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: People of Many Lands: Singapore Fishtrappers

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

: A Wedding

by Anton Chekhov.
English version by Eric Bentley.
for Schools
Previously shown on Tuesday
(to 11.35)


Author: Anton Chekhov
English version by: Eric Bentley

: A Century of Change 1860-1960: 5: Votes for All

How the people of Britain gained the right to elect their government.
Written by Norman Longmate.
Introduced by Windsor Davies.
for Schools
First shown on October 18
(to 12.00)


Writer: Norman Longmate
Presenter: Windsor Davies
Producer: Peter Scroggs

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield)

: The News

: Wednesday Magazine

A mid-week miscellany.
Introduced by David Jacobs.
Bertrand Russell
Maggie Fitzgibbon with a number from 'Do Re Mi'
Nancy Spain and Clement Freud talking about food and a portrait on film of A House that Died.


Presenter: David Jacobs
Guest: Bertrand Russell
Singer: Maggie Fitzgibbon
Panellist: Nancy Spain
Panellist: Clement Freud
Producer: Lorna Pegram

: Science and Life: The Evolution of Living Things: 5: The Age of Reptiles

The early amphibians had to return to water to lay their eggs, but the reptiles that followed them were less dependent on water since their shelled eggs could be laid on dry land. Reptiles became adapted to very many different ways of life.
Introduced by Professor W. S. Bullough.
for Schools
First shown in February 1960


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

: World Cup Football: England v. Portugal

Direct from the Empire Stadium, Wembley.
BBC Television Outside Broadcast cameras bring you the whole of this World Cup qualifying match which England must win or draw to ensure a place in the World Cup competition of 1962 in South America.
An edited recording of the match will be shown in Sportsview Special tonight at 10.40
(to 16.15)


Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Presented for television by: Bryan Cowgill

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men

Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
BBC film


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson

: Tales of the Riverbank

A series of films about the animals who live along the banks of a Canadian river.
Roderick the Rat teaches the Hamster how to fish and is rather surprised by his friend's catch.
Commentary spoken by Johnny Morris.


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

: Men in Space: Burn Out

A series of-film stories about imaginary space adventures.

A new method of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere is being tried out. Has it been tested, enough to try manned flight?
Last shown in August 1961

: River of Wood

When the ice breaks up in the spring the rivers are freed and the logs flow down to the great cutting-mills.
A National Film Board of Canada film

: The News

: Town and Around

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

News from the South and Weather

: World Zoos: Lisbon

Introduced by James Fisher.
One of the most beautiful zoos in the world, Lisbon has a specialised collection of animals from Brazil and from Angola.
Filmed by the Portuguese Television Service
From the West


Presenter: James Fisher
Cameraman: Silva Campos
Film editor: Bob Higgins
Series edited and programme produced by: Nicholas Crocker

: Tonight

Look around with Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Kenneth Allsop, Macdonald Hastings and Robin Hall, Jimmie Macgregor.


Presenter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Singer: Robin Hall
Singer/guitarist: Jimmie Macgregor
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: Karina

Thrills and excitement of the Big Top as the Travelling Circus rolls across the new frontier of the West.
A film series starring Chill Wills, John Derek and Richard Jaeckel
with Guest star Elizabeth Montgomery
When Tony finds a strange and beautiful woman hiding in a circus tent, the gypsy's prophecy seems to have come true. But the gypsy did not foretell the trouble that the woman brought with her.


Colonel Casey Thompson: Chill Wills
Ben Travis: John Derek
Tony Gentry: Richard Jaeckel
Karina Andrews: Elizabeth Montgomery

: Sportsview

Introduced by Peter Dimmock invites you to choose the Sportsview Personality of 1961.

Tonight's programme launches this year's nation-wide poll for the annual award presented to the outstanding sportsman or sportswoman of the year.

Football: England v. Portugal
News from today's World Cup match.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Programme edited by: Ronnie Noble
Programme edited by: Leslie Kettley
Studio presentation: Alec Weeks

: Flower of Evil: 3: The One Who Got Away

A new weekly thriller in six parts by Ted Willis and Edward J. Mason.
Starring William Lucas and Betty McDowall
with Anthony Newlands, David Davies, Meredith Edwards

Det.-Inspector Mitchell and his wife Ann are on holiday in Austria. A murdered man is found in their hotel bathroom. Inspector Weidig of the Austrian police asks Mitch to assist investigations, which lead to a nearby mountain Health and Nature Camp.


Writer: Ted Willis
Writer: Edward J. Mason
Incidental music composed and conducted by: Bruce Campbell
Settings: Donald Horne
Film sequences directed by: Robin Nash
Film cameraman: Gerry Pullen
Film editor: Ken Bilton
Producer: Harry Carlisle
Det-Inspector Mitchell: William Lucas
Lutz: Bruno Barnabe
Dr Mylanos: Anthony Newlands
Erika: Patricia Haines
Bezirkinspektor Weidig: Meredith Edwards
Wachtemeister Renz: Howard Pays
Langley: Edward Harvey
Chick: Moore David Davies
Voelckers: Marshall Jones
Kramer: Lane Meddick
Otto: Aubrey Morris
Policeman: James Beck
Ann Mitchell: Betty McDowall

: The News

: International Ice Skating

A relay from The Hague Ice Rink of this evening's gala ice skating exhibition to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Dutch Television Service (N.T.S.).
Demonstrations given by some of the leading European skaters.
Presented by the Dutch Television Service


Commentator: Alan Weeks

: Threesome Reel

A selection of comedy cartoons from Yugoslavia.

At the Photographer's or How to force a smile and watch the birdie

The Small Train
Steam v. Diesel in a race against time and retirement.

The Mouth-organ
One man's music is another man's misery.

10.10-10.40 View-of South and West


Presented by (Threesome Reel): Gordon Smith

: Sportsview Soccer Special: The World Cup: England v. Portugal

Introduced by Kenneth Wolstenholme.
Edited version of this afternoon's vital match at Wembley that should decide which country will go forward to the final round of the World Cup in Chile in May 1962.


Presenter: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Television presentation: Bryan Cowgill
Editor: Ronnie Noble
Editor: Leslie Kettley

: Late Night News

: Late Night Final

Evening Prayers conducted by the Rev. A. C. Bridge.


Conductor: The Rev. A. C. Bridge

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