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Inventors' Club

Inventors both amateur and professional are being invited to submit their work to a distinguished panel of judges.
Lord Sempill is the Chairman, and his colleagues on the judging committee include
Col. W. C. Devereux, Managing Director of Almin,Ltd; Geoffrey Boumphrey, whose wartime inventions are in wide use today; and Dame Caroline Haslett, Director of the Electrical Association for Women.
The Press is invited to the conference table to hold a watching brief on behalf of the public.
Leslie Hardern is responsible for selecting the work to be exhibited, and all enquiries should be addressed to him, [address removed]
BBC Television

Inventors' Club: 2

New inventions demonstrated before a distinguished panel of assessors.
Lord Sempill is the chairman and his colleagues on the judging committee include Dame Caroline Haslett, Director of the Electrical Association for Women, and John Bennett, a director of Plastic Research.
Geoffrey Boumphrey, himself a practical inventor, interviews the inventors and helps them to display their work.
The Press is invited to the studio to hold a watching brief on behalf of the public.
Leslie Hardern is responsible for selecting the work to be exhibited and all specifications should be addressed to him [address removed]
BBC Television

Saturday Afternoon Sport

Visits to Lords to see the M.C.C. v. Australia will be interspersed with visits to Teddington where the Tamesis Club is holding its Spring Regatta.
Viewers will be able to follow the races from three separate points on the towpath
The sailing commentaries are given by Dr. A. B. Porteous, Howard V. Lobb, and John Shuter.
(to 16.30)
BBC Television

Saturday Afternoon Sport: Lord's and Teddington

Visits to Lord's to see the M.C.C. v. New Zealand, interspersed with visits to Teddington where the Tamesis Club is holding its Spring Regatta.
Viewers can follow the races from three separate points on the towpath.
The sailing commentaries are given by Howard V. Lobb, John Shuter and Barrie Edgar.
(to 18.30)
BBC Television

National Skating Championships of Great Britain

This evening at the Empress Hall the National Skating Association of Great Britain is holding the first of its championship meetings of the winter season. This meeting comprises events in figure, speed, and dance skating on ice. During the first visit it is hoped to see the Free Dancing of the Open Professional Ice Dance Championship of Great Britain.
BBC Television

The Sunday Play: Michael and Mary

A play by A. A. Milne.
Second performance: Thurs. at 7.30

Lionel Hale writes...
There is no concealing the fact that Michael and Mary is a shocking, unconventional, eccentric, and possibly unfashionable play. It is all these things because our theatre is devoted to the theory that love between men and women is a joke, and very often a
joke in bad taste. As for marriage, infidelity is the rule. That is why I call Michael and Mary 'shocking.' It reflectively regards this rule of the theatre, and then breaks it, with a startling crack, for all to see. Michael and Mary is, simply enough, the story of a man and woman who have loved each other, still love each other, and propose to go on loving each other till death do them part.
Wherefore, there will be those to call the play 'sentimental'! (The only other modern play of the same feeling, Monckton Hoffe's Many Waters, is often called so.) On reflection, I should call it 'realistic,' because it is a plain matter of fact that there are a great many more people who keep out of the Divorce Court than get into it. Look down any suburban road and you may be pretty sure that while there may be something of a marital argy-bargy going on behind the drawn curtains of 'Sans Souci,' contentment reigns between the husbands and wives in 'Myholme,' 'The Firs,' and even 'Dunroamin.'
The irony of Mr. Milne's study of fidelity is that his Michael and his Mary are not married at all. They meet by chance in the British Museum. He is a struggling young writer of twenty-three; she is no more than twenty, but already married, and already deserted. Michael becomes her protector, in a strictly platonic way, until the arrival of his father, the upright Rector, who rather inconveniently, and not knowing the facts, insists that his son Marry The Girl - which means a life of bigamy.
Consequently, a life of bigamy it is. Now all this flows very prettily, with a nice touch of humour. Yet I take it that Mr. Milne, under his cheerful surface, has a serious point to make. He stresses that his Michael, whether as a young man or as the successful novelist he becomes, is thoroughly decent, law-abiding, and truthful; indeed, he stresses it even to the point of priggishness. But his main serious point (which he never makes aloud) is that love and fidelity endure everything, even the absence of the severely practical tie of marriage. 'Sentimental,' I suppose?
This quasi-marriage has, to be sure, its difficulties. Inevitably, the missing husband is sure to turn up, blackmail-bent. You could no more expect any dramatist to resist that situation than you could hold any strong hopes of a small boy keeping out of the jam cupboard. And the story of Michael and Mary, with their son David, takes thereafter
some ingenious turns and twists. Yet its theme remains constant: married love.
So do not let us pass about too lightly the word 'sentimentality' - even though Mr. Milne is capable of forging weapons against himself, such as the appellations of 'Binks' and 'Bubbles' which he allows the son to use to Michael and Mary. At all events, television here welcomes for the first time Miss Jane Baxter. Here is an actress who has a quality - I daresay it is not her fault - of causing women to purr and men to suppress silent gulps. As Miss Baxter could achieve this if she were reading aloud from the Great Western Railway time-table, I call in unfair. Enchanting, but unfair!
BBC Television

