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: Play School

Story: Rub a Dub Dub by Dorothy Edwards


Story by: Dorothy Edwards
Presenter: Elizabeth Millbank
Presenter: Christopher Bramwell
Pianist: Peter Pettinger
Percussionist: Charlie Grima
Designer: Mary Greaves
Writer: John Dale
Directed By: John Dale
Producer: Judy Whitfield

: Closedown

: New Year Matinee: Great Expectations

Starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson

A magnificent version of Dickens' classic story of the orphan Pip who comes into a fortune from an unknown benefactor. David Lean's film introduced Jean Simmons as the young Estella.
Films: page 116


Based on the novel by: Charles Dickens
Adapted by/Director: David Lean
Adapted by/Producer: Ronald Neame
Adapted by: Anthony Havelock-Allan
Pip (grown up): John Mills
Estella (grown up): Valerie Hobson
Herbert Pocket: Alec Guinness
Joe Gargery: Bernard Miles
Jaggers: Francis L. Sullivan
Miss Havisham: Martita Hunt
Abel Magwitch: Finlay Currie
Pip (as a child): Anthony Wager
Estella (as a child): Jean Simmons

: The Chicken, the Egg and the Molecules

A series of six lectures given by Sir David Phillips , FRS
4: Eggs, Genes and Proteins
An egg contains the design for a chicken. We shall see how it is written on a secret code and how that code is read in the manufacture of protein.


Unknown: Sir David Phillips

: The Importance of Being Earnest

The famous feature film, starring
Michael Redgrave , Michael Denison Dorothy Tutin , Joan Greenwood with Two wealthy bachelors, Jack and Algernon, use the imaginary name Ernest when courting Gwendolen and Cecily, but are shocked when both girls fall for Ernest's charms. For this film version of Oscar Wilde 's classic comedy of manners, director Anthony Asquith assembled a distinguished array of British acting talent.
Produced by TEDDY BAIRD
Director ANTHONY ASQUITH . Films: p 116


Unknown: Michael Redgrave
Unknown: Michael Denison
Unknown: Dorothy Tutin
Unknown: Joan Greenwood
Unknown: Oscar Wilde
Director: Anthony Asquith
Produced By: Teddy Baird
Director: Anthony Asquith
Lady Bracknell: Edith Evans
Mr Jack Worthing: Michael Redgrave
Mr Algernon Moncrieff: Michael Denison
Miss Gwendolen Fairfax: Joan Greenwood
Miss Cecily Cardew: Dorothy Tutin
Miss Prism: Margaret Rutherford
The Rev Dr Chasuble: Miles Malleson
Seton: Richard Wattis
Lane: Walter Hudd
Merriman: Aubrey Mather

: One Hundred Great Paintings

Theme: The Language of Colour Kandinsky (1866-1944) Improvisation 6 at the Stadtische Galerie im Lehnbachhaus, Munich.
The colours seem to leap out of the picture towards the onlooker. Written and presented by Richard Cork
(Tomorrow: Pollock's 'Autumn Rhythm )


Unknown: Stadtische Galerie
Presented By: Richard Cork
Director: Peter Butler

: Mid-Evening News

with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: New Year's Day Concert from Vienna

Introduced by Richard Baker
The traditional gala concert given in Vienna's Musikvereinsaal each year on New Year's morning, consisting entirely of music by the Strauss family including The Blue Danube Waltz, Roses from the South, Pizzicato Polka, with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lorin Maazel
Ballet of the Vienna State Opera
Produced for ORF/ZDF by HUGO KAECH


Introduced By: Richard Baker
Conducted By: Lorin Maazel

: Joyce Grenfell

If I should go before the rest of you
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone,
NOT when I'm gone speak in a Sunday voice
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must, Parting is hell,
But life goes on, So sing as well.
A programme celebrating Joyce Grenfell 's many talents and telling the story of her full and happy life which, as she said, was 'unsought, unplanned and on the whole exciting, enjoyable and unexpected '.
The highlights of her career are illustrated with extracts from her films, her monologues and songs, and memories from:
William Blezard , Joseph Cooper Virginia Graham , Clive James Cleo Laine , Athene Seyler
John Ward RA Elisabeth Welch and Celia Johnson who also narrates the programme
Film cameraman COLIN WALDECK Film editor MALCOLM DANIEL
Executive producer BILL MORTON Produced by GEOFFREY BAINES


Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: Joyce Grenfell
Unknown: William Blezard
Unknown: Joseph Cooper
Unknown: Virginia Graham
Unknown: Clive James
Unknown: Cleo Laine
Unknown: Athene Seyler
Unknown: John Ward Ra
Unknown: Elisabeth Welch
Unknown: Celia Johnson
Unknown: Colin Waldeck
Editor: Malcolm Daniel
Producer: Bill Morton
Produced By: Geoffrey Baines

: Man Alive

This week: Wouldn't it be Loverly! Last autumn Man Alive revealed the sorry plight of elderly victims of mugging on Merseyside. Response to ' The Old Can't Run Fast Enough ' was overwhelming; thousands of unasked-for pounds were donated and viewers wrote and phoned with offers ranging from secretarial help to holidays. One invitation in particular caused a stir: ' could 20 pensioners from Merseyside come to London at Christmas to see a show - all expenses paid? ' They could - and did, some for the first time in their lives. On film Michael Dean reports on this rather special ' awayday': on lunch in Belgravia with the Vicomtesse D'Orthez - the actress Moira Lister - on tea with Dame Anna Neagle and Tony Britton , on the view from the stalls at My Fair Lady, on a day which everyone - from the pensioners to the camera crew - will long remember.
About The Old Can't Run Fast Enough the press said: on someone's short list of awards for 19S0? (DAILY TELEGRAPH) it seems to me all the old have going for them is a vote ... they should sell it high (GUARDIAN) there was a time when such a programme would have created a national stir (THE TIMES)


Unknown: Michael Dean
Unknown: Moira Lister
Unknown: Dame Anna Neagle
Unknown: Tony Britton
Producer: Desmond Lapsley
Editor: Tim Slessor

: Genesis at the Lyceum

A chance to see again The Old Grey Whistle Test featuring highlights from the Genesis concert recorded at London's Lyceum Ballroom on 7 May last year.


Director: John Burrowes
Producer: Michael Appleton

: Clark Gable in Red Dust

also starring
Jean Harlow, Mary Astor
Gable, as the overseer of a remote rubber plantation in Indo-China finds himself torn between the obvious charms of Harlow, the good-time girl, and the more refined attraction of the beautiful, but married Mary Astor.
Based on the stage play by WILSON COLLISON
Adapted by JOHN MAHIN


Unknown: Jean Harlow
Unknown: Mary Astor
Unknown: Mary Astor.
Play By: Wilson Collison
Adapted By: John Mahin
Directed By: Victor Fleming.
Dennis Carson: Clark Gable
Vantine: Jean Harlow
Gary Willis: Gene Raymond
Barbara Willis: Mary Astor
Guidon: Donald Crisp
McQuarg: Tully Marshall
Limey: Forrester Harvey

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