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: Introducing Opera: 3: Rehearsing an Opera

A look behind the scenes to see Douglas Craig, the producer, rehearsing parts of Benjamin Britten's opera The Little Sweep.
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
(to 10.25)


Presenter: Douglas Craig
[Choirs] conducted by: Kenneth Alwyn
Director: Peter Scroggs
Producer: John Hosier

: Watch with Mother: Rag, Tag, and Bobtail

For the very young
Charles E. Stidwill tells the story.
Sam and Elizabeth Williams make the pictures
BBC film
(to 10.45)


Narrator: Charles E. Stidwill
Pictures: Sam Williams
Pictures: Elizabeth Williams
Script: Louise Cochrane

: Science and Life: 6: Drugs versus Germs

The fight against disease has in recent years been aided by new antibiotic' drugs; the first of these was penicillin.
Previously shown on Wednesday
(to 11.25)

: Signpost: Feudal England: 1: A Baron's Castle

What was it like to live in a twelfth century castle? Hugh Ross Williamson investigates.
for Schools
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Hugh Ross Williamson
Producer: Felicity Kinross

: 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 phobl
Ymweld álleoedd
Ymdrin A phynciau yng nghwmni
Ehaglen ddyddiol dan ofal NAN DAVIES , IFOR REES JACK WILLIAMS
Today: a topical magazine.
(Wenvoe, Blaen-Plwyf, Llandrindod Wells, Llanddona, Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)


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

: The News

: Perspective

asks Woman, Where Next?
Women have achieved emancipation, which involved casualties as well as gains. Now that the fight is over, will women use their achievement to be like men in a man's world, or have a chance to become more themselves in a world they help to shape?
Contributors include: Geoffrey Gorer, O. R. McGregor, Norah Phillips, Judith Hart, M.P., Mary Stocks, Mary Corbett-Ashby, A consultant endocrinologist, A consultant physician.
Interviewers, Elaine Grand, Hugh David, Kenneth Kendall
Compere, Leonard Maguire


Interviewee: Geoffrey Gorer
Interviewee: O. R. McGregor
Interviewee: Norah Phillips
Interviewee: Judith Hart
Interviewee: Mary Stocks
Interviewee: Mary Corbett-Ashby
Interviewee: A consultant endocrinologist [name uncredited]
Interviewee: A consultant physician [name uncredited]
Interviewer: Elaine Grand
Interviewer: Hugh David
Interviewer: Kenneth Kendall
Compere: Leonard Maguire
Research assistant: Eileen Capel
Producer: Beryl Radley

: Spotlight

People - Places - Problems
A topical programme for older children.
BBC programme for Schools
(to 14.25)


Film editor: Sheila S. Tomlinson
Producer: Colin Nears

: Let's Go!

A fortnightly series of programmes from the Television Theatre, bringing to your screen some of the new faces in entertainment today.
Alex Macintosh introduces: Van Doren, Eileen Gourlay, Virginia Mason, The Big Band directed by John Williams, Peter Fenton, David Sandeluss, The Don Riddell Four
Orchestra under the direction of Edwin Braden


Presenter: Alex Macintosh
Pianist: Van Doren
Performer: Eileen Gourlay
Performer: Virginia Mason
Musicians: The Big Band
[Band] directed by: John Williams
Singer: Peter Fenton
Performer: David Sandeluss
Musicians: The Don Riddell Four
Orchestra under the direction of: Edwin Braden
Designer: Malcolm Middleton
Producer: Clive Parkhurst

: For Deaf Children: Tenth Anniversary

Edwin Denton and two deaf children introduce extracts from some of the films specially made for the series during the past ten years, and show the newest film:

Down the River to London Docks
An outing arranged for three hundred deaf children by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf and the Port of London Authority.
The guide, Bramwell Evans

Programme arranged in co-operation with the Royal National Institute tor the Deaf


Presenter: Edwin Denton
Guide (Down the River to London Docks): Bramwell Evans
Cameraman (Down the River to London Docks): James Court
Sound (Down the River to London Docks): Harold Dines
Editor (Down the River to London Docks): Leonard Trumm
Producer: Ursula Eason

: The News

: Town and Around

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

Local News and Weather
(Rowridge, Brighton, Manningtree)

: Pit Your Wits

against the general knowledge and I.Q. questions put to you by Gwynneth Tighe and Kenneth Kendall.
Please address all correspondence to: Pit Your Wits, [address removed]


Presenter: Gwynneth Tighe
Presenter: Kenneth Kendall
Producer: John Irwin

: Tonight

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


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: 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
Associate producer: Elizabeth Cowley
Assistant editor: Antony Jay
Editor: Alasdair Milne

: Headline News

: Compact: Garden Party

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.

