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: Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home
Presenters this week,
Miranda Connell, Colin Jeavons
In the story chair, Peter Glaze
Today's story is called "The Little Girl and the Tiny Don" by Edward and Aingelda Ardizzone
"There was an old man called
Michael Finnigin
He grew whiskers on his chinigin
The wind came up and blew them inigin
Poor old Michael Finnigin."
That's "Play School"'s poem each day. It's a windy and blowing week, and today Miranda and Colin begin by making a windmill. Tomorrow Colin and Miranda and the toys dress up for the seaside in the sort of bathing costumes that people wore long ago.
How many of the Play School pets fly? Can an elephant fly? Find out on Wednesday. Can a brick be blown down? The experiment on Friday - Science Day - will show if it is possible or not. And Humpty-Dumpty will be blown down - not off a wall, but out of a hammock.


Presenter: Miranda Connell
Presenter: Colin Jeavons
Storyteller: Peter Glaze
Author of story: Edward Ardizzone
Author of story: Aingelda Ardizzone


England v. Australia
Fourth day's play at Headingley
Commentary team:
Peter West , Richie Benaud Ted Dexter , Denis Compton
Production team.
Nick Hunter , Philip Lewis


Unknown: Peter West
Unknown: Richie Benaud
Unknown: Ted Dexter
Unknown: Denis Compton
Unknown: Nick Hunter
Unknown: Philip Lewis


The World Tonight
John Timpson and Peter Woods with Martin Bell, Michael Blakey
Michael Clayton , Tom Mangold
Brian Saxton , David Tindall
Richard Whitmore and the correspondents, at home and abroad, of BBC News followed by THE WEATHER


Unknown: John Timpson
Unknown: Peter Woods
Unknown: Michael Blakey
Unknown: Michael Clayton
Unknown: Tom Mangold
Unknown: Brian Saxton
Unknown: David Tindall
Unknown: Richard Whitmore


starring and with in Two Whole Days by SACHA GUITRY
Translated and adapted by CARYL BRAHMS and NED SHERRIN from the English version Sleeping Partners by Michael HOWARD
Music composed and conducted by Johnny Dankworth
Costumes. Joyce Mortlock
Designer, David Spode
Producer, G. B. LUPINO
The action takes place over two days and nights, and the story-very simple and very French-is about the eternal triangle.


Unknown: Sacha Guitry
Adapted By: Caryl Brahms
Adapted By: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Michael Howard
Conducted By: Johnny Dankworth
Unknown: Caryl Brahms
Unknown: Ned Sherrin
Unknown: Joyce Mortlock
Designer: David Spode
Producer: G. B. Lupino
as the lover: Patrick Cargill
as the wife: Fenella Fielding
as the husband: Ivor Dean
as the valet: Alec Bregonzt


Two school-leavers seek interesting and unusual work during summer 1967
Every year thousands of school-leavers put an advertisement in a paper, hoping to fill the long summer months with travel and adventure
A four-part series of films with Rosemary Cunion and Lionel Took
Rosemary works as an assistant in a boutique in Newcastle's Arcadia, Lionel as a labourer in a glassworks in Sunderland
Executive producer, BRIAN Lewis


Unknown: Rosemary Cunion
Unknown: Lionel Took
Producer: Brian Lewis
Unknown: Malcolm Feuerstein

: Theatre 625: The Year of the Sex Olympics

by Nigel Kneale
With Leonard Rossiter, Suzanne Neve and Tony Vogel, Vickery Turner, Brian Cox, George Murcell
This frightening new play by Nigel Kneale is set in the future, in a world totally dominated and run by television. A world that is air-conditioned, fully automated and full of gigantic TV screens, where a child seeing a window for the first time would say, 'Oh, look, a mini-screen!'
A world where language has become almost redundant - the 'low-drive' people who form 98 per cent of the population don't need to read, write or even speak to each other. The other two per cent-the 'high-drive' people - run the television programmes.
All 'tensions' - like war, hate, love, loyalty - have been removed, so with none of these factors left to control the problems of over-population, other methods must be found.
The answer is in television - there are gluttony programmes to put people off food, and applied pornography programmes to put them off sex. There's art-sex, and sport-sex - this happens to be the year of the sex Olympics.
For the tiny minority who want no part of this TV world, there's only one way out - to become a programme themselves. Deanie, Nat Mender and their child go to a small island where life hasn't been made trivial and safe, and isn't, in the words of the play, 'comfy and cosy,' where television doesn't supply all needs.
The cameras are on them twenty-four hours a day - it's the Live Life Show and is soon top of the ratings. The final outcome is both tragic and terrifying.


Writer: Nigel Kneale
Make-up: Pamela Burns
Costumes: Joyce Hammond
Lighting: Sam Barclay
Designer: Roger Andrews
Producer: Ronald Travers
Director: Michael Elliott
Co-Ordinator Ugo Priest: Leonard Rossiter
Deanie Webb: Suzanne Neve
Nat Mender: Tony Vogel
Misch: Vickery Turner
Lasar Opie: Brian Cox
Grels: George Murcell
Kin Hodder: Martin Potter
Keten Webb: Lesley Roach
Betty: Hira Talfrey
Nurse: Patricia Maynard

Blog posts that mention this programme:

The Sunday Post: Nigel Kneale 18 December 2016
A taste of the scary 31 October 2015

: Late Night Line-Up

A last look around the daily scene with Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Brian King, Sheridan Morley with a discussion on The Year of the Sex Olympics including Nigel Kneale and Michael Elliott


Unknown: Michael Dean
Unknown: Joan Bakewell
Unknown: Tony Bilbow
Unknown: Brian King
Unknown: Sheridan Morley
Guest: Nigel Kneale
Guest: Michael Elliott
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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