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: Discovering Science: What is Water?

The Ancient Greeks were among the first people to ask the question 'What is water?' but a satisfactory answer was not forthcoming for more than 2,000 years. In this programme Gerd Sommerhoff explores the nature of water in the light of present-day ideas.
for Schools
(to 10.25)


Presenter: Gerd Sommerhoff
Producer: Geoffrey Hall

: Looking at the United States: A discussion

A programme in which questions sent in by schools are answered and discussed in the studio by two exchange teachers-one American, one British.
for Schools
(to 11.25)


Cameraman: Hannen Foss
Sound recordist: Bill Searle
Film editor: John Walker
Studio presentation: Barbara Parker
Producer: Tim Slessor

: The Restless Atom: 10: The Way Ahead

'...remember that the universe is bottomless; there is no place where the atom can come to rest'. Lucretius
Introduced by Professor David Ingram.
for Schools
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Professor David Ingram
Animations: Alfred Wurmser
Producer: Donald Grattan

: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau Cwrdd a phobl
Ymweld a lleoedd Ymdrin a phynciau yng nghwmni OWEN EDWARDS Rhaglen ddyddiol dan ofal NAN DAVIES , Ifor REES JACK WILLIAMS
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)


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

: The News

: Table Talk

Conversation, comment and controversy from people with opinions.
Including Anne Allen, Erskine Childers, Anthony Sampson.


Panellist: Anne Allen
Panellist: Erskine Childers
Panellist: Anthony Sampson
Producer: Richard Francis

: Going to Work: 10: Trade Unions

Introduced by Peter West.
How are union dues spent? Should young people join a union or not? If they do join, why should they bother to vote? These are some questions that face young people starting work.
BBC programme for Schools


Presenter: Peter West
Film editor: John Griffiths
Designer: Charles Lawrence
Producer: Peter Montagnon

: Interval

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the very young
Pages turned by Patricia Driscoll.
BBC film
(to 14.45)


Presenter: Patricia Driscoll
Editor: Maria Bird

: Blue Peter

A magazine programme for younger viewers.
Introduced by Christopher Trace.
Letter Y in the Blue Peter Alphabet
Danny Arnold tells you another story of the Wild West.


Presenter: Christopher Trace
Storyteller: Danny Arnold
Producer: Clive Parkhurst

: Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School: Bunter Goes to Venice

A second showing of the serial in eight parts by Frank Richards.
with Gerald Campion as Billy Bunter and Jack Melford as Mr. Quelch


Writer: Frank Richards
Film cameraman: Bill Munn
Film editor: Larry Toft
Designer: Austen Spriggs
Producer: Clive Parkhurst
Billy Bunter: Gerald Campion
Harry Wharton: Julian Yardley
Bob Cherry: Jeremy Bulloch
Frank Nugent: Michael Tennant
Johnny Bull: Gregory Warwick
Hurree Singh: Hugh Ward
Montoni: Arnold Diamond
Mr Quelch: Jack Melford
Lord Mauleverer: Malcolm Gerard
Small Boy: Kit Williams

: The News

: Town and Around

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

News from the South and Weather

: Wells Fargo: Train Robbery

The exciting adventures of the famous Western Stagecoach Service.
Starring Dale Robertson

There are not many outlaws capable of outwitting Jim Hardie, and when a shipment of a million dollars is snatched from under his very nose the recovery of the money becomes a matter of prestige.


Jim Hardie: Dale Robertson

: Points of View

with Robert Robinson
A quick look at points from the week's post.
Letters for inclusion in the programme should be addressed to: Points of View, [address removed]


Presenter: Robert Robinson

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson,
Trevor Philpott, Macdonald Hastings, Polly Elwes and Robin Hall, Jimmie Macgregor.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Reporter: Polly Elwes
Singer: Robin Hall
Singer/guitarist: Jimmie Macgregor
Associate producer: Gordon Watkins
Associate producer: Tony Essex
Associate producer: Ned Sherrin
Associate producer: Peter Batty
Associate producer: Elizabeth Cowley
Assistant editor: Antony Jay
Editor: Alasdair Milne

: Headline News

: This Is Your Life

says Eamonn Andrews to ?