Country Calendar

On the Farm
W. A. Stewart holds a mock auction of cattle.

In the Garden
P. J. Thrower and H. J. Phillips discuss the early winter work and planting of fruit trees.

The Craftsman
Denis Willison, a Northampton saddler, demonstrates his age-old craft.

Edited and introduced by Godfrey Baseley.
From the Northamptonshire Institute of Agriculture, Moulton.
BBC Television

The Affair At Assino

by N. C. Hunter.
Adapted for television by Nigel Kneale.
[Starring] Robert Eddison, Hector Ross and Daphne Slater
It is 1938, and Mussolini is still more or less firmly in power in Italy. At the Ministry of the Interior it seems a normal enough evening; Colonel Passamonte, the military adviser, is making security arrangements for one of the Duce's speeches. Then the phone rings and the night is normal no longer.
It appears that the Minister of the Interior, being in a hurry, tried to drive through a holy procession in a small hill town, with the result that the irate locals overturned his car and even threw tomatoes at the Minister himself. The name of the offending place? Assino. The horrified Passamonte finally finds it on the map; clearly the town must be punished and its dangerous insurrectionists routed out. Accordingly, two lorry-loads of Fascist militia descend on sleepy little Assino, whose crime was to want to hold its procession in peace. It is a situation full of tragic possibilities, but Mr. Hunter brings out the comic results just as strongly as the dramatic.
(Peter Forster)
BBC Television

Number Three

[Starring] Raymond Huntley, Ursula Howells and Jack Watling
BBC Television

The Passing Show: Our Marie

The Passing Show presents Pat Kirkwood in Our Marie
BBC Television

It Is Midnight, Dr. Schweitzer

by Gilbert Cesbron.
[Starring] Andre Morell, Greta Gynt and Reginald Tate
BBC Television

Background to a Coronation: Souvenir in the Making

Craftsmen in the Potteries at Burslem make a loving-cup to commemorate a great occasion.
BBC Television

The Public Prosecutor

by Fritz Hochwaelder.
Adapted by Kitty Black.
BBC Television

Children's Television

Children's Newsreel

Hurrah for Halloween
A play by Dorothy Worsley.
On Hallowe'en, October 31, the witches hold their Annual Banquet and the air is filled with broomsticks bound for conferences round cauldrons. This was the date King Cole of Cornucopia chose to hold a christening party. He invited all the witches and the fairies in his kingdom. They all tried to outdo each other with their party tricks. The fun was fast - and just a bit furious. Then something went wrong. How disaster was averted by the timely arrival of an American fairy with a practical turn of mind is told in this unusual comedy.

