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: Open University

6.45 Urban Development: Gainers and Losers 7.10
Chardin and the Female Image

: Dot and the Bunny

Animated feature film.

: Cartoon

: But First This ...

With Simon Parkin ,
Philippa Forrester and Esther McVey.
Around the World with Willy Fog


Unknown: Simon Parkin
Unknown: Esther McVey.

: Blue Peter

The story of the appeal for Romanian children.

: Stoppit and Tidyup


: Playdays

The Why Bird Stop.

: The Muppet Babies


: Edd the Duck's Silent Movie

Stardom beckons for Edd.

: Children's Compilation

Lime Grove classics, including Muffin, Bunter, Toytown, Bill and Ben....

: Whack-O!

Jimmy Edwards stars as the scheming headmaster of Chislehurst School.


Unknown: Jimmy Edwards

: The Wicked Lady

Classic melodrama made at Lime Grove studios starring
Margaret Lockwood as the bored Lady Skelton, who turns to highway robbery for excitement. Director Leslie Arliss
0 FILMS: pages 27-33


Unknown: Margaret Lockwood
Director: Leslie Arliss

: A-Z of Light Entertainment

E for Eyelash, so who else but Dusty Springfield? The biggest names of BBC Light Entertainment performing in the studios at Lime Grove and the Television Theatre.
Including Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong ,
Jack Benny and Woody Allen.


Unknown: Louis Armstrong
Unknown: Jack Benny
Unknown: Woody Allen.

: Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

The pilot episode of Doctor Who, made in 1963.


Doctor Who: William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton: William Russell
Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford

: Limelight - the Film Years

Stars such as Stewart Granger, John Mills and Phyllis Calvert recall the heyday of the prolific Lime Grove film studios, the setting for some of the finest moments in British film history.


Interviewee: Stewart Granger
Interviewee: John Mills
Interviewee: Phyllis Calvert

: Tonight: the Films

Tonight pioneered the art of the short film made by directors like
John Schlesinger , Jack Gold and Kevin Billington , with reporters such as Fyfe Robertson and Alan Whicker. Presented by Trevor Philpott.


Unknown: John Schlesinger
Unknown: Jack Gold
Unknown: Kevin Billington
Unknown: Fyfe Robertson
Unknown: Alan Whicker.
Presented By: Trevor Philpott.

: The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice - Alma Cogan

A look at British television's first female singing star. With Bruce Forsyth , Denis Norden and Bill Cotton.


Unknown: Bruce Forsyth
Unknown: Denis Norden
Unknown: Bill Cotton.

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post: Abicair Bassey & Cogan 12 June 2016

: Cricket

England v Sri Lanka Further live coverage.

: The Staggering Story of Lime Grove

Dr MacFaddyan and his team of midwives attended the birth of television and nurtured it through to its first faltering transmission. Told by Enn Reitel , Jon Glover , Arabella Weir and Joe Brookes. Written and produced by Geoff Atkinson and Kim Fuller


Told By: Enn Reitel
Told By: Jon Glover
Told By: Arabella Weir
Told By: Joe Brookes.
Produced By: Geoff Atkinson
Produced By: Kim Fuller

: Let's Go Nationwide

During the 1970s Nationwide scoured the country five nights a week to bring some extraordinary stories to our screens. But was Nationwide tea-time trivia, tabloid television or the BBC's first and last truly populist current affairs programme? With contributions from former presenters Michael Barratt , Frank Bough and Sue Lawley - and a llama.
Director Bill Eagles


Presenters: Michael Barratt
Presenters: Frank Bough
Director: Bill Eagles

: What's My Quiz?

Frank Muir remembers
What's My Line?, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and Ask Dad. Contestants include
Gilbert Harding ,
Isobel Barnett , Barbara Kelly , and a rather young Frank Muir.


Unknown: Frank Muir
Unknown: Gilbert Harding
Unknown: Isobel Barnett
Unknown: Barbara Kelly

: The Grove Family

In the mid 1950s the Groves were central to the lives of millions of people in Britain. Using stars from current soaps including EastEnders, Brookside and Coronation
Street, the world of The Grove Family, Britain's very first soap, is re-created. Director Vanessa Engle


Director: Vanessa Engle
Bob Grove: Leslie Grantham
Gran :: Anna Wing
Mum: Sue Johnston
Jack: Nick Berry
Pat: Sally Ann Matthews
Lennie: Paul Parris
Daphne: Kellle Bright

: This is Your Life

Highlights from some of the recently discovered editions from the 1950s and 1960s.
Tonight's victims include John Mills , Kenneth More , Dame Sybil Thorndike ,
Richard Attenborough , Group Captain Leonard Cheshire , Richard Todd and Harry Secombe.


