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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.

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

(See columns 1 and 2)

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


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

It Is Midnight, Dr. Schweitzer

A play by Gilbert Cesbron.
Translated from the French by Basil Bartlett and Lothian Small
Adapted for television and produced by Rudolph Cartier
[Starring] Andre Morell, Greta Gynt and Reginald Tate

The action takes place at night at Dr. Schweitzer's hospital at Lambarene, in Gabon, French Equatorial Africa. The time: August 2, 1914, the twenty-four hours before the outbreak of the first world war
At 8.40

The story of Dr. Schweitzer has caught the imagination of the world. At the age of seventy-eight, buried away in Lambarene, on the Ogowe river, in the heart of French Equatorial Africa, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest of living human beings. How has he come to achieve this tremendous reputation?
Albert Schweitzer was born in Upper Alsace, the son and grandson of Alsatian pastors. At that time Alsace was a German province, and Dr. Schweitzer was born a German subject. He is bilingual. His home letters are composed in French. He lectures and writes in German. He thinks and dreams in the Alsatian dialect.
While still in his twenties he proved himself a scholar of exceptional brilliance. Many and varied were his studies. Having great powers of work and of concentration he mastered a number of subjects: history, philosophy, theology, biblical criticism. His works on Christ and on St. Paul had a profound effect on theological thought. In addition, he was a fine organist and an authority on organ building, and wrote an important book on Bach. By the age of thirty he had already an international reputation. After studying in Paris and Berlin he had finally come to rest- in Strasbourg, for which city he has an abiding love, and there he held the post of principal of the College of St. Thomas. The worlds of music and of letters were at his feet.
Then came a change of heart. He had for some time been brooding on Western civilisation and on the seeds of decay which it contained. Seeing further ahead than most men, he saw also the possibility of ultimate redemption. He was happy in his work and felt that he must give something in exchange for this happiness. After deep reflection he came to the conclusion that his own personal contribution in life was 'to assume his share of the burden of the world's misery.' He decided to throw up everything and become a missionary.
There followed seven years of heart-breaking labour. During these years, in addition to preaching, teaching and lecturing, playing the organ and writing, he managed to achieve yet another doctorate, that of medicine.
Then and then only did he feel himself fully equipped for his self-appointed task. And, in 1913, to the consternation of his friends and colleagues, he left Europe with his wife for French Equatorial Africa to teach Christianity to the natives and to fight their diseases: malaria, sleeping sickness, elephantiasis and leprosy. And there, in Lambarene, with only minor breaks, he has remained ever since. In 1917 he was interned for a while by the French because he was a German subject and from time to time he visited Europe and the United States to raise money for his hospital by lecturing and by giving organ recitals. But the bulk of his life and the whole of his heart, soul, and genius have been dedicated to the primitive natives of the Gabon colony.
Great have been his labours and many his setbacks, but now, at the age of seventy-eight, he can rest contented. His hospital flourishes. He has at present forty buildings and five hundred beds, with two doctors, eight nurses and nineteen native helpers. A little deeper in the forest is his leper village, consisting of about two hundred men, women and children. The trees that he planted have grown to their full stature: oranges, guavas, mangoes, avocados, palm-oil trees, and bananas. And the hospital is self-supporting in manioc and rice, and in fresh vegetables. The animals, wild and domestic, are his friends. He is surrounded by children, whom he has cured and loves. He has his books and his music, and the affection of countless well-wishers all over the world. In his old age this great and humble man still holds aloft with firm hands the torch of humanity in a despairing age.
Gilbert Cesbron has not attempted to write the whole story of Schweitzer. In "It is midnight, Dr. Schweitzer" he has shown us instead twenty-four critical hours in his life. The period he has chosen is August 1914, and, with dramatic licence, he has asked us to assume that Dr. Schweitzer was arrested at the outbreak of the first world war, although he was not, in fact, interned until 1917. He has given Dr. Schweitzer two companions: Father Charles de Ferrier and Commandant Lieuvin, based on the great French Colonial administrator, Marechal Lyautey. Again, neither of these two was actually in the Gabon at the beginning of the first world war. As a foil to these three giants M. Cesbron has given us, as the fourth character in this five-handed play, Leblanc, governor of the Gabon, who is shown as an ordinary man, an honest, sensitive, perhaps unenterprising civil servant, to whom falls all the practical dirty work that the great ignore. 'It is thanks to people like me,' he says, 'that people like you are able to be great.' As a link between the giants and the ordinary man is Marie, a young French nurse. In the background hovers Joseph, a real native, incidentally, who was cured by Schweitzer and stayed on to serve him. This important play has the approval of Dr. Schweitzer himself.
It should be noted that the organ music played is taken from Dr. Schweitzer's own recordings.
(Basil Bartlett)
BBC Television

