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: New Year's Day Concert from Vienna

(See above)

Part of the concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Directed in the traditional Strauss manner by Willy Boskovsky, leader of the Orchestra

Introduced by Lionel Salter

Broadcast by courtesy of the Austrian Television Service
(to 12.20)


Presenter: Lionel Salter
Musicians: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Musical Director/Orchestra leader: Willy Boskovsky

: Beunydd

Newyddion y Dydd ynghyd & Bwrw Golwg ar Amaethyddiaeth, Diwydiant a Materion Seneddol
(Daily news, and surveys on agriculture, industry, and political matters)
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss and Sutton Coldfield only)

(to 13.15)

: 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 film)
(to 14.45)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Voices: Eileen Browne
Voices: Josefina Ray
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Script/Music: Maria Bird

: The Lone Ranger: Million Dollar Wallpaper

The Sheriff cannot believe that two old prospectors, Flapjack and Morsehorn, have made up their age-old quarrel over an old, disused gold mine, and when he finds Morsehorn's house burnt to the ground he naturally suspects Flapjack. What has happened to Morsehorn, and whose are the footprints the Lone Ranger and Tonto find outside the burnt hut?
(Previously shown March 7)


The Lone Ranger: Clayton Moore
Tonto: Jay Silverheels

: Junior Sportsview

Billy Wright introduces Junior Sportsview direct from The Schoolboy's Exhibition in London.
Today's programme includes:
Sport with the Stars
Cricket, Football, and Motor Cycling


Presenter: Billy Wright
Presented by: P. Bruce
Presented by: A. P. Wilkinson
Programme edited by: Ronnie Noble

: 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

New Year's plans and preparations in the garden and greenhouse shown by Percy Thrower with Sydney Pearce, Assistant Curator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Care of Azaleas - Cyclamen - Primulas and other popular house plants and winter-flowering plants in the greenhouse.
From the BBC's Midland television studio.


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Guest: Sydney Pearce
Producer: Paul Morby

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson and including John Morgan, Polly Elwes and Cy Grant.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Presenter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: John Morgan
Reporter: Polly Elwes
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Associate producer: Alasdair Milne
Associate producer: Antony Jay
Associate producer: Gordon Watkins
Editor: Donald Baverstock

: News Summary

: The Trouble with Harry: A Little Knowledge!

Written by Ronnie Taylor.
This week: 'A Little Knowledge!'
[Starring] Harry Worth
with Noel Hood, Paddy Edwards, John Blythe, Sam Kydd, Jack Woolgar.
From the BBC's North of England television studio
See page 4


Writer: Ronnie Taylor
Designer: Paul Bernard
Producer: John Ammonds
Himself: Harry Worth
Aunt Victoria: Noel Hood
Doris: Paddy Edwards
[Actor]: John Blythe
[Actor]: Sam Kydd
[Actor]: Jack Woolgar

: How Green Was My Valley: 1: The First Rift

by Richard Llewellyn
Adapted as an eight-part serial by Barry Thomas.
The story of a valley and of the people who lived in it.
From the BBC's Welsh television studio

In this episode Davy Morgan attends a meeting on the mountain with fateful results for the Morgan family.
Dafydd Gruffydd writes on page 5


Author: Richard Llewellyn
Adapted by: Barry Thomas
Producer: Dafydd Gruffydd
Designer: Alan Taylor
Film Cameraman: Bill Greenhalgh
Film Editor: Terry Laurie
The Morgan Family - Gwilym, the father: Eynon Evans
The Morgan Family - Beth, the mother: Rachel Thomas
The Morgan Family - Davy: Glyn Houston
The Morgan Family - Ivor: David Lyn
The Morgan Family - Owen: Hugh David
The Morgan Family - Gwilym: Emrys James
The Morgan Family - Angharad: Sulwen Morgan
The Morgan Family - Huw: Islwyn Maelor Evans
Others in this episode - Bronwen: Margaret John
Others in this episode - Dr. Richards: T.H. Evans
Others in this episode - A miner: Brinley Jenkins
Others in this episode - Another miner: Howell Evans
Others in this episode - A Minister: Emrys Cleaver

