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: Play School

A programme for children at home.
Storyteller this week, Nancy Quayle

Perhaps one of the strangest actors yet to be featured on television makes his debut today in Play School as the hero of a serial film in five episodes. He is a snail, and in the story, specialty written for this programme by Diane Ismay, he emerges as a very real character. The film is directed by Dorothea Brooking who is well known for her other children's serials, Tom Sawyer and The Secret Garden. Filming a snail in London is no easy task, as live snails tend to be temperamental actors and shut themselves in their shells at crucial moments. However this one, as you will see, behaved very well.
(to 11.30)


Storyteller: Nancy Quayle
Presenter: Marian Diamond
Presenter: Terence Holland
Story writer: Diane Ismay
Film director: Dorothea Brooking

: Line-Up

and the latest news

: The Beat Room

Twenty-five minutes of non-stop beat and shake.
presenting Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Dave Berry, Lesley Gore, The Pretty Things.
Resident Group: Wayne Gibson with the Dynamic Sounds
The Beat Girls
Introduced by Pat Campbell.


Band: Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
Singer: Dave Berry
Singer: Lesley Gore
Band: The Pretty Things
House band: Wayne Gibson with the Dynamic Sounds
Dancers: The Beat Girls
Presenter: Pat Campbell
Producer: Barry Langford

: The Virginian: Runaway Home

Tales from the last frontier of the great American West starring James Drury as The Virginian.
with Gary Clarke and Jeannine Riley


The Virginian: James Drury
Steve Hill: Gary Clarke
Amelia Pryor: Jeannine Riley

: The Danny Kaye Show

in which Danny Kaye and his special guests, Buddy Ebsen, Marilyn Lovell, Howard Morris entertain to the music of Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Harvey Korman, Tony Charmoli Dancers, Earl Brown Singers.


Presenter: Danny Kaye
Dancer/guest: Buddy Ebsen
Singer/guest: Marilyn Lovell
Comedian/guest: Howard Morris
Musicians: Paul Weston and his Orchestra
Comedian: Harvey Korman
Dancers: The Tony Charmoli Dancers
Singers: The Earl Brown Singers
Director: Robert Scheerer

: Newsroom

: Closedown

and a look at tomorrow

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