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: The Luckiest Guy in the World

A film made for television.
[Starring] Gordon Oliver and Marjorie Reynolds


[Actor]: Gordon Oliver
[Actress]: Marjorie Reynolds

: Painting Aloud

An informal programme for those who would like to watch an artist work in oils and listen to his comments.
The artist is Peter Scott, whose paintings of bird-life are already familiar to many viewers. In conversation with James Robertson Justice he shows how he starts with a blank canvas and composes and paints a picture.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on October 7, 1954)


Artist: Peter Scott
Presenter: James Robertson Justice
Presented by: Desmond Hawkins

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the Very Young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

All About Animals
George Cansdale shows you some more animals.
(A BBC Telerecording)

Forth Bridge
You are invited to test your head for heights with the men who work on top of one of the world's highest and most famous bridges.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on June 7, 1954)

(to 17.45)


Presenter (All About Animals): George Cansdale
Commentator (Forth Bridge): Berkeley Smith
Commentator (Forth Bridge): Jameson Clark
Presented by (Forth Bridge): James Buchan

: Magic Match: London v. The Rest

Outside broadcast cameras visit the headquarters of the Magic Circle, Euston Road, London, where country members of the Circle pit their skill against members from London.
Programme introduced by Peter Newcombe, Secretary of the Magic Circle.
See page 15


Presenter: Peter Newcombe
Television Presentation: Dennis Monger

: Nitro

A new play by Anthony Booth.
with Robert Ayres as Riki, Vincent Ball as Jeff, Alan Tilvern as Joe, Ingeborg Wells as Ilena, Marjorie Stewart as Sally, Gillian Lutyens as Tess, John McClaren as Mark.
The action takes place at the headquarters of the Espada Air Transport Company, situated in Marillia, South America.

The mountain with the flat top that can be seen from the air freight company's general office, mess, and club, is officially named Chotoborazo, but Riki calls it his Lady Bountiful. The mountain, he says, is going to give him everything he has ever wanted, for uranium is being mined there. A hundred men are already employed and it is Riki's three airplanes that keep them supplied. Soon more prospectors will arrive; 'it's going to be a second Klondike' and Riki will be well equipped to meet all their needs.
At the moment, though, their immediate need is for a very dangerous substance indeed.


Writer: Anthony Booth
Guitarist: Freddie Phillips
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer: Christian Simpson
Riki: Robert Ayres
Jeff: Vincent Ball
Joe: Alan Tilvern
Ilena: Ingeborg Wells
Sally: Marjorie Stewart
Tess: Gillian Lutyens
Mark: John McClaren

: Vienna Boys' Choir

A television programme by this world-famous choir, at present on a tour of Great Britain.
Conductor, Harald Hedding
(The Vienna Boys' Choir appears by arrangement with the Anglo-Austrian Music Society)
See page 15


Singers: Vienna Boys' Choir
Conductor: Harald Hedding
Presented by: Patricia Foy

: We, The French: 3: The French Union and the World

by Jacques Koscziusko-Morizet

(See foot of page)

M. Vincent Auriol, President of the Republic of France from 1947 to 1953, presents three French assessments of contemporary France.


Speaker: Jacques Koscziusko-Morizet
Presenter: Vincent Auriol
Film Editor: Maurice Harley
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: Captain Jacques Cousteau

A film on diving among whales and sharks in the Indian Ocean.


Presenter: Captain Jacques Cousteau

: News

(sound only)

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