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: Play School

Story: "The Ugly Duckling" by Frank Loesser

Presenters this week Toni Arthur, Brian Cant



Author (The Ugly Duckling): Frank Loesser
Presenter: Toni Arthur
Presenter: Brian Cant

: Closedown

: Les Girls

A special Bank Holiday presentation of the film, starring Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor, Taina Elg. With music and lyrics by Cole Porter.
An Anglo-French-American quartet who once toured Europe as 'Barry Nichols and Les Girls' are reunited in London under somewhat strained circumstances.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Songwriter: Cole Porter
Producer: Sol C Siegel
Director: George Cukor
Barry Nichols: Gene Kelly
Lady Sybil Wren: Kay Kendall
Joy Henderson: Mitzi Gaynor
Angele Ducros: Taina Elg
Pierre Ducros: Jacques Bergerac
Sir Gerald Wren: Leslie Phillips

: Newsroom

With Richard Whitmore
Reporting the world tonight


Newsreader: Richard Whitmore

: Bird's-Eye View: What a Lovely Day!

A Guided Tour of the British Way of Fun and Games written by John Lloyd.
The most popular leisure pastime in Britain, officially, is watching television. Second comes knitting. But, as seen from the air, we are a great deal more energetic - and eccentric - than that.


Writer: John Lloyd
Songs: Jeremy Taylor
Producer: Paul Bonner
Series Editor: Edward Mirzoeff
Guide: John Le Mesurier
Couple: Garfield Morgan
Couple: June Whitfield

: Face the Music

Match your musical wits against Joyce Grenfell, Richard Baker, Robin Ray.
Guest musician Sir William Walton.
Chairman Joseph Cooper


Chairman: Joseph Cooper
Panellist: Joyce Grenfell
Panellist: Richard Baker
Panellist: Robin Ray
Guest musician: Sir William Walton
Producer: Walter Todds
Director: Denis Moriarty

: Horizon: The Insect War

A second showing of the award-winning film.
This is a measure of the problem that faces us in the insect war, their powers of reproduction are pitched against our insecticides. But today these insecticides are fast becoming redundant not just because of their severe side effects but simply because they are fast losing their effectiveness. More and more pests are becoming resistant.
So alternatives must be found, and tonight's Horizon looks at the efforts both here and abroad to discover and apply them. It's work in which the scientists themselves may seem to display a fiendish cunning as they experiment with techniques that range from subtly interfering with the pest's sex life to a bizarre use of tin foil to fool the ubiquitous aphid.
But one fact stands out. The pest problem is nowhere more complicated than in an ordinary British field.


Narrator: Anthony Wedgwood Benn
Film Cameraman: Nat Crosby
Film Editor: John Bush
Music: Ronnie Leahy
Editor: Peter Goodchild
Producer: Alec Nisbett

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: 7: Jack Rosenthal: And For My Next Trick

Eight writers in a Birmingham Season.

The games people play now: every night and every day now: never meaning what they say now: never saying...


Writer: Jack Rosenthal
Script Editor: Barry Hanson
Designer: Ian Ashurst
Producer: David Rose
Director: Brian Parker
Mrs Proctor: Noel Dyson
Mr Proctor: Tenniel Evans
Mr Hatstead: Terence Soall
Mrs Halstead: Virginia Hewett
Mrs Berry: Sheila Reid
Miss Talbot: Frances White
Mother: Maggie Flint

: Fred Astaire

in a special edition of The Dick Cavett Show
In a programme recorded for American television Fred Astaire recalls a long and uniquely successful career in conversation with Dick Cavett.
An ABC production


Interviewer: Dick Cavett
Interviewee: Fred Astaire

: Closedown

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