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: For the Schools: Science and Life: Transport and Communications: 2: The Age of Steam

When the first steam carriages appeared on the roads, the owners of stage coaches reacted violently. The steam road carriage was forced to pay a heavy toll and had to be preceded by a man carrying a red flag.
But the steam railway locomotive caught the public imagination in 1829 when Stephenson's Rocket won a competition with three other steam locomotives. The Railway Age had begun.
Introduced by Arthur Garratt.
(BBC recording of the programme shown on April 29)
(to 11.45)


Presenter: Arthur Garratt
Illustrator: Alfred Wurmser
Producer: Donald Grattan

: The State Visit of His Imperial Majesty The Shah of Persia

(See top of the column and page 3)

Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh welcome their guest on his arrival at Victoria Station
Scene described by Richard Dimbleby

(to 12.40 app.)


Commentator: Richard Dimbleby

: 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 13.15)

: For the Schools: A Tale of Two Cities: 3: The Gathering Storm

by Charles Dickens
Adapted in eight parts by John Keir Cross
[Starring] Mervyn Johns and Peter Wyngarde

(BBC recording, first shown in 1957)


Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: John Keir Cross
Producer: Kevin Sheldon
Designer: Gordon Roland
Sydney Carton: Peter Wyngarde
Miss Pross: Joan Ingram
Mr. Lorry: Mervyn Johns
Dr. Manette: Fred Fairclough
Lucie Manette: Wendy Hutchinson
Charles Darnay: Edward de Souza
Marquis St. Evremonde: Heron Carvic
Gabelle his servant: Harry Moore
A man named Jacques: Julian Orchard

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the Very Young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
(BBC film)


Narrator/Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Mainly for Women

Dress Sense Competition: Regional Final - No. 3
from Bristol
Judged by: Michael Sherard, Alison Settle, Dorothy Crabbe
With Doreen Stephens, Editor, Women's Programmes in the chair.
Introduced by Tom Salmon.

3.20 Children's Spring
An extract from a film showing children in the mountains in Czechoslovakia.

3.30 Dress Sense Competition West Regional Result

(to 15.35)


Judge (Dress Sense Competition): Michael Sherard
Judge (Dress Sense Competition): Alison Settle
Judge (Dress Sense Competition): Dorothy Crabbe
Chairman (Dress Sense Competition): Doreen Stephens
Presenter (Dress Sense Competition): Tom Salmon
Director (Dress Sense Competition): Paul Bonner

: Children's Television presents: Bengo

The adventures of a Boxer puppy.
Drawn by Tim and told by Sylvia Peters.
(BBC recording)


Artist: Tim (William Timym)
Narrator: Sylvia Peters

: Children's Television: Railway Roundabout

A magazine programme for railway enthusiasts with John Adams and Patrick Whitehouse who devised and filmed the series.
Introduced by Bill Hartley.
This month's edition includes:
Can You Guess?; A Worcestershire Branch Line; Come with us on 'The Elizabethan'; Spotters' Notebook
From the BBC's Midland television studio


Deviser/filmed by: John Adams
Deviser/filmed by: Patrick Whitehouse
Presenter: Bill Hartley
Producer: Peggy Bacon

: Children's Television: The Petrified Princess

A Marionette Operetta by Richard Arnell
Music played by The Virtuoso Ensemble
Conducted by the composer
Piano, Tom McCall
(BBC recording)


Composer/Conductor: Richard Arnell
Words: Bryan Guinness
Singers and Puppet-players: Dorothy Dorow
Singers and Puppet-players: Trevor Anthony
Singers and Puppet-players: Raimund Herincx
Singers and Puppet-players: Howard Davies
Singers and Puppet-players: Barbara Howitt
Singers and Puppet-players: Roy Skelton
Singers and Puppet-players: Audrey Atterbury
Singers and Puppet-players: John Hardwick
Singers and Puppet-players: Bob Bura
Singers and Puppet-players: James Beattie
Musicians: The Virtuoso Ensemble
Pianist: Tom McCall
Settings/Costumes: Andrew Brownfoot
Musical Adviser: John Hunter-Blair
Puppets/Production: Gordon Murray

: 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

: Short Cuts

A weekly 'Do It Yourself' programme with Barry Bucknell.
Making and repairing garden furniture


Presenter: Barry Bucknell
Producer: John Furness

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore.
With Derek Hart and, this week, Noel Harrison.


