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Robert Robinson recalls the month of May 1951 when the Festival of Britain began.
Huw Wheldon who helped to put on the Festival describes it as 'a bash at the prevailing woe and the prevailing dinge.'
Michael Frayn remembers the South Bank Exhibition as 'a box of delights, a pleasure-dome.'
There is film of Festival junketings in Cornwall and the Cotswolds, and Robert Donat stars in the Festival film The Magic Box.

6.0-6.15 Local News and Weather
(Rowridge, Brighton)

6 0-6.15 Local News and Weather
(Oxford, Peterborough, Manningtree, Cambridge)


Robert Robinson
Huw Wheldon
Michael Frayn
Will Wyatt
Iain Johnstone

This listing contains language that some may find offensive.

The strange young man reveals himself as a friend of Philip's. Langley and Sydney repair their broken friendship. The writer of the anonymous letter is unmasked.
From the Midlands


Devised by:
Colin Morris
Story by:
John Cresswell
Richard Hardy
Script Editor:
Christopher Bond
Bill Sellars
Mike Bowen
Sydney Huxley:
Anthony Verner
Lance Cooper:
Raymond Hunt
Gran Hamilton:
Gladys Henson
Janet Cooper:
Sandra Payne
Jeff Langley:
Michael Collins
Steven Cooper:
Nigel Driscoll
Arnold Tripp:
Gerald Cross
Mrs. Heenan:
Vanda Godsell
Vera Harker:
June Bland
Peter Metcalfe:
Gil Sutherland
Alice Williamson:
Dorothea Rundle

A new look at Britain's best-sellers
Discs - Stars - News from this week's Top Twenty
Introduced by Alan Freeman
Top of the Pops Orchestra
Directed by Johnny Pearson


Alan Freeman
Top of the Pops Orchestra
Orchestra directed by:
Johnny Pearson
Colin Charman

by Terence Dudley
Starring Thora Hird, Robert Keegan, James Grout and Henry Knowles

A desperate woman tells Sarah a dreadful story. The story so shocks Sarah that she embarks on a crusade in defence of a man whose only crime, it would seem, is that he can't swim. Had Henry Jackson been able to swim he could have saved the life of a child, but the Coroner has angrily expressed the view that an attempt should have been made, whether he could swim or not. Public reaction was savage, and Jackson is now without a home and a job. What right, asks Sarah, has a Court to make emotional comment or moral judgment?


Terence Dudley
Series devised by/From an initial idea by:
Alan Plater
From an initial idea by:
Philip Levene
Script Editor:
Gerry Davis
Moira Tait
Lennie Mayne
Henry Jackson:
Clyde Pollitt
Old woman:
Winifred Hill
Ada Jackson:
Dorothy Reynolds
Tom Danby:
Henry Knowles
Sarah Danby:
Thora Hird
Eric Dodson
Beth Warner:
Diane Appleby
John Houghton:
John Stratton
Will Tarrant:
Robert Keegan
George Kingston:
James Grout
Margaret Kingston:
Margaret John
Noel Howlett
Mrs. Watkinson:
Aileen Raymond
Party Guest:
Harold Reese
Party Guest:
Joan Mane

International Show Jumping
from the Piazza di Siena, Rome
Britain's European champion and Olympic medallist David Broome leads the British select team in the Nations' Cup Competition which counts for the President's Trophy and the World Team Championship.

The Home Countries' Soccer Championships
Can England, the World champions, resist the challenge of her oldest football rivals - Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales - in the next ten days? A preview of the most eagerly awaited British championships which can be seen 'live' in full on BBC-1 next week.

Look out for four pages of special features about the Soccer Championships in next week's Radio Times


David Coleman
Equestrian (International Show Jumping):
David Broome
Commentator (International Show Jumping):
Dorian Williams
Sam Leitch

The first of a new series
Christopher Brasher interviews some of the men who are trying to revitalise British industry.

Our image of Rolls-Royce is stately, majestic, and silent - the makers of the best car in the world. But the famous car is only a small fraction of their vast enterprise. Last year they pulled off a huge export scoop, selling £150-million worth of a new hyper-efficient aero engine to power the Lockheed airbus. How did they do it? Why is there no brain-drain from Rolls-Royce? How do they survive in one of the most competitive industries in the world - an industry dominated by the Americans?
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Christopher Brasher
Sir Denning Pearson
Alec Nisbett

What matters in the news and out of it with Kenneth Allsop and Michael Barratt,
Robert McKenzie, Vincent Kane


Kenneth Allsop
Michael Barratt
Robert McKenzie
Vincent Kane
Assistant Editor:
John Dekker
Anthony Smith

An edited recording of this morning's ceremony in St. Peter's, Rome, when The Most Rev. Gordon Joseph Gray, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, first Cardinal in Scotland since the Reformation, was among the thirty-three new Cardinals to receive his ring from Pope Paul.
Presented by the Italian Television Service


The Rev. Gordon Joseph Gray
Fr. Patrick McEnroe

A twenty-five-episode thriller by Emile de Harven
Follow Up Your French

with Monique Messine, Michel Forain, Gisele Grimm, Gerard Buhr

(Repeated on Saturday at 10.30 a.m.)
(For booklet and records see page 16)

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Emile de Harven
Gisele Grimm
Gerard Buhr
Devised by:
Michel Blanc
Devised by:
Ormond Uren
John Prescott Thomas
Colin Nears
Monique Messine
Michel Forain

BBC One London

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