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: Total Eclipse

Cameras in England, France, Italy, and Yugoslavia, for the first time in television history, follow this morning's total eclipse of the sun across Southern Europe.
Recorded extracts from this broadcast will be included, in this evening's programme at 9.30
(to 8.00)


Commentator (In England): Tom Margerison
Commentator (In France): Hugh Butler
Commentator (In Italy): Colin Ronan
Commentator (In Yugoslavia): Patrick Moore
Animations: Alfred Wurmser
Television director in England: Peter Bale
Eurovision co-ordinating producer: Peter Stone

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

by Professor W. S. Bullough.
for Schools
Previously shown on Monday
(to 10.30)


Presenter: Professor W. S. Bullough

: Doctor Knock: Act 2

by Jules Romains.
for Schools
First shown on Tuesday


Author: Jules Romains

: Collecting from Nature: 5: On the Seashore

for Schools
First shown on Tuesday
(to 11.55)

: Newyddion

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

: Y Maes Chwarae

Rygbi-Pel Droed Bocsio-Nofio a chwaraeon enaill ar ffilm ac yn y stiwdlo
Y cyflwyno gan Dillwyn Owen Y rhaglen yng ngofal ALUN DAVIES
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)
(to 13.20)


Unknown: Alun Davies

: Lunchtime News

: Science and Life: Signals Through Space

The programme tells the story of 'wireless' transmission. Heinrich Hertz demonstrated the existence of radio waves and their affinity to light waves. Marconi proved their usefulness in long-distance signalling, and today both Morse and the human voice can be transmitted and received across the world.
In the studio: Arthur Garratt
At the Science Museum, South Kensington: Gerald Garratt
BBC programme for Schools


Presenter: Arthur Garratt
Reporter: Gerald Garratt
Film sequences edited by: Teddy Ireland
Producer: Bill Scott

: Interval

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
Peter Hawkins speaks the voices
Maria Bird writes the songs and music
BBC film


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music: Maria Bird

: Wednesday Magazine

Keep an eye on this week's round-up of Topics to talk about, New things to see,
People worth meeting.
Introduced by David Jacobs.
(to 15.30)


Presenter: David Jacobs
Director: Richard Francis
Producer: Lorna Pegram

: Little Jimmy

The Adventures of a Little Animal.
Drawn and written by Pauline Bewick.
Told by Peter Hawkins.


Artist/writer: Pauline Bewick
Narrator: Peter Hawkins

: Union Pacific: Cheyenne Incident

Last shown in July 1960


Major Bart McClelland: Jeff Morrow
Billy Kincaid: Judo Pratt

: Film Club

Watch the film makers at work and see how you can make your own.
Introduced by Alex Macintosh.


Presenter: Alex Macintosh
Research: Tony Rose
Producer: Leonard Chase

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: Victory at Sea: 7: Kings Around Babaul

A series of films about Sea Warfare 1939-45.

The Allied conquest of the Solomon Islands, and the isolation of Japan's main base in the South-West Pacific.
Introduced by Ludovic Kennedy.
This NBC film series was produced in co-operation with the U.S. Navy and the Admiralty, and was last shown on BBC Television in 1953


Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Kenneth Allsop, 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

: A Song for Europe

The BBC's annual contest to decide the British entry for The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 to be held in Cannes on March 18.

Introduced by Catherine Boyle
Orchestra directed by Eric Robinson
Leader David McCallum

The Allisons singing 'Are You Sure?'
Written and composed by Bob and John Allison

Steve Arlen singing 'Suddenly I'm in Love'
Written and composed by Eric Boswell

Craig Douglas singing 'The Girl Next Door'
Written and composed by Bunny Lewis and Harry Robinson

Teresa Duffy singing 'Tommy'
Written and composed by John Watson

Bryan Johnson singing 'A Place in the Country'
Written and composed by Page, Shaberman, and Harris

Valerie Masters singing 'Too Late for Tears'
Written by David Lee and composed by Clive Westlake

