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: For the Schools: Mathematics: The Average

Nature arranges that people come in different sizes. This creates a problem for the clothing manufacturer, who has to do some research before starting on the design of clothes. Philip McAllen, in today's programme, shows some of the problems of finding the average man - or woman.
(Recording of Monday's broadcast)
(to 11.45)


Presenter: Philip McAllen
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: Christmas Themes

Adrian Hill presents the final programme of the Autumn term and introduces young artists and their work.


Presenter: Adrian Hill
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
(BBC television film)
(to 14.45)


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

: Children's Television presents: The Red Carpet

Nobody knows that an important visitor is coming to town until the red carpet at the hotel starts behaving strangely.
A Morton Schindel Cartoon
(Previously shown on Nov 21, 1957)


Producer: Morton Schindel

: Children's Television: Out of Doors

Bruce Campbell introduces

Christmas Presents
What to ask for if you are a budding naturalist.

Feather Scrapbook
How to make a collection of feathers.

The Month of December
A film of birds in the winter with commentary by Johnny Morris.
From the BBC's West of England studio


Presenter: Bruce Campbell
Commentary (The Month of December): Johnny Morris
Producer: Winwood Reade

: Children's Television: The Sledge

How do you build a sledge when you haven't any money and there's no wood? Two small boys in a Hungarian village solve the problem in a novel way-and with unexpected results.
English version by Vere Lorrimer
Spoken by Frank Sieman.


English version: Vere Lorrimer
Narrator: Frank Sieman

: 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

Percy Thrower shows seasonal work in garden and greenhouse.
Christmas roses; Tender alpines; Chrysanthemums; Lilies of the valley
and with A. H. Lugg, Horticultural Superintendent of the Hertfordshire Institute of Agriculture, St. Albans discusses
Varieties-Bowl arrangements
From the BBC's Midland television studios
(BBC recording)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: A. H. Lugg
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, Cy Grant and Noel Harrison


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Singer/guitarist: Noel Harrison
Producer: Donald Baverstock

: The Perry Como Show

in tonight's recording Perry Como welcomes Star Guests and 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
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 Peter Pit, Joe Davis, Sheila Holt, Tom Gillis and a panel of well-known guests to see fair play.
(Peter Pit is appearing at the Savoy Hotel, London)


Presenter/Magician: David Nixon
Magician: Peter Pit
Guest: Joe Davis
Dancer/Dance arranged by: Sheila Holt
Dancer/Dance arranged by: Tom Gillis
Orchestra directed by: George Clouston
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
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: The Brisbane Tests
On the eve of the first Test 'Hall of Fame' recalls some dramatic struggles at Brisbane. Film shows famous players like Paynter, Hammond, Larwood, Bradman, and O'Reilly in action.


Presenter: Raymond Glendenning
Devised by: Paul Fox
Edited and written by: Leslie Kettley
Presented by: Tom Millett

: Our Mutual Friend: Episode 5

by Charles Dickens
Adapted for television by Freda Lingstrom

In which Charley Hexam takes a brother's interest in Lizzie and Bella takes her father out to dinner.
(David McCallum appears by arrangement with The Rank Organisation)


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Freda Lingstrom
Director: Eric Tayler
Producer: Douglas Allen
Miss Georgiana Podsnap: Olive McFarland
Mrs. Sophronia Lammle: Rachel Gurney
Alfred Lammle: Carl Bernard
Bradley Headstone: Alex Scott
Charley Hexam: Melvyn Hayes
Jenny Wren: Helena Hughes
Lizzie Hexam: Rachel Roberts
Eugene Wrayburn: David McCallum
Mr. 'Dolls': Wilfred Brambell
Mortimer Lightwood: Basil Henson
Miss Bella Wilfer: Zena Walker
Nicodemus Boffin: Richard Pearson
John Rokesmith: Paul Daneman
Sloppy: Robert Scroggins
Mr. Riah: Malcolm Keen
Mr. Fledgeby: Charles Hodgson
Mrs. Henrietta Boffin: Marda Vanne
Reginald Wilfer: George Howe

: Buried Treasure: Bells, Books, and Croziers

Between the conversion of St. Patrick and the coming of the Vikings, early Christian Ireland had its Golden Age. Liam and Maire de Paor describe the lives and work of the saints and scholars, the goldsmiths, illuminators and stone carvers who made their country the wonder of the Western world during the Dark Ages.
Introduced by Glyn Daniel.


Narrator: Liam de Paor
Narrator: Maire de Paor
Presenter: Glyn Daniel
Music composed by: Anthony Milner
Music played by: Osian Ellis
Cameraman: John McGlashan
Editor: Leslie Robertson
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: 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.
Hugh Fraser, M.B.E., M.P., Member (Con.) for Stafford and Stone
Julian Snow, M.P., Member (Lab) for Lichfield and Tamworth
answer questions put to them without notice by some of their constituents in the BBC's Midland television studios
John Beavan is in the chair


Panellist: Hugh Fraser
Panellist: Julian Snow
Chairman: John Beavan
Producer: John Grist

: The Phil Silvers Show: Platoon Saloon

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

: News Summary

followed by Weather and Close Down

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