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: Racing at Newmarket

On the opening day of the first Spring Meeting BBC Outside Broadcast cameras visit this famous Cambridgeshire race-course for the first time.

: Racing at Newmarket: The Hastings Stakes

over one-and-a-quarter miles

Commentator, Peter O'Sullevan with Clive Graham to identify the horses and jockeys in the parade ring.
See page 6


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Paddock commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for television by: John Vernon

: Mainly for Women: Your Own Time - Northern Edition

I'd Like to Know about black puddings

Summer Showers
Some of the fashion rainwear recently shown at the Cotton Board Colour, Design, and Style Centre in Manchester.

A Girl with a Guitar
Dorothy Wilkinson

Nimble Fingers
A Northerner shows you how she uses her initiative for her own pleasure and sometimes profit.

Dream Holidays: Wakes Weeks

Introduced by Roma Fairley.


Guitarist (A Girl with a Guitar): Dorothy Wilkinson
Presenter: Roma Fairley
Arranged by: Gwen Pain

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

(A BBC television film)
(to 16.10)

: Children's Television

Elton Hayes
He sings to a small guitar.

The Talking Cat
A play by James Ambrose Brown.
Adapted for television and produced by Rex Tucker.
(Petra Davies and William Mervyn are appearing in 'The Rivals' at the Saville Theatre, London)
Rex Tucker writes on page 8

(to 18.00)


Singer/Guitarist: Elton Hayes
Author (The Talking Cat): James Ambrose Brown
Adapted by/Producer (The Talking Cat): Rex Tucker
Designer (The Talking Cat): John Cooper
The flowergirl: Petra Davies
The ringmaster: Douglas Wilmer
The cat: Dorothy Gordon
Lancelot: Francis Matthews
The junkman: William Mervyn
Pinky: Hugh David

: Greenwich Time Signal; News

General Summary
Sports News; The Weather

: Highlight

People, events, comments of today.
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Life of Riley: Riley Roughs It

[Starring] William Bendix in the comedy film Riley Roughs It

Chester A. Riley (William Bendix) and his friend Gillis (Tom d'Andrea) decide that "a man needs to get away once in a while". They go on a trip to the woods -but in the end they decide that home is the sweetest place of all.


Chester A. Riley: William Bendix
Gillis: Tom d'Andrea

: Great Scott - It's Maynard!

Written by Lewis Schwarz and Eric Merriman.
Involving Bill Maynard, Terry Scott, Shirley Eaton, Pat Coombs, Hugh Lloyd, The Coronets.
(Shirley Eaton appears by permission of London Film Productions, Ltd.)


Writer: Lewis Schwarz
Writer: Eric Merriman
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Musical associate: Ivor Raymonde
Producer: Duncan Wood
Comedian: Bill Maynard
Comedian: Terry Scott
[Actress]: Shirley Eaton
[Actress]: Pat Coombs
[Actor]: Hugh Lloyd
Singers: The Coronets

: Two Plays: The Staff-Room and Barnharrow

by Gordon Daviot.
See above and page 6

The Staff-Room
The scene is the staff-room of a girls' High School in the middle of a spring morning.

At 9.0 app. Barnharrow
The scene is the living-room of a small farm in the south-west of Scotland on a summer evening in the 1680s.

Both plays designed by Barry Learoyd.


Writer: Gordon Daviot
Producer (Barnharrow): Ayton Whitaker
Janet Linton: Gillian Hume
Rob Linton: Jack Lambert
Ishbel Grierson: Audrey Nicholson
Simon Linton: John Cairney
A sergeant: Stuart Nichol
A trooper: Brian Moorehead
Narrator: Duncan McIntyre
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Producer (The Staff Room): John Nelson Burton
Miss Carter: Megs Jenkins
Miss Hinch: Susan Richmond
Miss Boyd: Mary Kenton
Miss Siggins: Gillian Lind
The Head: Joyce Worsley
Mr. Woodington Smith: Richard Wattis

: We, the British: Are we in decline?: 2: Our Economic Life

The second of a new series by Christopher Mayhew, M.P.
An enquiry into the main factors influencing economic life today compared with fifty years ago.
James Crawford, Chairman of the Productivity Council and General President of the National Union of Boot and Shoe Operatives
Garnet H. Gordon, C.B.E. Trade Commissioner for the British West Indies
British Guiana, and British Honduras
Illustration of family life in 1899 reconstructed by the Castle Museum, York
Filmed illustrations from the Central Office of Information and the British Productivity Council


Presenter: Christopher Mayhew
Speaker: James Crawford
Speaker: Garnet H. Gordon, C.B.E.
New Film sequences cameraman: A. A. Englander
Film Editor: Alan Martin
Diagrams: Alfred Wurmser
Producer: Rex Moorfoot

: Picture Parade

A weekly magazine programme of films and film personalities.
Introduced by Peter Haigh.
Followed by The Weather and Close Down


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presented by: Alan Sleath

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