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: Discovering Science: Water in Nature

In a wet summer we often hear the question 'Where does all the rain come from?'. Gerd Sommerhoff describes the circulation of water in nature and shows that, where rain is concerned, what comes down must first have gone up.
for Schools
(to 10.25)


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

: Looking at Britain: Industry in Northern Ireland

A programme which examines some traditional industries and some established since the war.
Introduced by Geoffrey Johnson Smith, M.P.
BBC film for Schools
(to 11.25)


Presenter: Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Filmed by: Jimmy Court
Film editor: Barry Toovey
Producer: Peggie Broadhead

: For Sixth Forms: Design for a Scientific Age: The Great Radiation Belts

by Sir Harrie Massey, F.R.S.
The story of how the scientific instruments in early American and Russian artificial satellites revealed the existence of two great belts of radiation which encircle the earth.
for Schools
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Sir Harrie Massey
Producer: Donald Grattan

: Newyddion

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

: Cadw'n Ifanc

Cylchgrawn i'r Henoed
'Cyfie i gwrdd a chymeriadau A chlywed rhai o'r hen ganiadau'
Y cyflwyno gan Emrys Cleaver Y cynhyrchu gon ALED VAUGHAN
A magazine for the older folk.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)
(to 13.20)


Unknown: Emrys Cleaver
Unknown: Aled Vaughan

: Lunchtime News

: First Years at Work: 18: Laboratory Technician

Introduced by Peter West.
See a boy and a girl doing very different jobs-one working in a tar distillery, the other in a university laboratory.
BBC programme for Schools


Presenter: Peter West
Film cameraman: Michael A. Shepherd
Film editor: John Griffiths
Producer: Peter Montagnon

: Interval

: Whistle Stop!: 21: London

A light-hearted diversion introduced by McDonald Hobley.
The Guests, Ravic and Babs, The Peter Crawford Trio, June Douglas, The Donald Purchese Quintet

A quiz to test local knowledge.


Presenter: McDonald Hobley
Skaters/guests: Ravic and Babs
Musicians/guests: The Peter Crawford Trio
Performer: June Douglas
Musicians: The Donald Purchese Quintet
Musical arrangements: Gordon Langford
Producer: Bryan Izzard

: Keep Fit with Eileen Fowler

From the Midlands
(to 15.30)


Presenter: 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 Christopher Trace and Leila Williams.


Coins in Your Pocket: 5: Strange Money
A talk by R. J. Martin.

Packi's Balloon Adventures: 4: The South Pole
Written and drawn by Tony Hart.


Presenter: Christopher Trace
Presenter: Leila Williams
Item presenter (Coins in Your Pocket): R. J. Martin
Writer/artist (Packi's Balloon Adventures): Tony Hart
Music: John Alldis
Producer: John Hunter Blair

: Danger Is My Business: 4: Leader of the Thunderbirds

A film series telling the story of people whose work involves physical danger.

Major 'Robby' Robinson of the U.S.A.F. leads a team of supersonic acrobats known as the 'Thunderbirds'. With wing-tips almost touching, four F-100 Super Sabre jets perform precision manoeuvres at speeds up to 750 m.p.h.


Subject: Major 'Robby' Robinson

: Exploring the Unseen World

with Tom Margerison.


Presenter: Tom Margerison
Producer: Leonard Chase

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: Faraway Look: 4: The Galapagos Islands

Introduced by Peter Scott.

Charles Darwin based much of his theory of evolution on his researches in the Galapagos Islands, where the animals are isolated from the mainland and have evolved in a particularly interesting manner.
Last shown in October 1959


Presenter: Peter Scott
Filmed by: Tony Soper
Editor: Douglas Thomas
Producer: Eileen Molony

: Tonight

Look around with Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott.


Presenter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
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: Peter Moore
Research: Virginia Ropner
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

: You Can't Escape

by Jacques Gillies.
Starring Charles Gray, Derek Francis, Marian Spencer, Thomas Heathcote and Dilys Laye
When four unusual characters choose to stay at a small guest house on Dartmoor, its proximity to the prison is likely to be more than a coincidence.
BBC recording
See page 23


Writer: Jacques Gillies
Designer: Frederick Knapman
Producer: Gerard Glaister
Major Hargood: Charles Gray
Mrs Denby-Smith: Marian Spencer
Doctor Graves: Derek Francis
Nicky Fowler: Dilys Laye
Mr Fowler: Gareth Davies
Morgan: Thomas Heathcote
Police Constable: Derek Hunt
Police Inspector: David Broomfield

: The News

: Television Dancing Club

(Fourteenth Year)
Featuring Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra from the Carlton Rooms, Maida Vale.
Demonstrations by Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey, Stan Dudley and Christine Norton, The Constance Millington Formation Team from Liverpool and presenting the second Semi-Final of the 1960-61 Competition for the Television Dancing Club Trophies.
Victor Silvester's Dancing Lesson assisted by Doreen Freeman
Hostess, Rosalie Ashley


Musicians: Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra
Dancer: Harry Smith-Hampshire
Dancer: Doreen Casey
Dancer: Stan Dudley
Dancer: Christine Norton
Dancers: The Constance Millington Formation Team
Dancer (Victor Silvester's Dancing Lesson): Victor Silvester
Dancer (Victor Silvester's Dancing Lesson): Doreen Freeman
Hostess: Rosalie Ashley
Script: Victor Silvester, Jnr.
Producer: Richard Afton

: Meet Mr. Lincoln

One hundred years ago this month Abraham Lincoln became President of the United States.
Through still pictures in motion this programme tells the story of the four years of savage civil war that followed, of Lincoln's triumph, and of his murder.
An NBC Projects 20 telefilm
(Last shown in February 1959)

: Late Night News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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