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: County Cricket: The Battle of the Roses: Yorkshire v. Lancashire

Part of the last day's play at Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
(to 13.30)


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: Bill Bowes
Commentator: George Duckworth
Presented by: William Cave

: Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (Pwllheli, 1955): Crowning the Bard

One of the main competitions in the National Eisteddfod is the composition of a poem in free-verse on a given theme. The winning poet is crowned with all the traditional pomp and ceremony of the Gorsedd of Bards of the Isle of Britain.
(Coroni'r Baidd: teledir y seremoni yn svth o Baflliwn yr Eisteddfod ym Mhwlleli)


English commentary: Hywel Davies
Presented for television by: David J. Thomas

: For Women: Leisure and Pleasure

Introduced by Andrea Troubridge.

From Southend-on-Sea
Holiday Mood
Roma Fairley at Southend talks to some of the holiday-makers.

From the Studio
Halsingborg Exhibition
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pattrick discuss the British flat now being shown in Sweden.

Digressions from John McLaren

Betty Rodway shows clothes suitable for an August christening party.

Peter Forster recommends books for this month.


Presenter: Andrea Troubridge
Item presenter (Holiday Mood): Roma Fairley
Speaker (Halsingborg Exhibition): Mr. Michael Pattrick
Speaker (Halsingborg Exhibition): Mrs. Michael Pattrick
Digresser: John McLaren
Item presenter (Fashion): Betty Rodway
Item presenter (Bookshelf): Peter Forster
Producer: Rosemary Hill

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
(A BBC Television Film)

: Children's Television

Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales (Pwllheli, 1955)
This great Welsh festival is being held at Pwllheli all this week. Tuesday is traditionally the children's day and during this visit to the huge pavilion it is hoped to see some of the children's choirs. Alun Williams is your guide and interpreter.

The Gordon Honour: 5: The Cavalier's Candlestick
The adventures of a candlestick in seven episodes.
(Sheila Shand Gibbs is appearing in "Sailor Beware" at the Strand Theatre; Paul Whitsun-Jones is in "Kismet" at the Stoll Theatre; Robert Perceval is in 'The Teahouse of the August Moon' at Her Majesty's Theatre, London)

(to 17.45)


Guide/Interpreter (Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales): Alun Williams
Television Presentation (Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales): Selwyn Roderick
Producer (The Gordon Honour): Shaun Sutton
Designer (The Gordon Honour): Stephen Taylor
Lord Freddie Gordon/Sir Roger Gordon: Bruce Gordon
Admiral the Duke of Tyburne: Paul Whitsun-Jones
Sir James Fitzwilliam/Colonel Fitzwilliam: Colin Douglas
Ronald Fitzwilliam/Sir Jeremy Fitzwilliam: Barry Letts
Poppy Prudencel: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Gregory: Dennis Ramsden
Corporal Bramblehead: Christopher Hodge
Matthew: Nigel Arkwright
King Charles the First: Derek Waring
P.C. Willis: Robert Perceval
Other parts played by: Peter Diamond
Other parts played by: Brian Sheehy
Other parts played by: Gregory Scott

: Top Town: North v. South

Artists from previous 'Top Town' programmes form two teams in a friendly battle of entertainment.
Judges: Henry Kendall, Georgie Wood, Elisabeth Welch
Introduced by Peter Haigh.
BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Conducted by Alyn Ainsworth


Judge: Henry Kendall
Judge: Georgie Wood
Judge: Elisabeth Welch
Presenter: Peter Haigh
Musicians: BBC Northern Variety Orchestra
Conductor: Alyn Ainsworth
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Who Said That?

"How hard it is to make an Englishman acknowledge that he is happy"
with Gilbert Harding, Nancy Spain, Robert Henriques, Joanna Kilmartin and Alan Melville.


Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Panellist: Nancy Spain
Panellist: Robert Henriques
Panellist: Joanna Kilmartin
Chairman: Alan Melville
Presented by: Harry Carlisle

: Caviar to the General

A light-hearted comedy by George St. George and Eugenie Leontovich.
[Starring] Gillian Lutyens and John McLaren
Scene: The Russian Zone of Germany, 1950
(A BBC telerecording)
See page 15

The time of the play being 1950, the cold war atmosphere is rather colder than at the present moment; thus when a plane carrying American entertainers on their way to perform for occupation troops in Berlin is forced down in Eastern Germany their Russian captors take the severest measures. A beautiful Russian woman general confronts them with a confession whereby the inoffensive Americans admit to being saboteurs, and secret agents: unless they sign it immediately, they will be shot. The situation is serious-but the play, let us hasten to add, is not. Rather, it is concerned to draw comedy from this clash between the ways of East and West, especially when the Russian party line is changed, and an entente is reached which is more that cordiale. (Peter Currie)


Author: George St. George
Author: Eugenie Leontovich
Designer: Richard R. Greenough
Producer: Peter Watts
Soldier: Orest Orloff
Ivan: Bernard Rebel
Joshua Johnson: Cy Grant
Lieut Pat Thurber: John Glen
Margaret Wright: Mary Laura Wood
James Allison: John McLaren
Colonel Babych: Alexis Chesnakov
Major-General Kroshka: Gillian Lutyens
Captain Petroff: Nicholas Bruce
Lieut Sonya Jefferson-Davis: Nadia Catouse
Captain Djougell: Jack Gwillim
Tamara: Patricia Laffan

: Why Not Paint?

Mervyn Levy invites you to join him and his pupil, Sarah Lawson, in the last of three summer programmes on how to paint in oils.


Presenter/artist: Mervyn Levy
Pupil: Sarah Lawson
Presented by: Catherine Dove

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