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: Gardening Club

A weekly date with Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.

This week he advises on: Inspecting apples and pears in store; bringing the earliest bulbs out to the light; pinching the tops out of schizanthus to encourage them to be bushy; making a compost heap with leaves and other garden refuse so plentiful at this time of the year.
His guest today is: R. E. Price who demonstrates the basic principles of constructing a rock garden and discusses ways of protecting tender alpine plants during the winter.
Produced by John Farrington in the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: R. E. Price
Producer: John Farrington

: Madam Butterfly

A Japanese tragedy
Adapted for television and produced by George R. Foa

The action takes place in Nagasaki.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
(Led by Harold Parfitt)
Conducted by Stanford Robinson
(A BBC telerecording previously televised on July 4)


Libretto: L. Illica
Libretto: G. Giacosa
Adapted by/Producer: George R. Foa
Music: Giacomo Puccini
Musicians: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Harold Parfitt
Conductor: Stanford Robinson
Chorus-master: Cyril Gell
Repetiteur: William Reid
Adviser: Kay Kinugasa
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Madam Butterfly, Cho-Cho-San: Sonya Hana
Madam Butterfly, Cho-Cho-San, sung by: Joyce Gartside
Suzuki, Cho-Cho-San's servant: Barbara Lee Yu Ling
Suzuki, Cho-Cho-San's servant, sung by: Patricia Kern
Lieutenant Pinkerton of the United States Navy: David Peel
Lieutenant Pinkerton of the United States Navy, sung by: John Dobson
Sharpless, United States Consul at Nagasaki: Roderick Jones
Sharpless, United States Consul at Nagasaki, sung by: Ivor Evans
Goro, a marriage broker: Michel de Lutry
Goro, a marriage broker, sung by: Robert Gard
The Bonze, Cho-Cho-San's uncle: Kenji Takaki
The Bonze, Cho-Cho-San's uncle, sung by: Raimund Herincx
Prince Yamadori: Otokichi Ikeda
Prince Yamadori, sung by: Duncan Robertson
The High Commissioner: Kizaemon Kitamura
The High Commissioner, sung by: Raimund Herincx
Kate Pinkerton: Jean Waugh
Kate Pinkerton, sung by: Frances Wilkes

: News Review

Seven days in thirty minutes
A Television news feature recalling the week's outstanding events on film, with personalities, reports, and expert analysis from studios at home and abroad.
Introduced by Richard Baker.


Presenter: Richard Baker

: Children's Television presents: Circus Boy - Hortense the Hippo

The Circus is in competition with a rival outfit for the contract to play an important town. When Big Tim produces his star attraction, an enormous hippopotamus named Hortense, the contract is in the bag; but his enemies are not easily beaten, and if only they could get rid of Hortense they might yet save the day.

: Children's Television: Sooty

Assisted by Sweep and Harry Corbett.


Puppeteer: Harry Corbett

: Children's Television: Treasure Island: 5: The Stockade

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adaptation by Joy Harington
[Starring] Bernard Miles
with Valentine Dyall and Richard Palmer

(Douglas Blackwell is appearing in "No Time for Sergeants" at Her Majesty's Theatre, London)


Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Adaptation: Joy Harington
Fight arranged by: Terry Baker
Special Effects: Bernard Wilkie
Cameraman: David Prosser
Film Editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Susan Spence
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Narrator: Peter Hawkins
Captain Smollett: Derek Birch
Dr. Livesey: Valentine Dyall
Squire Trelawney: Raymond Rollett
Abe Gray: Roy Dotrice
Hunter: Barry MacGregor
Joyce: Noel Davis
Redruth: Howell Davies
Jim Hawkins: Richard Palmer
Long John Silver: Bernard Miles
Merry: Bruce Stewart
Dick: Richard Coe
Job Anderson: Colin Douglas
Harry: Michael Collins
Johnny: Harry Lane
Israel Hands: Douglas Blackwell
O'Brien: Robert Mooney
Other parts played by: Terry Baker
Other parts played by: Hedger Wallace

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

The Rev. Paul Morton-George gives some advice in answer to one of your questions: What is the best way to study the Bible?
Send your questions on a postcard to: What's Your Question?, [address removed]


Presenter: The Rev. Paul Morton-George
Presented by: John Elphinstone-Fyffe

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: His Praise Forth Tell

We all have our favourite hymns, often intimately associated with personal experiences. Tonight a number of such well-known hymns have been selected and you hear the stories connected with them.
Introduced by Hugh David.
Hymns sung by the BBC Welsh Chorus accompanied by the BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conducted by Arwel Hughes


Presenter: Hugh David
Singers: The BBC Welsh Chorus
Musicians: The BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conductor: Arwel Hughes
Programme arranged by: The Rev. Glyn Parry-Jones
Television Presentation: David J. Thomas

