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: Seeing and Believing: Guiding Stars

Meditations on a Christian Theme
The Rev. W. W. Simpson talk about 'Guiding Stars'
Assisted by Lewis Edwards, Wilfred Brown and John Breslin


Presenter: The Rev. W. W. Simpson
Assisted by: Lewis Edwards
Assisted by: Wilfred Brown
Assisted by: John Breslin
Producer: R. T. Brooks

: Farming: The Oxford Farming Conference

and Weather for Farmers
The magazine for those who live by the land.
Introduced by John Cherrington.

J. T. Beresford, Salisbury, Wilts., and C. R. Kelly, Australia, discuss points from their papers on 'Food and Farming in a Changing World'.
Farm visits are made to Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, and East Lothian, Scotland, to illustrate papers on 'Quality production for Tomorrow's Market'.
Filmed by the BBC's Agricultural Film Unit
From the West


Presenter: John Cherrington
Speaker: J. T. Beresford
Speaker: C. R. Kelly
Film editor: Henry Fowler
Producer: Hilary Phillips

: O Sul I Sul

DethoHad o ffilmiau newyddion yn dangos peth o weithgarwch Cymru a'r Cymry yn ystod yr wythnos
Y telediad yng ngofal Robert S. Evans
This week's news reviewed.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol

Gwahoddwn chwi i ymuno a chyinulleidfa eglwysd undebol y cylch mewn rhagien o ganu emynau o Gapel yr Annibynwyr, Carmel, Treherbert
Arweinydd, Mansel Thomas
Organydd. Arwel Hughes Unawdydd. Richard Rees Cyflwynir yr emvnau gan
Y Parch. Ddr, Gwilym ap Robert Y telediad yng ngofal Jack Williams
Recordiad y BBC
A programme of community hymn-singing from Treherbert.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: The Phil Silvers Show: Bilko's Small Car

Starring Phil Silvers as Sergeant Bilko.

Impressed by the popularity of foreign cars, Bilko decides to manufacture them himself. It's amazing what you can do with an Army jeep when you try.


Sergeant Bilko: Phil Silvers

: Sportsview Special: Rugby Union: England v. South Africa

The recorded highlights of yesterday's match at Twickenham.
Introduced by Cliff Morgan.
A Sportsview Unit presentation


Commentator: Peter West
Presenter: Cliff Morgan

: Film Matinee presents: Bachelor Mother

A romantic film comedy.
[Starring] Ginger Rogers, David Niven

Polly Parrish, a sales-girl in a big department store, is on her way home exhausted after the rush of Christmas shoppers when she finds an abandoned baby. And by the time the New Year bells ring out, some surprising resolutions have been made.


Director: Garson Kanin, Jnr.
Polly Parrish: Ginger Rogers
David Merlin: David Niven
J.B. Merlin: Charles Coburn
Freddie Miller: Frank Albertson
Butler: E.E. Clive
The baby: Elbert Coplen
Mrs Weiss: Ferike Boros

: Bookstand

A kaleidoscope from the world of books with Dick Taverne.


Presenter: Dick Taverne
Script Associate: Dennis Potter
Dramatic sequences directed by: John McGrath
Director: Christopher Burstall
Producer: Stephen Hearst

: Sooty

Assisted by Sweep and Harry Corbett.
From the North


Puppeteer: Harry Corbett
Producer: Trevor Hill

: Beauty and the Beast: Part 2

by Nicholas Stuart Gray.
with Jennifer Daniel, Jeremy Brett and Heron Carvic


Writer: Nicholas Stuart Gray
Producer: Kevin Sheldon
Special effects: Jack Kine
Special effects: Bernard Wilkie
Special effects: Bob Bura
Special effects: John Hardwick
Music composed and conducted by: Lawrence Leonard
Designer: Fanny Taylor
The Wizard: Heron Carvic
Mikey, a Young Dragon: Denise Coffey
The Prince: Jeremy Brett
Mr Clement: Walter Horsbrugh
His daughter - Beauty: Jennifer Daniel
His daughter - Jessamine: Hal Dyer
His daughter - Jonquiline: Patricia Garwood

: Pony Club

While Britain is muffled up against the cold of winter young Australians are out riding in the sunshine.
This film shows how boys and girls 'down under' spend weekends in the open, camping with their ponies.

