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The Royal Institution, London, Annual Christmas Lectures to Young People by Geoffrey Gouriet, Chief Engineer, BBC Research and Development

Nowadays, we all take for granted our transistor radios, hi-fi, and colour television sets. Yet to people 50 years ago all these things would have appeared absolutely fantastic.
With the use of many fascinating experiments Geoffrey Gouriet takes us back even farther-to those first exciting responses of magnetism and electricity which meant the birth of radio as we know it today.
(Lecture 2: Monday, 6.25 pm)
(Colour)

Contributors

Lecturer:
Geoffrey Gouriet
Producer:
Alan Sleath

A Personal History of the United States in 13 parts written and narrated by Alistair Cooke

The rail link across the continent, which was completed in 1869; the invention of the wind pump, the steel-faced plough and barbed wire-these developments were fatal not only to the Indian but to the free-ranging cowboy with his now-romanticised lawlessness. Alistair Cooke looks at the end of the Wild West, and at some of the men and - especially - women who tamed it.
(Rptd: Monday, 8.25 pm. This series Is currently printed in The Listener)
(Colour)

Contributors

Writer/Narrator:
Alistair Cooke
Director:
Tim Slessor
Producer:
Michael Gill

My dancers should not only master technique, but they should have unusual stamina, the daring of an acrobat, the skill of a juggler, the speed of a fencer and know how to act as well. (Igor Moiseyev)

A spectacular hour of entertainment - the internationally famous Moiseyev Dance Company performs a programme of Russian folk dances throbbing with the breathless energy that has thrilled audiences throughout the world
Directed by Kurt Paeti at Bavaria Studios, Munich
[Repeat]
(Colour)

Contributors

Dancers:
Moiseyev Dance Company
Orchestra conducted by:
Nikolai Nekrasow
Choreography and artistic direction of the ensemble and the programme:
Igor Moiseyev
Director:
Kurt Paeti

with Peter Hall, Alfie Bass, Michael Hordern, Ronnie Stevens, Paul McDowell, Dennis Plenty

Variations on a theme in the form of poetry, comedy sketches, songs and discussion.

(Colour)

Contributors

Writer:
Michael Frayn
Writer:
Paul McDowell
Writer:
Ogden Nash
Writer:
N.F. Simpson
Director:
Vernon Lawrence
Producer:
Barry Took
[Actress]:
Sheila Hancock
[Actor]:
Peter Hall
[Actor]:
Alfie Bass
[Actor]:
Michael Hordern
[Actor]:
Ronnie Stevens
[Actor]:
Paul McDowell
[Actor]:
Dennis Plenty

by Nick McCarty
Starring Roddy McMillan as Pike
with Jean Taylor-Smith, Adrienne Corri

The Clearances seem to have come to Scotland again and Pike finds himself working on the side of the villains.
(Roddy McMillan: see pages 12-13)
(Colour)

Contributors

Writer:
Nick McCarty
Series devised by:
Edward Boyd
Script Editor:
Graham Williams
Designer:
Helen Rae
Producer:
Keith Williams
Director:
Roderick Graham
Jack:
Bill Henderson
Pike:
Roddy McMillan
Catriona:
Jean Taylor-Smith
Mrs Eustace:
Adrienne Corri
Lowther:
Donald Douglas
Alice:
Karin MacCarthy
Boag:
Robert Fyfe

A last half-hearted stand before entry.
Patriotically presented by James Cameron, Kenny Everett, William Rushton, John Wells
(Colour)

Contributors

Presenter:
James Cameron
Presenter:
Kenny Everett
Presenter:
William Rushton
Presenter:
John Wells
Animation:
Bob Gale
Director:
Tom Corcoran
Producer:
Ian Keill
Executive Producer:
Mike Fentiman

Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews

With no money to buy seed, Jeeter Lester has planted no crops for seven years, and he and his family are barely eking out an existence. But with the same spirit as the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath they never give up hope and never lose their sense of humour.
(This Week's Films: page 9)

Contributors

Director:
John Ford
Jeeter Lester:
Charley Grapewin
Sister Bessie:
Marjorie Rambeau
Ellie May:
Gene Tierney
Dude Lester:
William Tracy
Ada Lester:
Elizabeth Patterson
Dr Tim:
Dana Andrews
Peabody:
Slim Summerville
Lv:
Ward Bond
George Payne:
Grant Mitchell
Grandma:
Zoffie Tilbury
Man on road:
Francis Ford

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