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: An Act of Faith

Written and produced by Robin Whitworth.
The story of the re-building of Coventry Cathedral and of the many people who helped build and adorn it.
Including Sir Basil Spence, Sir Jacob Epstein, John Hutton, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Lawrence Lee, Geoffrey Clarke and Keith New.
Section of the BBC Northern Orchestra
Leader, Reginald Stead
Choir of Coventry Cathedral
Organist and Choirmaster, David Lepine
A shortened version of the programme first shown on the eve of the consecration of the Cathedral
See page 17


Writer/producer: Robin Whitworth
Voice: Sir Basil Spence
Voice: Sir Jacob Epstein
Voice: John Hutton
Voice: John Piper
Voice: Graham Sutherland
Voice: Lawrence Lee
Voice: Geoffrey Clarke
Voice: Keith New
Narrator: Leo Genn
Music composed and conducted by: Kenneth Pakeman
Musicians: Section of the BBC Northern Orchestra
[Orchestra] leader: Reginald Stead
Singers: Choir of Coventry Cathedral
Organist and Choirmaster: David Lepine
Direction: John Read

: News Review

for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Presenter: Michael De Morgan
Translator: Ruth Leeds
Producer: Bill Northwood

: The World About Us: Volcano

by Haroun Tazieff.
A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the creatures that live on it.
See page 15


Film-maker: Haroun Tazieff
Narrator: Paul Rogers
BBC Presentation: Ivan Lockett

: The Black and White Minstrel Show

Starring The Mitchell Minstrels
with John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony Mercer

also starring Margaret Savage, The Television Toppers, Delia Wicks, Don Cleaver, Penny Jewkes, Les Rawlings, Sheila Bernette

(The Black and White Minstrel Show is appearing at the Victoria Palace, London, and at the Grand Theatre, Leeds)
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Compere: Leslie Crowther
Singers/Dancers: The Mitchell Minstrels
Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Dai Francis
Singer: Tony Mercer
Singer: Margaret Savage
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Dancer: Delia Wicks
Singer: Don Cleaver
Singer/Dancer: Penny Jewkes
Singer: Les Rawlings
Comedienne: Sheila Bernette
Dance Director: Roy Gunson
Vocal Arrangements/Conductor: George Mitchell
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Orchestra Leader: Freddie Clayton
Conductor: Eric Robinson
Settings: Lionel Radford
Producer: George Inns

: And Another Thing...: Water, Wine, and Wisdom

Robert Erskine dispenses Water, Wine, and Wisdom at a drinking party which took place 2,500 years ago, to which you are invited, celebrating the first of his series of twenty-six programmes about the past.
See page 15


Presenter: Robert Erskine

: Music International

A monthly report from the world of music.

The Sleeping Beauty
The enchanting story of a tiny opera house, forgotten and disused for over a century, then restored in every detail to its original state. The Drottningholm Court Theatre, near Stockholm, celebrates this year its 200th anniversary. Elisabeth Soderstrom, the Swedish soprano, describes it to John Amis and appears in an excerpt from Gluck's opera "Iphigenie en Aulide".

Harpsichord or Piano?
Rosalyn Tureck discusses with Kenneth van Barthold different interpretations of Bach's keyboard music and plays the Chromatic Fantasia in D minor.

Aaron Copland
The famous composer-conductor talks to Alan Jefferson about his ideas on modern American music.

Lionel Rogg
The new Flentrop organ has recently been installed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The distinguished young Swiss organist, a Professor at Geneva Conservatoire, tries it out.

Introduced by Bernard Keeffe.



Presenter: Bernard Keeffe
Producer: Kenneth Corden
Interviewee/Soprano: Elisabeth Soder
Interviewer (The Sleeping Beauty): John Amis
Interviewee/Harpsichordist: Rosalyn Tureck
Interviewer (Harpsichord or Piano?): Kenneth van Barthold
Interviewee: Aaron Copland
Interviewer: Alan Jefferson
Organist: Lionel Rogg

: Color Me Barbra

A sensational show from the girl whose name is Barbra.
Barbra Streisand
A dazzling star in a glittering setting shines in a series of contrasting musical numbers presented in her own inimitable style.
See page 15


Singer/Dancer: Barbra Streisand
Director/Producer: Dwight Hemion
Producer/Choreographer: Joe Layton

: News Summary

: Late Night Line-Up

Noel Picarda reflects on this week's television with the Line-Up team and tonight's guests.


Presenter: Noel Picarda

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