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: A Year in the Country: Trees and Timber

Oak and ash and other trees, and a visit to a furniture factory to see some of the uses for timber.
Introduced by Eric Simms.
BBC film for Schools
Repeated on Friday at 11.35 a.m.
(to 10.00)


Presenter/producer: Eric Simms
Producer: F. R. Elwell

: Discovering Science: Boiling Water

When water boils it produces about 1,700 times its own volume of steam. In this programme Gerd Sommerhoff explains how this tremendous expansion can be used to drive turbines and other forms of steam engine.
For Schools
(to 10.25)


Presenter: Gerd Sommerhoff
Producer: Geoffrey Hall

: Engineering Science: 13: Effects of a Current

Presented by Gordon Severn.
(to 10.55)


Presenter: Gordon Severn
Producer: Geoffrey Hall

: Going to Work: 2: Hairdressing

For Schools
First shown on Monday
(to 11.25)

: Merry-Go-Round: The Turning Tide

Written and produced by Michael Gill.
A series of programmes for younger children.
Introduced by Tim Gudgin.
The adventures of a group of children on a lonely beach in North Cornwall.
For Schools
(to 11.55)


Writer/Producer: Michael Gill
Presenter: Tim Gudgin
Film cameraman: John Turner
Film editor: Malcolm James

: Newyddion

News in Welsh.
(Welsh transmitters and Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: Heddiw

Today: a Welsh topical magazine.
(Welsh transmitters and Holme Moss, Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace)

: The News

: Living Today

Around and About the Home with Richard Waring.

Bernard Gaye showing a room designed with older people in mind.

The Enquiring Consumer
Rosemary McRobert discusses with a specialist in dry cleaning the responsibility of these firms to the public.

Burst Pipes and Damp Houses
Edward Mills talks to Nan Winton.

Fashion in Rainwear


Presenter: Richard Waring
Item presenter: Bernard Gaye
Item presenter (The Enquiring Consumer): Rosemary McRobert
Interviewee (Burst Pipes and Damp Houses): Edward Mills
Interviewer (Burst Pipes and Damp Houses): Nan Winton
Production assistant: Margaret McCall
Production assistant: Charles Lister
Producer: Joyce Bullen

: Television Club: Working in a Cafe

Written by Roger Smith.
Windsor Davies introduces Working in a Cafe
For Schools


Writer: Roger Smith
Presenter: Windsor Davies
Designer: Gordon Roland
Producer: Alan Hancock
Mrs Wade: Jean Alexander
Cliff Wade: Colin Spaull
Janet Wade: Linda Grange
Mrs Wilson: Marjorie Sommerville
Doreen: Elizabeth Valentine
Mrs Harris: Honora Burke
Customer: Jane Comfort
Customer: Reginald Green
Customer: Carmen Hill
Customer: Pamela Sholto
Customer: Neil Seiler
Customer: Fraser Kerr

: Interval

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the very young
Maria Bird brings Andy to play with your small children and invites them to join in the songs and games.
Audrey Atterbury and Molly Gibson pull the strings
Gladys Whitred sings the songs
BBC film
(to 14.45)


Narrator/Script, music, and settings: Maria Bird
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred

: Rubovia: A Cranky Banquet

by Gordon Murray.
Presented by the BBC Puppet Theatre
BBC film


Writer/Puppets and production: Gordon Murray
Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Bob Bura
Puppeteer: John Hardwick
Voices: Violet Lamb
Voices: Pamela Binns
Voices: James Beattie
Voices: Derek Nimmo
Voices: Roy Skelton
Settings and costumes: Andrew Brownfoot

: Adventure: Desert Journey

A second chance to see another of the series of films taken by travellers and explorers throughout the world.

In September 1917 Lawrence of Arabia blew up a Turkish train on what is now the border of Saudi Arabia. Tom Stobart and Ralph Izzard travel far into the Jordan desert to discover what traces, if any, are left of the famous guerrilla action.
Described by Tom Stobart.


