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: In the Garden

Percy Thrower continues the general work in the garden and demonstrates how to take cuttings of geraniums and fuchsias. He also gives tips on drying everlasting flowers.
(A BBC telerecording)


Gardener/Presenter: Percy Thrower
Presented by: John Furness

: City of Birmingham Show

The final of the B.S.J.A. Midland Adult Jumping Championship.
From Handsworth Park, Birmingham.


Commentator: Dorian Williams
Television presentation: David Martin

: National Swimming and Diving Championships

The Amateur Swimming Association's 1955 meeting continues at the Derby Baths, Blackpool.
This afternoon's events include the finals of some of the sprint races and men's highboard diving.
(to 16.30 app.)


Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: John Webb
Presented by: William Cave

: Children's Television

Fun and Games
[Starring] Sandy Sandford
with Joyce Stoker at the piano.
From the National Radio Show

Music from the Festival
You are invited to join the audience in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, to hear a programme of music played by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.
Introduced by Mary Malcolm.

Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School: 5: Bunter Takes the Blame
A new series of plays for television by Frank Richards.
[Starring] Gerald Campion


Comedian (Fun and Games): Sandy Sandford
Pianist (Fun and Games): Joyce Stoker
Musicians (Music for the Festival): National Youth Orchestra of Wales
Presenter (Music from the Festival): Mary Malcolm
Presented by (Music from the Festival): Noble Wilson
Writer (Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School): Frank Richards
Designer (Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School): Gordon Roland
Producer (Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School): Pharic MacLaren
Harry Wharton: John Charlesworth
Bob Cherry: Brian Roper
Frank Nugent: Peter Marden
Johnny Bull: Colin Campbell
Hurree Singh: Ronald Moodie
Billy Bunter: Gerald Campion
Mr. Quelch: Raf de La Torre
Skinner: Henry Davies
Snoop: Alaric Cotter
Lord Mauleverer: Anthony Valentine
Mr. Prout: Edward Lexy

: City of Birmingham Show

The last visit to Handsworth Park for the Gamblers' Stakes Jumping Competition.
In this competition the jumps have points values which vary according to the degree of difficulty involved.
(All transmitters except Kirk O' Shotts, Redmoss, and Divis)
(to 19.15)


Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward
Television presentation: David Martin

: National Radio Show: In Town Tonight

Interesting people who are In Town Tonight interviewed by John Ellison.
(Simultaneous broadcast with the London, Midland, North, and West of England Home Services)


Interviewer: John Ellison
Special effects: Douglas Mair
Assistant: Joyce Bullen
Edited and produced by: Peter Duncan

: National Swimming and Diving Championships

The finals of some of the principal swimming events take place during this evening's visit to the Amateur Swimming Association's 1955 meeting at the Derby Baths, Blackpool.


Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: John Webb
Presented by: William Cave

: National Radio Show: Secombe Here

Where? At Earls Court with Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Ruby Murray, Ted Durante and George Durante, Audrey Jeans, The Arnaut Trio, Libby Morris, Sam Kydd, John Vyvyan, The Peter Glover Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers.

The irrepressible Harry Secombe shows the goon approach to the business of running a Radio Show.
At 8.45

(Ruby Murray is appearing in "Painting the Town" at the London Palladium; Ted and George Durante are in "Wildfire" at the Empress Hall, Earls Court, London)


Comedian: Harry Secombe
Comedian: Peter Sellers
Singer: Ruby Murray
Acrobatics: Ted Durante and George Durante
Comedienne: Audrey Jeans
Entertainers: The Arnaut Trio
Performer: Libby Morris
Performer: Sam Kydd
Performer: John Vyvyan
Dancers: The Peter Glover Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Dance direction: Peter Glover
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: National Radio Show: Arenascope presents: O.B. Parade

Games, skills, and entertainments from the four corners of Great Britain are gathered together from the Regions tonight in the last of the BBC programmes from the Radio Show at Earls Court.
At 9.45

500 Performers from the BBC Regions come to town.
From the West:
Padstow May Day Festival with the original 'obby 'oss the teasers
Cornish Music Makers and the people of Padstow
From Scotland:
Pipes and Drums of the Society of Old Caledonians
Tossing the Caber
Wrestling, Sword Dancing and the Glasgow City Police Tug-of-War Team v. London Metropolitan Police
From Wales:
Pendyrus Choir one hundred and ten singing Welshmen from the Valley of the Rhondda
From the Midlands:
Concours d'Elegance of British cars
From the North:
Bill Cain calls the tune in Barn Dance with Jackie Toaduff (clog dancer) and AIf Adamson and the Border Band
From London:
Band and Trumpeters from the Royal Military School of Music
(Kneller Hall)
(by permission of the Commandant) under the direction of Lt.-Col. David McBain
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Singers (from Wales): Pendyrus Choir
Caller (From the North): Bill Cain
Clog dancer (From the North): Jackie Toaduff
Musicians (From the North): Alf Adamson and the Border Band
Musicians (From London): Band and Trumpeters from the Royal Military School of Music
Commentator: Berkeley Smith
Commentator: Alun Williams
Commentator: Finlay J. MacDonald
Commentator: Bernard Fishwick
Commentator: Bill Hartley
Designer: Hugh Spencer
Designer: Tony Abbott
Arranged by: Peter Webber
Producer: Derek Burrell-Davis

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