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Introduced by Olive Shapley.

Make the Best of Your Home
Gertrude Baker, a housewife, talks about a furnishing exhibition she has visited in Manchester.

Good Looks
Kate Don advises on the care of the skin.

Going Abroad
Nansi Greville Young talks about a recent visit to India.

Tuning Up
Eileen Fowler continues her exercises.


Olive Shapley
Speaker (Make the Best of Your Home):
Gertrude Baker
Item presenter (Good Looks):
Kate Don
Item presenter (Going Abroad):
Nansi Greville Young
Exerciser (Tuning Up):
Eileen Fowler
Jacqueline Kennish

A serial in six parts from the story by Charles Tritten.
Adapted for television and produced by Joy Harington.
Film sequences taken at Scuol-Tarasp-Vulpera, Switzerland

(Roger Maxwell is appearing in "The Party Spirit" at the Piccadilly Theatre; Michael Meacham in "Salad Days" at the Vaudeville Theatre, London)
(to 17.30)


Charles Tritten
Adapted by/Producer:
Joy Harington
Donald Horne
Ann Summers
Michael Meacham
Roger Maxwell
Sonny Doran
Willoughby Gray
Gerik Schjelderup

A programme on Welsh Gypsies, especially those who made a brief home at Bettws-Gwerfil-Goch in Merionethshire, where the late Dr. John Sampson, an eminent Gypsy scholar, founded a centre of Gypsy studies. Included in the programme are Romany songs and dances, and examples of the robust Romany language with Juanita Berlin, Mary Roberts, Daisy Lee, Manfri Wood and Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald.
Introduced by Hywel Davies.
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Juanita Berlin
Mary Roberts
Daisy Lee
Manfri Wood
Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald
Hywel Davies
Aled Vaughan
Presented by:
David J. Thomas

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A comedy by Ferenc Molnar.
Translated by Sidney Howard.
[Starring] Dulcie Gray, Martita Hunt and Michael Denison
The action takes place at a fashionable watering-place in Austria during a summer before the first World War.

Olympia, a rare and untypical specimen of the work of Ferenc Molnar, is a comedy of manners anchored in irony.
The scene is a fashionable spa of pre-1914 Austria, at an hotel peopled largely from the higher Court circles, but not quite exclusive enough for the Princess Eugenie. "There seems to be a horrible democracy about health" she laments, and is faintly nauseated by the idea of bathing in the same waters as the ubiquitous newspapermen - a species of which her opinion is low, due to the habit of the press of relaying Court gossip to its readers. The power of print in transforming private fun into public scandal increases, of course, in direct ratio to the social positions of the people having the fun.
Olympia, Eugenie's daughter and a Princess herself, has been having fun, and has been indiscreet enough to encourage-perhaps even to fall in love with-a dashing Hungarian Hussar Captain. The man has charm, he rides well, and Eugenie welcomes his skill at the bridge table, but he is, relatively speaking, a peasant. He must be put in his place; and Olympia, a diamond chip off the old tiara in her belief in the innate superiority of the nobility, will scorn her own love as well as his to preserve her dignity.
It was Moliere's dictum that "correction of social absurdities must at all times be the matter of true comedy", and here Molnar follows the rule, in his fashion, with pleasant wit. (Kenneth A. Hurren)


Ferenc Molnar
Translated by:
Sidney Howard
Stephen Harrison
Richard Wilmot
General Prince Plata-Ettingen:
Malcolm Keen
Princess Eugenie, his wife:
Martita Hunt
Princess Olympia, their daughter:
Dulcie Gray
Captain Kovacs:
Michael Denison
Walter Hudd
Agnes Lauchlan
Colonel Krehl:
Willoughby Goddard

The story behind the picture as told by Lady Dugdale, Sir William Y. Darling, M.P., Henry Longhurst.
Introduced by Donald McCullough.


Lady Dugdale
Sir William Y. Darling
Henry Longhurst
Donald McCullough
Presented by:
Alan Sleath

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