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: Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
Presenters this week, Carole Ward, Colin Jeavons
In the story chair, Elizabeth Hunt
Each day this week Colin Jeavons and Carole Ward introduce a new word.
The story today is Sammy the Sparrow
This week's programmes were first shown last year (March 7-11)
(to 11.25)


Presenter: Carole Ward
Presenter: Colin Jeavons
Storyteller: Elizabeth Hunt

: Outlook for Monday: Engineering Research: 5: Which Pump for California?

At the National Engineering Laboratory the performance of large pumps is being measured to an accuracy never before achieved on a test of this size. This has meant developing against the clock new techniques and instruments.

The pumps are only models - experimental designs for the big pumps that will drive water from north to south California over a mountain range. The need for accuracy is because the full-size pumps will consume so much electricity that even small increases in efficiency would lead to the saving of millions of pounds.
Presented by Dr. L. Grunberg and Dr. E.A. Spencer.


Presenter: Dr. L. Grunberg
Presenter: Dr. E. A. Spencer
Producer: Edward Goldwyn

: News Summary

: Before the Fringe

Highlights of famous revues introduced by Alan Melville.
Starring this week Ronnie Barker, George Benson, Dora Bryan, Cicely Courtneidge, Eleanor McCready, Hermione Gingold, Joyce Grant, Jimmy Thompson, Roberta Tovey in excerpts from The Home that Jack Built (1929), Rise Above It (1942), Sky High (1953), For Amusement Only (1956), Living for Pleasure (1958).
Dora Bryan is appearing in 'Hello Dolly' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London


Presenter: Alan Melville
Written, composed, or devised by: Michael Flanders
Written, composed, or devised by: Douglas Furber
Written, composed, or devised by: Hermione Gingold
Written, composed, or devised by: Miles Graham
Written, composed, or devised by: Arthur Macrae
Written, composed, or devised by: Bud McReary
Written, composed, or devised by/compiled by: Peter Myers
Written, composed, or devised by: John Pritchard
Music arranged and conducted by: Dennis Wilson
Theme music composed by: Malcolm Lockyer
Designer: Leo Austin
Producer: Robin Nash
Performer: Ronnie Barker
Performer: George Benson
Performer: Dora Bryan
Performer: Cicely Courtneidge
Performer: Eleanor McCready
Performer: Hermione Gingold
Performer: Joyce Grant
Performer: Jimmy Thompson
Performer: Roberta Tovey

: The Movies: 10: Shakespeare on Film

The weekly series about films and film-makers.

Franco Zeffirelli, Richard Burton and Kenneth Tynan talk to Peter Kennerley about the film chosen for the Royal Film Performance The Taming of the Shrew and about the problems of translating Shakespeare to the screen.


Interviewee: Franco Zeffirelli
Interviewee: Richard Burton
Interviewee: Kenneth Tynan
Interviewer: Peter Kennerley
Producer: Barrie Gavin
Director: Virginia Kent

: Eugene Onegin

An opera by Tchaikovsky.
Scene: Russia, about 1820, in the country: and at St. Petersburg, seven years later
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Leader, John Georgiadis
Associate conductor, Guy Woolfenden
Conductor, David Lloyd-Jones
Elizabeth Bainbridge appears by permission of the General Administrator. Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Eric Stannard by permission of Sadler's Wells Opera Company
There will be a short interval at 10.5* between Acts 1 and 2


Composer/Words: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Words: C.S. Shilovsky
From the poem by: Alexander Pushkin
English version based on the translation by: Edward J. Dent
Singers: The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: John Georgiadis
Associate Conductor: Guy Woolfenden
Repetiteur: Tom Gligoroff
Choreographer: Philippe Perrottet
Designer: Natasha Kroll
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Basil Coleman
Tatyana, daughter of Madame Larina: Margaret Price
Olga, daughter of Madame Larina: Yvonne Minton
Madame Larina, widow of a country gentleman: Pamela Bowden
Filipevna, an old nurse: Elizabeth Bainbridge
Vladimir Lensky, a young poet: Robert Tear
Eugene Onegin: John Shirley-Quirk
Monsieur Triquet, a Frenchman: Roger Norrington
Captain Petrovich: Neil Howlett
Zaretsky, a retired officer: Eric Stannard
Leader of the peasants: Dennis Brandt
Prince Gremin, a retired general: Don Garrard

: Late Night Line-Up

A last look around the world of television.
Criticism, Discussion, Diversion with Denis Tuohy, Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow and tonight's guests.


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

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