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: Mightier than the Sword

A film with a dramatic story set in post-war Budapest.

: In the News

An unrehearsed discussion on topics of the week.
Chairman, Dingle Foot
Speakers: The Countess of Birkenhead, Randolph Churchill, Lady Pakenham,
George Woodcock
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on March 18)


Chairman: Dingle Foot
Speaker: Randolph Churchill
Speaker: Lady Pakenham
Speaker: George Woodcock
Arranged by: Leonard Miall
Presented by: Michael Peacock

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

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)

Legion Fortress
The fortress of the Legion, Caerleon, which dates from A.D. 74, is archaeologically the most important military site in Britain. Dr. Nash Williams shows new discoveries brought to light there and discusses them with Sir Mortimer Wheeler.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on November 22)

(to 17.45)


Presenter (All About Animals): George Cansdale
Archaeologist (Legion Fortress): Dr. Nash Williams
Presenter (Legion Fortress): Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Presented by (Legion Fortress): David J.Thomas

: Rugby Union Football: England v. Scotland

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

: Show Case

with Dave King introducing artists new to television including Maria Pavlou, The Londonaires, The Mackell Twins and Frederick Farley.


Presenter: Dave King
Singer: Maria Pavlou
Singers: The Londonaires
Singers/dancers: The Mackell Twins
Performer: Frederick Farley
Music director: Steve Race
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Lady Barnett at Home

The second in the series of visits to well-known people in their homes.
See page 15


Interviewer: Berkeley Smith
Interviewee: Lady Barnett
Presented by: Barrie Edgar

: The Night Bell

(II Campanello)
A comic opera in one act.
A section of the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Edward Renton
Produced by George R. Foa who writes on page 4
The action takes place in a suburb of Naples in 1900
(Second performance: Thursday at 9.30)
(Harold Blackburn appears by permission of Sadler's Wells Trust, Ltd.)


Words/Music: Gaetano Donizetti
English text: Christopher Hassall
Television Script/Producer: George R. Foa
Musicians: A section of the London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Edward Renton
Repetiteur: George Coop
Designer: Michael Yates
Assistant Producer: Charles R. Rogers
Don Annibale Pistacchio, an elderly chemist: Harold Blackburn
Seraflna, his wife: Cila Domini
Madame Rosa, her mother: Emelie Hooke
Enrico, a gay young man: Norman Foster
Spiridione, servant of Don Annibale: Robert Gwynne
A stage manager: Michael Azar
Wedding guest: Vivienne Baxter
Wedding guest: Barbara Gill
Wedding guest: Jean Grayston
Wedding guest: Rita McKerrow
Wedding guest: Ray Spender
Wedding guest: Maxwell Curr
Wedding guest: John Hoban
Wedding guest: Alan Thornton
Wedding guest: Richard Valentin

: The Secrets in the Well

A tale of archaeological detection told by Glyn Daniel.
Film sequences by the BBC Television Film Unit
Two objects found in a 1600-year-old Roman well in Somerset puzzled archaeologists. A metal jug had not been corroded and a wooden tablet showed illegible ink writing. Scientists were called in to solve these problems and in doing so made some interesting discoveries.
See page 15


Presenter: Glyn Daniel
Producer: John Irving

: News (sound only) followed by The New Highway Code

Talk by the Rt. Hon. John Boyd-Carpenter, M.P., Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation.
(Recording of broadcast in the Home Service at 9.15 p.m.)
(Sound only)


Speaker (The New Highway Code): The Rt. Hon. John Boyd-Carpenter

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