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Writing and research: Peter Moore
Writing and research: Nickola Sterne
Writing and research: Arthur Sellwood
Writing and research: Alfred Draper
Writing and research: John Ralph
Writing and research: Suzanne Twiston-Davies
Story Editor: John Sandilands
Incidental music conducted by: James Turner
Director: Yvonne Littlewood
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson
This Is Your Life was devised by: Ralph Edwards

: Barbara in Black: Episode 6

by Elaine Morgan.
Starring Tracey Lloyd, Anthony Newlands, John Cairney, John Gill, Eynon Evans, Neil McCarthy, Eynon Evans
with Edward Evans, Aubrey Richards, Douglas Blackwell
Barbara has now been taken down into the pit by Ladysmith and Cobley-who also have Dr. Evans to help them in removing the stolen Caesium 137. But is Mr. Brachet right when he says that there is one fact the thieves are not aware of?
From Wales


Writer: Elaine Morgan
Producer: David J. Thomas
Film sequences directed by: Arthur Williams
Filmed by: Bill Greenhalgh
Filmed by: Russell Walker
Filmed by: Peter Hamilton
Filmed by: Michael Williams
Editor: Terry Laurie
Theme music composed by: Arwel Hughes
Wardrobe: Mary Husband
Make-up: Judy Tarling
Designer: Alan Taylor
Barbara Griffiths: Tracey Lloyd
Ladysmith: Anthony Newlands
Dr Evans: Eynon Evans
Cobley: Neil McCarthy
Williams: Cynddylan Williams
Superintendent: Edward Evans
Brachet: John Gill
Station Sergeant: Ieuan Rhys Williams
May Griffiths: Dilys Davies
P.C. Evans: Hubert Rees
Bowen: Jack Walters
Dr Dave Sharland: John Cairney
Chief Inspector: Douglas Blackwell
Smith: Islwyn Morris
Brown: Ronald Williams
Joe Meredith: Aubrey Richards

: Panorama

The Window on the World
Panorama cameras focus on People - Places - Problems that make news.
Introduced by Richard Dimbleby with reports from Panorama's regular team of commentators Robin Day, Robert Kee, Ludovic Kennedy, John Morgan, James Mossman.


Presenter: Richard Dimbleby
Reporter: Robin Day
Reporter: Robert Kee
Reporter: Ludovic Kennedy
Reporter: John Morgan
Reporter: James Mossman
Associate producer: Jeremy Murray-Brown
Associate producer: Christopher Railing
Assistant editor: Norman Swallow
Editor: Paul Fox

: The News

: Studio 4 presents: The Grass is Singing

by Doris Lessing.
Dramatised by Roger Smith.

Long hot days on a run-down farm on the African Veldt: this is Mary's life when she exchanges her career for marriage. Inevitably her frustration and boredom grow to a savage climax in keeping with the countryside.


Author: Doris Lessing
Dramatised by: Roger Smith
Designer: Richard Wilmot
Director: Owen Leeming
Charlie Slatter: Fred Hugh
Dick Turner: Walter Brown
Sgt Denham: Brian Vaughan
Marston: Mark Burns
Moses: Johnny Sekka
Mary Turner: Amanda Walker
Samson: Joseph Layode
Houseboy: Lionel Ngakane
Mrs Slatter: Masco Cunningham
Doctor: Robin Wentworth

: Come Dancing

at the Star and United Kingdom Latin-American Championships
The Grand Finals of the Professional and Amateur Latin-American Competitions
Rhumba, Samba, Jive, Paso Doble
to the music of Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra and Cyril Stapleton and his Band
North London Final of the Star United Kingdom Formation Dancing Championship
Modern demonstration by Harry Smith-Hampshire and Doreen Casey.


Musicians: Edmundo Ros and his Orchestra
Musicians: Cyril Stapleton and his Band
Dancer: Harry Smith-Hampshire
Dancer: Doreen Casey
Commentator: Peter West
Arranged by: Eric Morley
Presented for TV by: Barrie Edgar

: Late Night News

followed by The Weather

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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