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: News Summary

6.27 Farming Today
6.45 Outlook reflecting matters of Christian interest and concern
6.50 Weather; programme news
6.55 South-East News

: The News

7.10 On Your Farm has breakfast with REX PATERSON, pioneer of low-cost milk production and inventor of the Buckrake. Arranged and introduced by ANTHONY PARKIN
7.40 Today's Papers
7.45 Outlook
7.50 Weather; programme news
7.55 South-East News


Introduced By: Anthony Parkin

: Today The News

Radio 4's breakfast-time look at what Britain is getting up to this weekend - and what's happening abroad
Today's Papers at 8.45
8.59 Weather

: The News

: The Weekly World

What the weeklies think, illustrated from their editorials, is reviewed by WALTER TAPLIN


Reviewed By: Walter Taplin

: Music in My Life

A musical self-disclosure from Clement Freud

: Daily Service

New Every Morning, page 26; 0 Saviour, where shall guilty man (BBC Hymn Book 87); Psalm 31; Matthew 12, v 43, to 13, v 9 (RSV); Take up thy cross (BBC HB 369)

: Study on 4

Deux enquetes du commissaire Maigret Stories by Georges Simenon Felicie est la: part 2
11.0 The Play's the Thing
Six programmes on the art and techniques of the theatre 5: The Critic
R. D. smith talks to
11.30 Pictures in Britain
4: Oxford and Cambridge
ELLIS WATERHOUSE discusses Claude's Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Sylvia; and BRIAN ROBB talks about Renoir's Le Coup de Vent.
(Publications and NEC Correspondence Courses: page 10)


Stories By: Georges Simenon
Talks: R. D. Smith
Unknown: Harold Hobson
Unknown: Peter Lewis
Unknown: Irving Wardle
Talks: Brian Robb

: Sports Parade

Introduced by DESMOND LINEHAM News and prospects of all the day's big events including:
Cricket: scores from County Championship matches
Cycling: JOHN BURNS reports on this morning's track events held in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
Swimming: Amateur Swimming Association Championships
Athletics: The AAA Championships from the White City Stadium
Association Football: Charity Shield/Watney Cup
Racing: from Redcar
Produced by JOHN HASLAM


Introduced By: Desmond Lineham
Unknown: John Burns
Produced By: John Haslam

: Forces' Chance

A weekly quiz on music and general knowledge with the Services stationed in West Germany, Berlin, and Gibraltar Panel: LIZ FERRIS, TED MOULT NEIL DURDEN-SMITH versus
A team representing the Army at Herford, West Germany
Question-master ALUN WILLIAMS
Questions set and produced by MICHAEL TUKE-HASTINGS
12.55 Weather; programme news


Produced By: Michael Tuke-Hastings

: The News

: Does the Team Think?

A radio happening with Jimmy Edwards , Ted Ray Tommy Trinder
Richard Murdoch
In the chair, MCDONALD HOBLEY Special guest, Renee Houston from an idea by JIMMY EDWARDS Produced by EDWARD TAYLOR


Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Unknown: Ted Ray
Unknown: Tommy Trinder
Unknown: Richard Murdoch
Unknown: Renee Houston
Unknown: Jimmy Edwards
Produced By: Edward Taylor

: Afternoon Theatre Cheerful Undertaking

' Honour to the dead. they say. But it isn't. It's a sop to people's consciences for how they treated the poor stiff in his lifetime, and it's a bit of showing off to the neighbours at the same time ... When my time comes I'll ask you to be so kind as to put me outside with the dustbins.' with BRIAN HEWLETT , KATHLEEN HELME YSANNE CHURCHMAN


Unknown: Brian Hewlett
Unknown: Kathleen Helme
Produced By: Margaret Etall
Pete Curran: John Hollis
Janey: Sheelah Wilcocks
Donald: Ian Thompson
Shop Assistant: Kerry Francis
Doctor: Edward Kelsey
Mr Bun: Leslie Heritage
TOm: John Gabriel

: Weekend Woman's Hour from the Regions

Introduced by Olive Shapley from Manchester Guest of the Week Jimmy Savile
ChateauFormby: PETER WHEELER looks at a vineyard in the North of England
A Dedicated Man: short story by ELIZABETH TAYLOR read by DAPHNE OXENFORD


Introduced By: Olive Shapley
Unknown: Jimmy Savile
Unknown: Peter Wheeler
Unknown: Arnold Yates
Story By: Elizabeth Taylor
Read By: Daphne Oxenford

