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: Farming

A weekly agricultural magazine for those who live by the land.
Introduced by Hugh Barrett.

Building for Profit: Frank Henderson, of Oathill Farm, Enstone, Oxfordshire, introduces the first of a series of four films showing how other farmers' new ideas in farm building are saving labour.

Visit to Trawscoed: Teleri Phillips visits the Welsh headquarters of the N.A.A.S. and interviews the Director, W. Emrys Jones, and the Director of the Experimental Husbandry Farm, W.M.R. Evans, about the development of the Welsh Half Bred.

From the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter: Hugh Barrett
Item presenter (Building for Profit): Frank Henderson
Item presenter (Visit to Trawscoed): Teleri Phillips
Interviewee (Visit to Trawscoed): W. Emrys Jones
Interviewee (Visit to Trawscoed): W.M.R. Evans
Film Sequences: The BBC's Agricultural Film Unit
Film Cameraman: John Bird
Film Editor: Iris Lewis
Director: Desmond O'Leary
Producer: Hilary Phillips

: Beunydd

Bwrw golwg dros bynciau'r dydd mewn sgwrs a ffilm - a chyfle i gwrdd a rhai sy'n amlwg yn y newyddion.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, and Sutton Coldfield only)
(to 13.30)

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the picture
(A BBC television film)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Picture: Sam Williams
Picture: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Mainly for Women

Family Affairs
Introduced by Elisabeth Beresford.

Back to School
Margaret Emby suggests ways of making things easier for children on their first day at school.
Tom and Violet Sibley, and their daughter Selina, explain the schooling problems of a family living on a boat on inland waterways.
Barbara Cooper talks to Thomas and Diana Orpen, whose son Alan flies eight thousand miles from the Far East to school in England.

3.17 Season's Best
Frances Perry shows this month's best value in flowers, fruit, and vegetables.

(to 15.32)


Presenter: Elisabeth Beresford
Item presenter (Back to School): Margaret Emby
Interviewees (Back to School): Tom and Violet Sibley
Interviewee (Back to School): Selina Sibley
Interviewer: Barbara Cooper
Interviewees (Back to School): Thomas and Diana Orpen
Producer: Beryl Radley
Presenter (Season's Best): Frances Perry
Producer (Season's Best): Ann Shead

: Children's Television presents: Wells Fargo: Inscrutable Man

The exciting adventures of the famous Western Stagecoach Service.
with Dale Robertson as Jim Hardie, the Wells Fargo special investigator.


Jim Hardie: Dale Robertson

: Children's Television: Junior Sportsview

Introduced by Max Robertson.
A fortnightly series presenting news and views from the world of sport including
'Angles on Angling'
The second of a new series in which Bernard Venables shows you how to enjoy and improve your fishing.


Presenter: Max Robertson
Item presenter (Angles on Angling): Bernard Venables
Editor: Paul Fox
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill

: Children's Television: Pumpkins in Paradise

Last autumn Ion Trant took his camera to a tiny village in the south-west of France, where the people really do grow the sort of pumpkins that we read about in story books.


Cameraman: Ion Trant

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

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

: The Phil Silvers Show: Empty Store

Starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko.

As usual Bilko is short of cash and as usual he is ready to experiment in new ways of making money. He tries company promotion on a small scale but by the time he has finished the whole camp is involved from the C.O. downwards.


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
Sport - Music - People
Cinema - Theatre - Argument
with Derek Hart, Geoffrey Johnson Smith, Macdonald Hastings and this week, Rory and Alex McEwen


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer/guitarist: Rory McEwen
Singer/guitarist: Alex McEwen
Producer: Alasdair Milne

: News Summary

and Cricket: close of play scores

: Starr and Company: Leave it to Me

(Next episode on Monday)


Producer: Gerard Glaister
Director: Christopher Barry
Script: Tom Espie
Julia Starr: Pat Ann Key
John Davies: Michael Scott
Barmaid: Peggyann Clifford
Joseph Starr: William Sherwood
Mrs. Starr: Barbara Cavan
Robin Starr: Michael Murray
Geoffrey Ford: Antony Kenway
Doctor: Robert Young
Travel Agency clerk: Brian Badcoe

: Words and Music

Jack Payne brings you Words and Music and conducts the Concert Orchestra.
Guests include: The Duke of Bedford, Bernard Bresslaw, Gertrude Holt


Presenter/Orchestra conductor: Jack Payne
Musicians: The Concert Orchestra
Guest: The Duke of Bedford
Guest: Bernard Bresslaw
Guest: Gertrude Holt
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: Uncertain Mercy

by Dorothy Wright.
The action takes place in a Displaced Persons' Camp in Austria. The period covered is from mid-December to Christmas Day, 1956.


Writer: Dorothy Wright
Production: Victor Menzies
Designer: Gordon Roland
Elzbieta Kowalski: Diana Fairfax
Frau Berne: Nelly Arno
Miss Watson: Jean Anderson
Marya Borow: Katherine Kath
Elena Kavos: Maureen Pryor
Anna Kavos: Lesley Howell
Pastor Csabay: John Ruddock
Janos: Thomas Heathcote
Zoltan: Lee Montague
Jozsef: Geoffrey Matthews
Peter: Brian Peck
Opanyi: Sandor Eles
Frau Kowalski: Enid Lorimer

: A Song for Everyone

[Starring] Kenneth McKellar
with his guest: Lucille Graham and the BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
Conductor, Jack Leon
From the BBC's television studio in Scotland


Tenor: Kenneth McKellar
Soprano: Lucille Graham
Musicians: The BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra
Conductor: Jack Leon
Producer: Eddie Fraser

: Royal Occasions: 3: A Knock on Wagner's Door

Three meetings between Kings and Composers recalled by Sidney Harrison.

A message from King Ludwig of Bavaria revives the despairing composer's hopes.


Presenter: Sidney Harrison
Presented by: Margaret Dale

: News Summary

followed by Weather; Road Works Report and Close Down

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