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: Badminton Horse Trials: Second Day: Cross Country: Speed and Endurance

Outside broadcast cameras cover key positions in the seventeen-mile course during the second part of this three-day event.


Commentator: Dorian Williams
Commentator: Raymond Brooks-Ward
Presented by: Nicholas Crocker

: Mainly for Women presents: 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 Woman's Television Notes (price 2s.) 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

: I Married Joan

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


Joan Stevens: Joan Davis

: 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 16.00)


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

: Children's Television presents: The Talking Cat

A play by James Ambrose Brown.
Adapted for television and produced by Rex Tucker.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on May 1, 1956)


Author: James Ambrose Brown
Adapter/producer: Rex Tucker
Designer: John Cooper
The flowergirl: Petra Davies
The ringmaster: Douglas Wilmer
The cat: Dorothy Gordon
Lancelot: Francis Matthews
The junkman: William Mervyn
Pinky: Hugh David

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - People - Politics
Travel - Theatre - Cinema
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith
and this week: Shirley Eaton
(Shirley Eaton appears by permission of the Rank Organisation)


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Presenter: Derek Hart
Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer: Shirley Eaton

: Gardening Club

A weekly date for enthusiasts to meet Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.
Percy Thrower puts in brassicas and French beans and advises on the planting of dahlia tubers. He also shows how to make up a hanging basket with geranium and verbena.
His guest today is Frances Perry who talks about plants suitable for the small garden pond and shows ways of establishing them.


Presenter/gardener: Percy Thrower
Guest: Frances Perry
Producer: John Furness

: The Grove Family: A Match for Everybody


Script: Warren Mitchell
Based on the series devised by: Michael Pertwee
Based on the series devised by: Roland Pertwee
Director: Richard West
Producer: John Warrington
Mr. Grove: Edward Evans
Mrs. Grove: Ruth Dunning
Pat: Carole Mowlam
Jack: Peter Bryant
Daphne: Margaret Downs
Lennie: Christopher Beeny
Gran: Nancy Roberts
Miss Jones: Nan Braunton
Rodney: Sam Jephcott
Mary Dean: Grace Arnold
Clive Dean: Trevor Reid
Jane: Mary Holland
Gate man: Owen Berry

: A Question of Science

You are invited to ask A Question of Science.
Does a sword swallower really swallow a sword?
What is 'brain-washing'? How can beliefs be destroyed or fixed in the human brain?
These are some of the questions that doctors and scientists set out to answer with experiments and demonstrations.
See page 4


Film sequences: Norman MacQueen
Producer: James McCloy

: A-Z: O

Alan Melville takes you from A-Z through the world of entertainment and some of its more unusual aspects.
The programme based on the A.B.C. of Show Business by Wolf Mankowitz.
This week's letter 'O' represented by

Joan Hammond

The Old Vic
discussed by Coral Browne and Michael Benthall.

Anthony Oliver, Specially filmed for this programme.

Irving Davies, Wendy Toye and the Dancers

A selection from the famous musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein sung and danced by Elizabeth Larner, Kenneth Sandford and the Dancers.

(Anthony Oliver is in "A Month of Sundays" at the Theatre Royal, Brighton; Michael Benthall appears by permission of the Old Vic Trust)


Presenter: Alan Melville
Based on the A.B.C. of Show Business by: Wolf Mankowitz
Soprano: Joan Hammond
Interviewee (The Old Vic): Coral Browne
Interviewee (The Old Vic): Michael Benthall
[Actor]: Anthony Oliver
Orchestrations represented by: Arthur Wilkinson
Dancer: Irving Davies
Dancer: Wendy Toye
Singer (Oklahoma): Elizabeth Larner
Singer (Oklahoma): Kenneth Sandford
Choreographer: Irving Davies
Orchestra Sirector: Eric Robinson
Designer: Stephen Taylor
Research: W. Macqueen-Pope
Research: Peter Noble
Compiled by: Ken Smith
Producer: Bryan Sears

: Half the World Away: 1: Delhi

A series of three programmes in which Christopher Chataway meets young men and women in his own generation in Asia.
See page 3


Presenter/Film script/Commentary: Christopher Chataway
Film script/Commentary/Director: Stephen Hearst
Film cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film recordist: Michael Colomb
Film editor: Harry Hastings
Producer: Richard Cawston

: Amateur Boxing

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