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: For the Schools: Science and Life: The Physical World: 5: Exploring the Atmosphere

Man cannot survive extremes of temperature and pressure. This, in itself, provides a good reason for exploring the atmosphere, and finding out how the pressure and temperature vary, and how the immense movements of the air come about.
Introduced by Arthur Garratt.
(BBC recording, first shown on December 2)
(to 11.45)


Presenter: Arthur Garratt
Studio animations: Alfred Wurmser
Director: Geoffrey Hall
Producer: Donald Grattan

: Beunydd

Newyddion y Dydd ynghyd a sgwrs ar ddatblygiadau ym myd y gwyddonydd a'r meddyg.
(News, with a talk on developments in the scientific and medical world)
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)

(to 13.15)

: Rugby Union Football: Oxford v. Cambridge

(See top of page and page 5)

The annual University match from Twickenham, televised by courtesy of the Rugby Football Union
Commentator, Peter West
Assisted by Cliff Morgan
with interviews by Brian Johnston


Commentator: Peter West
Assisted by: Cliff Morgan
Interviewer: Brian Johnston

: Mainly for Women: Christmas Bazaar

Opened by McDonald Hobley.
A collection of presents from 1s. 0d. to £1.0.0. chosen for their friends and relations by: Betty Astell, Ruth Corby, Ruth Drew, Ailsa Garland and Richard Murdoch.


Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Guest: Betty Astell
Guest: Ruth Corby
Guest: Ruth Drew
Guest: Ailsa Garland
Guest: Richard Murdoch
Producer: Monica Sims

: Mainly for Women: Cookery Club

Guest Cook, Beatrice Hayes shows how to decorate a Christmas cake and gives some suggestions for Christmas table decorations.


Cook: Beatrice Hayes
Producer: Ann Shead

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in songs and games.
(BBC film)
(to 16.45)


Narrator: Maria Bird

: The Wonky Wand

A Rubovian legend by Gordon Murray.
Presented by The BBC Puppet Company
(BBC film)
See Junior Radio Times


Writer/director/puppets: Gordon Murray
Puppet players: Audrey Atterbury
Puppet players: John Hardwick
Puppet players: Bob Bura
Puppet players: Violet Lamb
Puppet players: James Beattie
Puppet players: Roy Skelton
Puppet players: Derek Nimmo
Music: Patrick Harvey
Settings and costumes: Andrew Brownfoot

: Country Close-Up

Ion Trant shows how to feed and take care of animals in wintertime.


Presenter: Ion Trant

: Dance

to the music of Victor Silvester's Ballroom Orchestra directed by Victor Silvester Jnr. from the Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale with demonstrations by Stan Dudley and Christine Norton and The Frank and Peggy Spencer Formation Team.
See Junior Radio Times


Musicians: Victor Silvester's Ballroom Orchestra
Orchestra directed by: Victor Silvester Jnr.
Dancer: Stan Dudley
Dancer: Christine Norton
Dancers: The Frank and Peggy Spencer Formation Team
Producer: Tony Arnold

: 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

: Boots and Saddles: The Last Word

Some cashiered soldiers seeking revenge on the Army authorities cause havoc in the town, and order has to be restored by the Fifth Cavalry.

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Alan Whicker, Derek Hart, Fyfe Robertson, Tim Parkes.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Singer/guitarist: Tim Parkes
Associate producer: Alasdair Milne
Associate producer: Antony Jay
Associate producer: Gordon Watkins
Editor: Donald Baverstock

: Whack-O!

Written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden.
A weekly school report.
[Starring] Professor Jimmy Edwards
with Arthur Howard


Writer: Frank Muir
Writer: Denis Norden
Designer: Stanley Dorfman
Production: Douglas Moodie
Headmaster: Jimmy Edwards
Mr. Pettigrew: Arthur Howard
Mr. Halliforth: Edwin Apps
Mr. Dinwiddie: Gordon Phillott
Mr. Proctor: Brian Rawlinson
Crombie: Jimmy Ray
Potter: Paul Norman
Rawlinson: Geoffrey Paget
Mr. Garston: Ronnie Stevens
Matron: Charlotte Mitchell
Sir Nigel Wright: Campbell Cotts

: A Question of Time

A play for television by Ada F. Kay
[Starring] Tony Britton
with Olive McFarland and Gladys Boot

The action takes place in a London Square. Time: the present
From the BBC's North of England television studio
(BBC recording)
(Tony Britton appears by permission of British Lion Films)
See page 4


Writer: Ada F. Kay
Designer: Fanny Taylor
Producer: George R. Foa
The Young Man: Tony Britton
The Girl: Olive McFarland
The Old Lady: Gladys Boot
The Servant: Ann Tirard
Others taking part: Mollie Maureen
Others taking part: Audrey Noble
Others taking part: Jack Cunningham
Others taking part: Bryan Kendrick
Others taking part: Belle Brierley
Others taking part: Nan Hargreaves Jones
Others taking part: David S. Boliver

: Science International: 2: The Last Scourge

A world-wide report on Scientific Research.

See panel
(The BBC would like especially to acknowledge the help of Will Burtin and the Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co., Ltd., Manchester, for their help in the preparation of this programme)
(BBC recording)

: The Cinema Today: 8: Experimental Films

Introduced by Karel Reisz.
'....an experimental film is one which attempts to revitalise or enlarge the scope of the cinema as a means of expression.....'
Including extracts from:
'D.O.M.' (Poland); 'The Visit' (Great Britain); 'Concerto for Sub-Machine Gun' (Yugoslavia); 'We Shall Never Die' (Israel); 'The Savage Eye' (U.S.A.); 'Lourdes' (France).


Presenter: Karel Reisz
Produced for television by: Victor Poole

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