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: Discovering Science: Air Around Us

What is streamlining? How does a parachute work? In the first programme of this new science series Gerd Sommerhoff answers these and other questions about the properties of the air around us.

(to 10.25)


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

: Mathematics and Life: How Many People?

How many people are there in Britain? Who wants to know? This is the story of the National Census-one of the biggest mathematical sums it is possible to imagine.
Introduced by Hugh David.

(to 11.25)


Presenter: Hugh David
Film cameraman: Alex Pearce
Film editor: Alma Davies
Studio animations: Alfred Wurmser
Producer: Donald Grattan

: For Sixth Forms: Exploring Behaviour: 1: Sensory Processes

Dr. Robert Audley introduces the first of a new series on the problems and methods of experimental psychology.
The viewer should, if possible, have by him a piece of tinted transparent plastic or the lens from a pair of sun-glasses, in order to take part in a demonstration to be carried out during the programme.
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Dr. Robert Audley
Film Editor: John Priestley
Producer: Michael Gill

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau
Cwrdd â phobl
Ymweld ft lleoedd
Ymdrin â phynciau yng nghwmni OWEN EDWARDS Rhaglen ddyddiol dan ofal NAN DAVIES, IFOR REES
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

(to 13.25)

: Lunchtime News

: Going to Work: 1: Thinking About Jobs

Introduced by Peter West.
Sandra and Roy have just left school. What are the factors that influence them when they are 'thinking about jobs'?
for Schools
First shown in September 1960


Presenter: Peter West
Script: Ronald Smurthwaite
Producer: Peter Scroggs

: Interval

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the very young

(to 14.45)

: Blue Peter

for younger viewers
Introduced by Leila Williams and Christopher Trace.

How to Build Your Own Model Theatre

How the Rabbits Got Their Short Tails
Hugh Tracey tells a story.

The Story of the Bicycle: 2
Told by Reginald Shaw.


Presenter: Leila Williams
Presenter: Christopher Trace
Storyteller (How the Rabbits Got Their Short Tails): Hugh Tracey
Narrator (The Story of the Bicycle): Reginald Shaw
Producer: Clive Parkhurst

: Danger Is My Business: 2: Mr. Boom

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

Ferdinand Bickel is an expert on explosives. He has to plan his blasts to minimise the danger to human life. This exciting film shows a detonation project from the painstaking preparation to the actual explosion.
Last shown in February


Subject: Ferdinand Bickel

: Sir Stephen King-Hall

Sir Stephen King-Hall looks at what goes on in the world around us.


Presenter: Sir Stephen King-Hall
Producer: Leonard Chase

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England.

News from the South

: The Weather

: Look: The Mute Swan

Introduced by Peter Scott with Fred Lexster.
For about 700 years the mute swan has been a royal and protected bird. But are there now too many of them? With the Keeper of the Abbotsbury Swannery, Peter Scott discusses swans and shows films of their life.
From the West
Last shown in July


Presenter: Peter Scott
Guest: Fred Lexster
Editor: John Merritt
Producer: Eileen Molony

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Macdonald Hastings and Cy Grant.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer/guitarist: Cy Grant
Associate producer: Gordon Watkins
Associate producer: Tony Essex
Associate producer: Ned Sherrin
Associate producer: Peter Batty
Assistant editor: Antony Jay
Editor: Alasdair Milne

: Headline News

: Overland Trail: Lawyer in Petticoats

2,000 miles of adventure with the pioneers as the stage coach route moves Westward.
A film series starring William Bendix and Doug McClure.
Flip is delighted to learn that he and Helen, a pretty young lawyer, have inherited a gold mine. But he soon finds his troubles are only just beginning.


Fred Kelly: William Bendix
Flip Flippen: Doug McClure

: Africa Now: 6: Somalia - The Independent Desert

First-hand reports from a changing continent.
Introduced by Christopher Chataway, M.P.


Presenter: Christopher Chataway
Film report by: Rolf Gillhausen
Film report by: Joachim Heldt
Film editor: Bob Rymer
Narrator: Colin Wills
Producer: David Wheeler

: Traitor in a Steel Helmet

by Charles Wood.
Special sound effects by the Radiophonic Workshop

'A game of soldiers in the rain. Dead cushy. It is the excitement that sends you to sleep. Plod on yards that seem like miles following fifty tons of grumble and stink over the Welsh countryside. And the rain pelts down and the night gets blacker, and you thank your lucky stars you're riding, not walking. A Centurion tank is no respecter of living gristle. When a crash comes, you don't have time to scream out your name and number before it wraps you around the sprocket'.


Writer: Charles Wood
Film cameraman: Peter Hamilton
Film editor: Kenneth Bilton
Designer: Tony Abbott
Producer: Patrick Dromgoole
Trooper Jupp: Brian Bedford
Sailor: Patrick McAlinney
Sergeant Pike: Frank Windsor
Voices: Victor Lucas
Voices: Ian MacNaughton
Voices: Barry Wilsher

: The News

: September Song

featuring Dennis Lotis with Julia Shelley, Dorita y Pepe, Susan Denny, Dill Jones.
BBC Midland Light Orchestra
Leader, James Hutcheon
Conductor, Jack Coles
From the Midlands


Singer: Dennis Lotis
Singer: Julia Shelley
Singers: Dorita y Pepe
Singer: Susan Denny
Pianist: Dill Jones
Musicians: BBC Midland Light Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: James Hutcheon
[Orchestra] conductor: Jack Coles
Compiled by: Reg Perrin
Designer: Margaret Peacock
Producer: Philip Lewis

: Mountain Pastures

(Pascoli alti)
A documentary film from Italy.
Spoken by John Glen and Virginia Winter.

During the long months of summer in an alpine setting that is of the loveliest in Europe young Italian shepherds find adventure, but also loneliness.


Producer: Mario Milesi
Director: Alberto Pandolfi
English variation written and presented by: Gordon Smith
Narrator: John Glen
Narrator: Virginia Winter

: The Sky at Night: Astronomy in Space

Patrick Moore discusses with Dr. H. E. Butler how artificial satellites outside the earth's atmosphere can help astronomers, and what further discoveries they may lead to.


Presenter: Patrick Moore
Guest: Dr. H. E. Butler
Director: Micheal Johnston
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: Late Night News

followed by Weather and Close Down

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