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: Swimming Water Polo and Diving

A three-event invitation contest between Southern Counties Amateur Swimming Association and Northern Counties Amateur Swimming Association.
From Finchley Baths, London.


Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Commentator: John Webb

: On the Crest of a Wave

Television cameras join the crowds on the beaches of Bude in North Cornwall to watch surf bathers riding in on the long Atlantic rollers.

Allan Kennedy, Australian surf-man, explains to Max Robertson the attractions - and some of the hazards - of this thrilling sport.


Surfer: Allan Kennedy
Presenter: Max Robertson
Presented by: Nicholas Crocker

: Children's Television

For Younger Children: Bill and Ben and the Potatoman
A special appearance of The Flowerpot Men.
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

Gil Leaney with his book of magic stories
From the Radio Show, Earls Court

The Man in Armour: 4 - Play Acting
A fantasy in six episodes by Godfrey Harrison.
[Starring] Bruce Gordon

(to 17.50)


Puppeteer (Bill and Ben and the Potatoman): Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer (Bill and Ben and the Potatoman): Molly Gibson
Singer (Bill and Ben and the Potatoman): Gladys Whitred
Voices (Bill and Ben and the Potatoman): Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music (Bill and Ben and the Potatoman): Maria Bird
Magician: Gil Leaney
Writer (The Man in Armour): Godfrey Harrison
Producer (The Man in Armour): Shaun Sutton
Sir Archibald Willow: Bruce Gordon
Rona: Caroline Denzil
Ronnie: Glyn Dearman
Theodore Hubble: Gordon Bell
Marjorie Hubble: Betty Baskcomb
Sappho Holyrood: Felix Felton
Isolde Holyrood: Ann Summers
Pyramus Potter: Peter Doughty
Sebastian Drum: Oliver Burt

: News and Newsreel

including Weather Report

: National Radio Show: Starlight

Turner Layton


Singer/pianist: Turner Layton

: National Radio Show: Arenascope - The Night is Young

Youth shows its paces in skilful and lighthearted ways.
Song; Dance; Jive; Racing; Riding; Gymnastic; Ceremonial


Commentator: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Devised by: Peter Webber
Producer: Berkeley Smith

: Looking at Animals: Trespassers

George Cansdale shows animals that have introduced themselves into various parts of the world and discusses the problems they brought with them.


Presenter: George Cansdale
Presented by: George Noordhof

: National Radio Show: Variety Parade

with Harry Secombe, Joy Nichols, David Nixon, Tony Brent, Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang, The Stevil Sisters, The Tiller Girls, The Variety Parade Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers.


Comedian: Harry Secombe
Comedienne: Joy Nichols
Magician: David Nixon
Singer: Tony Brent
Harmonicists: Morton Fraser's Harmonica Gang
Acrobatic contortionists: The Stevil Sisters
Dancers: The Tiller Girls
Dancers: The Variety Parade Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Dance direction: Peter Glover
The Tiller Girls routines by: Barbara Aitken
Designer: John Cooper
Orchestra conductor: Eric Robinson
Producer: W. Lyon-Shaw

: European Athletics Championships

A BBC film report from Berne, Switzerland, of some of the opening events.


Producer: Paul Fox

: News

(sound only)

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