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: Racing at Newbury

BBC outside broadcast cameras pay a visit to this Berkshire racecourse on the first day of the Autumn meeting to see three of the principal races.

: Racing at Newbury: Fairhurst Nursery Handicap

(over seven furlongs sixty yards on the Round Course)

: Racing at Newbury: Falkland Handicap

(over one-and-a-quarter miles)
Clive Graham identifies the runners and riders in the paddock before each race.


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Paddock commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the Very Young
Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television

The Great Toytown Mystery
Television Puppet Theatre presents The Great Toytown Mystery
A Toytown play by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
Settings by Andrew Brownfoot and puppets by Gordon Murray from illustrations by S. G. Hulme Beaman

The Etruscans
The story of one of the most mysterious peoples of the ancient world, illustrated with film specially shot in Italy.
Devised and introduced by Paul Johnstone.

The Lost Tribe of Motilon
In this new series Ross Salmon describes his adventures in South America in search of the Motilon Indians. He shows film and objects collected during the expedition.

(to 18.00)


Writer/illustrations (The Great Toytown Mystery): S. G. Hulme Beaman
Producer/puppets (The Great Toytown Mystery): Gordon Murray
Voices (The Great Toytown Mystery): Madi Hedd
Voices (The Great Toytown Mystery): Peter Hawkins
Voices (The Great Toytown Mystery): Noel Coleman
Voices (The Great Toytown Mystery): Roy Skelton
Puppeteers (The Great Toytown Mystery): Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteers (The Great Toytown Mystery): Molly Gibson
Puppeteers (The Great Toytown Mystery): Elizabeth Thorndike
Puppeteers (The Great Toytown Mystery): Bob Bura
Puppeteers (The Great Toytown Mystery): John Hardwick
Settings (The Great Toytown Mystery): Andrew Brownfoot
Film cameraman (The Etruscans): Ken Higgins
Devised and introduced by (The Etruscans): Paul Johnstone
Presenter (The Lost Tribe of Motilon): Ross Salmon

: Highlight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Ask Pickles

Wilfred and Mabel Pickles in Ask Pickles visit the people of the Rhondda Valley and invite them to ask for the things they would like you to see on your television screen.


Presenter: Wilfred Pickles
Presenter: Mabel Pickles
Orchestra director: Eric Robinson
Special Investigator: Pauline Forrester
Special Investigator: Larry Forrester
Producer: Harry Carlisle

: Zoo Quest for a Dragon: 1: Borneo

David Attenborough describes his recent adventures travelling through the islands of Indonesia in search of rare and interesting animals.
See facing page


Presenter/Narrator: David Attenborough
Filmed by: Charles Lagus
Editor: Victor Stocker
Director: Nancy Thomas

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Sunday Post: Attenborough - the Early Years 8 May 2016

: David Copperfield: Episode Two

by Charles Dickens.
Adapted for television in thirteen weekly instalments by Vincent Tilsley.

In which David falls into disgrace with his new father who, having failed to break his 'surly rebellious spirit' sends him to school at Salem House to see what a little 'whopping' can do.


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Stuart Burge
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Douglas Allen
David Copperfield: Leonard Cracknell
Mr. Edward Murdstone: William Devlin
David's mother: Diana Fairfax
Miss Jane Murdstone: Dorothy Black
Clara Peggotty: Edna Morris
Mr. Barkis: Meadows White
A friendly waiter: Sam Kydd
Mr. Tungay: Wensley Pithey
Mr. Creakle: Elwyn Brook-Jones
Thomas Traddles: Keith Davis
Topsawyer: David Tilley
Kemble: Terry Cooke
Peel: Brian Franklin
James Steerforth: Anthony Tancred
Servant: Donald McCollum
Schoolboy: Norman Foreman
Schoolboy: John Hopkins

: Presenting Edna Savage

Accompanied by The Hindley-Taylor Six and The Dominant Seven.
Directed by Norman George featuring Dennis Newey.
from the BBC's North of England studios


Singer: Edna Savage
Singers: The Hindley-Taylor Six
Musicians: The Dominant Seven
Directed by: Norman George
Guitarist: Dennis Newey
Dance routines: Peter Darrell
Presented by: Frederick Knapman

: Asian Club

Men and women from Asian countries put questions to Sir Christopher Hinton,
Director of the Industrial Group of the British Atomic Energy Authority.
Chairman: Miss Roshan Dhunjibhoy
A recording of this meeting of Asian Club will be broadcast in the regular weekly series in the Far Eastern and Eastern Service of the BBC


Panellist: Sir Christopher Hinton
Chairman: Roshan Dhunjibhoy
Producer: Philip Daly
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: I Married Joan: Air Hostess

[Starring] Joan Davis in the film series I Married Joan
A second showing of Air Hostess


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: The Weekend Ahead

A preview of some programmes for tomorrow and Sunday.

: Popie

W. Macqueen-Pope talks about the Tivoli Theatre, London, which is being closed after sixty-six years.
The Weather and Close Down


Presenter: W. Macqueen-Pope
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

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