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: Gardening Club

A weekly date with Percy Thrower who starts the outside sowing for 1958 with broad beans and the planting of shallots; autumn-sown onions are transplanted, and, in the greenhouse, salvia seed is sown and peas and broad beans sown in pots for early planting.
H. P. Champneys, Editor of The Garden gives formulae for the home mixing of general garden base fertilisers. He also shows recent experiments to increase the size of plants with gibberellic acid, and discusses its advantages and disadvantages for the gardener.
Presented by Paul Morby from the BBC's Midland television studio
(A BBC telerecording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: H. P. Champneys
Presented by: Paul Morby

: News Review

Seven Days in Thirty Minutes
Recalling the week's outstanding events on film with personalities, reports, and expert analysis.
Introduced by Robert Dougall.


Presenter: Robert Dougall

: From Stage and Screen

with Patricia Bredin, Marion Grimaldi, Desmond Ainsworth, Raymond Parks, Winifred Taylor, The Studio Dancers
Choreography by Denys Palmer and Vilem Tausky conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra
(Leader, William Armon)
The programme is introduced by Derek Bond and includes music from 'Rose Marie', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', 'A Tale of Two Cities' and 'Where's Charley?'.
(Patricia Bredin and Raymond Parks are in 'Free As Air' at the Savoy Theatre, London; Marion Grimaldi appears by permission of H. M. Tennent and Bernard Delfont, Ltd.)


Singer: Patricia Bredin
Singer: Marion Grimaldi
Singer: Desmond Ainsworth
Singer: Raymond Parks
Pianist: Winifred Taylor
Dancers: The Studio Dancers
Choreography: Denys Palmer
[Orchestra] conductor: Vilem Tausky
Musicians: The BBC Concert Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: William Armon
Presenter: Derek Bond
Producer: Charles R. Rogers

: The Brains Trust

The members this week are: Sir Julian Huxley, F.R.S., Janey Ironside, Rene Varin, Professor A. J. Ayer F.B.A.
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 Julian Huxley
Panellist: Janey Ironside
Panellist: Rene Varin
Panellist: Professor A. J. Ayer
Question-Master: Norman Fisher
Producer: John Furness

: Children's Television presents: Circus Boy: The Royal Roustabout

The young heir to a foreign throne runs away to seek adventure. He meets Corky and it is not long before he is in the thick of circus life, where his excellent horsemanship makes him a star attraction. Meanwhile, his country's ambassador has not been idle, and soon the boy must make a tough decision.


Corky: Mickey Braddock
Joey, the Clown: Noah Beery
Big Tim Champion: Robert Lowery

: Children's Television: Sooty

assisted by Sweep and Harry Corbett.


Puppeteer: Harry Corbett

: Children's Television: The Black Arrow: 5: With the Enemy

by R. L. Stevenson.
Adapted by John Blatchley.
(Laurence Hardy is appearing in Dear Delinquent at the Aldwych Theatre; William Peacock in 'The Potting Shed' at the Globe Theatre, London)
Dick Shelton has found the house where Sir Daniel is hiding Joanna Sedley. Dick and Lord Foxham, Joanna's real guardian, have been defeated by Sir Daniel in their attempt to rescue her.


Author: R. L. Stevenson
Adapted by: John Blatchley
Producer: Naomi Capon
Fights arranged by: Patrick Crean
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Lawless: Patrick Wymark
Richard Shelton: Patrick Blackwell
Greensheve: Ivor Salter
Sir Daniel Brackley: Barry Letts
Bennett Hatch: Alan Dobie
Martin: William Peacock
Abbott: Richard Carpenter
Lord Foxham: Michael Meacham
Hugh: Colin Douglas
Goody Hatch: Joyce Marlow
Lord Shoreby: Timothy Bateson
Rutter: Colin Jeavons
Clipsby: Alan Edwards
Ellis Duckworth: Patrick Crean
Joanna Sedley: Ann Dickins
Lord Risingham: Laurence Hardy
Soldiers: Michael Partridge
Soliders: Laurence Parker

: Children's Television: Sunday Special: Topsy-Turvy

Is it upside down? Or right side up? That is the question the Rev. Oliver Hunkin and a group of children try to answer today - and the solution to the problem is hidden behind a curtain.
(to 18.15)


Presenter: The Rev. Oliver Hunkin
Presented by: George Angeloglou

: Greenwich Time Signal; Meeting Point: His Praise Forth Tell

'The voice of prayer is never silent'
The speakers in tonight's programme testify to this fact, representing as they do lands as far apart as China, India, and the Islands of the South Pacific. They have chosen hymns about prayer and the fellowship which it sustains.
Introduced by Hugh David.
Hymns sung by the BBC Welsh Chorus with the BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conducted by Arwel Hughes
From the BBC's Welsh television studio


Presenter: Hugh David
Singers: The BBC Welsh Chorus
Musicians: The BBC Welsh Orchestra
Conductor: Arwel Hughes
Programme arranged by: The Rev. Glyn Parry-Jones
Television Presentation: Arthur Williams

: The Thin Man: Fashion Showdown

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

Nick discovers that gangsters are out to kill a girl who is in Nora's fashion show. She is missing when the show starts, but someone has to wear a dress that could attract bullets.


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 appearing in "Cinderella" at the Hippodrome, Manchester)


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 Judge

by H. C. Branner.
Translated from Danish by A. I. Roughton.
[Starring] Denholm Elliott, Joyce Redman, Robert Harris
Flute played by Lionel Solomon
The action takes place one winter afternoon in the Judge's house in a provincial Danish town a few years after the German occupation.
(Denholm Elliott appears by permission of British Lion Films)


Author: H. C. Branner
Translator: A. I. Roughton
Producer: Campbell Logan
Flautist: Lionel Solomon
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Arthur: Robert Harris
Sister Agnes: Petra Davies
The Undertaker: Jack Rodney
Irene: Joyce Redman
Michael: Denholm Elliott
The Judge: Sidney Monckton

: Monitor

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: Weather

followed by The Epilogue: The Mouth of Truth - 9
Sir Cedric Hardwicke ponders on the cruelty of man and the silent fortitude of Christ.
(A film series by arrangement with Milo Film)
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Presenter: Sir Cedric Hardwicke

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