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

: News Summary

Cricket: close of play scores

: Charlie Drake: Treble

Written by Dave Freeman and Charlie Drake.
Introduced by Charles O'Casey Drake.
The Moon and Fourpence
A tale of a young man's frustrated ambitions.
(Mens sana in corpore sano)
War or Peace
Enough has been written on this subject already. This will positively be the last word.
The Little Picture-Hanger
To hang a picture or not to hang a picture, That is the question.


Comedian: Charlie Drake
Writer: Dave Freeman
Writer: Charlie Drake
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: On the Spot: The Final Round

with BBC Outside Broadcast cameras for the final public hearing of Get Ahead
A competition organised by the News Chronicle which offers £7,500 in prize money.

The four finalists are 'On The Spot' for the last time to prove their claims to the top prize of £5,000.
The Judges: Lady Barnett, Sir Miles Thomas, Sir Harry Pilkington, Ron Smith
Chairman of Judges, John Coope
Introduced by Peter West.
From the Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale, London


Judge: Lady Barnett
Judge: Sir Miles Thomas
Judge: Sir Harry Pilkington
Judge: Ron Smith
Chairman of Judges: John Coope
Presenter: Peter West
Presented for television by: Humphrey Fisher

: Five-a-Side Football: 1959 London Championship

BBC Outside Broadcast cameras go to Wembley Empire Pool for part of the Five-a-Side Championship.
Organised by the Central Council of Physical Recreation in conjunction with the Evening Standard


Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Television presentation: Dennis Monger

: World Theatre presents: Julius Caesar

by William Shakespeare
[Starring] Eric Porter, Michael Gough, William Sylvester
with Daphne Slater, Valerie White

Scene: During a great part of the play at Rome. Afterwards at Sardis and near Philippi.
(See page 9)


Author: William Shakespeare
Edited for television and produced by: Stuart Burge
Designer: Barry Learoyd
Tribunes - Flavius: Roger Gage
Tribunes - Marullus: Richard Warner
First Commoner: Ralph Ball
Cobbler: Charles Rea
Julius Caesar: Robert Perceval
Calpurnia, wife to Julius Caesar: Valerie White
Triumvirs after the death of Julius Caesar - Octavius Caesar: Jeremy Burnham
Triumvirs after the death of Julius Caesar - Antony: William Sylvester
Triumvirs after the death of Julius Caesar - Lepidus: Kevin Stoney
Soothsayer: Wilfrid Brambell
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Brutus: Eric Porter
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Cassius: Michael Gough
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Casca: John Moffatt
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Trebonius: John Ringham
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Ligarius: David Grahame
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Decius Brutus: John Kidd
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Metellus Cimber: John Wentworth
Conspirators against Julius Caesar - Cinna: Paul Lee
Senator - Cicero: Michael Hitchman
Senator - Popilius Lena: Graham Leaman
Portia, wife to Brutus: Daphne Slater
Servant to Julius Caesar: Cavan Malome
Servant to Octavius Caesar: Richard Carpenter
Citizen: Gertan Klauber
Citizen: Raymond Adamson
Citizen: Ralph Ball
Citizen: George Eugenion
Citizen: Anna Wing
Citizen: Madge Brindley
Cinna, the poet: Richard Goolden
Messenger: Jon Laurimore
Officers of Brutus and Cassius - Titinius: Edward Woodward
Officers of Brutus and Cassius - Messala: Ernest Hart
Officers of Brutus and Cassius - Volumnius: Brian Spink
Servant to Brutus - Lucius: Leonard Cracknell
Servant to Brutus - Varro: William Lyon Brown
Servant to Brutus - Claudius: Ronald Scott Dodd
Servant to Brutus - Strato: Sean Lynch
Pindarus, servant to Cassius: Neville Becker

: News Summary

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