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: A Year in the Country: Animals on the Farm

All domestic animals now kept by man had their origins thousands of years ago in wild species. Among those on the farm are horses, cattle, pigs, sheep, and poultry.
Introduced by Eric Simms.
BBC film for Schools
(to 10.00)


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

: Discovering Science: Water in the Body

Water makes up about three-quarters of the human body and more than nine-tenths of some plants. In this programme Gerd Sommerhoff describes something of the importance of water in the body.
For Schools
(to 10.25)


Presenter: Gerd Sommerhoff
Producer: Geoffrey Hall

: Engineering Science: 20: Cells and Internal Resistance

Presented by Gordon Severn.
(to 10.55)


Presenter: Gordon Severn
Director: Edward Goldwyn
Producer: Geoffrey Hall

: Going to Work: 8: The Press

For Schools
Previously shown on Monday
(to 11.25)

: Merry-Go-Round

A magazine programme for younger children.
Introduced by Tim Gudgin.

The Minotaur
The Greek legend of the adventures of Theseus retold in film of drawings by Brian Pike and Bernard Blatch.

Wheelbarrow Farm
The children dye the wool they have woven by hand and weave it on a hand-loom.

For Schools
(to 11.55)


Presenter: Tim Gudgin
Drawings (The Minotaur): Brian Pike
Drawings (The Minotaur): Bernard Blatch
Cartoon film designed by: Bernard Lodge
Film editor: Malcolm James
Film editor: Mary Hughes
Producer: Michael Gill

: Newyddion

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

: Heddiw

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

: The News

: Living Today

Around and About the Home with Richard Waring.

Holidays for the Disabled
Peter Whelpton talking to Ted Appleton.

The Influence of Modern Art in the Home
Bernard Gay

Making the Best of Yourself
Mrs. Joan Pugh from Manchester returns to the studio in her new outfit.
Interviewer, Jean Rook

In a Town Garden
Fanny Cradock

The Cost of Keeping Warm
Rosemary McRobert


Presenter: Richard Waring
Interviewer (Holidays for the Disabled): Peter Whelpton
Interviewee (Holidays for the Disabled): Ted Appleton
Item presenter (The Influence of Modern Art in the Home): Bernard Gay
Interviewee (Making the Best of Yourself): Joan Pugh
Interviewer (Making the Best of Yourself): Jean Rook
Item presenter (In a Town Garden): Fanny Cradock
Item presenter (The Cost of Keeping Warm): Rosemary McRobert
Production assistant: Margaret McCall
Producer: Joyce Bullen

: Television Club: Saturday Night

Written and produced by Alan Hancock.
Introduced by Windsor Davies.
For Schools


Writer/producer: Alan Hancock
Presenter: Windsor Davies
Film cameraman: John A.S. Turner
Film editor: David Painter
Designer: Gordon Roland
Director: Michael Simpson
Mr Wade: James Beck
Mrs Wade: Jean Alexander
Cliff Wade: Colin Spaull
Janet Wade: Linda Grange
Terry Baines: Larry Dann
P.C. Evans: Peter Thornton

: Interval

: Watch with Mother: Andy Pandy

For the very young
BBC film

: Racing from Cheltenham: The National Hunt Meeting

2.55 The National Hunt Steeplechase of 2,000 sovereigns added to a sweepstakes about four miles

3.30 The National Hunt Handicap Steeplechase
A plate of 2,000 sovereigns three miles and a few yards

4.5 The Gloucestershire Hurdle Race (Division 2)
A plate of 2,000 sovereigns about two miles and 100 yards

4.40 The Broadway Steeplechase
A plate of 2,000 sovereigns three miles and a few yards

(to 16.50)


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Commentator: Clive Graham
Commentator: Peter Montague-Evans
Presented for television by: Barrie Edgar

: Young King Matthew: Part 2

Another showing of this film from Poland.

Matthew makes peace with the Three Kings, finds a new friend in King Simba, and gives the children of his kingdom a parliament of their own.
English commentary spoken by James McKechnie.


