continues a festive presentation of films featuring the legendary jungle couple. starring
Johnny Weissmuller Maureen O'Sullivan
Two hunters, seeking the fabled elephants' burial ground, disrupt the idyllic existence of the African interior and threaten to part Tarzan from his beloved
Screenplay by JAMES KEVIN MCGUINNESS
Produced by BERNARD H HYMAN Directed by CEDRIC GIBBONS
('Tarzan Finds a Son' tomorrow at
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Weather followed by American Basketball
Introduced by Sally Jones Another chance to see the climax of American professional basketball - this afternoon the fighting finish of the 1987 NBA finals and although the LOS ANGELES
LAKERS are hot favourites to overthrow the BOSTON
CELTICS, it promises to be a spectacular game.
Television presentation WTBS/CBS Producers DEREK BRANDON and MIKE WILMOT
A CHEERLEADER production for BBCtv
Weather followed by Fred Astaire
Change Partners and Dance The second of two documentaries celebrating the screen's great dancer. Narrated by Joanne Woodward
After finishing with Ginger Rogers at RKO, Astaire continued his dazzling career with a succession of different studios and partners in such films as 'You'll Never Get
Rich ' (with Rita Hayworth , above) 'Daddy Long Legs and 'Funny Face as well as television specials.
Leslie Caron and Barrie Chase , two of those partners, pay tribute to Fred with Bob Fosse ,
Roland Petit , Jerome Robbins , Honi Coles , Rudolf Nureyev and Eugene Loring. Written by JOHN L. MILLER Produced and directed by DAVID HEELEY
An RKO production
(A Fred Astaire season begins with ■ThreeLittleWords'at3.50pm)
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The first in a season of five films this
Christmas featuring the dancing and acting talents of Fred Astaire who died
- earlier this year. Today also starring
Vera-Ellen and Red Skelton A scintillating MGM musical that brings together
Fred Astaire as Bert Kalmar and comedian Red Skelton as Harry Ruby , the famous songwriting team of the 20s. Their tempestuous creative relationship is traced with a generous selection of their songs including Three Little Words, You Are My Lucky Star, I Wanna Be Loved By You and Where Did You Get That Girl.
Screenplay by GEORGE WELLS Songs by BERT KALMAR and HARRY RUBY
Produced by JACK CUMMINGS Directed by RICHARD THORPE ('Roberta' tomorrow at 3.50pm)
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Mrs Carter De Haven:
The Gateway Masters Bowls Tournament from Beach House Park, Worthing
This is the tenth year of Jack High and, once again, the programme features eight of the best flat-green bowlers in the world.
The players are divided into two groups of four and initially play on a 'round robin' basis with the top two from each group going forward to the semi-finals. Tonight features defending champion DAVID BRYANT who plays STEPHEN REES of Wales and Commonwealth Games gold medallist IAN DICKISON versus double English National Champion WYNNE RICHARDS.
Commentators DAVID VINE
DAVID RHYS JONES
Producer JOHNNIE WATHERSTON
The science fiction classic, starring Walter Pidgeon Anne Francis and Robby the Robot AD 2,200: a space cruiser lands on the planet Altair-4, apparently inhabited only by Dr
Morbius, his daughter and their faithful servant Robby the Robot. But the planet has a deadly secret which the mysterious Morbius is very reluctant to reveal.... Based loosely on Shakespeare's The Tempest, this influential classic has left its mark on many later science-fiction films.
Screenplay by CYRIL HUME
Produced by NICHOLAS NAYFACK Directed by FRED MCLEOD WILCOX
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Lt 'Doc' Ostrow:
The last in the present series Now 200 years old, the American constitution is showing visible signs of strain. This week Michael Ignatieff is in Boston, cradle of American democracy, and with his guests
Bruce Fein , Republican lawyer
Constance Homer , the President's chief personnel adviser
Anthony Lewis , New York Times and Roger Wilkins , Civil Rights activist discusses: American democracy - 200 years and counting.
Outside broadcast director ROY CHAPMAN
Assistant producer DEREK NELSON Research EMMA CRICHTONMILLER Producer AMANDA THEUNISSEN BBC Bristol
To Raise the Wind
Ten years ago developing the jumbo jet pushed Boeing to the brink of bankruptcy. Drastic action had to be taken to save the company. Former president of Boeing Commercial Aircraft
Company, Tex Bouillion , oversaw the sacking of 68,000 workers. The employees paid the price of salvation.
'The problem to finance an aircraft is not to collect the money,' says M Pierson of Airbus Industrie in France,
'... it is who bears the risk of failure.' In this case it was the taxpayer. With European employment legislation, no track record and huge upfront costs, the company feels there was no other way. There are others - no less ambitious, no less brave.
John Edgeley went bust with Optica, Richard Noble is fighting to save ARV ... and then there are the Japanese. Tonight Will Hutton meets the men who make the planes, who raise the wind - the finance - in an industry where nine out of ten projects fail.
Producer MARIE THOMAS
Film editor STEVE HOLDSWORTH
Executive producer JOHN COLEMAN BBC South
by ALAN AYCKBOURN
Three couples meet in three kitchens on three Christmas Eves.
Graphic designer GERALD SCARFE Sound BOB GILLES
Lighting DAVID OGLE
Designer CAMPBELL GORDON Producer SHAUN SUTTON
Director MICHAEL SIMPSON
(Alan Ayckboum 's 'Way Up Stream New Year's Day. BBC1 at 10.10pm)
First of a two-part thriller starring Peter Bongartz Leslie Parker works for a major airline at Central Airport, New York. He's behind with his alimony payments, owes$3,000 to his bookie and knows exactly how to steal a million dollars.
Assuming he can find the right kind of help ...
Screenplay by WOLFGANG STORCH and PETER HEMMER
Directed by WOLFGANG STORCH
(A German programme with English subtitles. Part 2 tomorrow at 10.45pm.)
begins a Christmas season featuring the great Hollywood actress.
Tonight also starring Nils Asther
Megan Davis arrives in Shanghai from New England to marry missionary
Bob Strike. She finds a country torn by civil war, but is captivated by the mysterious, handsome warlord, General
Yen. This dazzling, beautifully atmospheric film is a moving and, in its day, controversial East-West love story.
Screenplay by EDWARD PARAMORE Based on the novel by GRACE ZARING STONE
Produced and directed by FRANK CAPRA
('The File on Thelma Jordan ' tomorrow at 12. 10am)
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Dr Robert Strike: