For the fifth time the ' Open ' comes to Royal Birkdale Golf Club on the Lancashire coast. Scene of many great matches, Royal Birk dale remembers the tenacity of Arnold Palmer when he won in 1961. In the third round, on the 16th hole, he played his ball from a seemingly impossible lie in scrub to within inches of the pin. A plaque on the spot commemorates this feat.
In the final round in 1971 Lee Trevino found trouble at the 17th, hitting his tee shot into the sand-hill and taking seven for the hole. He won however from the irrepressible Mr Lu of Taiwan, who proved the winner in the popularity stakes.
Can the younger golfers retain the title won on their behalf by Tom Watson last year? The American challenge is extremely strong, with JOHNNY MILLER , BEN CRENSHAW , HUBERT GREEN and HALE IRWIN leading the field. But past champions will not let go easily and GARY PLAYER (South Africa), TOM WEISKOPF (USA) and the legendary JACK NICKLAUS are all determined to regain the cup and with it the £7,500 top prize.
Commentators HENRY LONGHURST
PETER ALLISS , HARRY CARPENTER
MARK MCCORMACK and DAVE THOMAS
Producers Richard TILLING , FRED VINER
Editor a p. WILKINSON. Preview: page 13 The BBC Book of Golf, £1.30, from bookshops
Championship Introduced by HARRY CARPENTER
Further coverage of the first day's play from Royal Birkdale where TOM WATSON of the USA accepts the challenge of top golfers from 33 countries to wrest the title of ' Open Champion' from him.
Just that little bit more than a car, Speed Buggy is the ' pet' of engineer Tinker and his pals Mark and Debbie. In this series the four of them run into one thrilling and action-packed adventure after another.
by PETER DICKINSON
Adapted in ten parts by ANNA HOME 5: Witchcraft!
Nicky manages to rescue the village children from the robbers, but her troubles are by no means over....
Producer ANNA HOME
Director JOHN PROWSE
starring Tom Baker
A four-part story by Louis Marks
A sinister beast prowls the walkways of the Morestran ship. The safety of space has become a deathtrap.
Sarah Jane Smith:
On the day of Olympic Selection a candid, informal look at HRH Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips training in preparation for places in the Three-day Event Equestrian team for Montreal.
Jackie Stewart, three times World Motor Racing Champion, spent two days with the Royal couple as they went through their training routine - a routine which lasts from dawn to dusk. Trying to prepare for the Olympics (in between Royal engagements for the Princess and being a full-time soldier, as is Captain Phillips) stretches their ingenuity to the utmost.
To quote PRINCESS ANNE 'when I first started competing I was just the jockey - now it's different - really have to muck in.' Mucking in means driving the horsebox, stable management, cleaning and cossetting her horses and competing at the highest level with all the pressures that brings. Reporter JACKIE STEWART
Film cameraman ROY GLADISH Film recordist FRED CLARKE Producer BOB ABRAHAMS
A week of classic American feature films to celebrate the Bicentennial.
Tonight starring Errol Flynn with Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Alan Hale
The 30s, heyday of Hollywood and the stars. At the centre of it all Warner Brothers, whose colourful excursion into Sherwood Forest gives Errol Flynn one of the most spectacular roles of his career.
Director MICHAEL CURTIZ. Films: page 11 (The Social Drama, Friday 11.32 pm)
Sir Guy of Gisbourne:
The British Academy Award-winning series of ten programmes 3: The Story of Alexander von Humboldt and his amazing exploration of the Orinoco River in 1799 Written by ROBERT MULLER
Introduced and narrated by David Attenborough from the Royal Geographical Society, London
Humboldt was a genius. He was the father of modern geography and the first truly scientific explorer. He was an aristocrat with money but by the time he had completed his travels he Was broke. But rarely has a private fortune been so well spent. On his journey through Venezuela he studied giant electric eels for the first time; he brought back the deadly Indian poison curare; he collected thousands of plant specimens never before seen in Europe; and he proved conclusively that there was a natural waterway linking the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. Calaracts, disease, dangerous wild animals - Humboldt faced them all with courage and intense curiosity.
This series has provided some of the viewing highlights of the year.
What a first-rate series this has turned out to be - imaginatively told and often brilliantly and painstakingly filmed.
A compelling programme with marvellous pictures. (GUARDIAN)
Director FRED BURNLEY
Producer MICHAEL LATHAM
Book (same title), £6.00, from bookshops
Television's popular series of music for enjoyment, with the London Symphony Orchestra leader JOHN BROWN
The first television performance of Walton's Varii Capricci ', a work hailed by the press this year as ' beguiling ' and ' spring-hearted *, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in A completes the final programme in the present series.
Lighting PETER WESSON Sound ALAN EDMONDS Designer ANNA RIDLEY Director RON ISTED
Producer JOHN CULSHAW
including special coverage as The United States
Welcomes The Queen
TOM FLEMING reports on the first 24 hours of the Royal Visit to Philadelphia and Washington as America celebrates its Bicentenary.
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