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: Youth Takes a Hand

A film about a financier and his son who are sent to prison, and the young man's attempts to reform his father's business.
(to 16.15)

: Children's Television

Little Ig
The adventure book of a prehistoric boy by Tom Twigge with Tommy Moore and Bill Hitchcock.

The Last Frontier
Frank Crawshaw tells you about his adventures in the Yukon and Alaska.

For Deaf Children
Leslie Benham introduces a special programme, including some hints for tennis players by Dan Maskell.

(to 17.40)


Writer (Little Ig): Tom Twigge
Illustrator (Little Ig): Swavek
Presented By (Little Ig): Shaun Sutton
Little Ig: Tommy Moore
[Actor] (Little Ig): Bill Hitchcock Presenter (The Last Frontier): Frank Crawshaw
Presenter (For Deaf Children): Leslie Bentham
Tennis coach (For Deaf Children): Dan Maskell

: News and Newsreel

including Weather Report

: International Horse Show: The Horse and Hound Cup

Part of an International Jumping Competition.
From the White City Stadium, London.


Commentator: Bill Allenby
Commentator: Dorian Williams
Presented by: Stephen Wade

: Show Case

with Benny Hill introducing artists and acts new to television including: The Greene Sisters, Ormond Douglas, Teddy Haskell and Renee Baxter, Warren Mitchell, The Three Reeds and Jeremy Hawk.


Presenter: Benny Hill
Singers: The Greene Sisters
Performer: Ormond Douglas
Dancer: Teddy Haskell
Performer: Renee Baxter
Comedian: Warren Mitchell
Harmonicists: The Three Reeds
Performer: Jeremy Hawk
Music director: Steve Race
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: The Peach Garden

A story based on a Chinese legend by James Kirkup.

I found the subject for my play in a story written more than five hundred years ago by an unknown Chinese author. It is one of the rare examples of early Chinese fiction, and one of the first 'thrillers'.
The action takes place about a thousand years ago. A talented and good-looking youth is sent by his father to the house of a rich nobleman, Lord Tchang, to act as tutor to his sons. The youth, Ming-Y, pleases his employer; and when Ming-Y asks permission to visit his parents, who live in a nearby town, his employer gladly grants his request, and gives him some silver coins with which to buy presents for his parents.
Ming-Y makes the journey on foot one beautiful early-summer day. Walking through a forest, he lies down to sleep. When he wakes up, he sees two strange and beautiful eyes looking at him through the leaves. Startled, he jumps to his feet and begins to run away, but hears his name being called, and sees a servant-girl running after him. She tells him she has been sent by her mistress to give him the silver coins he dropped in his flight. Ming-Y thanks her, and asks how she knew his name. But the maid runs away, and the only answer he gets is the sound of distant laughter from the depths of the forest.
Mystified, he goes on his way. But on his return, at the point where he saw the lovely eyes looking at him, he parts the branches and to his astonishment finds himself looking at an elegant summer residence. On its verandah are the maid and her mistress, who introduces herself to him as Sie-Thao, a widow, related to his employer. She begs him to stay to supper, and they spend the evening together drinking wine and singing songs. Overcome by the wine, the music, and the great beauty of his companion, Ming-Y falls deeply in love with her. But the next morning she warns him that he must tell of their love to no one.
I shall not disclose now just how the story finishes: but I can say that the ending to this very mysterious and passionate affair is a dignified and supremely happy one.
From the very first, I saw this story in a series of vivid pictures. I begin it with a peach stone being dropped into a bowl of water, and opening and flowering. You will see the strange charm of Chinese things -houses, paintings, lanterns, flowers, china, carving and poetry-all intensely visual things. Though the play has a dignified formality it also has much animation that an ordinary theatre could never give us in its static framework. This is where the fascination of television lies-its particular kind of drama can move freely and fluently from one scene to another, from close-up to long-shot, from the general scene to individual detail.
The Peach Garden is a compact and intimate play; but, like much Chinese art, its miniature beauty can give us glimpses into eternity. I hope that its story will look as authentic and charming, and seem as fantastic and homely as a kind of Willow-Pattern plate brought to life.


Writer: James Kirkup
Music/orchestra conducted by: Max Saunders
Narrator: Robert Harris
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Producer: Christian Simpson
Sie-Thao: Lian-Shin Yang
Mlng-Y: Wolfe Morris
Tien-Pelou, his father: Andy Ho
Lord Tchang, his employer: Christopher Chen
Maidservant to Sie-Thao: Meiling Lee
Servant to Lord Tchang.: John Abbass

: International Horse Show: The Rescue Stakes

International Team Relay Jumping Competition
From the White City Stadium, London


Commentator: Bill Allenby
Commentator: Dorian Williams
Presented by: Stephen Wade

: News

(sound only)

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