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: Farming

A weekly agricultural magazine for those who live by the land.
Introduced from London by John Cherrington who reports on The Smithfield Show
The programme includes film about the Livestock and Machinery at Earls Court.
Livestock: Ben Coutts, of Gaskbeg, Laggan, Inverness-shire
Machinery: George Wardrop, Machinery Editor, Farmer and Stockbreeder
Carcases: Peter Colebrook, Judge of the Cattle Carcases

The National Poultry Show
Dr. W. P. Blount reports with film made at Olympia.

From the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter/Reporter: John Cherrington
Commentator (Livestock): Ben Coutts.
Commentator (Machinery): George Wardrop
Commentator (Carcases): Peter Colebrook
Commentator (The National Poultry Show): Dr. W. P. Blount
Director: David Martin
Producer: Hilary Phillips
Film sequences: The BBC's Agricultural Film Unit

: For the Schools: Spotlight

This week: a programme of current interest introduced by Christopher Chataway.
The first broadcast in this series next term will be on Thursday, January 16


Presenter: Christopher Chataway
Producer: Ivan Gilman

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
David Enders tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(A BBC television film)


Narrator: David Enders
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Mainly for Women: About the Home

Cookery Club
Marguerite Patten introduces the winner of the competition, 'Menu for a Buffet Supper Party', and shows how to prepare the dishes.

An Icicle Tree for Christmas
This is one of several charming and original ideas for Christmas decorations which Constance Spry shows today.

Housework with Ease
Demonstrated by Doris Robertson of the Scottish Council of Physical Recreation.

From the BBC's Scottish television studios
Introduced by Joan Gilbert.

(to 15.15)


Item presenter/cook (Cookery Club): Marguerite Patten
Item presenter (An Icicle Tree for Christmas): Constance Spry
Item presenter (Housework with Ease): Doris Robertson
Presenter: Joan Gilbert
Producer: Ann Shead

: Children's Television presents: The Railway Children: 6: The Pride of Perks

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 April 7)


Author: E. Nesbit
Adapted by/Producer: Dorothea Brooking
Designer: Eileen Diss
Roberta: Anneke Willys
The Old Gentleman: Norman Shelley
Mr. Gill the Stationmaster: Donald Morley
Mother: Jean Anderson
Phyllis: Sandra Michaels
Peter: Cavan Kendall
Johnnie Perks: David Langford
Mrs. Perks: Gabrielle Hamilton
Perks, the Porter: Richard Warner

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview

Introduced by Max Robertson.
A fortnightly series presenting news and views from the world of sport.


Presenter: Max Robertson
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Tom Millett

: Children's Television: Circus Baby

A Morton Schindel cartoon film from the book by Maud Petersham and Miska Petersham.


Producer: Morton Schindel
Author: Maud Petersham
Author: Miska Petersham

: 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 Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - People
Cinema - Theatre - Travel
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Macdonald Hastings and this week:
Maxine Daniels, Rory McEwen


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer: Maxine Daniels
Singer/guitarist: Rory McEwen
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: Short Cuts: 9: Draught Proofing

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


Presenter: Barry Bucknell
Producer: John Furness

: Vera Lynn Sings

From the Television Theatre
with Semprini, The Keynotes, Dennis Spicer
Introducing: A Guest Artist
and The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes


Singer: Vera Lynn
Pianist: Semprini
Singers: The Keynotes
Ventriloquist: Dennis Spicer
Dancers: The Leslie Roberts Silhouettes
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Orchestra leader: David McCallum
Choreographer/Associate Producer: Leslie Roberts
Scriptwriter: Freddie Robertson
Producer: Albert Stevenson

: The Critical Point

by Evelyn Frazer
[Starring] Leo McKern
with Eric Lander and Margo Johns
From the BBC's North of England television studio, Manchester

For some years now the phrase 'Deep Freeze' has been creeping more and more into scientific discussion, and experiments have been carried out developing the possibilities of 'hibernation anaesthesia'. Tonight's exciting play by Evelyn Frazer tells the story of the first human 'guinea-pig' to undergo this experiment. Philip Gage, a young doctor closely concerned with tests that have so far been carried out only on animals, finds suddenly a good reason why he should be the first man to volunteer. But although he may temporarily have escaped from the world of the living, he cannot fully escape the world of reality which is slowly closing its net about him...
At 8.2


Writer: Evelyn Frazer
Film sequences: The BBC North Region Film Unit
Designer: Charles Lawrence
Producer: George R. Foa
Mason: Neil Wilson
Dr. Helen Schroder: Margo Johns
Dr. Andrew Mortimer: Leo McKern
Dr. Philip Gage: Eric Lander
Sir Keith Vernon: Nigel Arkwright
Professor Hubbard: Roderick Jones
Margot Gage: Nicolette Bernard
Miss Armitage: Norah Blaney
First Policeman: Brian Trueman
Second Policeman: George Bancroft
Det. Sgt. Green: Bernard Horsfall
Det. Insp. Snaith: Tom Chatto
Dr. MacPherson: John Rae

: Sea and Ships: Coasters

Alan Villiers introduces Coasters
The M.V. Pacific Coast is one of nearly nine hundred British coasters, four hundred of which are probably at sea at this moment. She is a 1,700-ton liner coaster, running to a definite schedule.
This evening's programme follows her to sea, sailing by night from London Docks, down London River, past the South Goodwins Lightship and down Channel. She sails on across the great trade routes, past Land's End to Queens-town and Cork and finally to Liverpool, the home of many of her crew and of her master, Captain Joe Beckett, O.B.E.


Presenter: Alan Villiers
Commentary: Anthony Jacobs
Cameraman: George Shears
Cameraman: Dennis Towler
Film editor: Constance Dunn
Producer: Ian Curtis

: Jazz Session

Ken Sykora introduces Alex Welsh and his Band featuring Roy Crimmins (trombone) and Archie Semple (clarinet).
Guest artist, George Melly


Presenter: Ken Sykora
Musicians: Alex Welsh and his Band
Trombonist: Roy Crimmins
Clarinetist: Archie Semple
Singer/Guest artist: George Melly
Presented by: Christian Simpson

: Eye on Research: 3: Adapt to Export

Robert Reid reports.
Dr. A. Fogg and John Giles of the Motor Industry Research Association show how British vehicles are developed to compete in the world's export markets.


Reporter: Robert Reid
Interviewee: Dr. A. Fogg
Interviewee: John Giles
Research and treatment: Gordon Taylor
Director: Bill Wright
Producer: Barrie Edgar
Series editor: Aubrey E. Singer

: Sportsview Special: World Cup Football: Ireland v. Italy

Sportsview's film report of yesterday's match at Windsor Park, Belfast.
Followed by Weather, Road Works Report and Close Down


Commentator (in Belfast): Kenneth Wolstenholme

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