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: Mainly for Women: About the Home

Your New Spring Hat
Elizabeth Newrath has some suggestions for ringing the changes.

Asian Wedding Dresses
Her Excellency the Begum Ikramullah of Pakistan shows traditional bridal wear from India, Pakistan, and Ceylon.

From Scotland
Preview of an exhibition of handicrafts at Crieff, organised by the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes.
Introduced by Elizabeth Adair.

Cooking Out-of-doors
Joan Gilbert and Robert Beatty show how to make a barbecue in your garden and how to cook on it.

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.


Presenter/Item presenter (Cooking Out-of-doors): Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Your New Spring Hat): Elizabeth Newrath
Item presenter (From Scotland): Elizabeth Adair
Item presenter (Cooking Out-of-doors): Robert Beatty
Producer: Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC television film)
(to 16.00)


Narrator: David Enders
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Teledu I Blant

Eisteddfod yr Urdd
Gwahoddiad cynnes i dreulio hanner awr yng nghwmni rhai o'r ymwelwyr a'r cystadleuwyr ifainc a ddaeth i Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Urdd Gobaith Cymru yng Nghaerarfon. Fe'u cyflwynir gan Ifan O. Williams
Y rhaglen dan ofal
Lorraine Davies a Meurig Jones
(Wenvoe, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)
(to 16.45)


Unknown: Lorraine Davies

: Children's Television

Meet the Penguins: Sports Day
Story by J. M. Smith Wright.

Sketch Club
Your host is Adrian Hill.

A series of wild-life programmes introduced by Peter Scott.
Peter Scott and Desmond Hawkins, who started this series of programmes, look back on some of the exciting moments in the films which have been presented.
From the BBC's West of England television studio

(to 18.00)


Writer (Meet the Penguins): J. M. Smith Wright
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Sam Williams
Pictures (Meet the Penguins): Elizabeth Williams
Assisted by (Meet the Penguins): Caroline Guthrie
Music (Meet the Penguins): John Hooper
Music played by (Meet the Penguins): Tom McCall
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Madi Hedd
Voices (Meet the Penguins): Peter Hawkins
Special effects (Meet the Penguins): Alfred Davis
Special effects (Meet the Penguins): Douglas Mair
Presented by (Meet the Penguins): Gordon Murray
Host/artist (Sketch Club): Adrian Hill
Presenter (Look): Peter Scott
Guest (Look): Desmond Hawkins
Director (Look): Tony Soper

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Rats to You

The Grand Order of Water Rats the Variety profession's most famous confraternity present Rats to You.
See top of page and page 5

: A Doll's House

(See facing page)

by Henrik Ibsen
in a new English version by Max Faber.
[Starring] Mai Zetterling and Griffith Jones with Michael Gough, Laurence Hardy and Margot van der Burgh

The action takes place at Christmas time 1879 in Norway at Torvald Helmer's flat in Christiania.

Presented to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Ibsen's death.
It is just fifty years since Henrik Ibsen died in Oslo and was given a vast state funeral. For some time before then he had been ill, silent, suffering, awarded the highest honours Scandinavia could bestow upon him, unable to walk, hardly able to write, a sombre figure who took excursions into the city in a one-horse sleigh.

He was born on March 20, 1828, at Skien, a small township in Norway. His father was a merchant and a prosperous one until, when Ibsen was eight, he went bankrupt and the family moved to a farm on the outskirts. One probably needs to look no further for the reason why bankrupts figure so largely in the later plays: Monsen in The League of Youth; Krogstad in A Dolls House, Halmar's father in The Wild Duck; old Borkman in John Gabriel Borkman.

When he was sixteen Ibsen was sent to Grimstad, to work as a pharmacy apprentice. Almost from that time he ceased to have communication with his family: one phase of the poet's self-imposed exile had begun.

When he was twenty-two Ibsen went to Oslo and in this more congenial social and intellectual climate began to write fluently. He became, and was to remain for years, a well-known 'occasional' poet; soon no event was complete, no parish pump inaugurated, without an accompanying set of verses from Ibsen. At twenty-nine he gained a curious theatrical post, as assistant producer and writer-of-all-trades at the struggling theatre at Bergen. He was no great success; he was too shy to correct the players, and his plays made little impact. He took another theatrical post in Oslo; married when he was thirty; wrote four years later a play called Love's Comedy, which more than hinted at the bitter social satire to come; and two years later managed to wring a travelling grant out of the government. He left for Rome when he was thirty-six. Apart from one short visit in 1885 he did not return to Norway until he was sixty-three - established as one of the most famous playwrights in the world.

A Doll's House was first performed in 1879 at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, and became the rallying cry, the cry of freedom, for women everywhere. Ibsen himself insisted that he was not concerned with feminism but with "humanity in general". Today, when that particular battle has ended, we can see how right he was, and what remains is his extraordinary perception and dramatic skill.
(Elwyn Jones)

(Laurence Hardy appears by permission of the Directors of the Old Vic Trust, Ltd.)


Author: Henrik Ibsen
Adapter: Max Faber
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Stephen Harrison
Nora Helmer: Mai Zetterling
Ellen: Ann Greenland
Torvald Helmer: Griffith Jones
Christina Linde: Margot van der Burgh
Nils Krogstad: Michael Gough
Doctor Rank: Laurence Hardy
Anne-Marie: Megan Latimer
Ivar: David Langford
Emmy: Janette Phillips

: Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Competition

(See foot of column)

The first Eurovision International Song Competition has been organised by the national television service of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It has been specially devised and arranged for Eurovision and may become an annual event.
Some of the European Television Services have held their own national song competitions recently and will be sending representatives to compete in the final at Lugano when the Grand Prix will be awarded.
Presented by the Swiss Television Service
At 9.45


Commentator: Wilfrid Thomas

: Music in View

Sidney Harrison takes a look at your music programmes for the next fortnight.
Followed by The Weather; Road Works Report; Close Down


Presenter: Sidney Harrison

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