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: Beunydd

(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)
(to 13.30)

: For the Schools: The Insect World: 1: Introducing Insects

by John Sankey.
In almost every land where life can be supported insects can be found. Some live a solitary life while others live in communities. This programme illustrates both the chief features of insects and some of their life histories.
(Repeated on Friday at 11.20 a.m.)


Presenter: John Sankey
Producer: Eric Simms

: Mainly for Women

Your Turn Now with Archie McCulloch
in Birmingham
Guest Star, Edmundo Ros
At the organ, Andrew Fenner
(Edmundo Ros is appearing at the Edmundo Ros Club, London)

3.15 Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler
From the BBC's Midland television studio
(BBC recording)

(to 15.30)


Presenter (Your Turn Now): Archie McCulloch
Guest star (Your Turn Now): Edmundo Ros
Organist (Your Turn Now): Andrew Fenner
Director (Your Turn Now): John McGonagle
Presenter (Keep Fit): Eileen Fowler
Arranged by (Keep Fit): Ann Shead
Music arranged and played by (Keep Fit): Helen Shields
Presented by (Keep Fit): Desmond O'Leary

: Children's Television presents: A Woodland Tale

A Russian cartoon film about a bear who finds that too much honey can be very unpleasant.

: Children's Television: Focus

Vera McKechnie introduces Your Monday Magazine.

Here and There
with Commander Sir Stephen King-Hall.

Swordsmen and Swords Through the Ages
with Terry Baker assisted by Milton Reid.

How to Make Your Own Films
An introduction by Stanley Reed, Secretary of the British Film Institute followed by some winning entries from the News Chronicle Children's Film Awards.

The Ideal Four

Current Film Releases

Stamp Collection

Zodiac Quiz


Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Item presenter (Here and There): Commander Sir Stephen King-Hall
[Actor] (Swordsmen and Swords Through the Ages): Terry Baker
[Actor] (Swordsmen and Swords Through the Ages): Milton Reid
Item presenter (How to Make Your Own Films): Stanley Reed
Performers: The Ideal Four
Producer: Leonard Chase

: 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:

: The Burns and Allen Show: Questions and Answers

Starring George Burns and Gracie Allen in the film Questions and Answers

Gracie wants to join a ladies' literary club, but everyone is convinced she will fail the entrance test. Gracie, however, has a few of the answers up her sleeve.


Himself: George Burns
Herself: Gracie Allen

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Singer/guitarist: Noel Harrison
Producer: Alasdair Milne

: This Is Your Life

Eamonn Andrews says This Is Your Life to ?
(BBC recording)
('This Is Your Life' is devised by Ralph Edwards)


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Script and research: Michael Williams
Script and research: Nickola Sterne
The 'This Is Your Life' theme written by: James Turner
The Orchestra under the direction of: George Clouston
The programme directed by: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson

: The Infamous John Friend: Episode 3

by Mrs. R.S. Garnett
Dramatised in eight episodes by A.R. Rawlinson
[Starring] William Lucas as John Friend
with Margaret Tyzack, Barry Foster, David Peel

Finding that Susan and Will are in love, Friend gives them his blessing and gets Will a post as an Admiralty courier. A Frenchman, Sauvignac, calls and Mrs. Friend's fears and suspicions regarding her husband are increased. Alone with Sauvignac, Friend outlines a plan to divert the English forces when Napoleon launches his invasion.


Author: Mrs. R.S. Garnett
Dramatised by: A.R. Rawlinson
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Mrs. Friend: Margaret Tyzack
Susan Marny: Pat Pleasance
Betty: Margaret Dale
John Friend: William Lucas
Francois Sauvignac: David Peel
Mr. Hunt: Peter Stephens
William North: Barry Foster
Mr. Yorke: Stephen Scott
Waiter: Beverley Cohen
Landlord of the 'Running Horse' Inn: Ivor Dean
Landlord's son: Gerry Vale
Police Officer: Robert Algar
Diners, constables, and customers of the 'Running Horse' Inn: [artists uncredited]

: Panorama

The Weekly Window on the World
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby with the Panorama team of commentators.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Edited and produced by: Rex Moorfoot
Associate producer: David Wheeler
Associate producer: Kenneth Lamb

: The Phil Silvers Show: Joan's Big Romance

Starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko.
(Repeated on Thursday at 6.20)


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Relax with Michael Holliday

Accompanied by Harry Hayward and his Music
From the BBC's North of England studio
(BBC recording)
(Michael Holliday is appearing in Variety at the Gaumont Cinema, Wolverhampton)


Singer: Michael Holliday
Musicians: Harry Hayward and his Music
Presented by: John Ammonds

: British Comedy of the 30's

Leslie Mitchell introduces British Comedy of the 30's
With scenes from:
"Sing As We Go" with Gracie Fields
"Jack's the Boy" with Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hulbert
"Oh Mr. Porter" with Will Hay, Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt
"Evergreen" with Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale
"It's in the Air" with George Formby
(Films by courtesy of the Rank Organisation and Associated British Film Distributors Ltd.)
(Previously televised on May 13, 1958)


Presenter: Leslie Mitchell
Programme presented for television by: Victor Poole

: Wilfred Pickles tells a Story

'The Sampler' by Jenny Wren and 'Patience' by Thomas Thompson.

(BBC recording)


Storyteller: Wilfred Pickles
Author (The Sampler): Jenny Wren
Author (Patience): Thomas Thompson
Presented by: Kenneth Milne-Buckley

: News Summary; Weather and Close Down

Viewers whose sets are tuned to Rowridge will see 'View of the South-West' from 10.45-11.10 followed by News Summary and Weather

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