(to 17.45)
BBC Television


A play by Jacques Deval.
Adapted by Robert B Sherwood.
[Starring] Ann Todd and Peter Cushing

Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Tatiana Petrovna and her husband, Prince Mikhail Alexandrovitch Ourartieff, living the hard life common among Russian exiles, are reduced to a little mild shoplifting in the Paris markets. The Prince has a fortune in the bank, but his promise to the late Tsar, for whom he holds it in trust, forbids him to spend it on the grocer's bills. Life, as he says, is very, very sad and very, very beautiful. When the Grand Duchess and when the Prince solemnly decide that, in their extremity, work is the only solution, life also becomes very, very amusing, and particularly so when the royal couple is played by the film star Ann Todd and Peter Cushing, a television star in his own right. As butler and parlour maid in the household of a French banker, these exalted servants have a remarkable impact on their unwitting employers and upon the two young members of the family. Many of their activities, like osculation and fencing for example, maybe outside the normal curriculum of domestic science, but they bring surprising quantities of sweetness and light into a conventional home. In the circumstances, nobody could be blamed for the results of the banker's momentous dinner party. Russians can be red or white, nice or nasty, but they are seldom predictable (Barney Keelan)
BBC Television

Dark Sonnet

A musical setting of Eugene O'Neill's domestic tragedy 'Before Breakfast'.
See columns 3 and 4 and page 15

Murder is no novelty in grand opera. On the contrary very few popular operas would exist without it. Tosca, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, and both Cav. and Pag. immediately come to mind. But Erik Chisholm, composer, conductor, and stormy petrel of the Scottish national movement in his younger days, always was original. He always enjoyed the grisly entertainment of Grand Guignol, and conceived the idea of a grand operatic evening of an unusual type-three independent 'acts', each complete in itself, each depicting a murder in unconventional style. Thus he goes one better-or rather two-than traditional opera by offering a 'threesome' or triptych of thrillers which have a good deal in common with The Medium of Menotti, whom Chisholm holds in high regard as a composer of the theatre.

The first of these is Simoon, based on Strindberg's story of an exhausted and frightened traveller, overcome by a desert sandstorm and hypnotised by
BBC Television

The Boys' Brigade

A Conventicle at Hampden Park, Glasgow, in the centenary year of the birth of Sir William Smith, the Founder of the Boys' Brigade; in the presence of the Brigade Council.
Praise led by a Massed Choir and a Brass Band of the Boys' Brigade
Conventicle conducted by the Rt. Rev. E. D. Jarvis, D.D. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Colour Party and Escort
The National Anthem
Psalm 100: All people that on earth do dwell (Tune. Old Hundredth)
Psalm 121: I to the hills will lift mine eyes (Tune, French)
Reading: Hebrews 11 (selected verses)
Boys' Brigade Hymn: Will your anchor hold?
Second Paraphrase: O God of Bethel
(Tune, Salzburg)
Ceremonial described by the Rev. R. H. W. Falconer.
BBC Television

Someone on the Line

A thriller by Norman Edwards
Adapted for television by Philip Mackie
[Starring] Henry Oscar

Dr. Pole has worked out to the last detail the hold-up his gang is about to stage. Nothing, he says, can go wrong, but to relieve Mildred's mind the unfortunately named Aloysius can ring up to say that everything has gone according to plan. It is merely unfortunate that there is someone on the line...
BBC Television

Greenwich Time Signal; Mainly for Women

Twice Twenty
A magazine for older women.
Some of the entrants for the Diamond Jubilee Championship Show, introduced by Grace Pond.
Doctor's Advice
A new series in which a doctor tells you how to help yourself.
How they said it
Denise Robins recalls proposals of marriage made by well-known characters from famous novels. They are portrayed by Maureen O'Reilly and Charles Houston.
What to give him for Christmas
Anne Lambton and Alan Melville suggest some presents for men.
A Christmas Wish
told by Anne Sheppard.
Introduced by Alice Hooper Beck.

Quick and Easy Dressmaking: 6: Cape-Waistcoat
A French design filmed by Radiodiffusion-Television Francaise
Demonstrated by Diana Crutchley.
Instructions for making all the garments described in these programmes are contained in a pamphlet "Quick and Easy Dressmaking" (9d.). Photographs of the garments are published separately, also at 9d. A folder (9d.) is available to hold these and later pamphlets on other subjects. All these can be obtained from BBC Publications [address removed]. (Crossed postal order, please-not stamps.)

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