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: Portfolio 12

A dramatic film story about two F.B.I. men on the trail of stolen plans.

: Winchester Cathedral

A visit to this great cathedral, once the central shrine of Wessex.


Commentator: Basil Taylor
Presented by: Nicholas Crocker

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(to 16.15)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

The Bumblies
A film showing some adventures of those curious creatures with Michael Bentine.

Peter Scott introduces Ernest Neal and Humphrey Hewer who have succeeded in filming badgers at night. They show the film and tell the story of its making.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on November 20, 1954)

(to 17.40)


Professor Michael Bentine/voices (The Bumblies): Michael Bentine
Presenter (Badgers): Peter Scott
Guest/filmmaker (Badgers): Ernest Neal
Guest/filmmaker (Badgers): Humphrey Hewer
Presented by (Badgers): Desmond Hawkins

: Rugby Football: England v. France

A BBC telerecording of the second half of the international match played at Twickenham last Saturday.

: Weather Chart

: 'Daily Mail' Ideal Home Exhibition

Josephine Douglas and Berkeley Smith visit the Exhibition on the eve of its opening to the public.
Programme presented at Olympia by Bill Duncalf


Presenter: Josephine Douglas
Presenter: Berkeley Smith
Programme presented by: Bill Duncalf

: Robert's Wife

St. John Ervine introduces the Liverpool Repertory Company in an excerpt from his play. The scene is the living-room of St. Michael and All Angels Vicarage, Combermere, an industrial town in the South of England.
A special performance before an invited audience from the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool, by arrangement with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre, Ltd.

The Rev. Robert Carson's wife is a doctor, the head of a local clinic that she is determined to expand, despite the opposition of some of the local clergy and though any controversy is likely to diminish Robert's chances of becoming a Dean - chances that are not enhanced by the fanatical pacifism of his young son Bob. The Bishop, who has a high regard for the Carsons and who is pressing for Robert's appointment, has joined with them, in the first act, in persuading a harassed mother to permit her son's marriage to a slut 'for the sake of the child'. The working out - or rather the swift conclusion - of this incident during the televised excerpt points the irony of this taut and provocative play.


Presenter/writer: St. John Ervine
Producer: Willard Stoker
Decor: John Burnand
June Hanvey: Jill Fenson
Miss Orley: Margaret Diamond
Sanchia Carson: Helen Lindsay
Bob Carson: Brian Peck
The Rev Robert Carson, M. A.: Robert James
Anne: Ann Davies
Chief Det-Insp Lindsey: John Gay
Inspector Futvoye: William Fry
Mrs Armitage: Gwen Williams
Bishop of Winterbury: William Roderick
Mrs Jones: Mary Taylor

: We, the French

: Quite Contrary

featuring Ruby Murray, Pamela Russell, Ronnie Hilton, Muriel Young, Raymond Bessone, Nadia Nerina and Alexis Rassine, Margaret Mitchell, The Littlewood Songsters, The New Toppers, Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra.
Introduced by Mary Parker.


Singer: Ruby Murray
Poet reader: Pamela Russell
Singer: Ronnie Hilton
Performer: Muriel Young
Hairdresser: Raymond Bessone
Dancer: Nadia Nerina
Dancer: Alexis Rassine
Performer: Margaret Mitchell
Singers: The Littlewood Songsters
Dancers: The New Toppers
Musicians: Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra
Presenter: Mary Parker
Dance direction: Leslie Roberts
Producer: Richard Afton

: News

(sound only)

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