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: Open University

6.40 Transformer Core

7.5 The Exception and the Rule

: Closedown

: Play School

(For details see BBC1 at 4.20 pm)

: Closedown

: Cricket: Fourth Test

The Cornhill Insurance Test Series
England v India
Further play from The Oval

: Gardeners' World

with Peter Seabrook
The Rookery Gardens at Preston Park in Brighton provide a big attraction for both residents and summer visitors. The three acres of rock garden were built by emptying hundreds of tons of Cheddar stone out of railway wagons down the side of a steep embankment.
Produced by PHILIP HICKS BBC Birmingham
Gardening Hints on Ceefax. page 252


Unknown: Peter Seabrook
Produced By: Philip Hicks

: Mid-Evening News

including a news summary with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: * Live from the Proms

BBC2 joins Radio 3 in stereo for the first half of tonight's concert of Russian music, live from the Royal Albert Hall.
BBC Symphony Orchestra leader BELA DEKANY under its principal conductor Gennadi Rozhdestvensky play Rimsky-Korsakov's colourful Russian Easter Festival Overture and Victoria Postnikova is the soloist in the romantic Piano Concerto No 1 by Rachmaninov
The concert also includes the first British performance of Cantus to the memory of Benjamin Britten by the Estonian composer Arvo Part
Executive producer RODNEY GREENBERG Director ROY TIPPING
For the best effect viewers with stereo Radio 3 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones provide a suitable alternative.


Unknown: Albert Hall.
Conductor: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
Unknown: Victoria Postnikova
Introduced By: Michael Berkeley
Producer: Rodney Greenberg

: * pm Kilvert's Diary

The tenth of 18 excerpts, dramatised by JAMES ANDREW HALL Junkettings Producer
Directed by PETER HAMMOND (Repeal)


Unknown: James Andrew Hall
Unknown: Rosemary Hill
Directed By: Peter Hammond
Francis Kilvert: Timothy Davies
Mr Venables: Hugh Latimer
Mrs Venables: Rhoda Lewis
Daisy Thomas: Victoria Plucknett
Mr Thomas: Clifford Evans
Capt Bridge: Dennis Edwards
Mrs Bridge: Patricia Lawrence
Margaret Oswald: Celia Gregory
Henry Dew: Peter Clough

: * News 39

The Week into War 31 August 1939
The fourth in a nightly series of modern television news bulletins which look at events of the week 40 years ago - the seven days leading up to the Declaration of War. Newsreader TOM MANGOLD
Studio director ANN FREER Producer PHILIP SPEIGHT


Unknown: Tom Mangold
Producer: Philip Speight

: * The First Polka

A new feature film starring
Maria Schell , Erland Josephson
31 August 1939. In the small
German town of Gleiwitz, close to the Polish frontier, the piontek family is preparing for a wedding. Although the town is teeming with soldiers, who have made their headquarters at the hotel where the reception is to be held,
Valeska Piontek is determined that nothing will spoil her daughters day.
Everything goes according to plan, but when Andreas slips outside for a private moment with his girifriend, they witness something very odd outside the radio station.
This handsome Bavarian television production of HORST BIENEK'S s novel combines the abrupt ending of a childhood, and an established social order, with the beginning of a world-wide political catastrophe.
Young Josel dances his first polka at the wedding, blissfully unaware that it will also be his last.
Screenplay by HELMUTTKRAPP
Directed by KLAUS with English-titles)
(A German film with English sub-titles)
(First showing on British television) Films: page 17


Unknown: Maria Schell
Unknown: Erland Josephson
Unknown: Valeska Piontek
Unknown: Young Josel
Vileska: Maria Schell
Leo Haria: Erland Josephson
Montag: Guido Wieland
Wondrak: Ernst Stankovski
Metzmacher: Claus Theo Gaertner
Andreas: Marco Kroeger
Tante Lucie: Eva Maria Bauer
Erzpriester Pattas: Jan Biczycki
Wassermilka: Marie Bardlschewski
Irma: Reglne Lamster
Heiko: Markus Stolberg
Halina: Jessica Frueh
Witwe Zoppas: Ursula Straetz

: * Top Crown

Champions of Crown Green Bowling compete in the BBC2 Masters Championship Second Semi-final
Brian Duncan (Lancashire) v Arthur Murray (Cheshire)
Arthur Murray had a walk-away win in his quarter-final, with some first-class bowling. Brian Duncan , however, had a difficult game and will have to produce his very best form to get through to the final.
Introduced by Colin Welland from the Waterloo Hotel, Blackpool Commentator HARRY RIGBY
Producer KEITH PHILLIPS. BBC Manchester


Unknown: Brian Duncan
Unknown: Arthur Murray
Unknown: Arthur Murray
Unknown: Brian Duncan
Introduced By: Colin Welland
Commentator: Harry Rigby
Producer: Keith Phillips.

: * Cricket: Fourth Test

The Cornhill Insurance Test Series
England v India
RICHIE BENAUD introduces today's highlights.

: * Late News


: Closedown

Summer Farm by NORMAN MCCAIG


Unknown: Georgine Anderson
Unknown: Norman McCaig

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