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: Greenwich Time Signal; The Merry Wives of Windsor

A television version of the opera by Nicolai based on Shakespeare's play.
Translated by Francis Dalvin.
Adapted for television and produced by George R. Foa.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Led by Harold Parfitt)
Conducted by Edward Renton
Film sequences shot in Windsor Great Park by the BBC Television Film Unit
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on January 15)


Composer: Nicolai
Translated by: Francis Dalvin
Adapter/producer: George R. Foa
Musicians: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Harold Parfitt
Conductor: Edward Renton
Repetiteur: William Reid
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Falstaff: Howell Glynne
Robin, Falstaff's page: John Stirling
Mistress Ford: Victoria Elliott
Mistress Page: Patricia Kern
Anne Page: Jeannette Sinclair
Fenton: Duncan Robertson
Blender: Robert Gard
Ford: Thomas Hemsley
Page: Bryan Drake
Dr. Caius: William Dickie
Host: Meadows White

: The Brains Trust

The members this week are: Margaret Mead, Ph.D., Julian Huxley, F.R.S., Marghanita Laski, Professor A. J. Ayer, F.B.A.
Question-Master, Norman Fisher


Panellist: Margaret Mead
Panellist: Julian Huxley
Panellist: Marghanita Laski
Panellist: Professor A. J. Ayer
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Sports Special

Sportsview film cameras bring you the highlights of the weekend's sport introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Tom Millett

: Children's Television presents: Champion the Wonder Horse: Johnny Hands Up

Another action-packed story of the West, in which the new Marshal, Johnny Gray, is nearly sacked by the indignant towns-folk when the local desperado, Bayless, robs a bank right under his nose. Uncle Sandy believes in him, however, and they ride out together to bring Bayless in. Ricky follows and is trapped by the bandits. Fortunately Champion and Rebel are not far away.


The Wonder Horse: Champion
Rebel, the Dog: Blaze
Ricky North: Barry Curtis
Uncle Sandy: Jim Bannon

: Children's Television: Lenny the Lion

with Terry Hall.


Ventriloquist: Terry Hall

: Children's Television: The Adventures of Peter Simple: 5: The Snake's Head

A serial play in six parts from Captain Marryat's novel.
Adapted and produced by Naomi Capon.
With Timothy Bateson as Peter Simple and Thomas Heathcote as Terence O'Brien
Historical adviser, George Naish of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

(Timothy Bateson and Douglas Blackwell are appearing in "No Time for Sergeants" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London)


Author: Captain Marryat
Adapted by/Producer: Naomi Capon
Fights arranged by: Peter Diamond
Historical adviser: George Naish
Designer: John Cooper
Peter Simple: Timothy Bateson
Thomas Heathcote: Terence O'Brien
Captain Hawkins: Barry Letts
Peter's Uncle: Michael Goodliffe
Sergeant of Marines: Douglas Blackwell
Lieutenant Webster: Derek Waring
Swinburne: John Paul
Steward: Nigel Sharpe
Betsy Austin: Nadia Catouse
Captain Keats: Gerald Andersen
Celeste: Evelyne Cordeau
Bosun: Ivor Salter
Miller: Robert Raglan
General O'Brien: John Serret
Admiral: Ronald Adam
Captain Horton: Carl Bernard

: Children's Television: Sunday Special: Come Aboard the Commodore

Roger Pilkington finds more of the story of the Christian Church along the waterways of England and the Continent.
(to 18.00)


Presenter: Roger Pilkington

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: Chastity and Fidelity - Disappearing Virtues?

"Marriage is an holy estate instituted by God... and ordained for the welfare of human society which can be strong and happy only where the marriage bond is held in honour" - Church of Scotland Marriage Service
Many people today no longer accept this position. The Rev. Hugh Douglas considers this problem with Mrs. Margaret Abel, John Highet, and the Rev. William Cattanach, in the light of Christian belief.


Chairman: The Rev. Hugh Douglas
Panellist: Margaret Abel
Panellist: John Highet
Panellist: The Rev. William Cattanach

: The Jack Benny Programme

[Starring] Jack Benny
(A film series)


Comedian: Jack Benny

: What's My Line?

with Isobel Barnett, Bob Monkhouse, Jean Dawnay, Michael Flanders.
Eamonn Andrews in the chair.

("What's My Line?" was devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, and is televised by arrangement with C.B.S. and Maurice Winnick)
(Michael Flanders is in "At the Drop of a Hat" at the Fortune Theatre, London)
See page 6


Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Bob Monkhouse
Panellist: Jean Dawnay
Panellist: Michael Flanders
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented By: Harry Carlisle

: Sunday-Night Theatre: The Road to Rome

by Robert E. Sherwood
(See facing page and page 6)
(Donald Sinden appears by permission of the Rank Organisation)

[starring] Donald Sinden and Barbara Murray, with Clive Morton.

