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: A Service for the Family

from The High Kirk of Edinburgh St. Giles' Cathedral.
Conducted by the Minister, the Rev. H.C. Whitley, Ph.D., D.D.
Successive parish ministries in industrial Clydeside have convinced Dr. Whitley that the place of the family must be rediscovered in the life and worship of the Church. He particularly wants to remind the fathers of families of the principle proclaimed by John Knox long ago from this same historic pulpit of St. Giles, that every man is 'bishop and King' of his own household.
(to 12.00 app.)


Service conducted by: The Rev. H.C. Whitley

: Winter Sports: The 1958 World Ski Championships

Direct from Austria
A final visit to Bad Gastein on the closing day of the championships to see part of the Downhill Race for Men.
Presented by the Austrian Television Service
(to 13.15 app.)


Commentator: Max Robertson

: Gardening Club

A weekly date with Percy Thrower who plants rhubarb crowns and prepares labels for vegetables and flowers, and in the greenhouse pots on rooted chrysanthemum cuttings and sows seeds of some half-hardy annuals.
Arthur Billitt, Head of Lenton Experimental Station describes Ring Culture of Tomatoes and shows how, both in the greenhouse and outside, the gardener can obtain the prolific results achieved by this recently introduced method of culture.
Presented by Paul Morby from the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Arthur Billitt
Presented by: Paul Morby

: 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 Robert Dougall.


Presenter: Robert Dougall

: Concert Hour

Ruggiero Ricci plays Paganini's Violin Concerto in D with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
(Leader, Paul Beard)
Conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
The programme also includes music from Hoist's Suite, The Planets
Introduced by Alec Robertson.
Before an invited audience in the BBC's studios, Maida Vale, London
Simultaneously broadcast in the Home Service


Violinist: Ruggiero Ricci
Musicians: The BBC Symphony Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Paul Beard
Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult
Presenter: Alec Robertson
Television presentation: Antony Craxton

: The Brains Trust

The members this week are: C. P. Snow, Pamela Hansford Johnson, Sir Ifor Evans, Don Salvador de Madariaga
Question-Master: Norman Fisher

(Sound-track to be repeated on Monday at 3.30 - Home)


Panellist: C. P. Snow
Panellist: Pamela Hansford Johnson
Panellist: Sir Ifor Evans
Panellist: Don Salvador
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents: Circus Boy - The Marvellous Manellis


Corky: Mickey Braddock
Joey, the clown: Noah Beery
Big Tim Champion: Robert Lowery
Marie Manelli: Linda Gay

: Children's Television: Lenny the Lion

with Terry Hall.


Ventriloquist: Terry Hall

: Children's Television: The Black Arrow: 4: Attack

by R. L. Stevenson
Adapted by John Blatchley

Richard Shelton now knows that Sir Daniel Brackley was responsible for the murder of his father. So Richard has escaped to join the outlaws, who have pledged vengeance for his father's death....

(William Peacock is in "The Potting Shed" at the Globe Theatre, London)
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Author: R.L. Stevenson
Adapted by: John Blatchley
Producer: Naomi Capon
Fights arranged by: Patrick Crean
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Sir Daniel Brackley: Barry Letts
Joanna Sedley: Ann Dickins
Lawless: Patrick Wymark
Abbott: Richard Carpenter
Hugh: Colin Douglas
Richard Shelton: Patrick Blackwell
Greensheve: Ivor Salter
Bennett Hatch: Alan Dobie
Lord Shoreby: Timothy Bateson
Clipsby: Alan Edwards
Lord Foxham: Michael Meacham
Martin: William Peacock
First soldier: Michael Partridge
Second soldier: Laurence Parker
Captain Arblaster: George Woodbridge

: Children's Television: Sunday Special: Animals of the Bible: Why Was the Dog Despised?

This is the question George Cansdale will answer when he brings a dog to the studio for the fourth talk of his series.
(to 18.15)


Presenter: George Cansdale

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point

Christian morals - can we maintain them without Christian faith?
Marghanita Laski, Professor H.C. Longuet-Higgins, The Rev. Edwin Robertson
Prebendary J.B. Phillips discuss questions put to them at Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire, where a week-end conference is being held on the subject of Humanism and Morals.
Question-Master, Alan Gibson


Panellist: Marghanita Laski
Panellist: Professor H.C. Longuet-Higgins
Panellist: The Rev. Edwin Robertson
Panellist: Prebendary J.B. Phillips
Question-Master: Alan Gibson
Programme arranged by: Martin Willson
Presented by: Ronald Webster

: The Thin Man: Angels in Paradise

Starring Peter Lawford as 'Nick', Phyllis Kirk as 'Nora' in the new film series with Asta the dog.

Nick's Japanese houseboy, murder by blow-pipe, and a valuable emerald, are some of the ingredients in this week's unusual story. The finger of suspicion points in several directions until a panther's eye reflects the truth.


Nick: Peter Lawford
Nora: Phyllis Kirk
Himself: Asta the dog

: 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; David Nixon is in "Cinderella" at the Hippodrome, Manchester)

See page 6


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

: Television World Theatre presents: The Government Inspector

A comedy by Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by Barry Thomas
From the English version by D.J. Campbell.
[Starring] Tony Hancock and John Phillips
(See top of page and pages 5 and 7)

At 8.30 Television World Theatre presents Tony Hancock and John Phillips in 'The Government Inspector' by Nikolai Gogol


Author: Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by: Barry Thomas
English version: D.J. Campbell
Designer: Stephen Taylor
Producer: Alan Bromly
Bobchinsky: Michael Segal
Dobchinsky: John Gill
School Superintendent: Peter Copley
Health Commissioner: Philip Leaver
The Judge: Noel Howlett
The Mayor: John Phillips
Anna, his wife: Helen Christie
Marya, his daughter: Susan Maryott
The Postmaster: Wilfrid Brambell
Police Superintendent: Reginald Hearne
Hlestakov: Tony Hancock
Yosif, his servant: Reginald Barratt
Innkeeper: Frank Sieman
First Constable: Douglas Blackwell
Second Constable: Dervis Ward
Mishka: Gertan Klauber
Abdulin, a merchant: Harold Kasket
Second Merchant: Denis Holmes
Third Merchant: Hamilton Dyce
Gendarme: Alexis Bobrinskoy

: Journey into Melody

Robert Farnon takes you on a Journey into Melody
with The Robert Farnon Orchestra, Vanessa Lee, Petula Clark, Kevin Scott, John Gilpin and Diane Westerman, The Studio Dancers and Singers

(John Gilpin and Diane Westerman appear by permission of London's Festival Ballet; Petula Clark is appearing in Variety at the Palace Theatre, London)
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Presenter/Conductor: Robert Farnon
Musicians: The Robert Farnon Orchestra
Singer: Vanessa Lee
Singer: Petula Clark
Singer: Kevin Scott
Dancer: John Gilpin
Dancer: Diane Westerman
Dancers/Singers: The Studio Dancers and Singers
Choreography: Jack Carter
Designer: Guy Sheppard
Producer: Charles R. Rogers

: The Weather followed by The Epilogue: Why be a Pilgrim?

Father Agnellus Andrew, O.F.M., talks of the thoughts and hopes of those who go on a pilgrimage, and especially of the millions who will visit Lourdes this year, during the centenary celebrations which start today.
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Presenter (The Epilogue): Father Agnellus Andrew

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