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: Play School: Science Day

A programme for children at home
Today's story: "Chowder's Day" by Andrew Davies

(to 11.20)


Presenter: Carol Chell
Presenter: Rick Jones
Author (Chowder's Day): Andrew Davies
Pianist: Jonathan Cohen
Graphics: Laurence Henry
Scripted and directed by: Anne Gobey
Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Hold Down a Chord: 4

A beginner's course in folk guitar with John Pearse

The 4/4 scratch-learning to alternate your bass notes-and the waltz-time scratch
Shown on Monday on BBC-1 and BBC Wales
Accompanying pamphlet: see page 59


Presenter/guitarist: John Pearse
Producer: Victor Poole

: Give Us a Song: 4: Dona Dona a Yiddish song

Each week Florence Norberg takes a well-known song and shows a group of young people how to improve their singing.
Shown on Monday on BBC-1 and BBC Wales


Presenter/singer: Florence Norberg
Producer: Victor Poole

: Newsroom

The World Tonight
Reporting: John Timpson, Peter Woods and the reporters and correspondents, at home and abroad, of BBC News
followed by The Weather


Newsreader: John Timpson
Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Wheelbase: The First of November

Gordon Wilkins covers the world of motoring

From today holiday-makers can start spending their £50 foreign travel allowance for 1969. Drivers have an extra £25 for motoring abroad, but what happens when the money has gone? Is there any scope in the currency restrictions for foreign motoring beyond the £50 limit?
Judith and Peter Jopp take a 2-litre Triumph Vitesse Mk. 2 across the Channel to France to investigate a scheme by Normandy hoteliers to give British motorists a long weekend payable in the £15 sterling which travellers have a right to take on every trip.



Presenter: Gordon Wilkins
Reporter: Judith Jopp
Reporter: Peter Jopp
Director: Tony Salmon
Associate producer: John Mills
Producer: Brian Robins

: Ice Cabaret

Television's Ice Show
Introduced by Ray Alan
featuring Edmund Hockridge, Hamilton Brown, Iris Villiers, Reg Park, Michel and Carol, Sally Ross, Janet Mahoney
The Ice Cabaret Dancers, The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Programme presented in association with Tom Arnold and Gerald Palmer

Edmund Hockridge, one of tonight's guest artists, has one of the finest voices in show business -he is one of the few stars to have had four smash hits in a row on the West End stage: Carousel, Can Can, Guys and Dolls, and The Pajama Game.


Presenter: Ray Alan
Singer: Edmund Hockridge
Performer: Hamilton Brown
Performer: Iris Villiers
Skater/Production routines staged by: Reg Park
Skaters: Michel and Carol
Skater: Sally Ross
Skater: Janet Mahoney
Ray Alan's script: Charles Hart
Ray Alan's script: Peter Bishop
Dancers: The Ice Cabaret Dancers
Singers: The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Musical director: Malcolm Lockyer
Design: Kenneth Sharp
Producer: Ernest Maxin

: An Evening with...: Lord David Cecil

A new series of personal choices of prose and poetry
Given before an invited audience at Lamda Theatre, London
See page 44

Lord David Cecil's choice reflects very much his own tastes. As a friend of Max Beerbohm's he has naturally chosen something by him, and his fondness for Jane Austen's work is reflected in two excerpts from Northanger Abbey. There is a great deal of humour in Lord David's selection. 'I think it's the sign of a fool to take everything seriously', he says. But there are also some deeply moving passages from the works of Wordsworth, Robert Bridges , and Sir Thomas Browne.


Presenter: Lord David Cecil
Guest reader: Patrick Garland
Designer: Raymond Berger
Producer: John Furness

: The Road to the Isles

A second chance to see the first of four films featuring Kenneth McKellar in a musical journey to the Western Isles
accompanied by The Peter Knight Singers
See page 35
In this, the first of four programmes, Kenneth McKellar takes the Road to the Isles and illustrates it with such well-known favourites as 'Song of the Clyde', 'Westering Home', and 'My Heart is in the Highlands'.


Singer: Kenneth McKellar
Singers: The Peter Knight Singers
Orchestra Leader: Alec Firman
Musical director: Harry Rabinowitz
Original music and new arrangements: Peter Knight
Additional orchestrations: Bob Sharples
Additional orchestrations: Dennis Wilson
Script: Eddie Boyd
Production: Yvonne Littlewood

: Westminster at Work

Ian Trethowan looks back over the past week in Parliament and introduces reports on big debates in both Houses, questions to Ministers, significant moves behind the scenes, and the effects of M.P.s' work inside and outside Westminster
with Hardiman Scott, David Holmes



Presenter: Ian Trethowan
Reporter: Hardiman Scott
Reporter: David Holmes
Editor: Michael Balkwill

: News Summary and The Weather


: Late Night Line-Up

Introduced by Tony Bilbow looks at The Film World Past and Present and Philip Jenkinson interviews Gloria Swanson about her career and shows excerpts from her best-known films
Letters to Philip Jenkinson should be addressed c/o Late Night Line-Up, [address removed]


Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Interviewer: Philip Jenkinson
Interviewee: Gloria Swanson
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Saturday Cinema: The Purple Plain

Starring Gregory Peck
with Win Min Than, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Ram Gopal

In the sweltering Burmese jungle in 1945, the officers and men of an R.A.F. outpost become increasingly concerned over the behaviour of the officer who had led them on many missions against the Japanese.
Playing Forrester, the officer in question, is Gregory Peck, one of Hollywood's most durable stars. In the early days of his career he was very much a heart-throb star, but as he grew older he established himself firmly as an actor of considerable talent. In this film, he portrays a man facing a nervous breakdown, but still carrying a weight of responsibility for the lives of others. Much of the film was shot on location in Ceylon and Burma which lends a great air of authenticity.
(to 16.35)


Screenplay: Eric Ambler
Based on the novel by: H.E. Bates
Director: Robert Parrish
Producer: John Bryan
Forrester: Gregory Peck
Anna: Win Min Than
Dr. Harris: Bernard Lee
Blore: Maurice Denham
Mr. Phang: Ram Gopal
Miss McNab: Brenda de Banzie
Carrington: Lyndon Brook
Aldridge: Anthony Bushell

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