Sir Charles Harmon gives a garden party which has some dramatic consequences.


Writer: Hazel Adair
Writer: Peter Ling
Designer: Richard Wilmot
Costume supervisor: Olive Harris
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Alec: Leo Maguire
Compere: David Rose
Vic Vandervell: Paul Carpenter
Alison: Betty Cooper
Stage Manager: Ivan Owen
Sally: Monica Evans
Maureen: June Murphy
Harry Kane: Reginald Marsh
Clancey: Ann Morrish
Richard: Moray Watson
Sir Charles: Newton Blick
Mark: Gareth Davies
Gussie: Frances Bennett
Ian: Ronald Allen
Jimmy: Nicholas Selby
Chris: Frederick Jaeger
Iris: Louise Dunn
Joanne: Jean Harvey
Maggie: Sonia Graham
Lois: Dawn Beret
Mike: Clinton Greyn
Mr Laytock: Toke Townley
Philip Minster: Robert Cartland

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: A Brush with fame 22 November 2015

: The Phil Silvers Special presenting: The Slowest Gun in the West

Written and produced by Nat Hiken.
Starring Phil Silvers
Special guest star, Jack Benny
with Bruce Cabot
A programme recorded in America

Once upon a time the post of law officer in Primrose City was downright unhealthy. That was until Fletcher Bissell, known as the Silver Dollar Kid, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to an actor named Phil Silvers, rode into town. Now the Kid had a reputation as the slowest gun and the biggest coward in the West. Yet as Sheriff of Primrose City he tamed the gunfighters without firing a shot - none would risk his reputation by drawing against the Kid.
The good citizens of the town were delighted. But to the bad citizens this situation was intolerable, and they decided the only way to dispose of the Kid was to find someone even slower on the draw and an even greater coward. The man for the job was Chick (Chicken) Finsterwald, who happened to be the spitting image of Jack Benny.
And so, one hot day about high noon, Chicken Finsterwald came face to face with the Kid...


Writer/producer: Nat Hiken
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Fletcher Bissell/The Silver Dollar Kid: Phil Silvers
Chick (Chicken) Finsterwald: Jack Benny
Nick Nolan: Bruce Cabot

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Americana on the BBC 29 November 2015

: Steptoe and Son: The Offer

by Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.
Starring Wilfrid Brambell as Albert, Harry H. Corbett as Harold
This week: The Offer


Writer: Alan Simpson
Writer: Ray Galton
Incidental Music: Ron Grainer
Designer: Malcolm Goulding
Producer: Duncan Wood
Albert: Wilfrid Brambell
Harold: Harry H. Corbett

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Wendy Craig 4 December 2016

: The News

: Miss Interflora - G.P.O. 1962

The Finalists:
Miss Pat Unwin of Londonderry, Miss Pamela Walker of Blackburn, Miss Patricia Davison of Littlehampton
The Judging Panel:
The Countess of Longford, A Psychiatrist, Mr. C.W. Davies, Telephone Manager, Centre Area
The Chairman: Kenneth Horne
Prizes presented by The Postmaster-General, The Rt. Hon. J. R. Bevins, M.P.
Organist, Jackie Grown


Finalist: Miss Pat Unwin
Finalist: Miss Pamela Walker
Finalist: Miss Patricia Davison
Judge: The Countess of Longford [name uncredited]
Judge: A Psychiatrist [name uncredited]
Judge: Mr. C. W. Davies
Chairman: Kenneth Horne
Prizes presented by: The Rt. Hon. J. R. Bevins
Organist: Jackie Grown
Film cameraman: Tony Leggo
Film editor: Joseph Sterling
Designer: Natasha Kroll
Director: Leonard Michell
Producer: John Irwin

: The Tearaways

A film by Ronald Kelly.
This film, which won the Jury's Special Prize at the 1962 Cannes Festival, is a portrait of two London teenagers whose main interests are motor-cycling and speed.
See page 42

10.10-10.53 Coventry Cathedral Festival: Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 played by the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Eugen Jochum.
10.53 News; Prayers; Weather
(Rowridge, Brighton, Manningtree)


Director (The Tearaways): Ronald Kelly
Musicians (Coventry Cathedral Festival): The Berlin Philharmonic
Conductor (Coventry Cathedral Festival): Eugen Jochum

: Late Night News

: Late Night Final

Evening Prayers conducted by The Rev. Kenneth Slack.


Conductor: The Rev. Kenneth Slack

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