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: Discovering Science: The Water Surface

When water falls on to an oily surface it heaps up into large rounded drops. Raindrops falling through the air assume a more or less spherical shape. In today's programme Gerd Sommerhoff explains how the 'skin' formed on the surface of water can be of importance in everyday life.
for Schools
(to 10.25)


Presenter: Gerd Sommerhoff
Producer: Geoffrey Hall
Producer: Lawrie Lawler

: Looking at Britain: Distant-water Trawler

A voyage to the White Sea in a Hull trawler, the St. Dominic, filmed with the co-operation of its owner, skipper, and crew.
Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith, M.P.
BBC film for Schools
(to 11.25)


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Filmed by: Nat Crosby
Film editor: Barry Toovey
Producer: Tim Slessor

: For Sixth Forms: Life in a Physical World: 5: Vertebrate Skin

by Professor W.S. Bullough.
Terrestrial vertebrates, such as man himself, have to contend with a much more hostile physical environment than did their early ancestors in the sea, and their main defence against the outside world is a tough and efficient barrier-the skin.
for Schools
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Professor W.S. Bullough
Producer: F.R. Elwell

: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

: Cadw'n Ifanc

Cylchgrawn i'r Henoed
' Cyrle i g-wrdd. a chymeriadau
A chlywed rhaio'r hen ganiadau' Y cyfiwyno gan Emrys- Cleaver Y cynhyrchu gun IFOR REES
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)
(to 13.20)

: Lunchtime News

: First Years at Work: 16: Office work for girls

Introduced by Peter West.
A look at some of the different aspects of life in an office.
BBC programme for Schools


Presenter: Peter West
Film cameraman: W. Munn
Producer: Peter Scroggs

: Interval

: Whistle Stop!: 18: Leamington Spa

A light-hearted diversion introduced by McDonald Hobley.
The Guests, The Steve Benbow Folk Four with Nadia Cartoon, Al Saxon, The Donald Purchese Quintet

A quiz to test local knowledge.


Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Musicians: The Steve Benbow Folk Four
Singer: Nadia Cartoon
Singer: Al Saxon
Musicians: The Donald Purchese Quintet
Musical arrangements: Gordon Langford
Producer: Bryan Izzard

: Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler

From the Midlands
(to 15.30)


Exerciser: Eileen Fowler
Producer: Ann Shead
Music arranged and played by: Helen Shields
Director: Reg Perrin

: Blue Peter

A magazine programme for younger viewers.
Introduced by Leila Williams.

A Visit to Cruft's Dog Show

Packi's Balloon Adventures: 1: China
Written and drawn by Tony Hart.

The Story of the Bell
Told by Ranald Clouston.


Presenter: Leila Williams
Writer/artist (Packi's Balloon Adventures): Tony Hart
Narrator (The Story of the Bell): Ranald Clouston
Producer: Clive Parkhurst

: Danger Is My Business: 1: Tokyo Steelman

A new film series telling the story of people all over the world whose work involves physical danger.

Kyudo helps to build the third highest man-made construction in the world-the television mast in Tokyo, Japan.

: For Deaf Children

John Holmes gives you some ideas for looking after your pets.


Presenter: John Holmes

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: Faraway Look: 1: The Virgin Islands

Introduced by Peter Scott.

The story of an expedition by Peter Scott and Tony Soper to the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin did much of his research. Their first stop was at the Virgin Islands.
Last shown in September 1959


Presenter: Peter Scott
Filmed by: Tony Soper
Editor: John Merritt
Producer: Eileen Molony

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott with Robin Hall, Jimmie Macgregor.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Singer: Robin Hall
Singer/Guitarist: Jimmie Macgregor
Associate Producer: Antony Jay
Associate Producer: Gordon Watkins
Associate Producer: Tony Essex
Assistant Editor: Alasdair Milne
Editor: Donald Baverstock

: Headline News

: This Is Your Life

says Eamonn Andrews to ?


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Writer: Robert Stuart
Research: Shirley MacNab
Director: Michael Goodwin
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson
'This Is Your Life' devised by: Ralph Edwards

: Panorama

The Window on the World
Every Monday Panorama cameras focus on People-Places-Problems that make news.
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby with the Panorama team of commentators.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Edited and produced by: Michael Peacock
Assistant editor: David Wheeler
Associate producer: Don Haworth
Associate producer: Jeremy Murray-Brown

: Perry Mason: The Case of the Drowning Duck

Starring Raymond Burr as the famous lawyer investigator created by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Perry Mason is called upon to solve a case of blackmail in a small town but finds that the townsfolk are withholding evidence which may help his client.


Character created by: Erle Stanley Gardner
Perry Mason: Raymond Burr

: The News

: Come Dancing

for the BBC Inter-Regional Dancing Contest
Organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces the eighth heat in the nation-wide-wide amateur ballroom dancing contest between twelve regions for the BBC Television Award and Formation Team Cup.

From the Locarno Ballroom, Liverpool with Ivor Kirchin and his Band.
Compere, Malcolm Scrimgeour

South London
From the Locarno Ballroom, Streatham with Denny Boyce and his Orchestra.
Compere, Keith Fordyce

Before a panel of judges nominated by numbers of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing Ltd., including the Welsh Alliance


Presenter: Peter West Musicians (North-West): Ivor Kirchin
Compere (North-West): Malcolm Scrimgeour
Producer (North-West): Ray Lakeland
Musicians (South London): Denny Boyce and his Orchestra
Compere (South London): Keith Fordyce
Producer (South London): Donald MacLean
Programme arranged by: Eric Morley
Executive producer: Barrie Edgar

: Late Night News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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