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: Gardening Club

A weekly date with Percy Thrower and his gardening friends.
This week he suggests some Christmas presents for the keen gardener, and invites H. P. Chamineys, Editor of The Garden to talk about suitable gardening books.
His other guest today is: P. S. Wellington, who with the BBC Midland Film Unit takes viewers to the National Institute of Agricultural Botany at Cambridge, where he is the Chief Officer of the official Seed Testing Station. He shows how seed is tested for purity and germination to comply with the Seed Act of 1920. On the practical side Percy Thrower advises on the planting of a standard tree and recommends some ornamental trees for the average garden. He also shows some shrubs which can be cut and put into water so that they are in flower at Christmas time.
Produced by John Farrington in the BBC's Midland television studio
(The next Gardening Club programme will be on Friday at 7.5)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: H. P. Chamineys
Guest: P. S. Wellington
Producer: John Farrington

: 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 Kenneth Kendall.


Presenter: Kenneth Kendall

: Concert Hour

Manoug Parikian plays Glazunov's Violin Concerto in A minor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conductor, Rudolf Schwarz
The programme also includes Ravel's Suite, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Introduced by Alec Robertson.
Before an invited audience in the BBC Studios, Maida Vale, London
Also broadcast in the Home Service


Violinist: Manoug Parikian
Musicians: The BBC Symphony Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Paul Beard
[Orchestra] conductor: Rudolf Schwarz
Presenter: Alec Robertson
Television presentation: Antony Craxton

: The Brains Trust

The Brains Trust meets this afternoon to answer your questions.
The members this week are: Sir Eric James, Noel Annan, Alan Bullock, Dr. J. Bronowski
Question-Master, Norman Fisher

Questions should be addressed to: The Brains Trust, [address removed]
Sound-track to be repeated on Monday at 3.30 (Home)


Panellist: Sir Eric James
Panellist: Noel Annan
Panellist: Alan Bullock
Panellist: Dr. J. Bronowski
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents: Circus Boy: Bimbo Junior

Old Colonel Jack arrives with a new attraction, a tiny royal elephant from India. Bimbo becomes jealous and refuses to perform; he runs away, plays havoc in the local town, and finally disappears. The Circus must stay till he is found-but how do they set about it?


Corky: Mickey Braddock
Joey the Clown: Noah Beery
Big Tim Champion: Robert Lowery
Colonel Jack: Andy Clyde
Himself: Bimbo, the Baby Elephant
Himself: Bimbo Junior

: Children's Television: Marcel Marceau

The Man who acts without words as 'Bip' in; 'Bip' - 'The Lion Tamer' and 'Bip' - and the Butterfly'
Marceau has made his character 'Bip' famous all over the world for the way he laughs and cries at life.
(A BBC telerecording)


Presented by: Naomi Capon
Bip: Marcel Marceau

: Children's Television: The Silver Sword: 4: The Return of Edek

The exciting Wartime adventure by C.E. Webber.
Based on the novel by Ian Serraillier.


Adapter: C.E. Webber
Author: Ian Serraillier
Producer: Shaun Sutton
Film cameraman: David Prosser
Film editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Ruth Balicki: Pat Pleasance
Bronia Balicki: Ingrid Sylvester
Jan: Frazer Hines
Camp Secretary: Nigel Arkwright
Doctor: Carl Bernard
Edek Balicki: Melvyn Hayes
First boy: Timothy Harley
Nurse: Sally Travers
Cook: Bruce Stewart
Second boy: Alaric Cotter
Third boy: Maurice Bennis
Fourth boy: Terry Cook
Lady Welfare Officer: Enid Lindsey
Others taking part: Linda Temple
Others taking part: Michelle Collins
Others taking part: Colin McLean
Others taking part: John Christopher

: Children's Television: Sunday Special: Heart and Voice

R.T. Brooks has again been visiting schools to join in their daily services. Now he tells the story of some of the words and music he heard in them.


Presenter: R.T. Brooks

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: Have we taken the 'Christ' out of Christmas?

The Rt. Rev Dr. George MacLeod believes that we cannot celebrate the birth of Christ without remembering his death.

The second of three Advent programmes on the theme 'Christ comes to our World'.
From the BBC's television studio in Scotland


Presenter: The Rt. Rev Dr. George MacLeod
Director: Bill Stevenson
Producer: The Rev. Ronald Falconer

: On Stage - London

Alan Melville introduces On Stage-London
A programme of excerpts from current British stage successes.
Featured this week:
'Share My Lettuce' at the Comedy Theatre with Maggie Smith, Kenneth Williams, Barbara Evans, Johnny Greenland, Roderick Cook, Heather Linson, Kenneth Mason, Philip Gilbert
Televised by arrangement with Michael Codron, Ltd.


Presenter: Alan Melville
Musical director: Anthony Bowles
Scenery reproduced by: Norman James
Producer: Russell Turner
[Actress]: Maggie Smith
[Actor]: Kenneth Williams
[Actress]: Barbara Evans
[Actor]: Johnny Greenland
[Actor]: Roderick Cook
[Actress]: Heather Linson
[Actor]: Kenneth Mason
[Actor]: Philip Gilbert

: Sunday-Night Theatre presents: The Trial of Marie Lafarge

by Marcelle Maurette
Translated and adapted by Judith Kerr
[Starring] Yvonne Mitchell and Freda Jackson

The trial of Marie Lafarge took place in France in 1840.
(See above and page 4)


Author: Marcelle Maurette
Translated and adapted by: Judith Kerr
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Producer: Stuart Burge
Organ grinder: Andrew Downie
Judge: Llewellyn Rees
Marie: Yvonne Mitchell
Prosecuting Counsel: John Le Mesurier
Lachaud: William Peacock
Paillet: John Kidd
De Foy: Graham Crowden
Baroness Garat: Ann Heffernan
Martens: John Gatrell
M. Lafarge: George Murcell
Usher: J. Leslie Frith
Clementine: Annabelle Lee
Old Mme Lafarge: Freda Jackson
Denis: Maxwell Shaw
Mile Brun: Avril Elgar
Leon: Charles Hill
Amena: Annie Leake
Emma: Frances Guthrie
Lespinasse: Kevin Stoney
Orfila: Humphrey Morton

: Zoo Quest for the Paradise Birds: 6 - Pigmies and Paradise Birds

David Attenborough describes the last stage in his journey through the mountains of Central New Guinea in search for Birds of Paradise.


Presenter/producer: David Attenborough
Film editor: Teddy Ireland
Cameraman: Charles Lagus

: Music at Ten

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


Presenter/violinist: Max Jaffa
Bass: Owen Brannigan
Cellist: Reginald Kilbey
Pianist: Jack Byfield
Singers: The Linden Singers
Conductor: William Llewellyn
Producer: Christian Simpson

: The Epilogue: Making a Mark

Conducted by the Rev. Peter Hamilton.
A BBC North Region film
Followed by Weather and Close Down


Conductor: The Rev. Peter Hamilton

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