The world of British television off and on the screen, as it was sixty years ago.

Programmes Suitable for Miners

The Guardian’s Radio Critic enjoyed what he saw of Thornton Wilder’s new play A Life in the Sun but with only the first act broadcast he was disappointed that there was no more despite the difficulty in capturing the action.

The Times and The Guardian both report on the fact that Chesterfield coal miners have asked the BBC to introduce morning television programmes because so many of them are on afternoon and night shifts.

The Royal Automobile Club is to team up with the BBC to provide a programme which will show motorists where some of the worst road works are taking place.

Television figures tangentially in Mary Brown’s agony column in the Daily Mirror today. A 62-year-old Mrs A, who isn’t in the best of health, writes to say that her son and his wife have asked her to look after their sixteen-month-old baby five days a week so that her daughter-in-law can go out to work and use the extra money to buy a television set. Should she agree? Does would the answer be different if it was something other than a TV she wanted to buy?

The BBC’s evening entertainment comes once again from the National Radio Show. At 7.45pm Jimmy Young appears in Starlight which is followed at 8pm by 45 minutes of The Commonwealth Show in which entertainers from Australia, Canada, India, Malta, New Zealand, Malta, Nigeria, South Africa and the West Indies are introduced by Wilfrid Thomas. After a half-hour away from the NRS with a documentary film entitled Venture to the Arctic, we’re returned there for This is Show Business hosted by Vic Oliver and featuring Robb Wilton, Constance Cummings, Peter Butterworth, Owen Holder and many others. The evening is rounded off with a short story written and told by Rene Ray.

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