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: 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 11.00)


Puppeteer: Audrey Atterbury
Puppeteer: Molly Gibson
Singer: Gladys Whitred
Voices: Peter Hawkins
Songwriter/music: Maria Bird

: The News

: Watch with Mother: Picture Book

For the very young
Vera McKechnie turns the pages.
BBC film
(to 13.45)


Presenter: Vera McKechnie
Editor: Maria Bird
Producer: Freda Lingstrom

: Out of School

What sort of programmes does BBC Television provide for younger children at school?
Series for primary schools include Merry-go-Round and Signpost.

1.46 Merry-Go-Round
A series for children of seven to nine years old which is designed to widen horizons and to stimulate creative work of all sorts, including writing.
Part 1: Port Holiday: 5
The end of the holiday.

Part 2: A Smuggler's Song
by Rudyard Kipling.
Previously shown in February

2.6 Signpost: Village in the Mountains
Written and produced by F. R. Elwell.
A series designed for children of nine to eleven years old, designed to increase their awareness of a rapidly widening world.
Today's programme is a preview of a group of programmes, specially shot in Switzerland for School Television, which will be shown to schools later this year.
Life in the forests and mountains surrounding a Swiss village seen through the eyes of children who live there.
Commentary spoken by Stanley MacKenzie.

(to 14.26)


Poet (Merry-Go-Round: A Smuggler's Song): Rudyard Kipling
Reader (Merry-Go-Round): A Smuggler's Song): Charles E. Stidwill
Film cameraman (Merry-Go-Round): Eric Deeming
Film editor (Merry-Go-Round): Robert Hill
Director (Merry-Go-Round): Joy Whitby
Producer (Merry-Go-Round): Claire Chovil
Script (Port Holiday): Barbara Willard
Film cameraman (Port Holiday): John McGlashan
Marejke: Antonia Moss
Piet: Kaplan Kaye
Laurens: Edward Fox
Writer/producer (Signpost): F. R. Elwell
Film cameraman (Signpost): Bill Munn
Film editor (Signpost): Sylvia Wheeler
Narrator (Signpost): Stanley MacKenzie

: Racing at Newbury: National Playing Fields Day

3.0 Senior Service Handicap Steeplechase
over 3 miles

3.30 The Magicoal Stakes
over 1 1/4 miles

4.0 The Gnome Cup
over 7 furlongs straight course

4.30 Calor Gas Steeplechase
over 2 miles and 160 yards

(to 16.40)


Commentator: Peter O'Sullevan
Commentator: Clive Graham
Presented for television by: Dennis Monger

: Tich

Tich is joined by Professor Billy McComb, Tony Hart, Puppet Time with Frank and Maisie Mumford and The Cresters
Introduced by Ray Alan.


Presenter/ventriloquist: Ray Alan
Magician: Professor Billy McComb
Artist: Tony Hart
Puppeteer: Frank Mumford
Puppeteer: Maisie Mumford
Band: The Cresters
Producer: Leonard Chase

: 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: Jim Cryan
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 Corbet Woodall.
followed by The Weather


Presenter: Corbet Woodall

: Top of the Pops

A new look at Britain's best-sellers.
Discs - Stars - News from this week's Top Twenty.
Introduced tonight by Peter Murray.


Presenter: Peter Murray
Settings: Kenneth Lawson
Producer: Johnnie Stewart

: Tonight

Introduced by Cliff Michelmore.
with Derek Hart, Alan Whicker, Fyfe Robertson, Trevor Philpott, Kenneth Allsop, Macdonald Hastings, Christopher Brasher, Julian Pettifer, Brian Redhead.


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Reporter: Derek Hart
Reporter: Alan Whicker
Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Reporter: Trevor Philpott
Reporter: Kenneth Allsop
Reporter: Macdonald Hastings
Reporter: Christopher Brasher
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Reporter: Brian Redhead
Associate producer: Derrick Amoore
Associate producer: Kevin Billington
Associate producer: John Lloyd
Associate producer: Kenneth Corden
Associate producer: Michael Tuchner
Assistant editor: Elizabeth Cowley
Editor: Peter Batty

: The Third Man: The Tenth Symphony

A film series starring Michael Rennie as Harry Lime.

The discovery of the score of a tenth symphony by Beethoven would be a glittering prize for someone - so bright in fact that even Harry Lime might well be dazzled.
A BBC film release

7.35-8.0 The Gauntlet Game
A light-hearted contest between Falmouth and Stroud.
(Rowridge, Brighton)


Story and teleplay: Iain MacCormick
Director: Anthony Bushell
Producer: Felix Jackson
Harry Lime: Michael Rennie
Graf Berndorf: Felix Aylmer
Anneliese Erbach: Marianne Braun
Ostrow: Laurence Naismith
Bradford Webster: Jonathan Harris

: Z Cars: The Whole Truth...

by Robert Barr.
There are two young constables in each car, ready to deal with trouble as it happens.
See foot of page


Writer/Script Editor: Robert Barr
Designer: Donald Brewer
Casebook material: William Prendergast
Producer: David E. Rose
Director: Kenneth Loach

: Sportsview: Tenth Birthday

Peter Dimmock introduces the 424th edition.
Looking back ten years to the first four-minute mile with Roger Bannister.
Also featuring

The Sportsview Greyhound Television Trophy: first heat
direct from Kings Heath, Birmingham.

International Football: Scotland v. England
A preview of next Saturday's match at Hampden Park.

See page 33


Presenter: Peter Dimmock
Athlete: Roger Bannister
Commentator (The Sportsview Greyhound Television Trophy): Harry Carpenter
Presented for TV by (The Sportsview Greyhound Television Trophy): Bill Wright
Presented by: Alec Weeks
Associate editor: Lawrie Higgins
Editor: Cliff Morgan

: The News

: Campaign Questions

Labour Front Bench spokesmen answer questions put by people from different parts of Britain.
A Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party.

: Festival: Ring Round the Moon

by Jean Anouilh.
Translated by Christopher Fry.
[Starring] Keith Michell, Sarah Miles and Martita Hunt
with Jill Dixon, Peter Sallis, Newton Blick, Jill Melford
(Keith Michell appears by permission of the Rank Organisation; Newton Blick by permission of the Governors of the Royal Shakespeare Company)
See page 33


Author: Jean Anouilh
Translated by: Christopher Fry
Music: Richard Addinsell
Tango arranged by: William Chappell
Costumes: Olive Harris
Music: Richard Addinsell
Make-up: Maureen Winslade
Designer: Natasha Kroll
Story editor: Harry Moore
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: Naomi Capon
Joshua: Erik Chitty
Hugo/Frederic: Keith Michell
Diana Messerschmann: Jill Dixon
Lady India: Jill Melford
Patrice Bombelles: Gary Hope
Madame Desmermortes: Martita Hunt
Capulat: Rosamund Greenwood
Rom ainville: Peter Sallis
Messerschmann: Newton Blick
Isabelle: Sarah Miles
Her Mother: Mollie Sugden

: News Extra

followed by The Weather

: Viewpoint: Parson Lot

Unexpected aspects of an eminent Victorian.
The writings of Charles Kingsley read by William Devlin and introduced by Robert MacLeod.
From a Victorian country rectory Charles Kingsley watched the coming of the modern world. How he reacted to it and became involved in it is a story unknown to those for whom he is just the author of The Water Babies.


Reader: William Devlin
Presenter: Robert MacLeod
Producer: R. T. Brooks

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