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: Saturday Cinema: The Extra Day

starring Richard Basehart, Simone Simon, George Baker

The last day of filming is over-another feature film is 'in the can.' But when the last day's shooting is lost on the way to be processed an assistant director has just 24 hours to reassemble the cast.
Written and directed by William Fairchild


Producer: E. M. Smedley Aston
Writer/director: William Fairchild
Joe Blake: Richard Basehart
Michele Blanchard: Simone Simon
Steven Marlow: George Baker
Toni Howard: Josephine Griffin
Sir George Howard: Colin Gordon
Kurt Vorn: Laurence Naismith
Bert: Charles Victor
Barney West: Sidney James
Mrs West: Joan Hickson
Buster West: David Hannaford
Mrs Bliss: Olga Lindo
Mr Bliss: Philip Ray
Susan: Jill Bennett
Guy: John Humphry
Ronnie Baker: Dennis Lotis
Lou Skeat: Meier Tzelniker
Beryl: Beryl Reid
Shirley: Shani Wallis
Harry: Bryan Forbes
Robin: Eddie Byrne
Mark: Peter Coke
Landlady: Bessie Evans
First cashier: Patrick Cargill

: Closedown

: Gardeners' World

with Percy Thrower from Grayswood Hill, Surrey
Grayswood Hill is famous for one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the south of England. Ericas and miniature conifers are also a feature.
(from BBC Midlands)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Produced and directed by: Bill Duncalf

: Rugby Special: The County Championship: Devon v Somerset

at the Recreation Ground, Torquay
Introduced by Cliff Morgan

Devon, a county too long in the doldrums of rugby, have this year adopted a positive coaching policy and today's side will be chosen from an initially selected squad of 35 players. Their game is based on fast, open rugby and built round a light but mobile pack. A win today against a strong Somerset side could give them the confidence in their endeavour to eclipse their more renowned Cornish neighbours in the South-Western Division of the Championship.



Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Director: Bill Taylor
Series producer: Alan Mouncer

: Tutankhamen Post-mortem

In 1922 Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon came upon one of the most spectacular of all archaeological discoveries, the almost untouched tomb of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. After four years' intensive work the treasure was removed to the National Museum in Cairo, but the mummy of the pharaoh was resealed in its coffin in the tomb.
Now, for the first time since 1926, the coffin has been reopened so that a scientific X-ray study of the mummy could be made by a team led by Professor R. G. Harrison of the Department of Human Anatomy, Liverpool University.
The whole of the reopening, the X-ray process, and the interpretation of the results was filmed, to add yet another chapter to the extraordinary story of the young king who was buried some 3,300 years ago in mysterious circumstances in the Valley of Kings in Egypt.
(Tutankhamen in colour: page 7)


Archaeologist: Professor R. G. Harrison
Narrator: Robert Hardy
Producer: Paul Johnstone

: Peterson Plays Farnon... ...plays Peterson

The Oscar Peterson Trio
Sam Jones (bass), Bobby Durham (drums)
The Robert Farnon Orchestra
Leader Alec Firman
play the music of Oscar Peterson and Robert Farnon and the arrangements of Claus Ogermann and Nelson Riddle

It is not generally known that Oscar Peterson is a Canadian, or that also he has a very high regard for the music of another Canadian, Robert Farnon. Tonight these two giants of music meet for the first time in a television studio to pay mutual respect to each other's talent.
Oscar Peterson and Robert Farnon have selected a varied programme, ranging from familiar standards and recent popular music to a world premiere performance of a work by Farnon specially written for Oscar Peterson, featuring the trio and a 51-piece orchestra.
Introductions Alan Dell
The music:
Blues For Big Scotia; Sunny; Wave Sleepin' Bee; Let's Fall In Love; By The Time I Get To Phoenix; Some Day My Prince Will Come; Sally's Tomato; Laurentide Waltz; The Pleasure Of Your Company
(The Oscar Peterson Trio appear by arrangement with Harold Davison)


