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From Chessington
Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald introduces some of the animals that can be found in the English countryside.

4.30 From the Studio
Roland Smith shows some examples of exhibition flowers and vegetables, and gives hints and tips to prospective exhibitors at forthcoming flower shows; Percy Thrower continues with the general work in the garden, with special reference to the seedlings of cinerarias and calceolarias, and the propagation of shrubs.


Presenter (From Chessington):
Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald
Presented by (From Chessington):
John Vernon
Presenter (From the Studio):
Roland Smith
Presenter (From the Studio):
Percy Thrower
Presented by (From the Studio):
David Attenborough

Muffin the Mule
with Annette Mills who writes the songs and Ann Hogarth who pulls the strings.

Children's Newsreel

Au Clair De La Lune
A play by Antonia Ridge.
France, 1650
(Charles Heslop is appearing in 'The Manor of Northstead' at the Duchess Theatre, London)
(Previously televised last Thursday)

(to 18.00)


Presenter/Songwriter (Muffin the Mule):
Annette Mills
Puppeteer (Muffin the Mule):
Ann Hogarth
Writer (Au Clair De La Lune):
Antonia Ridge
Producer (Au Clair De La Lune):
Campbell Logan
Designer (Au Clair De La Lune):
Richard Henry
Michael Caridia
Jean-Baptiste Lulli:
John Cairney
Hercule Cocarel:
Raymond Rollett
Franchise, his daughter:
Perlita Neilson
Mademoiselle de Montpensier:
Olga Edwardes
The Maestro:
Anthony Pini
Master Bounaire:
Charles Heslop
Frimousset, a clown:
Ivan Staff
A footman:
Charles Maunsell
A kitchen lad:
Anthony Marriott
Cardinal Mazarin:
Keith Pyott
First aristocrat:
Sylvia Willoughby
Second aristocrat:
Philip Howard

with Helen Cherry, Eunice Gayson, Michael Pertwee, Jack Train and Peter West in the chair.
('Guess My Story' is from an idea by William Taylor)


Helen Cherry
Eunice Gayson
Michael Pertwee
Jack Train
Peter West
Original drawings:
David Langdon
From an idea by:
William Taylor
Presented by:
Dicky Leeman

A comedy by W. Somerset Maugham.
The action takes place early in the century in Gerald Haistane's rooms in London, and at Mrs. Dot's country house on the Thames.
(Second performance: Thursday at 9.15 p.m.)
(June Thorburn appears by permission of the J. Arthur Rank Organisation, Ltd.)

This is one of those stylish little comedies that the young Mr. Maugham was writing in Edwardian days; it belongs, in fact, to 1908, his annus mirabilis, when he established the record (never yet beaten) of four plays running at the same time in the West End. The occasion was a triumph, too, for Marie Tempest, who played the heroine.
The situation is that Gerald Halstane's way of life as a fashionable London bachelor-about-town has brought him to the verge of bankruptcy. His friends offer to save him, but his code demands that he should go and 'rough it for a bit' in America. The alternative would be a wealthy marriage, and 'Mrs. Dot' (in other words Mrs. Worthley) is conveniently at hand.
She is an immensely wealthy widow, by virtue of the brewery left her by the late Mr. WorthIey-a fact of which, despite the snobbish conventions of 1908, she is not in the least ashamed: indeed, she even has beer upon her table! Moreover, it is soon clear that she loves Gerald no less than he loves her.
The answer might seem simple, but there is a snag. Gerald has been inveigled into an engagement with Lady Sellenger's daughter, Nellie. If she really wants to marry him, Mrs. Dot will have to dispose of that engagement.
(Peter Currie)


W. Somerset Maugham
Stephen Harrison
Richard R. Greenough
Charles, Gerald's servant:
John Vere
Mr. Wright:
John Howlett
Mr. Rixon:
Roddy Hughes
Gerald Halstane:
Jack Watling
James Blenkinsop:
Alan Wheatley
Freddie Perkins:
Jeremy Brett
'Mrs. Dot' (Mrs. Worthley):
Sonia Dresdel
Lady Sellenger:
Fabia Drake
Nellie Sellenger:
June Thorburn
Aunt Eliza (Miss MacGregor):
Una Venning
George, Blenkinsop's servant:
Edmund Gray
Butler at Mrs. Dot's:
Alban Blakelock

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