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

The first of four visits to the Oval to see play on the second day of the match.
(to 13.30)


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: Peter West
Summaries: F. R. Brown
Television presentation: Antony Craxton

: 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 Well

A play for television by C. E. Webber.
Based on a true story.


Writer: C. E. Webber
Producer: Rex Tucker
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: Boats and Buffaloes

Racing 'Goelettes' or racing buffaloes-it depends where you live! Very different stories of very different peoples, linked by two things-the sea and the Commonwealth.
These films were shown in Commonwealth Magazine on July 11, 1956.

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

The closing overs of the second day's play and summaries by Peter West and F. R. Brown.


Summariser: Peter West
Summariser: F. R. Brown

: Glee Club

George Mitchell presents his Glee Club in a show of songs for all lovers of music with Denny Bettis, Mary Reynolds, Maureen Hill, Johnny Greenland and The Jackpots.
Accompanied by The Dennis Wilson Quartet


Presenter: George Mitchell
Dancer/choreography: Denny Bettis
Dancer: Mary Reynolds
Dancer: Maureen Hill
Dancer: Johnny Greenland
Singers: The Jackpots
Musicians: The Dennis Wilson Quartet
Orchestrations: Dennis Wilson
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: The British Games

Promoted by the 'News of the World', incorporating the international athletics match Gt. Britain v. U.S.S.R. organised by the British Amateur Athletic Board.
From the White City Stadium, London.
At 7.20 and 8.40


Commentator: Roger Bannister
Commentator: Norris McWhirter
Presented for television by: Bryan Cowgill

: Pleasure Boat

Music and song afloat as the Pleasure Boat comes home at the end of a series of cruises presented for your pleasure by Derek Burrell-Davis.
Come aboard the R.S. 'Mapledurham' and steam down the Thames with the ship's company.
In Command?
Kenneth Horne
Under Command!
George Martin, Michael Holliday, Ann Donoghue and the Crew Girls
At Your Command
Grace O'Connor, Glenda Mallon with the Ship's orchestra and choir under the direction of Louis Stevens
P.S.-This cruise will take place regardless of weather.


Presented by: Derek Burrell-Davis
Comedian/commander: Kenneth Horne
Comedian: George Martin
Singer: Michael Holliday
Performer: Ann Donoghue
Singer: Grace O'Connor
Singer: Glenda Mallon
Ship's orchestra and choir under the direction of: Louis Stevens
Musical Adviser: James Turner
Associate director: Noble Wilson

: Eye to Eye: 8: Climbing

'Eye to Eye' watches some of Britain's leading rock-climbers as they demonstrate their skill and daring among the mountains of England and Wales.
Made by BBC North Region Film Unit
Written and directed by Stanley Williamson.
Sequences from the film of the ascent of Kangchenjunga by courtesy of Mr. Charles Evans.


Commentator: Jack Longland
Writer/director: Stanley Williamson

: Press Conference

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


Presented by: Hugh Burnett

: Vanity Fair: Episode 1

by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Adapted for television in six weekly instalments by Constance Cox and Ian Dallas.
[Starring] Joyce Redman and Alan Badel
The action takes place in Miss Pinkerton's Academy, Chiswick Malt, Almack's Club, St. James's, Mr. Sedley's house, Russell Square, Vauxhall Gardens and Sir Pitt Crawley's London house, Gt. Gaunt Street.
Time 1813


Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
Adapter: Constance Cox
Adapter: Ian Dallas
Producer: Campbell Logan
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Sambo: Joseph Layode
Miss Pinkerton's maid: Audrey Nicholson
Miss Saitire: Felicity Askew
Miss Swartz: Maxine Holden
Miss Laura Martin: Stella Riley
Other young ladies: Pamela Buck
Other young ladies: Jill Manderson
Other young ladies: Virginia Thomas
Miss Jemima Pinkerton: Helena Pickard
Miss Barbara Pinkerton: Dorothy Black
Becky Sharp: Joyce Redman
Amelia Sedley: Petra Davies
Young Officer: Vincent Hitchcock
George Osborne: David Peel
Rawdon Crawley: Alan Badel
Captain Dobbin: Derek Blomfield
John Sedley: Graham Stuart
Mrs John Sedley: Marian Spencer
Joseph Sedley: Jack Mat
Ballad seller: Gwenda Ewen
Waiter at Vauxhall Gardens: Jack Howarth
Sir Pitt Crawley: Lloyd Pearson
Tinker: Marjorie Forsyth
Other parts played by: Terry Baker
Other parts played by: Alexander Beaumont
Other parts played by: Anne Marryott
Other parts played by: Naomi Moir
Other parts played by: Richard Price

: Semprini

invites you to Relax in Rhythm.


Pianist: Semprini
Presentation: Arthur Langford

: News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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