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: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Isobel Barnett.

Prison Visiting
Andrea Troubridge and Andrew Timothy and Frances Timothy find out what they can do to help.

What's on at the Theatre
A dramatic critic reviews some of the London shows.

Come to the Fair
Kenneth Horne talks about the British Industries Fair.

Josephine Kendall White plays some Spanish music.


Presenter: Isobel Barnett
Item presenter (Prison Visiting): Andrea Troubridge
Item presenter (Prison Visiting): Andrew Timothy
Item presenter (Prison Visiting): Frances Timothy
Item presenter (Come to the Fair): Kenneth Horne
Pianist (Music): Josephine Kendall White
Producer: Rosemary Hill

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.15)

: Children's Television: The Explorer: 1: The Journey Begins: Wales and Liverpool - 1856

Written by Estelle Holt
A serial play in five parts based on the life of the famous explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley.

(Meredith Edwards appears by permission of the Old Vic Trust, Ltd.)
Naomi Capon writes on page 21
(to 17.30)


Writer: Estelle Holt
Producer: Naomi Capon
Designer: Stewart Marshall
James Francis, schoolmaster: Leonard Sachs
John Rowlands, the Young Stanley: Roy Sone
Mose Evans, his friend: David Kinsey
Dai Davies, a bully: Melvyn Hayes
Boy: Jimmy Verner
Boy: Anthony Selby
Boy: David Gregory
Boy: Graham Larkin
Aunt Mary: Mary Jones
Cousin Moses: Hugh Munro
Uncle Thomas: Meredith Edwards
Mr. Winter, a businessman: Ronald Radd
Mrs. Winter, his wife: Christine Finn

: Election Broadcast

on behalf of the Conservative Party

: Away from the Nest

Peter Scott introduces a Norfolk schoolmaster, Dick Bagnall Oakeley, who specialises in filming birds away from their nests.


Presenter: Peter Scott
Guest: Dick Bagnall Oakeley
Presented by: Desmond Hawkins

: Thunder Rock

A television version of Robert Ardrey's play.
The action takes place between sunset and sunrise inside Thunder Rock Lighthouse, Lake Michigan.
Time, the present

Stephen Murray as Charleston, the lightkeeper, and Margo Lorenz as Melanie Kurtz. They share a love which spans a hundred years
Charleston, the American newspaper man whose mind is the heart of this matter, is a man who has taken escapism to extremes. Disillusioned, indignant and cynical, he has withdrawn from a world divided by ideologies and hounded by the threat of total war, and has taken a job as keeper of a lonely lighthouse on the rocks of Lake Michigan. There, in eerie solitude, he creates his own strange world, bringing to life through his imagination the immigrant victims of a shipwreck a hundred years before. The problem he faces -and eventually resolves in introspective argument with his ghostly but dramatically lively companions-is how far, if at all, the individual is responsible for the fate of his generation. The play, written for the Group Theatre of America in 1939, has its terms of reference brought up to date in this new television adaptation, and its message is perhaps even more urgent and compelling than before. (Kenneth A. Hurren)
At 8.45


Author: Robert Ardrey
Producer: Rudolph Cartier
Designer: John Clements
Characters: in order of appearance:
Streeter, pilot of the supply plane: Hugh McDermott
Nonny, his helper: Ben Johnson
Inspector Flanning of the Lighthouse Service: James Dyrenforth
Charleston, the lightkeeper: Stephen Murray
Captain Joshua, of the 'Land o'Lakes': Finlay Currie
Briggs, a passenger on the ship: Jack Rodney
Dr. Stefan Kurtz, another passenger: Walter Rilla
Melanie, his daughter: Margo Lorenz
Anne Marie, his wife: Miriam Lehmann
Miss Kirby, another passenger: Eileen Way

: Find the Link

with Leslie Mitchell in the chair.
Josephine Douglas, Carole Carr, Kenneth Horne, Peter Noble finding the links between the challengers.
Special investigators, Pauline and Larry Forrester


Chairman: Leslie Mitchell
Panellist: Josephine Douglas
Panellist: Carole Carr
Panellist: Kenneth Horne
Panellist: Peter Noble
Special investigator: Pauline Forrester
Special investigator: Larry Forrester
Presented by: Ernest Maxin

: Bransby Williams


Monologist: Bransby Williams
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: News (sound only); followed by Election Broadcast

Miss Margaret Herbison, Labour candidate for the Northern Division of Lanark
(Recording of broadcast in the Home Service at 9.15 p.m.)
(Sound only)


Speaker (Election Broadcast): Margaret Herbison

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