Pianist: Oscar Peterson
Bass: Sam Jones
Drummer: Bobby Durham
Musicians: The Robert Farnon Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Alec Firman
Presenter: Alan Dell
Musical associate: Dennis Wilson
Musical associate: Ted Brennan
Musical associate: Les Williams
Sound: Len Shorey
Lighting: Ken MacGregor
Design: Martin Collins
Production: Terry Henebery

: The First Churchills: Part 5: Rebellion

by Donald Wilson
starring John Neville, Susan Hampshire, James Villiers, Margaret Tyzack and John Standing
Charles has been forced to send James into exile and to dissolve his factious parliament at Oxford. The Princess Anne has married George, Prince of Denmark, and has chosen Sarah to be one of her Ladies of the Bedchamber.



Writer/producer: Donald Wilson
Film cameraman: John McGlashan
Film editor: Alistair Mackay
Designer: Spencer Chapman
Director: David Giles
John Churchill: John Neville
Sarah Churchill: Susan Hampshire
Princess Anne: Margaret Tyzack
George of Denmark: Roger Mutton
Sidney Godolphin: John Standing
Lord Rochester: John Ringham
Charles Churchill: Michael Culver
Lady Clarendon: Pauline Loring
Lord Bruce: Alan Lee
Charles II: James Villiers
Mallard: Peter Morton
Chiffinch: Barry Wade
Earl of Feversham: John Rapley
Dr King: Norman Atkyns
Duke of York: John Westbrook
Fr Huddleston: Walter Horsbrugh
Bishop Compton: George Merritt
Halifax: Austin Trevor
Sunderland: John Humphry
Princess Mary: Lisa Daniely
Prince of Orange: Alan Rowe
Bentinck: Roger Booth
Duke of Monmouth: James Kerry
Henrietta Wentworth: Kay Patrick
Sir Winston Churchill: Cameron Miller
Dassell: Peter Whitaker
Thorold: Steve Emerson
Ferguson: Milton Johns
Colonel Kirke: Robert Aldous
An Officer: Gordon Pitt
Duchess Mary: Sheila Gish

: Review

The weekly arts magazine presented by James Mossman

Renaissance: A new pop group, but with a difference. Renaissance is made up of people from older, first generation groups, who joined forces, they say, so as to make their money in greater personal freedom. The result is some splendid music.

Poet at Work: Britain's most illustrious poet, W. H. Auden, comes to the Review studio to read from his latest work.

Eighty Years On: Novelist and playwright Enid Bagnold, who talks to James Mossman, broke the taboo of upperclass Edwardian England. Today at 80 she is still as free in her mind as many of those who might think they have left her behind.



Presenter/editor/interviewer (Eighty Years On): James Mossman
Band: Renaissance
Poet/reader (Poet at Work): W. H. Auden
Interviewee (Eighty Years On): Enid Bagnold
Production team: Terence Dixon
Production team: Tony Staveacre
Producer: Darrol Blake
Producer: Christopher Martin
Producer: Peter Adam

: Line-Up: The Week

Gwyn Thomas, writer and broadcaster, takes a personal look at TV programmes and issues of the past seven days


Presenter: Gwyn Thomas
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: News Summary


: Midnight Movie: Town on Trial

starring John Mills
with Charles Coburn, Barbara Bates, Derek Farr, Alec McCowen

A police superintendent encounters a wall of silence when he starts investigations into the murder of a beautiful blonde.


Screenplay: Ken Hughes
Screenplay: Robert Westerby
Director: John Guillermin
Producer: Maxwell Sotton
Supt Mike Halloran: John Mills
Dr Fenner: Charles Coburn
Elizabeth Fenner: Barbara Bates
Mark Roper: Derek Farr
Peter Crowley: Alec McCowen
Fiona Dixon: Elizabeth Seal
Mr Dixon: Geoffrey Keen
Mrs Dixon: Margaretta Scott
Mrs Crowley: Fay Compton
Molly Stevens: Magda Miller

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