: Para Handy - Master Mariner: 3: A Happy New Year

A television series by Duncan Ross.
Based on the stories of Neil Munro.
[Starring] Duncan Macrae with Roddy McMillan, John Grieve and Angus Lennie
Dancers from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Members of the City of Glasgow Police Male Voice Choir
Students from the Glasgow College of Dramatic Art
Singers, Kenna Campbell and Alasdair Gillies
Music provided by the Shandford Group
From the BBC's television studio in Scotland
(BBC recording)

(Iain Cuthbertson is appearing in "Babbity Bowster" at the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow)


Writer: Duncan Ross
Based on the stories of: Neil Munro
Producer: Pharic MacLaren
Film Cameraman: David Hanley
Film Editor: James Mearns
Designer: Robert MacGowan
Para Handy: Duncan MacRae
Dougie: Roddy McMillan
Macphail: John Grieve
Sunny Jim: Angus Lennie
Bob: Russell Hunter
Alec: Gerard Slevin
Erchie: Robert Borland
Bonnie Ann: Meg Buchanan
Mrs. Thompson: Jean Faulds
Mrs. Brown: Marjorie Thomson
Mrs. Smith: Joan Fitzpatrick
Miss Hilbery-Jones: Hilda Case
Hurricane Jack: Iain Cuthbertson
First Committee man: Douglas Gladdle
Second Committee man: Robert Graham
Also taking part: Rita Black
Also taking part: Denise Coffey
Also taking part: Muriel Henry
Also taking part: Julia Marks
Also taking part: Louise Maclaren
Also taking part: Shenah Douglas
Also taking part: Katy Gardiner
Also taking part: Sadie McKinnon
Also taking part: Mary McLeish
Also taking part: Annie Scotland
[Actors]: Students from the Glasgow College of Dramatic Art
Dancers: Dancers from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Singers: Members of the City of Glasgow Police Male Voice Choir
Singer: Kenna Campbell
Singer: Alasdair Gillies
Musicians: The Shandford Group

: The Third Man: Listen for the Sound of a Witch

A film series starring Michael Rennie as Harry Lime.

On an aircraft to Lisbon, Harry Lime meets a garrulous young woman from Ohio. He is obliged to listen to tales her grandfather told her, but they prove to have a present-day significance.
(A BBC film release)


Story and teleplay: Hagar Wilde
Director: Arthur Hiller
Producer: Felix Jackson
Harry Lime: Michael Rennie
Caroline Humphrey: Suzanne Pleshette
Paolo: Joe de Santis
Mr. Mouk: Theodore Marcuse
Salvatore Bacci: Eugene Borden
Josiah Humphrey: Ralph Moody
James Clark: Raymond Bailey
Arturo: Eugene Inglesias
Cyril Nathan: Warren Parker
Chief of Guarnicao: Raoul de Leon
Juan: Julian Rivero
Stewardess: Cynthia Lourdes

: Face to Face

(See top of page)

His Majesty King Hussein I of Jordan
with John Freeman
'I was about three paces behind my grandfather when we entered through the gate and suddenly I saw someone rush from behind a door to the right side with a revolver in his hand, and before anyone could do anything he fired a shot. My grandfather was hit and fell. I received a bullet that ripped a medal off my chest.'

'I wish that I could be a normal person in a strong, free Arab world that is united and progressive, than be a King of a small country or a small area where I might be an obstruction towards unity'

(BBC recording)
(Repeated in the Home Service on Friday, January 8, at 3.30)


Interviewer: John Freeman
Interviewee: HM King Hussein I of Jordan
Drawings: Feliks Topolski
Producer: Hugh Burnett

: News

: Retrospect

For the next hour look back on 1959 through some of the outstanding news film of the year - the journeys into space... international politicians on the way to the Summit, national politicians reaching a General Election... Royal journeys abroad... and the problems and pleasantries of life at home during a record-breaking summer.


Narrator: Richard Baker
Narrator: Robert Dougall
Narrator: Kenneth Kendall
Film Editor: Eric Marr
Producer: Bill Northwood

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