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: BBC Television Trophy Car Hill Climb Trial

An inter-regional competition between teams representing the North, the Midlands and the South of England.
At Aston Hill, Wendover.
Organised by the London Motor Club


Clerk of the Course and public address announcer: Godfrey Imhof
Assistant Clerks of the Course: Ian Mackenzie
Assistant Clerks of the Course: Ron Carradine
Official Scorer: R. A. Weston
Commentator: Raymond Baxter
Presented for television by: Bill Duncalf

: Summer in Dubrovnik

The 1956 Festival of 'The Pearl of the Adriatic'.
A film made by the BBC Television Film Unit in co-operation with Filmske Novosti, Belgrade.
The beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik, formerly Ragusa, and justly known as 'The Pearl of the Adriatic', offers a semi-tropical setting for a unique annual festival of drama, folk-dancing, ballet, opera, and concerts, all held in the open air. This film recalls the varied impressions of five visitors, each with his own memories of sunshine and music.
(Previously televised on April 14)


Treatment and direction: Olivera Gajic
Treatment and direction: Kenneth Wright
Camera: Simon Racskovic
Script: Alan White
Presentation: Geoffrey Baines

: Children's Television presents: The Lone Ranger - War Horse

There is peace in the Indian Territory until white outlaws plan to steal Lame Bear's war horse. Black Cloud, the Chief's son, is attacked and it looks as though the braves will take the war-path. Lone Ranger, however, saves the boy, restores the stolen horse, and brings back peace to the valley.


Lone Ranger: Clayton Moore
Tonto: Jay Silverheels

: Children's Television: Meeting People

Introduced by your host, Robert Gladwell.


Presenter: Robert Gladwell

: Children's Television: The Thompson Family: Part 1: Number Ten Pond Street

A serial for television by Noel Streatfeild.


Writer: Noel Streatfeild
Producer: Dorothea Brooking
Film director: Leonard Newson
Film editor: Ron de Mattos
John Thompson: John Paul
Elizabeth Thompson: Marion Jennings
Their children: Susan: Diana Beevers
Their children: Andrew: Nigel Lambert
Their children: Caroline: Sandra Michaels
Guy James: Cavan Kendall
The Postman: Edward Palmer
Police Sergeant: Raymond Hodge

: Today's Sport

Kenneth Wolstenholme gives today's major sports results.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme

: Six-Five Special

From the North with Josephine Douglas and Pete Murray.
Introducing among others: Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires featuring Andrew Reavley and Peter Morton, Chris Barber and his Jazz Band, Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Mike and Bernie Winters, Jim Dale, Sheila Buxton, The Gaunt Brothers, John Barry and the 7, The Demijeans, Freddie Mills, Don Lang and his Frantic Five, The Six-Five All-Star Buskers and presenting America's Disc of the Week.


Presenter: Josephine Douglas
Presenter: Pete Murray
Musicians: Ronnie Aldrich and his Squadronaires
Singer (Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires): Andrew Reavley
Singer (Ronnie Aldrich and the Squadronaires): Peter Morton
Musicians: Chris Barber and his Jazz Band
Singer: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Comedians: Mike and Bernie Winters
Singer: Jim Dale
Singer: Sheila Buxton
Singers: The Gaunt Brothers
Group: John Barry and the 7
Singers: The Demijeans
Performer: Freddie Mills
Group: Don Lang and his Frantic Five
Group: The Six-Five All-Star Buskers
Script: Trevor Peacock
Producer: Dennis Main Wilson

: Wells Fargo: Man in a Box

The exciting adventures of the famous Western Stagecoach Service.
[Starring] Dale Robertson
Wells Fargo is tipped off about a train robbery and they take steps to prevent it. But who would suspect a dead man?


Jim Hardie: Dale Robertson

: Dixon of Dock Green: The New Skipper

Some stories of a London policeman by Ted Willis.
[Starring] Jack Warner as Dixon of Dock Green


Writer: Ted Willis
Script associate: Rex Edwards
Producer: Douglas Moodie
P. C. George Dixon: Jack Warner
Sergeant Flint: Arthur Rigby
Mary: Jeannette Hutchinson
P. C. Cox: Frank Thornton
P. C. Hughes: George Lee
Sergeant Whittle: Arnold Bell
P. C. Bob Penney: Anthony Parker
Jerry Calder: Colin Croft
Andy Crawford, C. I. D.: Peter Byrne
Sergeant Grace Millard: Moira Mannion
Julie Rogers: Jessica Spencer
Bert Rogers: Kevin Stoney

: Mr. Pastry's Spicy Life

(See top of page and page 9)

The Saturday Show presents Richard Hearne in
Mr. Pastry's Spicy Life
(Second edition)
Incidents and anecdotes in the life of a personality
The pages turned by Alex Macintosh


Mr. Pastry: Richard Hearne
Presenter: Alex Macintosh
Script: Richard Hearne
Script: Talbot Rothwell
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Designer: Malcolm Goulding
Producer: Bryan Sears

: What's My Line?

Television's most popular panel game with Isobel Barnett, Barbara Kelly, Gilbert Harding, David Nixon.
In the chair, Eamonn Andrews

("What's My Line?" was devised by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and is televised by arrangement with CBS and Maurice Winnick)


Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Gilbert Harding
Panellist: David Nixon
Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Presented by: Harry Carlisle

: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko's Engagement

[Starring] Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko

A ring goes astray and Bilko finds himself engaged. In desperation he tries to get Joan's family to disapprove of him.


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Sports Special

Sportsview film cameras bring you today's sport tonight.
Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Tom Millett

: Fact and Figures

Followed by Weather and Close Down


Prepared by: Frank Blackaby
Charts designed and animated by: Alfred Wurmser
Described by: Huw Wheldon
Presented by: Don Haworth

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