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: Wimbledon: The Lawn Tennis Championships

Meet the Ball-boys
The sixty-one boys from the William Baker Technical Schools at Goldings, Herts, the Wimbledon fortnight means an exacting but welcome break from learning a trade. The William Baker Schools, a branch of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, have provided the ball-boys for Wimbledon for the past seven years.
The boys are selected on the basis of their keenness and ability, and competition is fierce. There are about 200 boys at Goldings, eighty or so are juniors below school-leaving age and therefore not eligible, and a few more are incapacitated physically in some way. The remainder all start training for Wimbledon, but gradually the number is reduced until only the best sixty-one are left. To round off their ball-boy training at the school, the boys spend two afternoons at Wimbledon before the tournament starts to be rehearsed by the club staff there.
Viewers and spectators may not appreciate how skilful and energetic a ball-boy has to be, but just watch one for a time. Incidentally, over 10,000 balls are used at an average Wimbledon, and they mean a lot of collecting even to sixty-one keen youngsters of fifteen and sixteen years of age. Eight boys are allocated to a court, and six of them are 'on duty' during a match while two are resting. The Lawn Tennis Association pays the boys pocket money.
There are both grass and hard courts at the Baker Schools, two of which have been added to cater for the increased interest in tennis among ball-boys, many of whom make friends with the Wimbledon stars.


Commentator: Dan Maskell
Commentator: Peter West
Commentator: Michael Henderson
Presented for television by: Bill Duncalf
Presented for television by: Humphrey Fisher
Presented for television by: Bryan Cowgill

: Children's Television: Studio E

Vera McKechnie in Studio 'E' introduces

Peter Cavanagh with another motor racing report

Gordon and Colville 'England's latest Test Match hopes'

John Gower with some songs of the sea

Faraway Children: 2 - Sports in Finland
(A Finnish film)

Holiday Snaps
Neville Maude tells you how to get the best out of your camera.

Roy Earl the comedy conjuror


Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Reporter: Peter Cavanagh
Comedians: Gordon and Colville
Singer: John Gower
Item presenter (Holiday Snaps): Neville Maude
Conjuror: Roy Earl
Edited and produced by: John Hunter Blair

: The Weather

: Wimbledon

Another visit to the Lawn Tennis Championships.

: Behind the Headlines

of the Royal Show which opens at Costessey, near Norwich, tomorrow.
BBC outside broadcast cameras go into the ring to meet some of the exhibitors who have brought livestock for judging at this great annual event in the farming world.

: Who Said That?

"Men are always amusing when they lose their temper...."
Who Said That?
Alan Melville questions Lady Pakenham, Judy Montagu, John Betjeman and Gilbert Harding in a light-hearted enquiry into the origin and merits of some provocative quotations.


Chairman: Alan Melville
Panellist: Lady Pakenham
Panellist: Judy Montagu
Panellist: John Betjeman
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: Drake's Progress

[Starring] Charlie Drake
featuring Warren Mitchell and Ossie Waller, Robert Dorning, Ann Greenland.


Script: George Wadmore
Script: Charlie Drake
Script: Maurice Wiltshire
Incidental music: Jackie Brown
Producer: George Inns
Comedian: Charlie Drake
[Actor]: Warren Mitchell
[Actor]: Ossie Waller
[Actor]: Robert Dorning
[Actress]: Ann Greenland

: Theatre Night presents: An excerpt from Dear Delinquent

A comedy by Jack Popplewell.
[Starring] David Tomlinson, Anna Massey
A special performance from the Westminster Theatre, London, by arrangement with E. P. Clift for Minster Productions Ltd. and Anna Deere Witnan


Author: Jack Popplewell
Director: Jack Minster
Setting: Hutchinson Scott
Presented for television by: John Vernon
David Warren: David Tomlinson
Wilkinson: Patrick Cargill
Penelope Shawn: Anna Massey
Detective Sergeant Pidgeon: Duncan Lewis
Harry Shawn: Laurence Hardy
Helen Chandler: Josephine Martin
Lady Warren: Joan Haythorne

: Panorama

Richard Dimbleby opens Television's Window on the World.
The Panorama team of special contributors, using film and television cameras, focuses on events and personalities of the moment.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Producer: Michael Peacock
Producer: Charles Wheeler

: Picture Parade

A magazine of films and film personalities introduced by Peter Haigh and Derek Bond.


Presenter: Peter Haigh
Presenter: Derek Bond
Presented by: Alan Sleath

: Today on the Centre Court

A BBC television film of some of the highlights of the day's play at Wimbledon.


Commentary: Peter Wilson

: News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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