Explorer/narrator: Tom Stobart
Explorer: Ralph Izzard
Filmed by: Tony Morrison
Filmed by: Michael Gore
Presented by: Harry Hastings
Series edited by: Brian Branston

: The News

: Town and Around

A daily presentation of news and views from London and the South-East.
Introduced by Michael Aspel.
followed by The Weather


Presenter: Michael Aspel

: The 625 Show

In which Jimmy Young presents artists of the future.
The Checkmates, Gerry Dorsey, Los Andinos, Debbie Lee, Betty Smith


Presenter: Jimmy Young
Musicians: The Checkmates
Singer: Gerry Dorsey
Musicians: Los Andinos
Singer: Debbie Lee
Singer: Betty Smith
Music: Edwin Braden
Design: Desmond Chinn
Production: Albert Stevenson

: Tonight

Look around with Cliff Michelmore, Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Kenneth Allsop, Macdonald Hastings, Julian Pettifer, Brian Redhead and The Countrymen.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Reporter: Brian Redhead
Band: The Countrymen
Associate producer: Elizabeth Cowley
Associate producer: Jack Gold
Associate producer: Derrick Amoore
Associate producer: Kevin Billington
Assistant editor: Gordon Watkins
Assistant editor: Peter Batty
Editor: Antony Jay

: Headline News

: Compact: The New Editor

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.

Mark takes over the Editor's chair and begins to discover some of the problems that await him. Lynn spends a day searching for her missing camera, but it is Tim who finally gets a clue to its whereabouts.


Writer: Hazel Adair
Writer: Peter Ling
Designer: Susan Spence
Costume supervisor: Olive Harris
Producer: Morris Barry
Iris: Louise Dunn
Clare: Janet Hargreaves
Mark: Gareth Davies
Lynn Boston: Bridget McConnel
Tim: Scot Finch
Babbage: Donald Morley
Edmund Bruce: Robert Flemyng
Commissionaire: Tom Clegg
Vendeuse: Hana Pravda
Adrian: Robert Desmond
Richard: Moray Watson
Nathan Hirsch: Clement McCallin
Clancey: Ann Morrish
Stan: Johnny Wade
Red: Ray Grover
Alan Drew: Basil Moss
Waiter: Richard Armour
Housekeeper: Isa Miranda

: This Is Your Life

says Eamonn Andrews to ?


Presenter: Eamonn Andrews
Writing and research: Peter Moore
Writing and research: Nickola Sterne
Writing and research: Suzanne Twiston-Davies
Writing and research: Anthony Chivers
Writing and research: John Dalzell
Writing and research: Alan Haire
Guest writer: Allan Prior
Story editor: Robert Stuart
This Is Your Life theme composed by: James Turner
Director: Vere Lorrimer
Producer: T. Leslie Jackson
This Is Your Life was devised by: Ralph Edwards

: The Defenders: The Bigamist

A film series of courtroom drama.
Starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed
with guest star Jason Evers

Steve Janos, happily married and with a child, calls on the Prestons for help when he is arrested for bigamy.


Lawrence Preston: E. G. Marshall
Kenneth Preston: Robert Reed
Steve Janos: Jason Evers

: The News

: Polaris Submarine

Journal of an undersea voyage.
A first and exciting opportunity to take a close look at Britain's next nuclear deterrent, Polaris, during an extended underwater mission which included the firing of its missiles.
Filmed on board U.S.S. George Washington, around Holy Loch in Scotland, and on the Atlantic missile-range
An N.B.C. News Special
See page 25


Narrator: Martin Agronsky
Producer: Lou Hazam

: Bookstand: Writers and Writing: Discipline and Sensuality

This edition includes: Discipline and Sensuality
Roger Vailland French novelist, author of The Law and The Sovereigns, talks about his strange notions of love and personal sovereignty to Peter Duval Smith.
Penelope Mortimer on her new novel about a disastrous marriage, The Pumpkin Eater.


Interviewee: Roger Vailland
Interviewer: Peter Duval Smith
Interviewee: Penelope Mortimer
Producer: Christopher Burstall

: Late Night News

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