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: Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Family Affairs

Having your Baby: 5: Diet
A series of twelve programmes arranged in co-operation with the Maternity and Infant Welfare Departments of University College Hospital, London.

Families of Other Lands
Beryl Sri Hari talks about India.

Introduced by Joan Yorke.

Topical Round-Up
with Honor Balfour.


Presenter (Family Affairs): Joan Yorke
Interviewer (Having your Baby): Gwen Farrow
Item presenter (Families of Other Lands): Beryl Sri Hari
Producer (Family Affairs): Beryl Radley
Presenter (Topical Round-Up): Honor Balfour

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


Narrator/Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Children's Television presents: The Well

A play for television by C.E. Webber
Based on a true story
(See foot of page)

When Parson Davis decided to have a well dug at the bottom of his garden it seemed a good and sensible thing to do. In the year 1867, in a remote country parish, there was no piped water for the village, only ponds which dried up and a fountain at the crossroads, half a mile away.

It also seemed sensible, and kind, to give the job of digging the well to three poor labourers, brothers, all of whom badly needed work, instead of to Mr. Jarvis, the prosperous master mason. How do you set about making a well? Let Mr. Jarvis answer: "You have to keep on digging till you come to water. If you're boring through clay, or clay and loam mixed with gravel, that's easy - you can make do with a few boards on the way down. But if you come to loose sand, you have to wall it all in with struts and crossbeams to keep the sand from falling in on top of you." The brothers did come to sand, thirty feet down, and it fell in on top of them. The play this afternoon tells the story of what happened next. (Rex Tucker)


Writer: C.E. Webber
Producer: Rex Tucker
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
The Rev. John Davis: Maurice Colbourne
Mr. Jarvis: Basil Dignam
Rebecca Davis: Ann Gow
Alfred Thomas: Bruce Stewart
Bob Thomas: Barry Thomas
Chris Thomas: Richard Palmer
Mr. Matthews: Anthony Jacobs
A coalminer: Patrick Troughton

: Children's Television: Meet Monica Edwards

Diana Carter and Outside Broadcast cameras visit one of your favourite authors at her home in Surrey - Punch Bowl Farm.


Interviewee: Monica Edwards
Presenter/interviewer: Diana Carter

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Industry Entertains

featuring the top talent from the various centres of the hosiery and knitwear industries in the Midlands.
The orchestra directed by William Pethers
(by permission of S. H. Newsome)
Introduced by Bill Hartley.
From the BBC's Midland television studio
See page 4


The orchestra directed by: William Pethers
Presenter: Bill Hartley
Film sequences - Cameraman: Roy Fogwell
Film sequences: Editor: Edward Le Lorrain
Producer: Philip Lewis

: International Battle in Magic

A return match between Holland and Great Britain.
Umpires: Francis White and Henk Vermeyden
Presented in Holland by Ben Mettrop and in Great Britain by Bryan Cowgill
See page 5


Umpire: Francis White
Umpire: Henk Vermeyden
Presented by: Ben Mettrop
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill
Producer: Dennis Monger

: Mostly Maynard

In which you see Marcia Owen, Len Lowe, The Kentones, Pat Coombs, Dennis Chinnery, Betty Marsden, The Roy Marsh Trio, Vikki Hammond, Paddy Edwards but it's mostly Bill Maynard.
From the King's Theatre, Hammersmith.


Comedian: Bill Maynard
Singer: Marcia Owen
[Actor]: Len Lowe
Singers: The Kentones
[Actress]: Pat Coombs
[Actor]: Dennis Chinnery
[Actress]: Betty Marsden
Musicians: The Roy Marsh Trio
[Actress]: Vikki Hammond
[Actress]: Paddy Edwards
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Musical Associate: Bert Waller
Script: Eric Merriman
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: Bicycle Thieves

(See top of page)

This famous Italian classic of the cinema, directed by Vittorio de Sica, won the 1949 Oscar for the best foreign language film.


Director: Vittorio de Sica
Antonio: Lamberto Maggiorani
Bruno, the son: Enzo Staiola
Maria, the wife: Lianella Carell
Baiocco, the dustman: Gino Saltamerenda
The thief: Vittorio Antonucci
The porter: Giulio Chiari

: Sea and Ships: My Life at Sea

Alan Villiers discusses extracts from his film library with Peter Scott.

Alan Villiers first went to sea at the age of fifteen and has been in sail as cadet, seaman, owner, and captain almost ever since. He has sailed in the Parma, the Herzogin Cecilie, the Grace Harwar, Arab dhows, Tasmanian ketches, Arctic whalers, square-rigged training ships, and tank landing craft. In April he sails as Captain of the Mayflower II.
From the BBC's West of England television studio
(The last of three programmes)


Interviewer: Peter Scott
Interviewee: Alan Villiers
Producer: Ian Curtis

: News

Followed by Weather and Close Down

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