Narrator: James McKechnie
English version written and presented by: Peggy Miller

: Animal Magic

A weekly series introduced by Johnny Morris with Tony Soper.
A magazine of stories about animals, sometimes in the wild, sometimes in the home, and sometimes in the zoo - but always magical.
From the West


Presenter: Johnny Morris
Presenter: Tony Soper
Film editor: George Inger
Director: Douglas Thomas
Producer: Winwood Reade

: The News

: Town and Around

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


Presenter: Richard Baker

: The 625 Show

in which Jimmy Young presents artists of the future.
The Belltones, Ronnie Brewster, The Doble-Aires, Sally Green, Michael Powell, The Swinging Blue Jeans


Presenter: Jimmy Young
Band: The Belltones
Singer: Ronnie Brewster
Performers: The Doble-Aires
Performer: Sally Green
Performer: Michael Powell
Band: The Swinging Blue Jeans
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 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
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Reporter: Brian Redhead
Singer: Robin Hall
Singer/guitarist: Jimmie Macgregor
Associate producer: Jack Gold
Associate producer: Derrick Amoore
Associate producer: Kevin Billington
Associate producer: Dennis Edwards
Assistant editor: Elizabeth Cowley
Editor: Gordon Watkins

: Headline News

: Compact: On the Edge

A series by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling.

Pat Warren's personal drama reaches a terrifying climax, in which Mark and Edmund Bruce play their part. Quarrels are in the air: Gussie and Alan both find themselves at odds with their colleagues. Iris receives an invitation-with unexpected consequences.


Writer: Hazel Adair
Writer: Peter Ling
Designer: Jane Martin
Costume supervisor: Olive Harris
Producer: Morris Barry
Director: Gerald Blake
Pat Warren: Carolyn Pertwee
Valerie Peters: Lyn Ashley
Mark: Gareth Davies
Edmund Bruce: Robert Flemyng
Anthea: Julia Lockwood
Iris: Louise Dunn
Clare: Janet Hargreaves
Mavis Warren: Betty England
Alan: Basil Moss
Bryan: Keith Buckley
Doug Beatty: Lawrence James
Derek Halliday: Keith Anderson
Gussie: Frances Bennett
Alison: Betty Cooper
Adrian: Robert Desmond
Tony: Norman Florence
Radiographer: June Wyndham Davies
Stan: Johnny Wade

: 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
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: Grandma TNT

A film series of courtroom dramas.
Starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed
with Guest star, Lillian Gish

An old lady is arrested after threatening to blow up a bank and involves Lawrence Preston in one of the most unusual cases of his career.


Lawrence Preston: E.G. Marshall
Kenneth Preston: Robert Reed
Louisa Clarendon: Lillian Gish

: The News

: The Cosmologists

Was the Universe created at a moment in time, or is the process of creation continuous in a universe that had no beginning and will have no end?
Does Creation presume a Creator?
Is man alone in limitless space?
Stephen Black seeks the views of five leading astronomers.
In England: Professor Fred Hoyle, F.R.S., Professor Sir Bernard Lovell, F.R.S., Professor Hermann Bondi, F.R.S.
In Arizona, U.S.A.: Dr. Margaret and Geoffrey Burbidge


Presenter: Stephen Black
Panellist (England): Professor Fred Hoyle
Panellist (England): Sir Bernard Lovell
Panellist (England): Professor Hermann Bondi
Panellist (Arizona, U.S.A.): Dr. Margaret Burbidge
Panellist (Arizona, U.S.A.): Geoffrey Burbidge
Film cameraman: Peter Sargent
Film cameraman: Robin Still
Film editor: Ted Walter
Producer: Philip Daly

: International Concert Hall

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
Leader, Vilmos Tatrai
Conductor, Janos Ferencsik
playing Kodaly's Suite: Hary Janos
Before an invited audience in the Fairfield Hall, Croydon.


Musicians: Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Vilmos Tatrai
[Orchestra] conductor: Janos Ferencsik
Presented by: Antony Craxton

: Rickshaw Boy

Close-up of a father and son and a way of life.
An award-winning documentary film directed by Allan King for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

In the streets of Calcutta human effort is still cheaper than mechanical power, and the rickshaw boy remains part of the everyday life in one of the largest cities in the world.


Director: Allan King

: Late Night News

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