the cards, telling fortunes. Her predictions are lurid but amusing-until she comes to Mr. Betts. And then the key changes, the merriment departs, and Mr. Betts runs away.


Author: Marie Fawcett
Adapter: Moultrie R. Kelsall
Producer: Dennis Vance
Storyteller: Carl Bernard
Player: David Kossoff
Player: Vi Stephens
Player: Dodo Watts
Player: Alan Rolfe
Player: Gwen Lewis
Player: Harold Kasket
Player: Gerald C. Lawson
Player: Ronald Woodroofe
Player: Ben Williams
Pianist: Tom McCall

: Variety Express

A high-speed entertainment
with The Song Pedlars, Frankie Vaughan, Leslie Cooper, Betty Ferrier, John Blythe, Jimmy Young, Svetlana Beriosova, Eugene Pini, Peter Butterworth, Jane Morgan


Singers: The Song Pedlars
Singer: Frankie Vaughan
Dancer: Leslie Cooper
Dancer: Betty Ferrier
Performer: John Blythe
Singer: Jimmy Young
Dancer: Svetlana Beriosova
Musician: Eugene Pini
Comedian: Peter Butterworth
Singer: Jane Morgan
Orchestra under the direction of: Eric Robinson
Designs by: James Bould
Producer: Ronnie Taylor

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