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: Saturday Cinema: The Birthday Present

Starring Tony Britton, Sylvia Syms
with Geoffrey Keen and Howard Marion Crawford

A cautionary tale - and a warning not to cheat the customs man! Simon Scott (Tony Britton), a likeable business executive, is caught smuggling a watch - a present for his wife. But he hardly imagines the far-reaching consequences for his career when he is sentenced to gaol.


Writer/Producer: Jack Whittingham
Director: Pat Jackson
Simon Scott: Tony Britton
Jean Scott: Sylvia Syms
Colonel Wilson: Geoffrey Keen
George Bates: Howard Marion Crawford
Bill Thompson: Jack Watling
Sir John Dell: Walter Fitzgerald

: Closedown

: The News and Sport

and Weather

: 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.


Unknown: David Holmes
Unknown: John Danvers

: Chronicle

The Alexandrians
Around the third century BC, Alexandria grew to be the cultural centre of the Mediterranean. Greeks mingled with the native Egyptians and with immigrants from Palestine, Syria, and Persia. It was the first large cosmopolitan-city in the modern sense; and it produced the first big-city blues.
A group of intellectuals, disillusioned with the old gods and the old values, started to write poetry which reflected their jaded and amoral spirit. They abandoned the Greek tradition of ' big' themes in public art and delved into the private world of emotion, expressing individual inadequacy, doubt, regret for the first time in literature.
This film reproduces much of the poetry of the original Alexandrians and traces the line from them to Oscar Wilde and other modern authors who have been influenced by the Alexandrian spirit, such as Lawrence Durrell and the Greek poet Cavafy. It tries to recapture in the modern Egyptian city the flavour of ancient Alexandria.
Written and directed by LUCY GOODISON
Executive producer PAUL JOHNSTONE


Directed By: Lucy Goodison
Unknown: Paul Johnstone

: Thirty-Minute Theatre

Good Times by Roy Minton
starring Gwen Watford as Isobelle with Victor Maddern as Graham

The card Isobelle Levington placed in a shop window offering her services as a 'refined portrait model' was bound to be misinterpreted – and it was...


Writer: Roy Minton
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: Keith Harris
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Brian Farnham
Isobelle: Gwen Watford
Graham: Victor Maddern

: Gardeners' World

Percy Thrower pays a summer visit to Clacks Farm, Worcestershire, to see progress in the Gardeners' World fruit and vegetable garden.
Produced by BILL DUNCALF
Directed by Richard FAWKES f


Unknown: Percy Thrower
Produced By: Bill Duncalf
Directed By: Richard Fawkes

: Disco 2

Introduced by Tommy Vance
In this last programme before the summer break
Matthews' Southern Comfort make their second appearance playing their new single
Also in the programme, two well established groups:
Mighty Baby and Savoy Brown
Executive producer MICHAEL APPLETON


Introduced By: Tommy Vance
Unknown: Ashley Director Colin
Unknown: Granville Jenkins
Unknown: Michael Appleton

: Summer Review

A series of seven programmes in which Summer Review offers a repeat of the best work done in Review during the past season.
Rudolf Nureyev , for many years the most exciting dancer in the world, takes us behind the scenes at the Dutch National Ballet to show the sweat and toil an audience never sees, the hopes and disappointments of a dancer's life. Directed by PETER ADAM
Peggy Ashcroft reads some poetry requests
Vladimir Nabokov , called by some the greatest living novelist, talks to JAMES MOSSMAN


Unknown: Rudolf Nureyev
Directed By: Peter Adam
Directed By: Peggy Ashcroft
Unknown: Vladimir Nabokov
Unknown: James Mossman
Unknown: Peter Adam
Unknown: Darrol Blake
Unknown: Julian Cooper
Unknown: Chistiopher Martin
Unknown: James Mossman

: The Val Doonican Show

starring Val Doonican with special guests Cilla Black, Tommy Makem, Bonnie Dobson
The Gillian Lynne Dancers, The Adams Singers directed by Cliff Adams


Singer: Val Doonican
Singer: Cilla Black
Unknown: Tommy Makem
Unknown: Bonnie Dobson
Dancers: The Gillian Lynne Dancers
Singers directed by: Cliff Adams
Orchestra directed by: Ken Thorne
Leader: Alec Firman
Orchestrations: Ken Thorne
Special material: Ronnie Taylor
Special material: Val Doonican
Choreography By: Gillian Lynne
Design: Brian Tregidden
Producer: Terry Hughes

: News Summary

: Midnight Movie: Track of the Cat

Starring Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright with Tab Hunter, Diana Lynn
A marauding panther contributes to the tense atmosphere in a remote ranch where eight people are trapped by heavy snowfalls.
(Philip Jenkinson: page 8)


Directed By: William A. Wellman
Curt: Robert Mitchum
Grace: Teresa Wright
Gwen: Diana Lynn
Harold: Tab Hunter
Ma Bridges: Beulah Bondi
Pa Bridges: Philip Tonge
Arthur: William Hopper
Joe Sam: Carl Switzer

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