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: Cricket: England v. India: Fourth Test Match

First day's play at Old Trafford, Manchester.

(See above)


Commentator: Brian Johnston
Commentator: E.W. Swanton
Assistant Commentator: Denis Compton
Television Presentation: Ray Lakeland

: 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 13.50)

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the Very Young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam Williams and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
(BBC film)
(to 14.15 app.)


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

: Blue Peter

A weekly programme for younger viewers.
Introduced by Christopher Trace.

Model Ships Under Sail
A film.

What the Brownies Do: 5
with Jean Francis.


Presenter: Christopher Trace
Item presenter (What the Brownies Do): Jean Francis
Producer: John Hunter Blair

: Champion the Wonder Horse: Saddle Tramp

Will Calhoun, an old saddle tramp, comes to stay with Ricky and his Uncle Sandy. There are cattle thieves about, and with the help of Rebel and Champion they are rounded up.


The Wonder Horse: Champion
Rebel, the dog: Blaze
Ricky North: Barry Curtis
Uncle Sandy: Jim Bannon

: Sketch Club

With Adrian Hill who announces this week's prizewinners and helps you with your picture-making.
Picture Gallery: Pets


Presenter/artist: Adrian Hill
Presented by: Gordon Murray

: 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

: Cricket: England v. India: Fourth Test Match

The closing overs of the first day's play followed by summary.

: Russ Conway

at the piano
with his friends Paul Andrews, The Peter Crawford Trio.
(BBC recording)


Pianist: Russ Conway
Singer: Paul Andrews
Musicians: The Peter Crawford Trio
Presented by: Bill Cotton, Jnr.

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Editor: Donald Baverstock

: News Summary

Cricket: close of play scores

: G.P.O. Telephone Personality Girl

A competition sponsored oy the G.P.O. and Interflora, proving that girls with golden voices have other attractions too.
Special guest: Beatrice Lillie (The Voice with a Smile)
Chairman, Kenneth Horne
The Judges:
The Postmaster-General: The Rt. Hon. Ernest Marples M.P.
The World President of Interflora: Vic Stein
The General Secretary of the Union of Post Office Workers: Ron Smith
and The Feminine Point of View: Shelagh Wilson
(See page 5)


Singer/Guest: Beatrice Lillie
Chairman: Kenneth Horne
Judge: The Rt. Hon. Ernest Marples
Judge: Vic Stein
Judge: Ron Smith
Judge: Shelagh Wilson
Presented by: Patricia Foy

: Top Town Tournament: Final Night

Leeds and Ealing or St. Helier compete for the 'Top Town' Television Trophy of 1959
Introduced by David Jacobs.
The Trophy will be presented by the Controller of BBC Television Programmes, Kenneth Adam.

Panel Chairmen:
Belfast - Alderman R.G.C. Kinahan, J.P., Lord Mayor of Belfast
Birmingham - Alderman W.H. Edwards, J.P., Lord Mayor of Coventry
Cardiff - Alderman Mrs. Helena Evans, Lord Mayor of Cardiff
Glasgow - Myer Galpern, Lord Provost of Glasgow
The fifth panel will be in either London or Bristol, depending on the result of the second semi-final.

Alyn Ainsworth and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Jimmy Leach at the electronic organ
From the BBC's North of England television studio
(See page 6)


Presenter: David Jacobs
Trophy presenter: Kenneth Adam
Panellist (Belfast): Alderman R.G.C. Kinahan
Panellist (Birmingham): Alderman W.H. Edwards
Panellist (Cardiff): Alderman Mrs. Helena Evans
Panellist (Glasgow): Myer Galpern
Musicians: Alyn Ainsworth and the BBC Northern Dance Orchestra
Organist: Jimmy Leach
Research: Ronnie Lane
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Farewell Farewell, Eugene

by John Vari.
Adapted by Rodney Ackland.

A scene from "Farewell Farewwell, Eugene".
[Starring] Margaret Rutherford, Peggy Mount
From the Garrick Theatre, London.

(By arrangement with H.M. Tennent Ltd., and Ronald Rawson)


Writer: John Vari
Adapter: Rodney Ackland
Costume Designer: Desmond Heeley
Setting: Michael Weight
Director: William Chappell
Television Presentation: John Vernon
Minerva Goody: Margaret Rutherford
Florence Povis: Peggy Mount
Queenie Bosworth: Frances Guthrie
Willie Bosworth: Brook Williams
Peony Povis: Avril Elgar
Mick Delaney: Patrick McAlinney
Mrs. Bosworth: Beryl Andrews
Mr. Bosworth: John Moore

: Lost Without Trace: The First Draft of 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'

A Television Treasure Hunt

In 1919 T.E. Lawrence, at the height of his fame, was writing the story of his spectacular wartime career. But the first draft of this controversial book was never made public. In his own words, he lost it on Reading Station. This programme investigates what may then have happened to it.
Introduced by Andrew Sinclair.
(See page 4)


Presenter: Andrew Sinclair
Producer: Paul Johnstone
Producer: Pamela Wilcox Bower

: The Cinema Today: 5: Hungary

A series of programmes about film-making throughout the world.

Introduced by Derek Prouse.
with contributions from Felix Mariassy, Zoltan Varkonyi, Eva Ruttkay, Miklos Gabor, Istvan Dosai.
Also extracts from recent films including: 'Anna', 'The Sleepless Years', 'The 39th Brigade', 'The House under the Rocks', 'The Last Adventures of Don Juan'.
Interviews in Budapest by courtesy of Hungarofilm


Presenter: Derek Prouse
Interviewee: Felix Mariassy
Interviewee: Zoltan Varkonyi
Interviewee: Eva Ruttkay
Interviewee: Miklos Gabor
Interviewee: Istvan Dosai
Produced for television by: Victor Poole

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