Unknown: John Mills
Unknown: Kenneth More
Unknown: Sybil Thorndike
Unknown: Richard Attenborough
Unknown: Leonard Cheshire
Unknown: Richard Todd
Unknown: Harry Secombe.

: Dixon of Dock Green

The Rotten Apple. In 1956
Jack Warner first strolled on to the screen in a series of weekly stories about a London policeman. In this episode PC George Dixon has to deal with a wayward colleague played by a very young Paul Eddington.


Unknown: Jack Warner
Unknown: George Dixon
Unknown: Paul Eddington.
PC George Dixon: Jack Warner
Alderman Mayhew: Geoffrey Wincott
Sgt Flint: Arthur Rigby
PC 'Tubb' Barrell: Neil Wilson
Tom Carr: Paul Eddington
Sgt Grace Millard: Moira Mannion
Andy Crawford: Peter Byrne
Mary Dixon: Jeannette Hutchinson
'Captain: Geoffrey King
MrCollingS: Christopher Hodge
Insp Cherry CID: Robert Cawdron

: Lime Grove - the Television Years

Lime Grove began broadcasting in 1950 with the children's favourite Muffin the Mule. Ludovic Kennedy evokes the ghosts of Lime Grove from its days as the home of live BBCtv to its golden days as the centre of BBC current affairs. With excerpts from programmes such as Panorama, Tonight, Monitor and Sport sview and people like
David Attenborough ,
Cliff Michelmore , Alan Whicker , David Dimbleby ,
Esther Rantzen , Charles Wheeler and Edward Heath.
Executive producer John Whiston Director John Bush
0 BBC VIDEO: 'Muffin the Mule', £7.00 from retailers.


Unknown: Ludovic Kennedy
Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Cliff Michelmore
Unknown: Alan Whicker
Unknown: David Dimbleby
Unknown: Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Charles Wheeler
Unknown: Edward Heath.
Producer: John Whiston
Director: John Bush

: Quatermass II

By Nigel Kneale.
Classic episode of the spine chilling sci-fi thriller first transmitted in 1955.
Alien objects have landed on the earth, but where could they possibly have come from and why does everybody seem to be behaving like zombies?
Professor Quatermass decides he should investigate - with terrifying results.
BBC video: 'Quatermass and the Pit', £10.99 from retailers.


Writer: Nigel Kneale
Producer: Rudolph Cartier
Director: Rudolph Cartier
Professor Quatermass: John Robinson
Paula: Monica Grey
Dr Pugh: Hugh Griffith
Vincent Broadhead: Rupert Davies
Fowler: Austin Trevor
Stenning: John Miller
Ward: Derek Aylward

: The 39 Steps

Alfred Hitchcock 's superb version of Buchan's classic adventure story made at Lime Grove. Starring Robert Donat Madeleine Carroll
An innocent man accused of murder is pursued by both the police and an international spy ring. The beleaguered Richard Hannay eventually finds himself fleeing across the desolate Scottish moors - handcuffed to a beautiful but unpredictable blonde.
John Laurie , later known as Private Frazer in the comedy series Dad's Army, is a formidable crofter, and Peggy Ashcroft makes her mark on-screen as the timid wife who tries to help the fugitive escape.
0 FILMS: pages 27-33


Unknown: Alfred Hitchcock
Unknown: Robert Donat
Unknown: Madeleine Carroll
Unknown: Richard Hannay
Unknown: John Laurie
Unknown: Peggy Ashcroft
Richard Hannay: Robert Donat
Pamela: Madeleine Carroll
Miss Smith: Lucie Mannheim
Professor Jordan: Godfrey Tearle
Crofter's wife: Peggy Ashcroft
Crofter: John Laurie
Mrs Jordan: Helen Haye
Sheriff Watson: Frank Cellier
Memory: Wylie Watson
Commercial travellers: Gus McNorton
Commercial travellers: Jerry Verno
Maid: Peggy Simpson

: Weatherview

: Open University

Arts: A New Museum in South Kensington. Was Prince Albert's dream of bringing together science and art actually realised in the early Victoria and Albert Museum or was it always doomed to fail? Colin Cunningham investigates. Producer T Coe


Presenter: Colin Cunningham

: Test Cricket

England v Sri Lanka
Highlights of the fourth day's play from Lord's. Introduced by Richie Benaud.


Introduced By: Richie Benaud.

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