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: Natural History: Living Things in Their Surroundings: 5: The North Downs

Previously shown on Tuesday
(to 10.25)

: Television Club: Road Safety Rally

Cliff and Janet go to a Road Safety Rally.
Previously shown on Tuesday
(to 11.25)

: Introducing Opera

Douglas Craig, with illustrations taken from Benjamin Britten's opera The Little Sweep, shows how the music governs most of what we see in opera, from the acting to the setting.
Also taking part:
Members of the choirs of Ealing Grammar School for Boys and Notting Hill and Ealing High Schools for Girls
Conducted by Kenneth Alwyn
for Schools
(to 11.55)


[Choirs] conducted by: Kenneth Alwyn
Director: Peter Dunkley
Producer: John Hosier

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

Edrych ar y byd a'i bethau Cwrdd a phob)
Ymweld a lleoedd Ymdrln a phynciau yng nghwmni Owen Edwards Rhaglen ddyddiol dan ofat Nan Davies, Ifor Rees, Jack Williams
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Llanddona, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: The News

: Wednesday Magazine

A mid-week miscellany of Topics to talk about, New things to see and People worth meeting.
Introduced by David Jacobs.


Presenter: David Jacobs
Production assistant: Iris Furlong
Production assistant: Sheila Innes
Producer: Lorna Pegram

: Science and Life: 5: The Body's Defences

When threatened by disease, the body mobilises its defences. It may be assisted in this, particularly in the case of the virus diseases, by the technique of immunisation. A notable example of this is smallpox.
Introduced by Professor W. T. Williams.
with Frank Sieman, Hilary Mason, Una Trimming, Harvey Clark, Margaret Stallard and Jacqueline Blackmore
for Schools


Presenter: Professor W. T. Williams
Script: Bernard Davies
Designer: Stuart Walker
Producer: John Braybon
[Actor]: Frank Sieman
[Actress]: Hilary Mason
[Actress]: Una Trimming
[Actor]: Harvey Clark
[Actress]: Margaret Stallard
[Actress]: Jacqueline Blackmore

: 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

: Little Jimmy

The adventures of a little animal.
An exciting fancy dress party at end of term.
Drawn and written by Pauline Bewick.
Told by Peter Hawkins.


Drawn and written by: Pauline Bewick
Narrator: Peter Hawkins

: Top Cat: Choo Choo's Romance

A new film cartoon series about the gang of Alley Cats captained by the ever-resourceful and formidable Top Cat.

Top Cat tries to help Choo Choo with his romance, but complications arise.

: The Little Train

A film from Yugoslavia.
Over the mountains and through the valleys of Montenegro the little train makes its daily journey.

: The News

: Town and Around

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

Local News and Weather
(Rowridge, Brighton, Manningtree)

: Bucknell's House: 3

Barry Bucknell's weekly do-it-yourself television guide to new ways of improving and modernising a house.
The old house has been surveyed for improvement and conversion, the Local Authority has been given details for examination, and work is now beginning on the upstairs kitchen.
Barry Bucknell makes a serving-hatch between kitchen and dining-room, and makes and fits wall cupboards with sloping fronts and sliding doors.


Presenter: Barry Bucknell
Producer: Stanley Hyland

: Tonight

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


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

: The Best of James: The Pensioner

Written by Sid Green and Dick Hills.
Second showings of the most popular editions of Citizen James.
This week: The Pensioner
Starring Sidney James
with Sydney Tafler
featuring Patrick Cargill, Hugh Lloyd, Sidney Vivian, Michael Stainton, Ronnie Brody, Louis Mansi, Stan Simmons, John Bramley


Writer: Sid Green
Writer: Dick Hills
Incidental music: Gordon Franks
Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Director: John Street
Producer: Duncan Wood
Sid James: Sidney James
Charlie Davenport: Sydney Tafler
[Actor]: Patrick Cargill
[Actor]: Hugh Lloyd
[Actor]: Sidney Vivian
[Actor]: Michael Stainton
[Actor]: Ronnie Brody
[Actor]: Louis Mansi
[Actor]: Stan Simmons
[Actor]: John Bramley

: The World of Bob Hope

A film biography of one of the world's most successful and best-loved comedians.
By Hope: I decided to quit boxing. I wasn't making hospital expenses.
About Hope: He tries to do much more than the twenty-four hours a day allow.
In Hope: I'll never consider anything I do in show business work, as long as you laugh. When you stop laughing then it will be work.
With Hope: How can this be a battle of wits and I'm losing.
Against Hope: We've had a perfect relationship for show business. I've only been fired seven times.
See page 35


Subject: Bob Hope

: Sportsview

Stock Car Racing: The British Championship for Formula II Stock Cars
Televised direct from the New Cross Stadium, London
The winner will also receive the Festival Trophy.

Racing: The Derby
A preview of Britain's top classic.

Cricket: England v. Pakistan
Brian Johnston discusses the prospects for the First Test beginning tomorrow at Edgbaston.

News from Chile on the eve of England's first World Cup match.


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Commentator (Stock Car Racing): Alan Weeks
Presented by (Stock Car Racing): A. P. Wilkinson
Item presenter (Cricket): Brian Johnston
Programme edited by: Ronnie Noble
Programme edited by: Leslie Kettley
Presented by: Alec Weeks

: The News

: The Secret War

A Challenge to Invention
Astonishing film of the extraordinary devices and contraptions made by a secret Admiralty department during the war.
Some didn't work; Some blew up
Some did what was intended: they helped to win the war
From the West


Narration written and spoken by: Rene Cutforth
Producer: Peter Bale

: Points of View

with Robert Robinson
A further look at points from the week's post.
Next edition: Monday at 6.35
Letters for inclusion in these programmes should be addressed to: Points of View, [address removed]


Presenter: Robert Robinson

: Bookstand

A critical survey of books and writers.
The Novels of Jack Jones discussed by Jack Jones, Peter Duval Smith.

10.0-10.30 View of South and West
(Rowridge, Brighton)

10.0-10.30 Scan: life in East Anglia.



Panellist (The Novels of Jack Jones): Jack Jones
Panellist (The Novels of Jack Jones): Peter Duval Smith
Producer: Christopher Burstall

: Anticipation

Poland's film entry for the 1961 Italia Prize takes a look at a busy maternity hospital.
It shows with imaginative insight the mothers' anticipation, the fathers' anxiety, and finally the joy of the parents as they leave the hospital with the new member of the family.

: Late Night News

followed by The Weather; Close Down

: Cyfoes

Trin a thrafod materion y dydd
Discussion on present-day problems.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Llanddona, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)
(to 23.30)

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