The Passing Show: Our Marie

The Passing Show presents Pat Kirkwood in Our Marie
The story of the great Marie Lloyd - Queen of Comedy
Pat Kirkwood

"It is strange that of all the women of the Victorian era, the most generally remembered are: Queen Victoria herself, and Florence Nightingale, and Marie..." (Max Beerbohm)
Viewers who saw The Passionate Pilgrim, the television play about Florence Nightingale, and the recent Happy and Glorious plays, can now meet the third of Sir Max's famous Victorians: the undisputed Queen of the British Music-Hall, Miss Marie Lloyd.
She was born Matilda Wood in Hoxton on February 12, 1870 (eighty-three years ago next Thursday), and though her family background was not in the least theatrical, her natural talent for the stage was so great that on May 9, 1885, when only fifteen, she made her first appearance at the Grecian Room, a music-hall in the City Road, under the stage name Bella Delmare. A year later she was appearing regularly in such West-End music-halls as the Oxford, Collins, the Bedford, and the Middlesex (the 'Old Mo') and during the next nine years worked her way steadily to the top of the bill. There she remained an unchallenged star for twenty-eight years, until her death in 1922.
For a few years she appeared in pantomime (from 1891 to 1893, she played Principal Girl at Drury Lane with Little Tich, Herbert Campbell, and Dan Leno), but pantomime never really attracted her, nor did musical comedy - at which she made one unsuccessful attempt. Too much of an individualist and too great a personality to subject herself to the limits of a script, she returned to her single act. There, alone on the stage, in direct communication with her audience she could hold and convulse them with a wink of the eye, a twitch of the body, a pause in the song.
Most people associate Marie Lloyd with such songs as 'The ruins that Cromwell knocked about a bit,' 'Don't dilly dally,' or 'A Little of what you fancy does you good,' but it was only in the last ten years of her life that she specialised in her comic Character impressions. Before that there had been 'the little girl' period when, dressed as a child, she sang such songs as 'Wink the other eye' or 'There they are - the two of them on their own': later, in the middle of her career, came the 'naughty' period when she sang songs that offended Mrs. Ormison Chant and her League of Purity.

She was married three times. Each of the three men reacted differently to becoming 'Marie Lloyd's husband' and it is these reactions that form our story - a story in which you will see Marie both as a performer and as a woman.
Pat Kirkwood plays Marie - and a formidable task it is. She has no fewer than fifty changes of costume, sings fifteen different songs, and appears in nearly every one of the hundred-odd scenes in the show. In addition, she has to age from sixteen to fifty-two years of age in 105 minutes.
Many people seem to think of Marie as a big woman with a loud voice and a brassy manner of delivery. She was actually petite, 5 ft. 2 in. tall, had fair hair and blue eyes, a small voice (which could, however, penetrate to the back of any gallery) and she achieved her effects on the stage without any boisterousness. Physically, therefore, and in her style of work, Pat resembles Marie considerably and I feel sure that her performance will be a sincere and accurate portrait of a great and warm-hearted artist. However, Pat herself says: ' I hope that no one will think me presumptuous enough to give an " impersonation" of Marie Lloyd. With the advice and coaching of Marie Lloyd Jnr. (her daughter) and Daisy Wood (her sister) I shall try to give as accurate a picture of Marie as I can - within my own limits. I would like people to look on it as my interpretation of Marie Lloyd and not an impersonation.'
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.
Holland - 1672
(A BBC telerecording of the broadcast on August 28, 1956)

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


See top of page and page 39
Second performance: Thursday at 7.30 p.m.

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)

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