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: Children's Television

Ask Your Dad
A family general knowledge game.
Chairman, Humphrey Lestocq

Children's Newsreel

Simon's Treasure
A play by John Boyd-Brent.
The action takes place in England in the eighteenth century
(Ronald Radd is appearing in 'Simon and Laura' at the Apollo Theatre, London)

(to 18.00)


Chairman (Ask Your Dad): Humphrey Lestocq
Writer (Simon's Treasure): John Boyd-Brent
Designer: (Simon's Treasure). Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer (Simon's Treasure): Jonathan Alwyn
Simon Pomkins: Timothy Bateson
Simon's wife: Margaret Anderson
The Mayor: Ronald Radd
The Beadle: Rupert Davies
Dr. Evans: Dudley Jones
Miss Quickworth: Beatrice Varley
Mr. Podgers: Lane Meddick
The Shopkeeper: George Woodbridge
The Shopkeeper's wife: Doris Rogers

: MCR 12

Mobile Control Room 12 is the nerve centre of the West Region Television Unit.
Frank Gillard and Patrick Beech take you behind the scenes to meet members of the regional television team, who show you some of their equipment and explain how a programme is brought to your screen.
(Wenvoe, Rowridge, North Hessary Tor, Truleigh Hill and Alexandra Palace only)
(to 19.15)


Presenter: Frank Gillard
Presenter: Patrick Beech

: Guess My Story

with Elizabeth Allan, Eunice Gayson, Michael Pertwee and Rikki Fulton as the newshawks.
Peter West in the chair.
Special investigators, Pauline Forrester and Larry Forrester
('Guess My Story' is from an idea by William Taylor)


Newshawk: Elizabeth Allan
Newshawk: Eunice Gayson
Newshawk: Michael Pertwee
Newshawk: Rikki Fulton
Chairman: Peter West
Original drawings: David Langdon
Special investigator: Pauline Forrester
Special investigator: Larry Forrester
From an idea by: William Taylor
Presented by: T. Leslie Jackson

: Orson Welles's Sketch Book

The first of a series of talks by Orson Welles, illustrated by his own sketches.
See facing page


Presenter: Orson Welles
Producer: Huw Wheldon
Editor: William Morton
Cameraman: Edward Lloyd

: The Safe Haven

A play for television by Iain MacCormick.
The action takes place in a country house in Scotland. It is December 1954.

This play deals with less turbulent events than those its author investigated in The Promised Years. In a gentler way, however, Mr. MacCormick is again concerned to explore some troubled human hearts.

He shows us here a confused quartet comprising the two daughters of a wealthy Scottish industrialist and the two young men they have taken into their home: the hard-drinking Grahams, sometime pilots of the Canadian Air Force. Jimmy has married Paula and has been allotted a lucrative position in the family business-which is not quite compensation enough for his position as junior partner in the marriage. Johnny, inhibited by the loss of an arm, has enslaved the affections of Fiona, but the heart on her sleeve is no match for the chip on his shoulder. There are frustrations and resentments and it takes the old man who comes out of the mist to clear the air. Kenneth A. Hurren


Writer: Iain MacCormick
Producer: Tatiana Lieven
Designer: Richard R. Greenough
Patsy: Carole Lorimer
Paula Graham: Pamela Alan
Fiona Caulfield: Muriel Pavlow
Elspeth: Dorothy Smith
Johnny Graham: Alan Tilvern
Jimmy Graham: Paul Carpenter
The Old Man: Finlay Currie
Mr. Kantor: Robert Arden

: From Bulgaria

Artists of the State Song and Dance Company with their Folk Orchestra.
(The Bulgarian Song and Dance Company is appearing at the Winter Garden Theatre, London)


Director: Philippe Koutev
Choreographer: Marguerite Dikova
Presented by: Philip Bate

: Stage by Stage: 4: The Repertory Movement

A series of programmes about the British Theatre.
Discussed by G. E. Geddes, Grace Wyndham-Goldie, Sir Barry Jackson, Michael MacOwan and Margaret Leighton.

The first three programmes took us from the wagon stage of the miracle drama to the theatres of Shakespeare, the Restoration, and the eighteenth century.
Tonight the scene changes to the contemporary theatre when a discussion on the repertory movement introduces the television production of 'You Never Can Tell' to be televised from the stage of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre on Tuesday evening.
See facing page


Speaker: G. E. Geddes
Speaker: Grace Wyndham-Goldie
Speaker: Sir Barry Jackson
Speaker: Michael MacOwan
Speaker: Margaret Leighton
Presented by: Hal Burton

: The Evening Hymn

"The Lord's my Shepherd"

: News

(sound only)

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