: The Grand Order of Water Rats presents: Vic Oliver The Versatile Rat

With Yvonne Arnaud, Jimmy Clitheroe
Assisted by Bert Linden, Rowland Jones, Laurie Payne, George Betton, Billy Sutton, Amanda Barrie, The George Mitchell Singers and the British Concert Orchestra.
(Leader, Reginald Morley)
Associate Conductor, Marcus Dods

(Rowland Jones appears by permission of the Sadler's Wells Opera Company)


Comedian: Vic Oliver
Performer: Yvonne Arnaud
Comedian: Jimmy Clitheroe
Comedian: Bert Lindon
Singer: Rowland Jones
Singer: Laurie Payne
Comedian: George Betton
Comedian: Billy Sutton
Performer: Amanda Barrie
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers
Musicians: The British Concert Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Reginald Morley
Associate Conductor: Marcus Dods
The Jimmy Clitheroe sketch written by: Frank Roscoe
Script for Yvonne Arnaud and Vic Oliver by: Carey Edwards
Designer: Audley Southcott
Producer: Graeme Muir

: Sunday-Night Theatre presents: The English Family Robinson: 1: Night of the Tigers

A play cycle by Iain MacCormick.
Starring Patrick Barr and Glyn Houston.
The action of the play is set in the District of Dalpore, India, in 1857.
See page 11


Writer: Iain MacCormick
Producer: Hal Burton
Designer: John Cooper
Major Scott: Patrick Barr
Havildar Dil: Frank Olegario
Young sepoy: Nat Patel
Jemadar Mandrali: Peter Elliott
Alice Weekes: Pamela Buck
Mary McLeod: Ellen McIntosh
John Robinson: Glyn Houston
First bearer: Shaym Bahadur
Guru: David Grahame
Second bearer: Ishaq Bux
Havildar Khan: Olaf Pooley
Subadar-Major Prithvi Saraswati: Ewen Solon
Captain Howard: Michael Brill

: The Borneo Story: 5: Fishermen of the Coast

told by Hugh Gibb and Tom Harrisson.
Six films about the people and animals who live in the British Colony of Sarawak.


Narrator: Hugh Gibb
Narrator: Tom Harrisson
Presented by: James McCloy

: Coppelia

The ballet by C. Nuitter and A. Saint-Leon
Adapted and produced by Margaret Dale

A border village in Galicia about 1800

The music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Hugh Maguire)
Conducted by John Lanchbery

(Nadia Nerina, Gerd Larsen, Julia Farron, Donald Britton, Peter Wright, John Lanchbery appear by permission of the General Administrator, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Ltd.; Joan Elvin, Bob Stevenson, Robert Harvey, Garry Smith are in "Damn Yankees" at the London Coliseum)

Robert Helpmann and Nadia Nerina in the ballet "Coppelia" (The Girl with the Enamel Eyes)

In an age when superstitious people were attracted to the seemingly miraculous discoveries of scientists, and hypnotism was the new vogue, all the villagers regarded Dr. Coppelius and his mysterious experiments with suspicion and fear. But they could not ignore the lovely young girl whom they took to be his daughter, Coppelia. She could always be seen in his window, apparently reading a book, and there was something strangely compelling about her slender figure and her great shining eyes. Franz, a village boy engaged to Swanilda, saluted Coppelia one day, and she apparently returned his greeting-to the annoyance of Swanilda, who set out to discover who her rival was.
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Music: Leo Delibes
Ballet by: C. Nuitter
Ballet by: A. Saint-Leon
Adapted by/Producer: Margaret Dale
Musicians: The London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Hugh Maguire
Orchestra conducted by: John Lanchbery
Designer: Guy Sheppard
Dr. Coppelius: Robert Helpmann
Swanilda, a village girl: Nadia Nerina
Franz: Donald Britton
Innkeeper: Rudolf Offenbach
Burgomaster: Alexis Chesnakov
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Julia Farron
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Gerd Larsen
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Gillian Lynne
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Greta Hamby
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Sara Lusita
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Anna Paskevska
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Peter Wright
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Tutte Lemkow
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Harry Hawthorne
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Bob Stevenson
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Robert Harvey
Mazurka and Czardas dancers: Garry Smith
Swanilda's friends: June Lesley
Swanilda's friends: Joan Elvin
Swanilda's friends: Josephine Gordon
Swanilda's friends: Noel Rossana

: The Epilogue: Looking back - and forward

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt. Rev. F.A. Cockin, D.D. speaks from a long experience of broadcasting.
From a BBC West of England studio
Weather and Close Down


Presenter: The Rev. F. A. Cockin

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