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: Greenwich Time Signal; Gardening Club

A weekly date with Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.

This week he advises on-: The lifting and harvesting of onions, Potting rooted shrub cuttings, Drying off gloxinia tubers, Sowing sweet peas in pots.
His guest today is Arthur Billitt who shows some varieties of the early flowering and the new pompon chrysanthemums, and gives hints on how to grow them successfully.
Produced by John Farrington in the BBC's Midland television studio
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Arthur Billitt
Producer: John Farrington

: Star Choice presents: Into the Night

[Starring] Eddie Albert, Ruth Roman, Dane Clark
A young couple setting off for a weekend holiday find themselves caught up in adventure-the story of which builds up with terrifying suspense.
A series of film plays presenting stars in stories of their choice.


Paul Mattson: Eddie Albert
Helen Mattson: Ruth Roman
Smiley Sanson: Dane Clark

: September Mood

A musical almanac for the changing season with Kay Cavendish at her piano and Bert Weedon (guitar)
Presented by Ronald Webster from the


Pianist: Kay Cavendish
Guitarist: Bert Weedon
Presented by: Ronald Webster

: The Brains Trust

meets every Sunday afternoon to answer questions sent by viewers.
The members this week are: Alan Bullock, Ruth Pitter, Sir John Maud, The Most Rev. Joost de Blank Archbishop-elect of Cape Town
Question-Master, Bernard Braden
Questions should be addressed to: The Brains Trust, [address removed]


Panellist: Alan Bullock
Panellist: Ruth Pitter
Panellist: Sir John Maud
Panellist: The Most Rev. Joost de Blank
Question-Master: Bernard Braden
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents: Circus Boy: Lady of the Circus

Big Tim Champion has decided to get married, but to do so he must sell the circus to his rivals, the Gordon Brothers. Corky, Joey and Pete soon learn that, unknown to Big Tim, they are to be dismissed by the new owners once the sale is completed. You can see how this situation is avoided in today's moving episode.


Corky: Mickey Braddock
Joey the Clown: Noah Beery
Big Tim Champion: Robert Lowery
Pete: Guinn Williams
Himself: Bimbo, the baby elephant

: Children's Television: Lenny the Lion

with Terry Hall.
See page 5


Ventriloquist: Terry Hall

: Children's Television: A Tale of Two Cities: 8: The Footsteps Die Out for Ever

by Charles Dickens
Made into a television serial play in eight parts by John Keir Cross and produced by Kevin Sheldon
[Starring] Mervyn Johns and Margaretta Scott with Peter Wyngarde as Sydney Carton


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: John Keir Cross
Producer: Kevin Sheldon
Designer: Gordon Roland
Wardrobe Supervision: Pamela Glanville
Make-up Supervision: Shirley Peek
Sydney Carton: Peter Wyngarde
Mr. Lorry: Mervyn Johns
Charles Darnay: Edward de Souza
Dr. Manette: Fred Fairclough
Lucie Manette: Wendy Hutchinson
Miss Pross: Joan Ingram
Madame Defarge: Margaretta Scott
Jerry Cruncher: Ronald Radd
John Barsad: Gordon Gostelow
The seamstress: Carol Marsh
The executioner: Gregory Scott

: Children's Television: Sunday Special: What's Your Question?

A special edition in which John Elphinstone-Fyffe answers some of your questions.
Send your questions on a postcard to: What's Your Question? [address removed]
(to 18.15)


Presenter: John Elphinstone-Fyffe

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: Living Under Pressure

"I am working myself to death, and I know it - but I don't know how to stop."
Canon Eric Heaton discusses with two doctors certain ways of coping with the stress of everyday living.
(The excerpt from the Gene Kelly film "The Happy Road" is shown by courtesy of M.G.M.)


Presenter: Canon Eric Heaton
Producer: Oliver Hunkin

: The Phil Silvers Show: Physical Check-Up

[Starring] Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko

Bilko is ordered to undergo a medical examination and suspects that the Colonel wants to get him out of the army. His desperate efforts to prove his physical fitness are exhausting - but not in vain.


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Sunday-Night Theatre presents: Who Cares?

A play by Leo Lehman
[Starring] Denholm Elliott
with Margaret Tyzack

The action takes place at Harry Peterson's house in a university town somewhere in England.
Time, 1953
(Denholm Elliott appears by permission of British Lion Films Limited)
See page 4


Writer: Leo Lehman
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Harry Peterson, a professor: John Sharplin
J.G., a junior lecturer: Peter Sallis
Felicia, Harry's wife: Margaret Tyzack
Stefan: Denholm Elliott
Billy, Harry's daughter by a former marriage: Susan Burnet

: The Grand Order of Water Rats presents: The Water Rat Rag

(See columns 1 and 2 and page 5)

The Grand Order of Water Rats
The Variety Profession's most famous confraternity presents: The Water Rat Rag

[Starring] Past King Rat Charlie Chester
with King Rat Cyril Dowler, Fred Ferrari, Freddie Foss, Len Lowe, Morris and Cowley, Harry Seltzer.
Also including Eric 'Jeeves' Grier, Walthon and Dorraine, Frank Davison, The George Mitchell Singers, The Leslie Roberts Dancers.
at 9.30


Comedian: Charlie Chester
Performer: Cyril Dowler
Tenor: Fred Ferrari
Performer: Freddie Foss
Comedian: Len Lowe
Comedians: Morris and Cowley
Tap dancer: Harry Seltzer
Performer: Eric 'Jeeves' Grier
Balancers: Walthon and Dorraine
Pianist: Frank Davison
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Dancers
Dance sequences produced by: Leslie Roberts
Orchestra conducted by: George Clouston
Script: Charlie Chester
Designer: Audley Southcott
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: An Engagement at the Theatre

Bryan Coleman tells the story by Maurice Richardson.


Storyteller: Bryan Coleman
Author: Maurice Richardson

: Max Jaffa

Max Jaffa introduces Geraint Evans
with The Trio: Max Jaffa (violin), Reginald Kilbey (cello), Jack Byfield (piano)
and The Linden Singers
Conductor, William Llewellyn

(Geraint Evans appears by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.)


Presenter/Violinist (The Trio): Max Jaffa
Baritone: Geraint Evans
Cellist (The Trio): Reginald Kilbey
Pianist (The Trio): Jack Byfield
Singers: The Linden Singers
Conductor: William Llewellyn
Producer: Christian Simpson

: The Epilogue: Some Great Men of the Bible: Isaiah

A reading from the Bible with comment by Canon Roy McKay.
Followed by Weather and Close Down


Presenter: Canon Roy McKay

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