: Sunday Special: The Story of Jacob

told by William Neil.
From the Midlands


Storyteller: William Neil
Director: Geoffrey Meredith
Producer: Eric Blennerhassett

: The News and The Weather Man

(to 18.15)

: Meeting Point: The Problem Is...: Facing up to it

Donald Holms sets out a human problem by showing scenes from the films:
The Plunderers, Tunes of Glory, Brothers in Law, The Angry Silence
Films by arrangement with British-Lion, Warner-Pathé and United Artists


Presenter: Donald Holms
Producer: John Elphinstone-Fyffe

: The News

: Showtime

Introduced by David Nixon.
Written by David Climie, David Whitaker and David Nixon.
Starring this week Harry Worth, Heidi Bruhl, The Torquatos, Dorothy Wayne, The Showtime Dancers, The George Mitchell Singers.


Presenter/Writer: David Nixon
Writer: David Climie
Writer: David Whitaker
Producer: Graeme Muir
[Orchestra] leader: David McCallum
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Dance direction: Alfred Rodrigues
Settings: George Djurkovic
Comedian: Harry Worth
Singer: Heidi Bruhl
Performers: The Torquatos
Singer: Dorothy Wayne
Dancers: The Showtime Dancers
Singers: The George Mitchell Singers

: What's My Line?

Chairman, Eamonn Andrews
Panel: Isobel Barnett , Barbara Kelly, Cyril Fletcher, Uffa Fox and a mystery guest
Televised by arrangement with CBS and Maurice Winnick


Chairman: Eamonn Andrews
Panellist: Isobel Barnett
Panellist: Barbara Kelly
Panellist: Cyril Fletcher
Panellist: Uffa Fox
Celebrity Research: Julia Cave
Director: Richard Evans
Producer: John Warrington
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman

: The Sunday-Night Play presents: Venus Brown

Written and produced by Rex Tucker.
[Starring] Lisa Gastoni, Bernard Lee, John Turner

For Jack Brown, his wife Venus is a goddess in more than name. But she is not a goddess, she is a human being, and it is dangerous to worship human beings.
The sixteenth in a series of new plays written specially for television

(John Turner appears by permission of Associated British Picture Corporation Limited)


Writer/Producer: Rex Tucker
Music composed by: Thomas Eastwood
Music played by: John Williams
Music played by: Bram Wiggins
Designer: Donald Brewer
Jack Brown: Bernard Lee
Charlie: Reginald Barratt
Ferdle Legrange: Jacques Brunius
Marsie: John Turner
Venus Brown: Lisa Gastoni
Major Digby: Leonard Trolley
Mrs Digby: Dera Cooper
Pierre Legrange: Nyall Florenz
Julie: Maggie Barton
A barman: Christopher Hodge
Anna: Marianne Deeming

: The News

: Face to Face

Otto Klemperer and John Freeman
'A man can conduct with the hand, and mostly one conducts with the eyes'.
'By nature I am very much up and down ... less so in the last years, because then I am older and more quiet'.
'I would like to be remembered as a composer'.
'My second Fatherland is really England'.
'Bruno Walter is a moralist. I am an immoralist'.


Interviewee: Otto Klemperer
Interviewer: John Freeman
Drawings: Feliks Topolski
Producer: Hugh Burnett

: The Epilogue: The Power to Forgive

The Rev. Gordon Hastings
From the Midlands

10.55-11.3 Epilogue by the Rev. Paul Harrison


Presenter (The Power to Forgive): The Rev. Gordon Hastings
Presenter (Rowridge Epilogue): The Rev. Paul Harrison

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