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: Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Athene Seyler

"If all the world were paper
And all the sea were ink
If all the trees were bread and cheese
What should we have to drink?"
That's the poem that Play School starts with each day this week, and because it's a special week - the second anniversary of the start of Play School - Athene Seyler, the programme's first story-teller, has been invited to be in the story chair.
The highlight of the week is on Thursday - the actual birthday - when Carole Ward and Rick Jones have a surprise for you.
(to 11.25)


Presenter: Carole Ward
Presenter: Rick Jones
Storyteller: Athene Seyler

: Outlook for Monday: A New Approach to Biology: 1: Aims and Methods

Six programmes enquiring into the content and type of teaching used in the new 'O' level course devised by the Nuffield Foundation Science Teaching Project.
Introduced by Peter Kelly.
See page 27


Speaker: W. H. Dowdeswell
Speaker: Alison Leadley Brown
Speaker: Valerie Evans
Speaker: R. A. R. Cockitt
Presenter: Peter Kelly
Director: Michael Blakstad
Producer: Humphrey Barron

: The Danny Kaye Show

in which Danny Kaye and his special guests, Caterina Valente, Benny Goodman entertain to the music of Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Harvey Korman, Joyce Van Patten, The Tony Charmoli Dancers, The Earl Brown Singers


Entertainer: Danny Kaye
Singer/guitarist: Caterina Valente
Clarinettist: Benny Goodman
Musicians: Paul Weston and his Orchestra
Comedian: Harvey Korman
Performer: Joyce van Patten
Dancers: The Tony Charmoli Dancers
Singers: The Earl Brown Singers
Producer: Robert Scheerer
Director: Bill Foster

: Music International

A monthly report from the world of music.

The End of an Era
Two nights ago the Metropolitan Opera, New York, ended its final season in a theatre which was called obsolescent when it opened in 1883. Rudolf Bing, the General Manager, talks to Humphrey Burton about the 'Met's' new home at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Welcome to Hamburg
One of the oldest and most progressive of European opera companies is preparing for its visit to Sadler's Wells next month.
Bernard Keeffe reports from Hamburg.

Introduced by Bernard Keeffe.


Interviewee (The End of an Era): Rudolf Bing
Interviewer (The End of an Era): Humphrey Burton
Reporter (Welcome to Hamburg)/Presenter: Bernard Keeffe
Director: Anthony Wilkinson
Editor: Kenneth Corden

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: A Letter from the Country

by Raymond Williams.
See page 27


Writer: Raymond Williams
Designer: Roy Oxley
Producer: Harry Moore
Director: Toby Robertson
Alan Pritchard: Emrys James
Sally Dix: Ann Firbank
Walter Dix, M.P.: John Bailey
Pieter Amidou: Clifton Jones
Trevor: Gareth Robinson
Gwyn: Philip Collins
The Minister: Michael Goodliffe
Reporter: Malcolm Rogers
Megan Pritchard: Jane Downs
Train Guard: Roy Evans

: Freshwater Johnny

Down the River Thames with Johnny Morris.
The gentle waving willows... the slow, sleepy water... the most English scene in England
Last September, in a hired boat, he cruised from Lechlade to Hampton Court.
The last of three programmes
(BBC film: first shown on BBC-1 in the South and West)


Presenter: Johnny Morris
Producer: Brian Patten

: Newsroom

followed by The Weather

: Late Night Line-Up

Stay up a little longer with Denis Tuohy, Joan Bakewell, Michael Dean and whoever else turns up.


Presenter: Denis Tuohy
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Michael Dean

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