: Down Your Way American Tourists in London

FRANKLIN ENGELMANN recently went sightseeing with American tourists in the London area
Produced by RICHARD BURWOOD (Shortened edition: Wed, 12.0)


Unknown: Franklin Engelmann
Produced By: Richard Burwood

: Film Time

TONY BILBOW talks to Peter Sellers about his many screen characterisations from I'm All Right Jack to his latest role as Hoffman.
Written by LYN FAIRHURST Produced by BOBBY JAYE (Repeated: Wed, 7.30 pm)


Talks: Tony Bilbow
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Written By: Lyn Fairhurst
Produced By: Bobby Jaye

: Listening Post

LESLIE SMITH introduces 25 minutes devoted to listeners' own views on current issues
5.55 Weather; programme news


Introduces: Leslie Smith

: The News

: Letter from America



Unknown: Alistair Cooke

: Sports Session



Produced By: Godfrey Dixey

: Desert Island Discs

David Davis , broadcaster, discusses with ROY PLOMLEY (in a recorded programme devised by him) the gramophone records he would take to a desert island.
Produced by RONALD COOK


Unknown: David Davis
Unknown: Roy Plomley
Produced By: Ronald Cook

: You Don't Say

A panel game with Cyril Fletcher in the chair The questioners: MARJORIE PROOPS JIMMY THOMPSON Devised by JIMMY THOMPSON , JOHNNY WHYTE and NICHOLAS PARSONS Produced by ALASTAIR SCOTT JOHNSTON


Unknown: Cyril Fletcher
Unknown: Marjorie Proops
Unknown: Jimmy Thompson
Unknown: Jimmy Thompson
Unknown: Johnny Whyte
Unknown: Nicholas Parsons
Produced By: Alastair Scott Johnston

: Vintage Goons

Peter Sellers. Harry Secombe and Spike Milligan in The Mystery of the Marie Celeste (Solved!): an involved tale of seagoon-faring with a fiendishly clever ending to this world-wide mystery. With MAX GELDRAY
Produced by PETER ETON (1954) Series edited by JOHN BROWELL


Unknown: Harry Secombe
Unknown: Spike Milligan
Unknown: Marie Celeste
Unknown: Max Geldray
Unknown: Wally Stott
Announcer: Wallace Greenslade
Script By: Spike Milligan
Produced By: Peter Eton
Edited By: John Browell

: Saturday-Night Theatre The Leader of the House

by NIGEL BALCHIN with Michael Hordern and Coral Browne
The Prime Minister is unmarried - but not for long. Once he has a wife, who then will be the leader of the house? Place: No 10, Downing Street. Time: Any time but the present.
Produced bv JOHN TYDEMAN (Repeated: Monday, 3.0 pm)
9.58 Weather


Unknown: Nigel Balchin
Unknown: Michael Hordern
Unknown: Coral Browne
Unknown: John Tydeman
James Rice, the Prime Minister: Michael Hordern
Carol Lindsay: Coral Browne
Freda Rice: Margot Boyd
Lord President of the Council: Simon Lack
Mr Boumphrey, the Foreign Secretary: Felix Felton
Roderick Simmons: Peter Tuddenham
Janet Parkes: Sonia Fraser
Mr Amesbury: Lockwood West
Lord Pyne: Rolf Lefebvre
Count Rudolph de Walem: Andrew Sachs
First Lord: Geoffrey Wincott
Party Chairman: John Bryning
Chancellor of the Exchequer: Gerald Cross
Marshall, the butler: Clifford Norgate

: The News

: The Time of My Life

in conversation with DEREK PARKER
Philip Noel-Baker , former Socialist up and Cabinet Minister, has worked passionately throughout his long life for the ideal of peace.
He chooses 1918-1924 as the time of his life because during that period he collaborated with men like Robert Cecil , Jan Smuts , Arthur Henderson , and Fridtjof Nansen for the creation and establishment of the League of Nations.
Produced by GEORGE ANGELL (Repeated: Thursday, 9.5 am)


Unknown: Derek Parker
Unknown: Philip Noel-Baker
Unknown: Robert Cecil
Unknown: Jan Smuts
Unknown: Arthur Henderson
Unknown: Fridtjof Nansen
Produced By: George Angell

: Lighten Our Darkness

Evening Prayers conducted by THE REV JOHN LANG


Unknown: John Lang

: The News

preceded by Weather

: Closedown

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