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: Farming

A weekly agricultural magazine for those who live by the land introduced by John Cherrington.

Ploughing - 3
John Hawkins of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering demonstrates making finishes.

From the Farm Front:
Stories and pictures presented by A.C. Burton.

Handling Potatoes
Stephen Mitchell of the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering demonstrates the Stillage System.

Farm Visit
John Cherrington talks about his own farm at Tangley, near Andover.

From the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter/Item presenter (Farm Visit): John Cherrington
Item presenter (Ploughing): John Hawkins
Stories and pictures presented by (From the Farm Front): A.C. Burton
Item presenter (Handling Potatoes): Stephen Mitchell
Director: David Martin
Producer: Hilary Phillips
Film sequences: The BBC's Agricultural Film Unit

: For the Schools: Spotlight on The Old Works

A visit by outside broadcast cameras of the Welsh Television Unit to the tinplate works at Clydach near Swansea.
Introduced by Wynford Vaughan Thomas.

Today most of Britain's tinplate comes from huge modern stripmills, but there remain in South Wales a diminishing number of the old-style handmills. Here an old and honourable craft is still practised in the production of fine Welsh tinplate.
(The subject of next week's Spotlight will be announced at the end of this programme)


Presenter: Wynford Vaughan Thomas
Producer: Selwyn Roderick
Producer: Elwyn Thomas

: Mainly for Women: About the Home: Domestic Forum

Viewers' questions answered spontaneously by Dora Seton, Barry Bucknell, Rosemary McRobert, Helen Key.
In the chair, Joan Gilbert
(to 15.15)


Panellist: Dora Seton
Panellist: Barry Bucknell
Panellist: Rosemary McRobert
Panellist: Helen Key
Chairwoman: Joan Gilbert
Producer: Joyce Belfrage

: Children's Television presents: The Railway Children: 5: Saviours of the Train

A serial in eight parts adapted for television from the book by E. Nesbit and produced by Dorothea Brooking

The action of the serial takes place in the year 1906.
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on March 31)


Author: E. Nesbit
Adapted by/Producer: Dorothea Brooking
Film Cameraman: Peter Sargent
Film Editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Eileen Diss
Roberta: Anneke Willys
Peter: Cavan Kendall
Phyllis: Sandra Michaels
Engine driver: Edward Higgins
Mother: Jean Anderson
Mr. Gill, the Stationmaster: Donald Morley
Perks, the porter: Richard Warner
The Old Gentleman: Norman Shelley
District Railway Supervisor: Clive Dunn
The Lovenian: Denis de Marney
Mrs. Viney: Hilda Barry
Also taking part: Irene Richmond
Also taking part: Stella Kemball
Also taking part: Sheelah Wilcocks
Also taking part: Madge Brindley
Also taking part: Janet Bruce
Also taking part: Leonard Kingston
Also taking part: Anthony Broughton

: Children's Television: Sketch Club

with Adrian Hill who announces this week's prize-winners and helps you with your picture making.
Picture Gallery: The Wedding


Presenter/artist: Adrian Hill
Presented by: Gordon Murray

: Children's Television: Morton's Pony

A short story by Charlotte Hough.
Told by Margaret Ward.


Writer: Charlotte Hough
Storyteller: Margaret Ward

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

On transmitters serving the areas:
6.10 News for Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the English Regions
News for Wales: 6.15-6.20

: Tonight

Look around with Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Sport - Music - People
Cinema - Theatre - Travel
with Derek Hart, Macdonald Hastings and this week: Cy Grant, Elizabeth Larner


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Musician: Cy Grant
Singer: Elizabeth Larner
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: Short Cuts: 8: Making a flap table

Barry Bucknell shows how to Do It Yourself.
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Barry Bucknell
Producer: John Furness

: The Billy Cotton Band Show

Billy Cotton calls 'Wakey, Wakey!' in The Billy Cotton Band Show
with Alan Breeze and Kathie Kay.
Also involved The High-Lights, The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes and a guest star from the world of entertainment.


Presenter/Bandleader: Billy Cotton
Singer: Alan Breeze
Singer: Kathie Kay
Singers: The High-Lights
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Script: Jimmy Grafton
Choreographer/Associate Producer: Leslie Roberts
Production: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: Association Football: Sheffield Wednesday v. Juventus (The Italian League Leaders)

Commentary by Kenneth Wolstenholme on the second half of the match.
From Sheffield Wednesday's Football Ground at Hillsborough.


Commentary: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Presented for television by: Ray Lakeland

: The Happiest Millionaire

by Kyle Crichton
Suggested by the book "My Philadelphia Father" by Cordelia Drexel Biddle and Kyle Crichton.
[Starring] Robert Beatty, Maureen Swanson, Daniel Massey in an excerpt

Televised by arrangement with Emile Littler, direct from the Cambridge Theatre, London

(See page 5)


Writer/Author (My Philadelphia Father): Kyle Crichton
Author (My Philadelphia Father): Cordelia Drexel Biddle
Director: Wallace Douglas
Costumes: Anthony Holland
Settings: George Jenkins
Presented for television by: John Vernon
John Lawless: John Wentworth
Anthony J. Drexel Biddle: Robert Beatty
Cordelia Biddle: Maureen Swanson
Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle: Gwynne Whitby
Livingstone Biddle: Leo Maguire
Tony Biddle: Vaughan Scott
Aunt Mary Drexel: Marjory Hawtrey
Cousin Lucy: Jacqueline Ellis
Emma: Lisa Barnett
Joe Mancuso: Alan Browning
Angier Duke: Daniel Massey
Spike O'Malley: Desmond Jeans

: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?: Problems from Paintings

The experts are challenged to identify details from famous masterpieces.
The Experts: Professor Ellis Waterhouse, Michael Ayrton, Bryan Robertson
The Challengers: Musees des Beaux-Arts, Brussels and Antwerp
Chairman, John Betjeman


Expert: Professor Ellis Waterhouse
Expert: Michael Ayrton
Expert: Bryan Robertson
Chairman: John Betjeman
Presented by: Nancy Thomas

: Me, and the Night and the Music

Elisabeth Welch presents the last of three programmes Me, and the Night and the Music assisted by Winifred Taylor and Patrick Harvey at two pianos


Presenter/singer: Elisabeth Welch
Pianist: Winifred Taylor
Pianist: Patrick Harvey
Producer: Charles R. Rogers

: Eye on Research: 2: Pattern for Life

Robert Reid reports.
A conversation on heredity with Professor C.H. Waddington, Head of the Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh.


Reporter: Robert Reid
Interviewee: Professor C.H. Waddington
Research and treatment: Gordon Taylor
Producer: Alan Rees
Series Editor: Aubrey Singer

: News Summary

followed by Weather, Road Works Report, Close Down

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