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: People of Many Lands: Tebou of the Sahara

BBC film for Schools
(First shown on Tuesday)
(to 10.25)

: Philoctetes: Part 2

by Sophocles.
For Schools
(First shown on Tuesday)
(to 11.35)


Author: Sophocles

: A Century of Change 1860-1960: 3: Good Pay and Conditions

How the efforts of the Trade Unions and the action of governments have combined to improve working conditions.
Written by Norman Longmate.
Introduced by Windsor Davies.
for Schools
(to 12.00)


Writer: Norman Longmate
Presenter: Windsor Davies
Director: John Drummond
Producer: Peter Scroggs

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau
Cwrdd a phobl
Ymweld a lleoedd
Ymdrin a phynciau yng nghwmni Owen Edwards
Rhaglen ddyddiot dan ofal Nan Davies, Ifor Rees, Jack Williams
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)


Unknown: Owen Edwards
Unknown: Nan Davies.
Unknown: Ifor Rees
Unknown: Jack Williams

: Lunchtime News

: Wednesday Magazine

A mid-week miscellany.
Introduced by David Jacobs.
Robert Reid and the Roving Eye cameras investigating Londoners' eating habits.

Rita Tushingham introducing a scene from 'A Taste of Honey'

Three Homeless Animals
Looking for new owners.

and Dame Edith Sitwell talking to Marghanita Laski about her personal approach to clothes.


Presenter: David Jacobs
Reporter: Robert Reid
Item presenter: Rita Tushingham
Interviewee: Dame Edith Sitwell
Interviewer: Marghanita Laski
Producer: Lorna Pegram

: Science and Life: The Evolution of Living Things: 3: The First Fishes

The first vertebrates of which there is any fossil record for are the fishes. In the story of evolution, the most important features they developed were lobed fins and lungs for breathing air.
Introduced by Professor W.S. Bullough.
for Schools
First shown in February 1960


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

: Interval

: 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 14.45)


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

: Tales of the Riverbank

A film series about the animals who live along the banks of a Canadian river.
In this episode the Hamster encounters a river mist for the first time and is rescued by Roderick the Rat.
Commentary spoken by Johnny Morris.
Last shown in July 1960


Director: Dave Ellison
Narrator: Johnny Morris
Presented by: Peggy Miller

: Men in Space: Water Tank Rescue

A series of film stories about imaginary space adventures.

When one of the members of the crew is taken critically ill on a journey in space, desperate measures have to be taken.

: Horse of the Year Show: Daily Express Foxhunter Championship

A recording of the last twenty minutes of last night's great competition for novice horses that have qualified from twelve Regional Finals, held at the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, Wembley.


Commentator: Dorian Williams
Television presentation: Bill Wright

: The News

: Town and Around

A news magazine for South-East England followed by The Weather.

News from the South, and Weather

: World Zoos: Moscow

Introduced by David Attenborough.
The first programme in a new weekly series of "News from the Zoos."
Television presentation by Jakov Trainin by courtesy of the Soviet Television Service
Recorded in Moscow by the BBC


Presenter: David Attenborough
Television Presentation: Jakov Trainin
Film Editor: Bob Higgins
Series edited and programme produced by: Nicholas Crocker

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
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

: Frontier Circus: The Shaggy Kings

Thrills and excitement of the Big Top as the travelling circus rolls across the new frontiers of the West.
A new film series starring Chill Wills, John Derek and Richard Jaeckel
with Guest star Dan Duryea

An Indian tells Col. Casey of a buffalo herd which would provide the starving circus with fresh meat. But he does not tell Casey that the herd belongs to the Commanches and to kill any of the buffalo would spark off an Indian war.


Colonel Casey Thompson: Chill Wills
Ben Travis: John Derek
Tony Gentry: Richard Jaeckel
Tiber: Dan Duryea

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock.

Show Jumping from the Horse of the Year Show at Wembley.

Motor Cycling: The International 6-Day Trial from Llandrindod Wells.
Riders from twenty nations compete over 1,200 miles of road and rough country in mid-Wales.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Commentator (Show Jumping): Dorian Williams
Television Presentation (Show Jumping): Bill Wright
Programme Editor: Ronnie Noble
Associate Editor: Leslie Kettley
Studio Presentation: Alec Weeks

: The Jack Benny Show: Don's Anniversary

A film comedy series.
Starring Jack Benny
with Don Wilson

It's Don Wilson's twenty-seventh anniversary on the show, and Jack recalls the days when they first met.


Himself: Jack Benny
Himself: Don Wilson

: The News

: Grass Roots

Denis Mitchell takes his camera to the small American town of Princeton, Kentucky.


Director: Denis Mitchell
Photographed by: Dale Sharkey
Editor: Mac Errington
Assistant Director: Sam Ventura

: Horse of the Year Show: Fred Foster Memorial International Championship

The final stages of this competition televised direct from the Empire Pool and Sports Arena, Wembley.
Competitors are faced with big fences over this course. Those with clear rounds jump off over a shorter course, the fences being raised and enlarged until the winner is decided.


Commentator: Dorian Williams
Television presentation: Bill Wright

: The Labour Party Conference

Kenneth Harris and Robert Kee report on the third day.
From the special BBC television studio in the Headquarters Hotel of the Conference in Blackpool with recordings made during the day.


Reporter: Kenneth Harris
Reporter: Robert Kee
Associate producer: Jack Ashley
Producer: John Grist

: Late Night News

: Late Night Final

Evening Prayers conducted by the Rev. George Appleton.


Prayers conducted by: The Rev. George Appleton

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