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: Play School: Pets Day

A programme for children at home
Today's story: "The Coconut"
(Repeated on BBC-1 and BBC Wales at 4.20 p.m.)
(to 11.20)


Presenter: Julie Stevens
Presenter: Johnny Ball

: New Clothes That Count: 2: Tunic Trouser Suit

Ten programmes for home dress-makers who want to extend their skill and keep up to date with fashion trends
Fashion comments: Shuna Harwood
Demonstration: Ann Ladbury
Fitting: Beryl Rouse
For booklet see page 10


Fashion comments: Shuna Harwood
Dressmaker: Ann Ladbury
Fitter: Beryl Rouse
Programme arranged by: Iris Furlong
Director: Jeremy Johnston
Series Editor: Beryl Radley

: Newsroom

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


Newsreader: John Timpson
Newsreader: Peter Woods

: A Touch of Venus: Long Live The Queen

by Aldo Nicolaj
Translated by Anthony Paul
A further series of plays specially written by famous authors featuring distinguished English and Continental actresses in solo performances
[Starring] Megs Jenkins

Bianca has lived a dull, uneventful life in a small provincial Italian town. Her daughter Giulietta, her one consolation, realises her mother's unhappy state of mind and sends her a present - a bottle of white powder. Bianca takes it daily with bewildering results.
(Next week: Genevieve Page in "The Hive" by Aldo Nicolaj)


Author: Aldo Nicolaj
Translated by: Anthony Paul
Designer: Cynthia Hood
Producer: Hal Burton
Bianca: Megs Jenkins

: Man Alive: The Unmarried Mothers

Achievement... Happiness... Tragedy... Stress...
A weekly programme which focuses on people and the situations which shape their lives
Reporters: Jim Douglas Henry, Jeremy James, John Percival, Desmond Wilcox,
Harold Williamson

This week: The Unmarried Mothers
Every year their numbers increase. Report after report has been produced on the problem created by nearly 70,000 illegitimate births annually. And yet the unmarried mother is, today, as badly off as she has ever been.
Much of the care of unmarried mothers and their children is left to voluntary organisations-in particular the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child. At the end of last year the N.C.U.M.C. called a press conference-because it was going bankrupt. If it goes out of business society will have to decide what responsibility it owes to the unmarried women who each year have illegitimate babies.
Is it right that such social responsibility should have to be left in the hands of voluntary organisations? Do we profess liberalism on the one hand and stigmatise the unmarried mother on the other? Now both Parliament and society may have to decide.


Director: David Filkin
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

: The Hollywood Musical: Red Garters

A selection of musical milestones from the golden days of the silver screen
Tonight: the 1954 production "Red Garters"
Starring Rosemary Clooney, Jack Carson, Guy Mitchell, Gene Barry

A rich and tuneful musical send-up of The Code of the West played against stylish and colourful settings. George Marshall, who directs, is no stranger to the 'send-up Western', having previously made "Destry Rides Again" with Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart.


Screenplay: Michael Fessler
Producer: Pat Duggan
Director: George Marshall
Calaveras Kate: Rosemary Clooney
Jason Carberry: Jack Carson
Reb Randall: Guy Mitchell
Susana Martines De La Cruz: Pat Crowley
Rafael Moreno: Gene Barry
Minnie Redwing: Cass Daley
Billy Buckett: Frank Faylen
Judge Winthrop: Reginald Owen
Sheila Winthrop: Joanne Gilbert

: Parsons in the Plague

The Plague of 1665 silenced London. The only traffic was the death-cart, the only street cry 'Bring out your dead.' A quarter of the population fled, a quarter died.
Of the few who stayed in town all through the disaster, two were parsons. They wrote down their experiences, and this film is made from their records.

With John Carson as The Rev. Symon Patrick, Trevor Martin as The Rev. Thomas Vincent
Written and produced by John Elphinstone-Fyffe


Writer/Producer: John Elphinstone-Fyffe
Narrator: Magnus Magnusson
The Rev. Symon Patrick: John Carson
The Rev. Thomas Vincent: Trevor Martin

: News Summary and The Weather


: Late Night Line-Up

The end of today in front of tomorrow with Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Brian King, Sheridan Morley and tonight's guests



Presenter: Michael Dean
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Brian King
Presenter: Sheridan Morley
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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