The action is set in Fabius's villa at Rome and in a Temple outside the city, June 218 B.C.

Hannibal's failure to pursue his advantage by taking Rome after winning the Battle of Cannae in 216 B.C. offers one of history's great opportunities for what-might-have-been speculation. To fight this Second Punic War, one of the most terrible and remarkable of antiquity, the Carthaginian military genius had marched his army (to start with, eighty thousand infantry, forty thousand cavalry, and the forty legendary elephants) along North Africa, through Spain, over the Pyrennes and the Alps, into northern Italy; then, after Cannae, with the Romans on the run, he did not crown his campaign by taking their capital.
To call this a mystery is too strong, for reasons in explanation have been amply established - his lack of equipment powerful enough to breach the newly repaired walls of Rome, the tiredness of his army, as well as the skilful withdrawal tactics of Fabius Maximus, the 'Delayer'.
Be all that as it may, more than two thousand years later, and exactly thirty years ago, the late Robert Sherwood conceived of a rather different interpretation of these historic events. He would hardly have claimed its complete authenticity; Fabius, for example, was not the pompous fuddy-duddy Sherwood drew, nor is it to be thought that Fabius had a young half-Greek wife names Amytis of extreme charm and adventurous disposition who took it into her head to go out from Rome to see what the famous conqueror Hannibal looked like, and why he had come so far from Carthage. No matter: Sherwood was at the dramatist's legitimate game of pointing his modern meaning (in this case, the futility of war) by classical parallels, in what James Agate has described as "one of the best ironical comedies ever written". (Peter Foster)


Writer: Robert E. Sherwood
Designer/ Producer: Hal Burton
Varius: David Terence
Meta: Pamela Buck
Fabia, mother of Fabius Maximus: Dorothy Green
Amytis, wife of Fabius: Barbara Murray
Cato: William Gidley
Scipio: John Westbrook
Drusus, a Roman General: John Stuart
Tibullus, a Roman Senator: Jefferson Clifford
Carthalo, Carthaginian General: Noel Johnson
Hasdrubal, Carthaginian General: Laurence Hardy
Maharbal, Carthaginian General: Roland Bartrop
Mago, brother of Hannibal: Maurice Kaufmann
Thothmes, an Egyptian scribe: Jack Rodney
Hannibal: Donald Sinden
Bala: Ayton Medas
Juba: John G. Heller
[Actor]: Richard Coe
[Actor]: Tomy Eytle
[Actor]: James Franks
[Actor]: Hugh Moody
[Actor]: Tommy Welsh

: Music at Ten presents: Polish State Dance Company

"Mazowsze" (Founder, Tadeusz Sygietynski)
in a programme of dancing, music, and songs.

Choral Song
A young man explains that though he brought his pipe and drum to serenade his girl, his courage deserted him when the dogs started barking.

Opoczno Oberek
A spectacular traditional dance featuring three male soloists.
Bernard Gbyl, Jan Grambkowski, Wladyslaw Wroblewski

Choral Song
A young girl whispers that she daren't open the door to her lover in case her parents wake up.

A young girl continually asks her boy friend: "Will you love me when I am faded and grey?"
Soloist, Krysia Jusinska

An exciting dance for the full Company accompanied by traditional folk instruments.

Choral Song
"My loved one is far away. Little bird, fly into the woods and tell him my parents want me to marry another".

The young coachman sings that driving his horses up and down is more fun than being married.
Soloist, Stanislaw Jopek

Poznan Dance-Song
A village girl complains that her lover pays more attention to his pigs than to her.

Lowicz Oberek
A traditional "showing off" dance for the men.
(The Polish State Dance Company is appearing at the Stoll Theatre, London)
See page 6


Soloists (Opoczno Oberek): Bernard Gbyl
Soloists (Opoczno Oberek): Jan Grambkowski
Soloists (Opoczno Oberek): Wladyslaw Wroblewski
Soloist: Krysia Jusinska
Soloist: Stanislaw Jopek
Music composed and arranged by: Tadeusz Sygietynski
Orchestra conducted by: Stefan Zulawa
Orchestra conducted by: Stanislaw Wysocki
Choreography: Eugeniusz Paplinski
Choreography: Elwira Kaminska
Choreography: Zbigniew Kilinski
Designer: George Djurkovic
Producer: Margaret Dale

: Time for Prayers

Conducted by the Rev. David Easton.
Followed by Weather and Close Down


Prayers conducted by: The Rev. David Easton

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