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: Racing at Kempton Park

BBC Television outside broadcast cameras visit Kempton Park racecourse to see some of the principal races on the first day of the February Meeting.

2.0 Emblem Handicap Steeplechase over two-and-a-half miles

: Racing at Kempton Park: St. James's Handicap Hurdle Race

over two 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

: Mainly for Women: Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler

A weekly series of exercises to music.
From the BBC's Midland television studio

A pamphlet giving notes on these exercises (price 9d.) and a folder for Women's Television Notes (price 25.) may be obtained, post free, from [address removed] (Crossed postal order, please--not stamps.)


Exerciser: Eileen Fowler
Arranged by: Ann Shead
Presented by: Desmond O'Leary

: Fabian of Scotland Yard: Man from Blackpool

[Starring] Bruce Seton in another film from this series.


Inspector Robert Fabian: Bruce Seton

: 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 16.05)


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

: Children's Television: For Older Children: David Copperfield: Episode 8

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

In which Mr. Peggotty embarks on "The Beginning of a Long Journey" and in which Betsey Trotwood astonishes her nephew and with the help of Traddles and Mr. Dick determines to "meet reverses boldly".
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on November 16, 1956)


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Director: Stuart Burge
Producer: Douglas Allen
Mrs. Steerforth: Mary Hinton
Rosa Dartle: Gwendoline Watford
Daniel Peggotty: George Woodbridge
David Copperfield: Robert Hardy
Miss Clarissa Spenlow: Nora Nicholson
Miss Lavinia Spenlow: Joan Hickson
Miss Dora Spenlow: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Jip: Champion Golden Days Penn Rose of St. Lucia
Mrs. Crupp: Vi Stevens
Richard Babley ('Mr. Dick'): Richard Goolden
Miss Betsey Trotwood: Sonia Dresdel
Mr. Francis Spenlow: Andre van Gyseghem
Thomas Traddles: Bernard Cribbins

: Children's Television: Tommy Reilly

plays the mouth organ.


Harmonica player: Tommy Reilly

: Children's Television: Filmland

Jess Yates invites you to join him for news and views from the world of films and Off the Set, Come and Meet a Star.


Presenter: Jess Yates
Presented by: Richard Evans

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Beauty Box

where Patricia Lewis introduces a light-hearted entertainment with Eddie McDonald,
Joan Manning, Tony Raine, Jack Train, Peter Cavanagh, The Blonde Toppers and Nat Temple and his Orchestra.


Presenter: Patricia Lewis
Singer: Eddie McDonald
Singer: Joan Manning
Pianist: Tony Raine
Comedian: Jack Train
Impressionist: Peter Cavanagh
Dancers: The Blonde Toppers
Musicians: Nat Temple and his Orchestra
Designer: George Djurkovic
Dance direction: Larry Gordon
Producer: Richard Afton

: I Married Joan

[Starring] Joan Davis in the film series I Married Joan


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: Up for the Cup: Second Round: Southampton v. Plymouth Argyle

McDonald Hobley invites you Up for the Cup.
A fortnightly test of knowledge, skill, and cunning between football supporters' clubs
With Leslie Welch the "Memory Man" and Robin Richmond at the electric organ.


Presenter: McDonald Hobley
The Memory Man: Leslie Welch
Organist: Robin Richmond
Devised and written by: Dennis Yates
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Armand and Michaela Denis: On Safari

The first of a new series of eight programmes on animal life in Africa.
Max Hart writes on page 5


Presenter/filmmaker/presented by: Armand Denis
Presenter/filmmaker: Michaela Denis

: Kenilworth: Episode 3

by Sir Walter Scott
Adapted for television in six weekly instalments by Vincent Tilsley
[Starring] Maxine Audley and Robin Bailey

The action takes place at Greenwich Palace; in the City of London: and at Cumnor, near Oxford. Time: 1575


Author: Sir Walter Scott
Adapted by: Vincent Tilsley
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Elizabeth I, Queen of England: Maxine Audley
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester: Robin Bailey
Thomas Ratcliffe, Earl of Sussex: Manning Wilson
Bowyer, Usher of the Black Rod: James Roughead
Walter Raleigh: Stuart Hutchison
Edmund Blount: Howard Lamb
Edmund Tressilian: Paul Eddington
Richard Varney: Anthony Newlands
Wayland Smith: Alan Edwards
Dr. Doboobie: John Wood
Zacharias Yoglan: Paul Hardtmuth
Amy Robsart: Ann Firbank
Janet: Margaret Tysack
Anthony Foster: Robert Hunter
Other parts played by: Owen Berry
Other parts played by: Clive Goodwin
Other parts played by: McArthur Gordon
Other parts played by: Patricia Key
Other parts played by: Raymond Lloyd
Other parts played by: Derek Nimmo
Other parts played by: James Page
Other parts played by: Graham Roe
Other parts played by: Lionel Wheeler

: Challenge to Education: 4: Public School - Rugby

The last in a weekly series of on-the-spot enquiries brought to you by the BBC Television Outside Broadcast Units.
Introduced by Hywel Davies.


Presenter: Hywel Davies
Producer: Ivan Gilman

: Asian Club

Men and women from Asian countries put questions to The Rt. Hon. Sir Norman Birkett on "Justice and the Law".
Chairman, Anil de Silva

A recording of this meeting of Asian Club will be broadcast in the regular weekly series in the Far Eastern and Eastern Services of the BBC.


Panellist: Sir Norman Birkett
Chairman: Anil de Silva
Producer: Philip Daly
Producer: Rex Moorfoot

: News

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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