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Hugh and I: Holding the Baby

A comedy series by John Chapman.
Starring Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd
with Wallas Eaton, Vi Stevens, Patricia Hayes, Jack Haig, Mollie Sugden, Jill Curzon, Margaret Courtenay, Molly Weir, Anna Gilcrist, Elizabeth Benson
Previously shown on July 23, 1963
BBC Television

Do It Yourself

Barry Bucknell's Television Guide
A programme for practical people.
This week: Picture-framing and some Ideas on locks, keys, and anti-burglary precautions
See facing page
BBC Television


Introduced by Frank Taylor.

Smithymoor Farm
Mr. Ernest Kent and Mrs. Ernest Kent describe their life and work on a small wind-swept holding on the borders of Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Floor Grain Drying
David Richardson describes the new grain drying equipment on his farm near Norwich.

From the Midlands
Followed by the Weather Situation for farmers and growers
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A weekly agricultural magazine for those who live by the land.
Special edition for the grower introduced by Richard Martyr.

Brussels Sprouts: John Mackaness, grower and wholesaler, illustrates his methods of growing and marketing and George Finch, of the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, describes some of the work now in progress in improving varieties.

Early Lettuce and Cauliflower: A. Frost, farm manager, Pershore Institute of Horticulture, shows some alternative methods of production.

Apples and Pears: L. F. Clift visits S. H. M. Broomfield on his 20-acre fruit holding on the banks of the Severn at Holt. near Worcester.

Film sequences by the BBC's Agricultural Film Unit
From the BBC's Midland television studio
BBC Television

You Take Over: 1: Air Traffic Controller

A series of dramatised documentaries.
See panel on left and page 7
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...
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and Weather for Farmers
Introduced by James Thorburn.

West Farm Visit
to Fowey in Cornwall where Peter Pascoe runs a mixed farming system on a County Council holding.

Kenneth Hudson introduces a discussion on agricultural wages.

Film sequences by the BBC's Agricultural Film Unit
From the West
BBC Television

Farming: Thinking for Themselves

Introduced by John Cherrington.

Taking a lead from industry, the Gloucestershire Productivity Association, in conjunction with N.A.A.S., has been holding farm seminars to encourage farmers to look critically at each other's farming-and at their own.
Replanning the machinery requirements on a farm going out of milk is the subject on this occasion.
From the Midlands
followed by the Weather Situation for farmers and growers
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

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

Children's Television: Studio 'E'

Vera McKechnie introduces Studio 'E', Your Monday magazine

Trail and Saddle
Charles Chilton talks about cowboys at work

The Adventures of Charlie Quick: 2 - The Autograph Book
with Clive Dunn as Charlie.

Pop of the Week
Ted Taylor with a current record hit.

Making Your Own Radio Set
Gilbert Davey gives final instructions on putting the set together.

Pin-up Parade
Ronnie Stevens gets into a spot of bother as a baby sitter-and is left holding the baby!

More adventures of the little elephant drawn and told by Tony Hart.

Kim the Keeshond meets some friends
BBC Television

You Take Over: 6: The Stage Manager

A series of dramatised documentaries devised and written by Geoffrey Bellman and John Whitney.

This series puts you, the viewer, in the place of an individual holding a position of authority and responsibility at a moment of decision. You see an unfamiliar and exciting world through his eyes.
Tonight the eyes are those of the Stage Manager of a world-famous Opera House half an hour before the curtain goes up on the evening performance of a new ballet.
BBC Television

Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years: Episode 21: The Beginning of the End

A film series based on Sir Winston Churchill's Memoirs of World War II.

Late Summer, 1944. After seven weeks of unbroken military success hopes run high that the Nazi world will collapse. But Eisenhower's thrusts towards Antwerp and Verdun meet with increasing German resistance; and, of 10,000 paratroops dropped at Arnhem to seize and consolidate a bridgehead over the Rhine, only 2,400 survive after holding out for eight days against fierce German attacks, while a desperate and unsuccessful attempt is made to relieve them.
At the Dumbarton Oaks conference a new world organisation is born 'The United Nations'; and after travelling to Moscow to see Stalin, Churchill visits France where he joins the Americans in celebrating Thanks-giving Day.
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

Children's Television presents...

The Black Tulip: 2: The Trial
by Alexandre Dumas.
Adapted as a serial in five parts by Estelle Holt.
Additional dialogue by Naomi Capon.

5.30 For Deaf Children: Fifth Birthday
Jasmine Bligh introduces the fifth anniversary programme including Peter Butterworth, The Shipway Twins, Sandy Sandford, David Berglas.
John Madin at the organ
Before an audience of deaf children in the King's Theatre, Hammersmith
It is five years since Miss Freda Lingstrom, then Head of Children's Television, made up her mind that something special in the way of television entertainment ought to be provided occasionally for deaf children. In the five years lots of deaf children and hearing friends have been brought together. Sandy Sandford is a great favourite, and loves compering programmes in which the deaf children join; Don Tasker gave a course of dance instruction last autumn which the N.I.D. published: nearly 2,000 children wrote in for the diagrams and descriptions of the steps. Peter Butterworth is another favourite, with his side-splitting mimes which never need a word of description. We have had famous clowns like Coco, and famous sportsmen showing how to hold a bat or control a football - showing, not telling. We have shown how to make things, and often have a specially captioned film. And then there are the Christmas parties and visits to deaf schools where the children themselves, bright-eyed, keen, and merry in spite of living in a silent world, are the principal actors.
Altogether, I think it is one of the kindest things the BBC have ever done, to put on these special programmes. They are the only service in the world to do it, and I hope they go on and on until that happy day, still regrettably far off, when doctors are able to tell us that there will be no more deaf children needing special care.
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

Meeting Point: We Want to Know

Has the Christian Church lost its hold on the people of this country? Why is it still so sure of itself? What has it left to say?
A group of overseas students from Swansea University College question the Rev. Maldwyn L. Edwards, Ph.D., D.D., Chairman of the Cardiff and Swansea District of the Methodist Church.
Chairman, Hywel Davies
From the BBC's Welsh television studio
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)

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