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: The State Visit to France

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(to 11.40)

The State Visit to France of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

11.25-11.40 The Queen and The Duke arrive at the Palace of Versailles for a State Luncheon in their honour

1 45-2.45 The Queen and The Duke attend a performance of Ballet des Fleurs from 'Les Indes Galantes'

This performance, specially arranged for The Queen, is given In the Louis XV Theatre in Versailles. This theatre, abandoned for centuries, has been completely restored for the Royal visit. The last Queen to attend this theatre was Marie Antoinette

The scenes described by Richard Dimbleby
The broadcasts are presented by courtesy of Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise

Evening programmes will be interrupted at approximately the following time:
7.45-8.10 The floodlit scene on the banks of the Seine as the President of France and his Royal Guests pass the Cathedral of Notre-Dame on board the Bordes-Fretigny


Music (Les Indes Galantes): J.P. Rameau
Choreography (Les Indes Galantes): Harold Lander
Commentator: Richard Dimbleby

: The State Visit to France

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: Mainly for Women: Family Affairs

Women and the Law: 4 - Hire Purchase
Fenton Bresler

Summer Play: Clothes for Children
Claire Alexander

Let's Look into This
Geoffrey Johnson Smith examines astrology to see whether our lives are influenced by the stars.

Introduced by Betty Lait.

A Woman's Work
Bill Hartley introduces women from the Midlands with interesting or unusual jobs.

(From the BBC's Midland television studios)


Presenter (Women and the Law): Fenton Bresler
Presenter (Summer Play): Claire Alexander
Presenter (Let's Look into This): Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Presenter: Betty Lait
Producer: Beryl Radley
Presenter (A Woman's Work): Bill Hartley
Producer (A Woman's Work): John McGonagle

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(A BBC Television Film)
(to 16.00)


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

: Children's Television presents: Napoleon's Day Out

by Michael Bond.


Writer: Michael Bond
Producer: Pharic MacLaren
Designer: Austen Spriggs
Mr. Henry Beckett: Gerald Andersen
Mrs. Beckett: Betty Cooper
Christopher, their son: Nigel Anthony
Brian, his friend: Malcolm Kerby
Jeremy, his friend: David Hannaford
Mrs. Brown: Elsie Wagstaff
Man: Lane Meddick

: Children's Television: Adventure in Iceland

The story of the 1956 Schoolboys' Expedition.
In this film you can see the boys and their leaders working in 15 degrees of frost, crossing fierce torrents, washing in snow, bathing in hot springs, and taking scientific observations. Finally they climb 5,000 feet to the summit of an icecap, where no human foot has ever trod before.
Photographed, directed and introduced by A. A. Englander, F.R.P.S.


Photographed, directed and introduced by: A. A. Englander
Presented by: John Read

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - People - Politics
Travel - Theatre - Cinema


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore

: Beauty Box

where Patricia Lewis introduces a light-hearted entertainment with The Brunette Toppers and Nat Temple and his Orchestra.


Presenter: Patricia Lewis
Dancers: The Brunette Toppers
Musicians: Nat Temple and his Orchestra
Dance direction: Larry Gordon
Producer: Richard Afton

: Vera Lynn Sings

from the King's Theatre, Hammersmith with Rawicz and Landauer, The Keynotes introducing
Guest artist: Noucha Doina and her gypsy violin
The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes


Singer: Vera Lynn
Pianists: Rawicz and Landauer
Singers: The Keynotes
Violinist/guest artist: Noucha Doina
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Dance sequences produced by: Leslie Roberts
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
[Orchestra] Leader: David McCallum
Designer: Richard Henry
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: Portraits of Power: 1: Adolf Hitler

Written by Robert McKenzie and Huw Wheldon.
Four programmes illustrating the nature of the power wielded in their separate and differing ways by Hitler, Gandhi, Roosevelt, and Stalin.

Based on authentic records, on film, from captured and official archives, and including evidence from: Alan Bullock, Hugh Trevor-Roper and Ernst Hanfstaengl.
Introduced by Robert McKenzie.
(A BBC Film)
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Writer/Presenter: Robert McKenzie
Writer/Producer: Huw Wheldon
Interviewee: Alan Bullock
Interviewee: Hugh Trevor-Roper
Interviewee: Ernst Hanfstaengl
Designer: Norman James
Research Assistant: Therese Denny
Film Editor: Keith Latham

: Winning Ways

A comedy by Eynon Evans.
The action of the play takes place in and around 'Bryngolau', Susan's house in a village in South Wales.
From the BBC's Welsh television studio


Writer: Eynon Evans
Producer: Dafydd Gruffydd
Designer: John Cooper
Susan, a widow: Sally Havard
Martha Williams next door: Harriet Lewis
Dai Lewis the Milk: Jack Walters
John Morris: Evan Morgan
Twm Jenkins the Bread: Glanffrwd James
Gwyneth, Susan's niece: Gwenyth Petty
Meirion: Wyn Calvin
William, Gwyneth's father: D.L. Davies
Job, a local councillor: W.H. Williams

: The Budget

The Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt. Hon. Peter Thorneycroft, M.P. for the Government is questioned by Robert McKenzie.


Interviewee: The Rt. Hon. Peter Thorneycroft
Interviewer: Robert McKenzie

: I Married Joan

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


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: The Royal Visit: The second day

A news film report from Paris.
Presented in co-operation with Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise
Followed by Weather and Close Down

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