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: Saturday Cinema: Play It Cool

Starring Billy Fury, Michael Anderson Jr and guest stars Helen Shapiro, Bobby Vee, Danny Williams
Billy Universe and the Satellites, a pop group yet to make good, are on their way to Brussels to take part in a contest. But their plane is delayed and they find themselves playing knights errant to an heiress in distress.


Screenplay: Jack Henry
Director: Michael Winner
Billy Universe: Billy Fury
Alvin: Michael Anderson Jr
Sir Charles Bryant: Dennis Price
Nervous man: Richard Wattis
Ann: Anna Palk
Ring-a-Ding: Keith Hamshere
Freddy: Ray Brooks
Joey: Jeremy Bulloch
Larry Granger: Maurice Kaufmann
Skinner: Peter Barkworth
Sydney Norman: Bernie Winters
Lotus Proprietor: Max Bacon

: Ostend 333

A fishing trip at sea on the 0.333 out of Ostend
A film from Belgium 9

: Cricket: 4th Test

England v Australia Third day
The final two hours' play direct from Headingley. introduced by PETER WEST
TV presentation bv


Introduced By: Peter West
Unknown: Richie Benaud
Unknown: Jim Laker
Unknown: Ted Dexter
Unknown: David Kenning
Unknown: Richard Tillino

: High Life: Animals of the Alps

Chamois, Choughs, and the Golden Eagle are among the many wild animals captured by the camera of Heinz Sielmann in the high mountain streams and forests of the Alps.
(from Bristol)


Filmed by: Heinz Sielmann
Narrator: Derek Jones
Presented by: Ray Kite

: Westminster

David Holmes on the political scene


Presenter: David Holmes
Editor: Michael Broadbent

: The Codebreakers

The Lucy Ring

The last of five programmes
Presented by Rene Cutforth

The Lucy Ring was probably the most effective espionage network of the Second World War. It was Russian and it operated in Switzerland. Through this network Stalin was told the date of the German invasion of Russia -- but he didn't believe it. Only after Hitler invaded, on the day Lucy said he would, did Stalin take notice and fight the war largely on the contents of Lucy's messages. But who was Lucy? Where did the flow of incredible top-secret German information come from? And what were the coding techniques used by the Russians to keep their information secret?

Based on the book by DAVID KAHN
Written and produced by BRUCE NORMAN


Presented: by Rene Cutforth
Book: by David Kahn
Director: Stuart Harris
Produced: by Bruce Norman

: Top Crown

Champion of Champions bowling over the Crown Green
JackEverittof Willenhall (yellow) v Geoff Wardle of Irlam (red)
Everitt from the Midlands, one down in the Round Robin, is still struggling as he faces Wardle. Introduced by STUART HALL from the Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool Commentator HARRY RIGBY


Unknown: Geoff Wardle
Introduced By: Stuart Hall
Commentator: Harry Rigby

: Civilisation: 7: Grandeur and Obedience

A personal view by Kenneth Clark

'Papal Rome - the Rome of Sixtus V - is the most grandiose piece of town planning ever attempted. The amazing thing is that it was done only a generation after Rome had been - as it seemed - completely humiliated, almost wiped off the map.'
Kenneth Clark is in the Rome of the Counter-Reformation - the Rome of Michelangelo and of Bernini. The Catholic Church in its fight against the Protestant north developed a new splendour symbolised by the glory of St Peter's.
(Book £4.75, paperback £2.25: see p 51)


Presenter: Kenneth Clark
Director/producer: Peter Montagnon
Producer: Michael Gill

: Sounds for Saturday

A weekly series of concert performances
This week: Don McLean


Unknown: Don McLean
Producer: Stanley Dorfman

: Emma

A second chance to see this dramatisation in six parts by DENIS CONSTANDUROS
Emma has befriended Harriet Smith , a young pupil-teacher. Although an inveterate match-maker, Emma has encouraged Harriet to reject the proposal of Robert Martin , a young farmer. Part 2


Unknown: Jane Austen
Unknown: Denis Constanduros
Unknown: Harriet Smith
Unknown: Robert Martin

: Film Night: Two's a Company

The story of Amicus Productions, run by Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky whose films include It's Trad, Dad, The Birthday Party and Tales from the Crypt; also comments from the cast of their latest production, Asylum - Charlotte Rampling, Megs Jenkins and James Villiers.


Interviewee: Max J. Rosenberg
Interviewee: Milton Subotsky
Interviewee: Charlotte Rampling
Interviewee: Megs Jenkins
Interviewee: James Villiers
Producer: Barry Brown
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Cricket: 4th Test

England v Australia
RICHIE BENAUD introduces highlights of the third day's play from Headingley.


Introduces: Richie Benaud

: Midnight Movie: The Abominable Snowman

Starring Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker
with Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis and Robert Brown

A British scientist and an American adventurer set off on a perilous journey to discover the Abominable Snowman.


Story/Screenplay: Nigel Kneale
Director: Val Guest
Producer: Aubrey Baring
Tom Friend: Forrest Tucker
Dr John Rollason: Peter Cushing
Helen Rollason: Maureen Connell
Peter Fox: Richard Wattis
Ed Shelley: Robert Brown
McNee: Michael Britt
Kusang: Wolfe Morris
Lhama: Arnold Marle

: Closedown

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