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: Saturday Cinema: When My Baby Smiles at Me

Starring Betty Grable, Dan Dailey
with Jack Oakie, June Havoc, Richard Arlen, James Gleason

Husband-and-wife Bonny Kane (Betty Grable) and Skid Johnson (Dan Dailey) are a 'top-of-the-bill' musical act - until Bonny gets jealous of Skid's 'other interests.' The act breaks up, but, despite many quarrels, romance lingers on...


Screenplay: Lamar Trotti
Producer: George Jessel
Director: Walter Lang
Bonny: Betty Grable
Skid: Dan Dailey
Bozo: Jack Oakie
Gussie: June Havoc
Harvey: Richard Arlen
Lefty: James Gleason

: Closedown

: Westminster

A review of the political week
David Holmes recalls the highlights in the Houses of Parliament and reports on the part played by government in the lives of us all.


Presenter: David Holmes
Editor: John Danvers

: Gardeners' World

with Percy Thrower from Forde Abbey, Dorset
Founded in 1138 as a Cistercian Monastery, Forde Abbey is now privately owned and has become a mecca for botanists, horticulturists, and those who just love beautiful gardens.


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf
Director: Richard Fawkes

: Chronicle: One People between the Alps and the Sea!

by Stuart Hood
A cannonade, then a sudden infantry charge over the shattered walls of Rome exactly a century ago completed the making of the Kingdom of Italy.
The Risorgimento was a succession of violent battles and bloodier repressions. From it emerged Garibaldi, Mazzini, and Cavour - heroes of the nation. But who were their enemies? Who were the men, like the infamous King Bomba of Naples, who resisted the tide of unity?

This programme retells, with the vivid pictures of the day and in the actual settings of its major events, the story of those great years which had, even then, the force and form of legend.


Writer: Stuart Hood
Producer: Kenneth Shepheard
Executive Producer: Paul Johnstone

: The Young Generation

Heather Beckers, Marie Betts, Ann Chapman, Jackie Dalton, Denise Fone, Lynda Herbert, Jane Herbert, Carolyn Heywood, Linda Jolliff, Lesley Judd, Kay Korda, Linda Lawrence, Sandy Penson, Terry Robinson, Wei Wei Wong, Bobby Bannerman, Iain Burton, Chris Cooper, Roger Finch, Richard Gough, Paul Guess, Harry Higham, Roger Howlett, Nigel Lythgoe, Colin Pilditch, Jeremy Robinson, Brian Rogers, Donald Torr, Kenneth Warwick, Trevor Willis

Starring Nina and Lou Rawls, Keith Potger and the New Seekers
Special guest star Russ Conway
Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra


Singer/Dancer: Heather Beckers
Singer/Dancer: Marie Betts
Singer/Dancer: Ann Chapman
Singer/Dancer: Catherine Collins
Singer/Dancer: Jackie Dalton
Singer/Dancer: Denise Fone
Singer/Dancer: Lynda Herbert
Singer/Dancer: Jane Herbert
Singer/Dancer: Carolyn Heywood
Singer/Dancer: Linda Jolliff
Singer/Dancer: Lesley Judd
Singer/Dancer: Kay Korda
Singer/Dancer: Linda Lawrence
Singer/Dancer: Sandy Penson
Singer/Dancer: Wei Wei Wong
Singer/Dancer: Bobby Bannerman
Singer/Dancer: Iain Burton
Singer/Dancer: Chris Cooper
Singer/Dancer: Roger Finch
Singer/Dancer: Richard Gough
Singer/Dancer: Paul Guess
Singer/Dancer: Harry Higham
Singer/Dancer: Roger Howlett
Singer/Dancer: Nigel Lythgoe
Singer/Dancer: Colin Pilditch
Singer/Dancer: Jeremy Robinson
Singer/Dancer: Brian Rogers
Singer/Dancer: Donald Torr
Singer/Dancer: Kenneth Warwick
Singer/Dancer: Trevor Willis
Choreography: Douglas Squires
Singer: Nina
Singer: Lou Rawls
Musicians: Keith Potger and the New Seekers
Pianist: Russ Conway
Musicians: Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra
Musical arrangements: Alan Roper
Musical arrangements: Alyn Ainsworth
Script: Mike Craig
Script: Lawrie Kinsley
Design: Geoffrey Patterson
Production: Stewart Morris

: Now and Then: Insidious Playthings

with Robert Erskine

Since Roman times children have always demanded amusement, but the Victorians especially insisted on toys to encourage the pursuit of knowledge.


Presenter: Robert Erskine
Presented by: Betty White
Director: Philip Crump

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: The Tidewatchers

by David McGibbon
Three sailors from a Royal Navy survey ship are working ashore on the north-west coast of Ireland. They live in an old, partly ruined, fort on the seaward end of a small bay, and their job is to note the rise and fall of the tide in the area. One night, however, they have much more to worry about.
[Starring] Sam Kydd as Spike, Richard O'Callaghan as Francis, Maurice Roeves as Cass

(Richard O'Callaghan is in "Three Months Gone" at the Duchess Theatre)


Writer: David McGibbon
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: Allan Anson
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: James Vowden
Spike: Sam Kydd
Francis: Richard O'Callaghan
Cass: Maurice Roeves

: Review

The weekly arts magazine
Presented by James Mossman

Martial's Rome
The Latin poetry of Martial is famous for its vivid and bawdy portrait of the people who lived in ancient Rome. Now Australian poet Peter Porter has produced translations which bring these racy Latin epigrams, and the people in them, back to life.
In tonight's film Martial, played by John Ronane, recites his work and supplies his own running commentary. It's a performance to remind us that Martial is one of the great poets of Rome's Silver Age

Too much damned architecture...
So says Stockholm-based British architect Ralph Erskine who for 30 years has been building cold-weather houses the Swedes love to live in. Review sent John Vaughan to see Erskine and film his work, from a new community at Clare Hall, Cambridge, to miners' homes at Svappavaara on the Arctic Circle.


Presenter/Editor: James Mossman
Translations (Martial's Rome): Peter Porter
Director (Martial's Rome): Julian Cooper
Martial: John Ronane
Subject (Too much damned architecture...): Ralph Erskine
Reporter (Too much damned architecture...): John Vaughan
Director (Too much damned architecture...): Tony Staveacre
Producer: Peter Adam
Producer: Darrol Blake
Producer: Christopher Martin

: News Summary

: Disco 2

Introduced by Tommy Vance featuring Buddy Knox, rock 'n roll artist in the old tradition and Daddy Longlegs, an American rock band in the new with the best of the rest in pop


Presenter: Tommy Vance
Singer: Buddy Knox
Musicians: Daddy Longlegs
Design: Monica Ashley
Production: Granville Jenkins
Executive Producer: Rowan Ayers

: Midnight Movie: Affair in Trinidad

Starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford

An American goes to Trinidad to investigate the death of his brother and becomes involved with a gang of conspirators.


Screenplay: Oscar Gaul
Screenplay: James Gunn
Produced and directed by: Vincent Sherman
Chris Emery: Rita Hayworth
Steve Emery: Glenn Ford
Max Fabian: Alexander Scourby
Inspector Smythe: Torin Thatcher
Veronica: Valerie Bettis

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