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: For the Schools: Mathematics: Shape Around Us: 5: Similar Shapes

What is the connection between designing a model village for use in filming and finding the height of a pyramid from a short measuring stick and the sun's rays? This and other questions are answered in today's programme.
Introduced by Colin Ronan.
(A BBC recording of the broadcast on October 20)
(to 11.45)


Presenter: Colin Ronan
Producer: Donald Grattan

: 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)

: For the Schools: Using Our Eyes: Exploring Space

This programme, which deals mainly with the work of the sculptor and the architect, shows how each in his different way is able to explore and create space.
Introduced by Donald Holms.

(A BBC recording of last Friday's programme)


Presenter: Donald Holms
Producer: Peggie Broadhead

: Watch with Mother: The Woodentops

For the Very Young
Stories about a family of wooden dolls who live on a farm.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
(A BBC television film)
(to 14.45)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script and music: Maria Bird

: Children's Television presents: The Grey Squirrel

In this film, three young squirrels learn to hunt and find their own food.

: Children's Television: The Silver Sword: 3: The Burning of the City

by C. E. Webber.
The exciting wartime adventure.
Based on the novel by Ian Serraillier.
(A BBC recording of the broadcast on December 8, 1957)


Writer: C. E. Webber
Based on the novel by: Ian Serraillier
Producer: Shaun Sutton
Film Cameraman: David Prosser
Film Editor: Ron de Mattos
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Ruth Balicki: Pat Pleasance
Edek Balicki: Melvyn Hayes
Bronia Balicki: Ingrid Sylvester
Farmer: Michael Kent
Black Marketeer: Gertan Klauber
Jan: Frazer Hines
Yankel: Graham Harper
Jalna: Judy Horn
Ivan: Colin Douglas
Russian Lieutenant: Tim Hudson

: Children's Television: For Deaf Children: Try This One

Edwin Denton introduces a question game between boys and girls from London schools for the deaf.


Presenter: Edwin Denton

: News Headlines; Sports News; The Weather

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

: Gardening Club

Seasonal work in garden and greenhouse shown by Percy Thrower.
Ericas-Christmas Bulbs-Cuttings of Roses

Arthur Billitt, Head of Lanton Experimental Station shows successful varieties and ring culture results.

H. Fowles Professional foreman-gardener gives hints in arranging Show Vegetables
From the BBC's Midland television studio


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Item presenter (Chrysanthemums): Arthur Billitt
Item presenter (Show Vegetables): H. Fowles
Presented by: Paul Morby

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer/guitarist: Rory McEwen
Singer/guitarist: Alex McEwen
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: The Perry Como Show

In tonight's recording:
Perry Como welcomes
Star guests: Shirley Booth, Dale Robertson of Wells Fargo, Lucho Gatica with The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra, The Ray Charles Singers, The Louis Da Pron Dancers
Written by Goodman Ace, Morton Green and George Foster and Jay Burton.


Presenter/singer: Perry Como
Guest: Shirley Booth
Guest: Dale Robertson
Singer/guest: Lucho Gatica
Musicians: The Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Singers: The Ray Charles Singers
Dancers: The Louis Da Pron Dancers
Producer for NBC: Clark Jones
Writer: Goodman Ace
Writer: Morton Green
Writer: George Foster
Writer: Jay Burton
Edited for BBC television by: Philip Barker
Film editor: Richard Barclay

: It's Magic

David Nixon says 'It's Magic' and introduces a thirty-minute mixture of mystery and music with Mandrake, The Amazing Randi, Sheila Holt and a panel of well-known guests to see fair play.
See page 6


Presenter/magician: David Nixon
Magician: Mandrake
Escapologist: The Amazing Randi
Dancer: Sheila Holt
Dance arranged by: Sheila Holt
Dance arranged by: Tom Gillis
Orchestra directed by: George Clouston
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Settings: Audley Southcott
Producer: Graeme Muir

: Hall of Fame

Raymond Glendenning introduces Hall of Fame
The Sportsview Unit recalls the world's greatest sports stars in action.
Tonight: Fanny Blankers-Koen, the Dutch housewife and mother who became the world's greatest woman athlete, recalls her outstanding triumphs.


Presenter: Raymond Glendenning
Interviewee: Fanny Blankers-Koen
Devised by: Paul Fox
Editor/Writer: Leslie Kettley
Presented by: Tom Millett

: Champion Road: Episode 8

The novel by Frank Tilsley.
Adapted as a serial in eight episodes by Constance Cox.
Last episode
[Starring] William Lucas, Anna Turner
The action takes place in Tollerton Clough and the adjoining town of Newton, Lancashire. Time: 1946-1947


Author: Frank Tilsley
Adapted by: Constance Cox
Producer: Hal Burton
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Costumes supervised by: Maureen Heneghan
Make-up supervised by: Jill Summers
Film cameraman: Jimmy Balfour
Film editor: James Colina
Geraldine Forbes: Jennifer Hales
Steven Briggs: Bryan Hulme
Miss Fanshawe: Jill Tilsley
Jonathan Briggs: William Lucas
Joe Hesketh: Norman Pierce
Nellie Briggs: Anna Turner
Janet Pemberton: Jennifer Wilson
Cashier: Raymond Hodge
Trotter: Arnold Bell

: Ice Cocktail

A sparkling mixture of skating and music with a dash of comedy and a measure of song.
The recipe prepared by Gerald Palmer and mixed by Louis Barber includes
Iris Villiers, Topper Martyn, Joan Connell, Dennis Arnold and Marji, Ives and French, Terry Vincent with The 4 Icebeaux and The 12 Icebelles.
Musical flavour by Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra
From the Queen's Ice Club, London
See page 6


The recipe prepared by: Gerald Palmer
Mixed by: Louis Barber
Skater/singer: Iris Villiers
Comedy magician: Topper Martyn
Skater: Joan Connell
Skaters: Dennis Arnold and Marji
Performers: Ives and French
Skater: Terry Vincent
Performers: The 4 Icebeaux
Performers: The 12 Icebelles
Musicians: Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra
Blended for television and served on ice by: Derek Burrell-Davis

: Who Goes Home?

On Fridays the House of Commons rises early for the weekend. This gives Members of Parliament a chance to visit their constituencies and to meet the people they represent, to hear their problems and to answer their questions.
John Harvey M.P., Member (Conservative) for Walthamstow East and Ted Redhead, M.P. Member (Labour) for Walthamstow West answer questions put to them without notice by some of their constituents.
John Beavan is in the chair.


Panellist: John Harvey, M.P.
Panellist: Ted Redhead, M.P.
Chairman: John Beavan
Producer: John Grist

: The Phil Silvers Show: Army Memoirs

Starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko.

Viewers whose sets are tuned to Rowridge will see 'View of the South West' - a weekly magazine-from 10.45-11.10


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Personal Playhouse: The Miss with the Yellow Hair

by Eric Nicol.
In which Bernard Braden is seen in the main role and heard as all the other characters presents tonight...
(Produced on film by Henry Caldwell Productions Ltd.)


Writer: Eric Nicol
[Actor]: Bernard Braden

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