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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

About the Home

Backyard Poultry-Keeping: 8
Godfrey Baseley talks about birds, other than hens, which are suitable for beginners to rear.

Guest of the Week

Do It Yourself
In the first of a new series of programmes on home carpentering Barry Bucknell shows how to make a flap-table.
(A BBC telerecording)

Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

A pamphlet giving notes on the eight articles of furniture to be demonstrated in this series (price 1s.) and a folder for Women's Television Notes (price 2s.) may be obtained, post free, from [address removed] (Crossed postal order, please - not stamps.)

Our Miss Pemberton: 8: It Takes All Sorts
Written by Philip King and Falkland Cary.
A story of life today in a small town.


Presenter (About the Home): Joan Gilbert
Item presenter (Backyard Poultry-Keeping): Godfrey Baseley
Handyman (Do It Yourself): Barry Bucknell
Producer (About the Home): Ann Shead
Writer (Our Miss Pemberton): Philip King
Writer (Our Miss Pemberton): Falkland Cary
Producer (Our Miss Pemberton): Richard Gilbert
Geoff Patterson: Terence Soall
Mary Pemberton: Margot Boyd
Mrs. Watkins: Phyllis Morris
George Pearce: Alan Rolfe
Avis Douglas: Jocelyne Rhodes

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC television film)
(to 16.00)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwell
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Children's Television presents: Meet the Penguins: Penny's Little Plan

Story by J. M. Smith Wright.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on February 9, 1956)


Writer: J.M. Smith Wright
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Assisted by: Caroline Guthrie
Music: John Hooper
[Music] played by: Tom McCall
Voices: Madi Hedd
Voices: Kenneth Connor
Special Effects: Alfred Davis
Special Effects: Douglas Mair
Presented by: Peter Newington

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview

Introduced by Max Robertson.
A fortnightly series of programmes presenting news and views from the world of sport.


Presenter: Max Robertson
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: Royal Return

See top of page

: Tonight

A topical programme for all the family.
Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Gardening Club

A weekly date for enthusiasts to meet Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.
This week Percy Thrower advises on the planting of roses, early work in the vegetable garden, and the treatment of indoor azaleas after they have finished flowering.
Percy Thrower's guest, F. P. Knight, the director of the Royal Horticultural Society's Gardens at Wisley, discusses early flowering Alpines and miniature bulbs for the rock garden.
See page 4


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: F. P. Knight
Producer: John Furness

: Party Political Television Broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party: Commonwealth Questions

Questions on the Labour Party's Commonwealth and Colonial policy are put to:
The Rt. Hon. James Griffiths, M.P., The Rt. Hon. Aneurin Bevan, M.P., James Callaghan, M.P. by young men and women from the various countries of the Commonwealth.
Chairman, Dorothy Pitt (Trinidad)


Panellist: The Rt. Hon. James Griffiths
Panellist: The Rt. Hon. Aneurin Bevan
Panellist: James Callaghan
Chairman: Dorothy Pitt

: Go Round Merry

Shirley Abicair invites you to Go Round Merry with her and her guests, Humphrey Lyttelton and The Coronets.


Singer: Shirley Abicair
Trumpeter: Humphrey Lyttelton
Singers: The Coronets
Orchestra directed by: Sidney Bright
Designer: Eileen Diss
Programme devised by: Bill Lovelock
Produced By: Graeme Muir

: The Fred Emney Show

[Starring] Fred Emney


Comedian: Fred Emney
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Producer: G. B. Lupino

: The Trial of Mary Dugan

(See foot of page)

by Bayard Veiller.
[Starring] Constance Cummings and William Sylvester
The action of the play takes place in Part 31 of the Supreme Court in New York.
At 8.30

Peter Currie writes on page 7


Author: Bayard Veiller
Producer: Douglas Allen
Clerk of the Court: Stuart Nichol
Judge Nash: Robert Henderson
A lawyer (the interpreter): Gaylord Cavallaro
Pauline Agguerro: Sandra Francis
District Attorney Galwey: John Arnatt
Dr. Welcome, the medical examiner: William Sherwood
Court stenographer: Robert MacLeod
James Madison, elevator attendant: Mark Heath
Edward West, Mary Dugan's attorney: Alan Tilvern
Police Inspector Hunt: John Harvey
Police Captain Price: Robert O'Neil
Dagmar Lome, of the Follies: Tucker McGuire
May: Harris, of the Scandals Constance Wake
Jimmy Dugan: William Sylvester
Ferne Arthur, of the Follies: Pat English
Mrs. Edgar Rice: Pamela Alan
A reporter: John Evans
A court attendant: Roland Brand
Mary Dugan, known as Mona Tree: Constance Cummings
Patrick Kearney: Errol MacKinnon
Marie Ducrot: Marda Vanne
Henry Plaisted: Warren Mitchell
Assistant District Attorney: Robert Long

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

from The Louvre, Paris.
One of the world's greatest museums is challenging the experts who are sitting at the foot of the famous statue of the Venus de Milo.
The Experts:
Sir James Mann, Director of the Wallace Collection
Talbot Rice, Professor of the History of Fine Art, Edinburgh University
Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Chairman: Glyn Daniel Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge
(Televised from the Louvre by courtesy of the Director and of Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise)


Expert: Sir James Mann
Expert: Talbot Rice
Expert: Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Chairman: Glyn Daniel
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: Her Majesty The Queen

and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh return from their State Visit to Portugal.
A BBC telerecording of this afternoon's Outside Broadcast from London Airport.


Commentator: Richard Dimbleby

: News

Followed by Weather; Road Works Report and Close Down

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