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: Play School: Ideas Day

A programme for children at home

(to 11.20)


Presenter: Julie Stevens
Presenter: Brian Cant

: The Christmas Play: The Three Princes

by Rex Tucker
[Starring] Timothy Dalton as Ahmed, Isla Blair as Princess Yasmin
with Gordon Gostelow as The Carpet Dealer, Peter Jeffrey as The Sun Prince, Roy Kinnear as The Moon Prince, Kenneth Mackintosh as The Caliph
and Cleo Laine as The Voice of Scheherazade

Magical caves, flying carpets as the father of a princess sets her suitors an intriguing task.

(Kenneth Mackintosh, William Hobbs, Frederick Pyne, and Frank Wylie are National Theatre players)


Writer: Rex Tucker
Make-up: Elizabeth Rowell
Costumes: Charles Knode
Lighting: Jim Richards
Music: James Conistein
Designer: Jeremy Davies
Producer: Ronald Travers
Director: Mark Cullingham
Ahmed: Timothy Dalton
Princess Yasmin: Isla Blair
The Carpet Dealer: Gordon Gostelow
The Sun Prince: Peter Jeffrey
The Moon Prince: Roy Kinnear
The Caliph: Kenneth Mackintosh
The Voice of Scheherazade: Cleo Laine
Janissary: Neil Fitzpatrick
Egyptian: Frank Wylie
Persian: Roderick Horn
Indian: Frederick Pyne
Chinese: William Hobbs
Tibetan: Oliver Cotton
Shalima: Louise Breslin
Vizier: William Hoyland
Soldier: Roy Pearce
Kafur: Gavin Richards
Doctor: Roger Kemp
All: Marc Gebhard

: The Conquest of Everest

The dramatic story of the successful 1953 Everest Expedition led by Sir John Hunt
Commentary written by Louis MacNeice and spoken by Meredith Edwards
Produced with the co-operation of The Royal Geographical Society and The Alpine Club


Subject/explorer: Sir John Hunt
Filmed by: Thomas Stobart
Filmed by: George Lowe
Editor: Adrian De Potier
Music: Arthur Benjamin
Writer: Louis MacNeice
Narrator: Meredith Edwards

: The Black Shield of Falworth

starring Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, David Farrar
with Herbert Marshall

A complex story of love and intrigue set at the time of the English King Henry IV.


Screenplay: Oscar Brodney
Based on the novel Men of Iron by: Howard Pyle
Producer: Robert Arthur
Producer: Melville Tucker
Director: Rudolph Mate
Myles Falworth: Tony Curtis
Lady Anne: Janet Leigh
The Earl of Alban: David Farrar
The Earl of Mackworth: Herbert Marshall
Meg Falworth: Barbara Rush
Diccon Bowman: Rhys Williams
Prince Hal: Daniel O'Herlihy
King Henry IV: Ian Keith
Walter Blunt: Patrick O'Neal

: 4472-Flying Scotsman

An epitaph for the age of steam
Another chance to see this unique film of the Flying Scotsman's dramatic non-stop run from London to Edinburgh on May 1, 1968.
It was forty years from the day of its first non-stop run that this famous old engine, now privately owned by Alan Pegler, took some 300 railway enthusiasts on a never-to-be-repeated journey.
The film of this journey has been described by one critic as 'as good as a free ticket to eternal youth'.


Production: Patricia Ingram
Director: Tony Wheeler
Film editor: Geoffrey Botterill
Executive producer: Rowan Ayers

: News Summary and The Weather


: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

A cartoon film with music and song.
Boris Karloff narrates this unusual and amusing Christmas story.


Narrator: Boris Karloff

: Iolanthe

by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
freely adapted by Alan Melville
starring Patrick Cargill as The Lord Chancellor, Joan Sims as The Fairy Queen
featuring Jimmy Thompson as Lord Tolloller, Julian Orchard as Lord Mountararat,
Mary Millar as Phyllis, Simon Kent as Strephon:
with Janet Mahoney, Suzanne Kerchiss, Geraldene Morrow, John Inman, Karen Sirett
and Trisha Noble as lolanthe
Guest star, Jimmy Logan as Pte. Willis
Jimmy Thompson is appearing in 'Dick Whittington' at the Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon; John Inman in 'Cinderella' at the Odeon Theatre, Streatham
See colour feature on centre pages
David Kernan, who appears in our colour feature, has had to drop out of the cast through illness.


Book: W. S. Gilbert
Music: Arthur Sullivan
Adapter: Alan Melville
Choreography: Alfred Rodrigues
Orchestrations and musical direction by: Peter Knight
Chorus-Master: Fred Tomlinson
Costumes designed by: Rupert Jarvis
Make-up: Toni Chapman
Sound: Derek Miller-Timmins
Sound: Chick Anthony
Lighting: John Treays
Design: Roger Andrews
Producer: David Croft
Photographer: John Inman
The Lord Chancellor: Patrick Cargill
The Fairy Queen: Joan Sims
Lord Tolloller: Jimmy Thompson
Lord Mountararat: Julian Orchard
Phyllis: Mary Millar
Strephon: Simon Kent
Iolanthe: Trisha Noble
Pte. Willis: Jimmy Logan
[Actress]: Janet Mahoney
[Actress]: Suzanne Kerchiss
[Actress]: Geraldene Morrow
Photographer: John Inman
[Actress]: Karen Sirett

: Bardot Special

In which Brigitte Bardot invites you to join her in a variety of moods and settings
with her guests, Manitas de Plata and Sacha Distel
A Bob Zagury production


Singer: Brigitte Bardot
Guitarist: Manitas de Plata
Singer: Sacha Distel
Director: Eddy Matalon
Director: Francois Reichenbach
Production: Bob Zagury

: The Red Shoes

starring Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Leonide Massine, Robert Helpmann
Based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen

Written, produced, and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

An ambitious young dancer, Victoria Page, persuades ballet-master Boris Lermontov to let her dance the leading role in his new ballet The Red Shoes...


Based on a fairy tale by: Hans Christian Andersen
Music: Brian Easdals
Art direction: Heinrich Heckroth
Writer/producer/director: Michael Powell
Writer/producer/director: Boris Lermontov
Boris Lermontov: Anton Walbrook
Julian Craster: Marius Goring
Victoria Page: Moira Shearer
Grischa Ljubov: Leonide Massine
Ivan Boleslawsky: Robert Helpmann
Irina Boronskaja: Ludmilla Tcherina
Livy: Esmond Knight
Ratov: Albert Basserman

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