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: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

For the Very Young
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
(to 10.45)


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

: Film and Film Makers: 6: The Director

Introduced by Stanley Reed of the British Film Institute.
for Schools
First shown on Tuesday
(to 11.30)


Presenter: Stanley Reed

: Natural History: Man and Nature: 6: The Northumbrian Coast

Introduced by Eric Simms.
BBC film for Schools
First shown on Tuesday
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Eric Simms

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau Cwrdd a phobl
Ymweld a Heoedd Ymdrin a phynciau yng nghwmni Aled Rhys Wiliam
Rhaglen ddyddiol dan ofal Nan Davies, Ifor Rees, Jack Williams
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)
(to 13.25)

: Lunchtime News

: Science and Life: Modern Communications

A series of programmes illustrating the history of science and technology.
Introduced by Tony Parsons.
for Schools
(to 14.25)


Presenter: Tony Parsons
Film editor: Teddy Ireland
Producer: John Braybon

: Home-Maker Competition

National Final to choose The BBC Home-Maker for Great Britain
The seven Regional finalists:
Marian Bull, West; Agnes Hogarth, Scotland; Alice Jennings, Midland; Susan Jones, Wales; Irene Mather, Northern Ireland; Anne Waters, South-East England; Katherine Webster, North of England come to the studio with their husbands, and are questioned by Mrs. Freddy Bloom, Lady Bragg, Lord Birkett.
In the Chair, Doreen Stephens
Thelma Cazalet-Keir, A Governor of the BBC, presents the £100 cheque to the winner.
Programme introduced by John Hobday.
(to 15.30)


Competitor: Marian Bull
Competitor: Agnes Hogarth
Competitor: Alice Jennings
Competitor: Susan Jones
Competitor: Irene Mather
Competitor: Anne Waters
Competitor: Katherine Webster
Panellist: Mrs. Freddy Bloom
Panellist: Lady Bragg
Panellist: Lord Birkett
Chairman: Doreen Stephens
Cheque presentation: Thelma Cazalet-Keir
Presenter: John Hobday
Programme Assistant: Iris Furlong
Director: Monica Sims
Producer: Beryl Radley

: Summerhouse

A seasonal programme from 'Somewhere in the garden'.
Introduced by Anthony Oliver.
His visitors are:

'How Not to Help' - Piers Stephens and Roderick Cook

Dance Spot - Patricia Kirshner and Johnny Greenland

A Story to Tell - James Copeland

Song Spot - Stephanie Voss

Watching animals from 'Tree Tops' - Geoffrey Mason-Smith


Presenter: Anthony Oliver
[Actor] (How Not to Help): Piers Stephens
[Actor] (How Not to Help): Roderick Cook
Dancer (Dance Spot): Patricia Kirshner
Dancer (Dance Spot): Johnny Greenland
Storyteller (A Story to Tell): James Copeland
Singer (Song Spot): Stephanie Voss
Item presenter (Watching animals from 'Tree Tops'): Geoffrey Mason-Smith
Producer: Rosamund Davies

: Men in Space: Lost Missile

An unmanned nuclear-powered rocket is sent into space. It gets out of control and Colonel McCauley and his crew are sent to intercept it in an orbit round the moon.
Last shown in July, 1960

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: Victory at Sea: 21: Full Fathom Five

A series of films about Sea Warfare 1939-45.

The story of the successful submarine campaign against Japanese shipping in the 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, Macdonald Hastings, The Harvesters.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singers: The Harvesters
Associate producer: Antony Jay
Associate producer: Gordon Watkins
Associate producer: Tony Essex
Associate producer: Ned Sherrin
Editor: Alasdair Milne

: Headline News

: Klondike: Sure Thing Men

A film series.
Adventure in Yukon Territory during the days of the famous Gold Rush starring
Ralph Taeger as Mike Halliday.

Mike's bitterest enemy comes to Skagway and starts many schemes designed to relieve the miners of their hard-earned cash. He has so much success that Mike feels compelled to force a showdown.


Mike Halliday: Ralph Taeger
Jeff Durain: James Coburn
Kathy O'Hara: Mari Blanchard
Rufe Lukas: Larry Pennell

: Sportsview

Introduced by David Coleman.
News - Action - Personalities in a weekly sports magazine for the family.
Tonight's programme include:

Cricket: England v. Australia
A preview of the First Test Match at Edgbaston.

Golf: The Canada Cup
Special film report from Puerto Rico.


Presenter: David Coleman
Presented by: Bryan Cowan
Editor: Ronnie Noble

: Eye on Research: What Comes Naturally?

Raymond Baxter reports from the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behaviour at Seewiesen in Bavaria.
Why do birds show alarm when they see a buzzard flying overhead? How does a mother turkey recognise her own chicks? Is it just instinct, or is it something the birds have learnt to do? These are the kind of questions the scientists in tonight's programme are trying to answer.
Outside Broadcast cameras of Bavarian Television visit the picturesque lake at Seewiesen to meet Konrad Lorenz, probably the most outstanding naturalist of our day.


Reporter: Raymond Baxter
Interviewee: Konrad Lorenz
Script: Gordon Rattray Taylor
Director: Peter Bruce
Producer: Philip Daly

: Moody in Storeland

Starring Ron Moody
With Vivienne Martin, Richard Caldicot and Tony Sympson, Una Stubbs, Tom Clegg
Also featuring Peter Gilmore and David Kernan


Performer/Script, lyrics, and music: Ron Moody
Performer: Vivienne Martin
Performer: Richard Caldicot
Performer: Tony Sympson
Performer: Una Stubbs
Performer: Tom Clegg
Performer: Peter Gilmore
Performer: David Kernan
Script associate: John Law
Associate producer: Alfred Rodrigues
Designer: Marilyn Taylor
Producer: James Gilbert

: The News

: Amateur Boxing: European Championships of 1961

Direct from Yugoslavia.
Quarter-final bouts from the eighth post - war European Championships which are taking place this week in the Fair Stadium, Belgrade.
Presented by the Yugoslav Television Service


Commentator: Simon Smith

: Enquiry: Food

made by Robert Reid into issues of importance to Britons.

Robert Reid meets members of the farming community, shop-keepers, and others, concerned with the filling of the nation's larder, to see how they propose to meet the needs of a changing society.
Made by the BBC's Midland Film Unit
Last shown in November 1960

10.30-11.0 View: The weekly programme of the South and West, introduced by Tom Salmon.


Presenter: Robert Reid
Camera: Stewart Farnell
Sound: Peter Caselberg
Editor: Edward Le Lorrain
Producer: David Martin
Presenter (View): Tom Salmon

: Late Night News

: Late Night Final

Evening prayers conducted by Dr. Donald Soper.


Conductor: Dr. Donald Soper

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