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: Cricket: England v. West Indies: First Test Match

The second day's play at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
(to 13.30)


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: Peter West
Summaries: Gerry Gomez
Television presentation: David Martin

: Lawn Tennis: Surrey Grass Court Championships

BBC outside broadcast cameras cover some of the matches at the first major grass court tournament of the year.
From the Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club


Commentator: Michael Henderson
Commentator: Dan Maskell
Presented for television by: Humphrey Fisher

: Cricket: England v. West Indies

A further visit to Edgbaston, Birmingham.

: Mainly for Women: Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler

The last in the present 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 2s.) post free, may be obtained from [address removed] Please send a crossed postal order-not stamps.


Exerciser: Eileen Fowler
Accompanist: Helen Shields
Arranged by: Ann Shead
Presented by: John Farrington

: 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


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 Barber and the Donkey

A comic tale of Old Baghdad by C. E. Webber.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on July 10, 1956)


Writer: C. E. Webber
Producer: Rex Tucker
The Barber: Hugh David
The Woodman: James Sharkey
The Donkey: Peter Diamond
The Caliph of Baghdad: Laurence Hardy
His Vizier: Bruno Barnabe
Slave: Angela Malik

: Children's Television: First Test Match

Brian Johnston gives a special commentary from Edgbaston, Birmingham.


Commentator: Brian Johnston

: Children's Television: Toytown: The Great Toytown War

Another play by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
Puppets by Gordon Murray and settings by Andrew Brownfoot from illustrations by S. G. Hulme Beaman.
(A BBC telerecording)


Writer/illustrations: S. G. Hulme Beaman
Voices: Rosemary Miller
Voices: Noel Coleman
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Voices: Roy Skelton
Puppeteers: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteers: Molly Gibson
Puppeteers: Elizabeth Thorndike
Puppeteers: Bob Bura
Puppeteers: John Hardwick
Puppets/producer: Gordon Murray
Settings: Andrew Brownfoot

: The Weather

: Cricket: England v. West Indies

The closing overs of the second day's play followed by summaries by Peter West and Gerry Gomez.


Summariser: Peter West
Summariser: Gerry Gomez

: Movie Museum: Allez-Oop

[Starring] Buster Keaton
Buster, with his dead-pan face and extraordinary acrobatic agility, wins the hand of Dorothy Sebastian in this early talking comedy film.


Elmer: Buster Keaton
Paula Stevens: Dorothy Sebastian

: The Grove Family: The Missing Masterpiece

by Trevor Peacock.


Writer: Trevor Peacock
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
Jack: Peter Bryant
Daphne: Margaret Downs
Lennie: Christopher Beeny
Gran: Nancy Roberts
Rodney: Sam Jephcott
Rag-and-bone man: Anthony Sagar
Head Mistress: Dorothy Black
Art Mistress: Jean Marlow
Mrs Goss: Katharine Page
First barrow boy: Peter Madden
Second barrow boy: Van Boolen
Man in junk yard: Leonard Williams
Auctioneer: Oliver Burt
Chairman of the Board of Governors: Charles Maunsell

: News

: What's in the Picture?

asks Denzil Batchelor.
Caroline Carter, Marshall Pugh, Norris McWhirter, Shelley Rohde try to find the answers in 'The Newsreel Game'.


Chairman: Denzil Batchelor
Panellist: Caroline Carter
Panellist: Marshall Pugh
Panellist: Norris McWhirter
Panellist: Shelley Rohde
Producer: John Furness

: Pleasure Boat

Music and song afloat in a series of cruises presented for your pleasure by Derek Burrell-Davis.
Come aboard the Mapledurham and steam up the Thames with the ship's company.
In Command?
Kenneth Horne
Under Command!
George Martin
Michael Holliday and the Crew Girls
At Your Command
Adele Leigh
Grace O'Connor
with the Ship's Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Louis Stevens
This cruise will take place regardless of weather.
See page 4


Presented by: Derek Burrell-Davis
Skipper: Kenneth Horne
Lieutenant/comedian: George Martin
Lieutenant/singer: Michael Holliday
Singer: Adele Leigh
Singer: Grace O'Connor
Ship's Orchestra and Choir under the direction of: Louis Stevens
Production Assistant: Peter Bruce
Music Adviser: James Turner
Additional commentary: Douglas Fleming
Associate director: Dennis Monger

: Eye to Eye: 3 - Line of Defence

Tonight Eye to Eye tells the story of the medical officers of the Port of London Health Authority who stand on guard as the first line of defence against infectious disease.
A ship from Asia is heading for the Channel; one of the passengers is sick; 'query smallpox' is the message sent by the ship's surgeon; in thirty-six hours they will be in London, capital of a country of fifty million people, only a quarter of whom are vaccinated.


Photographed by: A. A. Englander, F.R.P.S.
Recorded by: David Ziegler
Recorded by: Leslie Phillips
Editor: Alfred Chapman
Director: Norman Swallow

: Canadian Television Theatre presents: Queen of Spades

A television play by Leo Orenstein from Pushkin's story.


Adapter: Leo Orenstein
Author: Alexander Pushkin
Producer: Paul Almond
Designer: Rudi Dorn
Supervising producer: Sydney Newman
Lisa: Kate Reid
Hermann: Lloyd Bochner
The guard: Sydney Brown
Paul: Charles Jarrott
Narumov: Norman Welsch
The dealer: Fred Diehl
The Countess: Mary Savage
Maria: Joan Blackman
The chauffeur: Lee Davidson

: Press Conference

People who make the news face questions from the people who write the news.


Presented by: Hugh Burnett

: News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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