Anne Shelton singing 'I Will Light a Candle'
Written and composed by Jack Waterhouse

Ricky Valance singing 'Why Can't We?'
Written and composed by Eric Boswell

Mark Wynter singing 'Dream Girl'
Written and composed by Crompton and Jones

with The Beryl Stott Singers

Guest Conductors: Frank Barber, Frank Cordell, Johnny Douglas, Johnny Gregory, Harry Robinson, Bob Sharples, Wally Stott


Presenter: Catherine Boyle
Orchestra directed by: Eric Robinson
Leader: David McCallum
Musical Associate: Alan Bristow
Settings: Richard Levin
Director: Yvonne Littlewood
Producer: Harry Carlisle
Singers (Are You Sure?): The Allisons
Written and composed by (Are You Sure?): Bob and John Allison
Singer (Suddenly I'm in Love): Steve Arlen
Written and composed by (Suddenly I'm in Love): Eric Boswell
Singer (The Girl Next Door): Craig Douglas
Written and composed by (The Girl Next Door): Bunny Lewis
Written and composed by (The Girl Next Door): Harry Robinson
Singer (Tommy): Teresa Duffy
Written and composed by (Tommy): John Watson
Singer (A Place in the Country): Bryan Johnson
Written and composed by (A Place in the Country): Page, Shaberman, and Harris
Singer (Too Late for Tears): Valerie Masters
Written by (Too Late for Tears): David Lee
Composed by (Too Late for Tears): Clive Westlake
Singer (I Will Light a Candle): Anne Shelton
Written and composed by (I Will Light a Candle): Jack Waterhouse
Singer (Why Can't We?): Ricky Valance
Written and composed by (Why Can't We?): Eric Boswell
Singer (Dream Girl): Mark Wynter
Written and composed by (Dream Girl): Crompton and Jones
Backing Singers: The Beryl Stott Singers
Guest Conductor: Frank Barber
Guest Conductor: Frank Cordell
Guest Conductor: Johnny Douglas
Guest Conductor: Johnny Gregory
Guest Conductor: Harry Robinson
Guest Conductor: Bob Sharples
Guest Conductor: Wally Stott

: A Life of Bliss!

by Godfrey Harrison.


Writer/Producer: Godfrey Harrison
Incidental music written and orchestra conducted by: Harry Rabinowitz
Designer: John Cooper
Director: Vere Lorrimer
David Bliss: George Cole
Bob Batten: Hugh Sinclair
Pam Batten: Frances Bennett
Abdul: Tracy Connell
Mrs Hutton-Hythe: Barbara Cavan
Mrs Lodge: Annette Kerr
Sergeant Brent: Colin Douglas
Prince Omar Walid: Bryon Warden
Herself: 'Psyche'

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock.
Action, News, Personalities in a weekly sports magazine for the family.
Tonight's programme includes:

Cricket: Australia v West Indies
A special film report on the Fifth and decisive Test Match in Melbourne.

Football, Cycling and Boxing


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Assistant Editor: Ronnie Noble
Presented by: Bryan Cowgill
Editor: Paul Fox

: Total Eclipse

including a recording of this morning's historic broadcast, with film taken from the air of the moon's shadow racing over the earth and reports from astronomers who have watched the eclipse in different parts of Europe.
Introduced by Tom Margerison.


Presenter: Tom Margerison
Designer: Natasha Kroll
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: The News

: Call for Action: 2: The Orange Box

A series of six films dealing with sudden emergencies.
A story of the Radiological Protection Service
by Ronald Lambton.
Last shown in September 1960

10.15-10.45: View: The weekly programme of the South and West of England.


Writer: Ronald Lambton
Photographed by: Kenneth Westbury
Produced and edited by: Maurice Harvey

: Late Night News

: Late Night Final

Evening Prayers conducted by The Rev. Kenneth Slack.


Prayers conducted by: The Rev. Kenneth Slack

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