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The Friday Western: Lair of Bandits
For Older Children
The Cisco Kid uses a young artist to act as decoy for masked bandits who rob express messengers. Pancho poses as an art dealer and together they outwit the criminals.

The Branksome Pearls
A detective play for children by Wendy Cooper
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on May 29)


Writer (The Branksome Pearls):
Wendy Cooper
Film Editor (The Branksome Pearls):
John Pullen
Film Cameraman (The Branksome Pearls):
Peter Sargent
Producer (The Branksome Pearls):
David Goddard
Mr. Golden, the vicar:
Tom MacAuley
Mrs. Golden, his wife:
Gwynne Whitby
Jane, their daughter:
Pat Garwood
Michael, their son:
Christopher Sandford
Lady Branksome:
Marjorie Gresley
Feather Fingers, a light-fingered gentleman:
Douglas Blackwell
Bella, his accomplice:
June Cunningham
Mrs. Lees, In charge of goods Stall:
Margery Fleeson
Miss Fiske, in charge of hoop-la stall:
Barbara Hicks
Inspector Canning:
John Paul
Other parts played by:
Mary Collins
Other parts played by:
Nigel Sharpe
Other parts played by:
Patricia Berry
Other parts played by:
Nelly Griffiths
Other parts played by:
Valerie Berwick
Other parts played by:
Charles Hersee

A friendly battle of entertainment for the 1956 title of "Top Town".
Judges -
Professional: Dorothy Ward, Ted Kavanagh
Viewer: Tony Iveson
Introduced by Alexander Macintosh.
Billy Ternent and his Orchestra
From the BBC's television studio, Manchester


Judge (Professional):
Dorothy Ward
Judge (Professional):
Ted Kavanagh
Judge (Viewer):
Tony Iveson
Alexander Macintosh
Billy Ternent and his Orchestra
Barney Colehan

Laurens van der Post, in a series of six programmes, tells of an expedition into the Kalahari Desert he has recently made in collaboration with the BBC.
He undertook the journey to fulfil a vow, made in his childhood, to seek out the remnants of the first men of Africa -the Bushmen-who were reputed still to be living a Stone Age existence.


Laurens van Der Post
Film cameraman:
Duncan Abraham
Film cameraman:
A. A. Englander
Film editor:
Maurice Harvey
Presented by:
Andrew Miller Jones

by Francis Crowdy.
A series of half-hour plays about famous men and women who were known to the world by names other than their own.
[Starring] Yvonne Furneaux

The name by which the principal character is commonly known will be revealed only towards the end of the story.
(Yvonne Furneaux appears by permission of Associated British Picture Corporation)


Francis Crowdy
Stuart Burge
Norman James
Shipley, Editor in California:
Roger Winton
Mitchell Christopher
Leonard Sharp
The Countess:
Yvonne Furneaux
Lord Ranelagh:
Julian Herrington
Young man:
Desmond Scott
Count Bernstorff:
John Moffatt
The Viceroy:
J. McArthur Gordon
Colonel Volsky, his A.D.C.:
Patrick Westwood
Janet MacKenzie
King Ludwig I of Bavaria:
Oliver Burt
Count Antonin Rechberg, his A.D.C.:
Maurice Kaufmann
Editor in Munich:
George Coulouris
Richard Burrell
Von Pechmann, Chief of Police:
Julian Somers
Queen of Bavaria:
Noel Dyson

You are invited to ask A Question of Science.
Scientists who are in the studio to give their answers with experiments, demonstrations, and films include:
P. B. Medawar, F.R.S., Jodrell Professor Of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, University College, London
Joseph Rotblat, Professor of Physics in the University of London at St. Bartholomew's Hospital
and a doctor
Chairman, Arthur Garratt
Questions should be addressed to: "A Question of Science", [address removed]


Arthur Garratt
P. B. Medawar
Joseph Rotblat
A doctor [name uncredited]
Film sequences:
Norman Macqueen
James McCloy

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