with Ronald Eyre
Today: Ronald Eyre tells the story of The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
(Next week: 'The Land of Green Ginger' by Noel Langley)
Macdonald Hastings takes a look at 'the old grid' - the motor-bike.
The story of the motor-cycle is part of Midland history and began at the turn of the century. Until the second world war motor-bikes from the Midlands were world beaters - as George Formby proves!
The post-war days saw the Italian scooter craze, the Japanese light-weights, and the 'Mods and Rockers' in Britain. The British sporting bike is still supreme, and the industry earns more dollars than the car makers. But what kind of motor-cycle will we see in the year 2000?
From the Midlands
A treat for Christmas
Laurel and Hardy in one of their funniest films ever
When a wealthy widow advertises for a new husband both Stan and Ollie decide to compete for her hand, with hilarious and unexpected results.
"Scapa Flow - to this generation just a name in the history books, but to two others a home, a mistress, a legend." (An Ex-sailor)
A film about the famous anchorage in the Orkney Islands.
Commentary written and spoken by Ludovic Kennedy
with Vizeadmiral Friedrich Ruge, Korv. Kapitan Hans Wessels, Ex-Chief Petty Officer Herbert Johnston, Mrs. R. Groundwater, Joe Angus and the recollections of men and women who served in Scapa Flow during two world wars.
Korvetten Kapitan Hans
Ex-Chief Petty Officer Herbert
An animal adventure series starring Marshall Thompson as Dr. Marsh Tracy, Cheryl Miller as Paula Tracy, Yale Summers as Jack Dane
with Hedley Mattingly and Hari Rhodes
aided and abetted by Clarence and Judy
The mystery of a trainee game warden who doesn't seem to get on with animals.
Dr. Marsh Tracy:
District Officer Hedley:
2.0 The Kempton Park Handicap Hurdle Race
over three miles
2.30 The Oatlands Handicap Steeple Chase
over two miles and 170 yards
3.0 A Novices Steeple Chase
over two and a half miles and 90 yards
Between races Julian Wilson looks back on the highlights of the racing year with recordings of The Grand National, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, The Champion Hurdle, The Schweppes Gold Trophy and on the flat The 2,000 Guineas, The Derby, The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, The Prix De L'arc de Triomphe, The Washington D.C. International
A musical tour of Australia with the famous singing group - Judith Durham, Bruce Woodley, Keith Potger, Athol Guy
When The Seekers returned to Australia they were given a tumultuous welcome which culminated in an appearance at Melbourne's vast concert arena and, of course, a performance of their Golden Disc song 'Georgy Girl'.
First shown on BBC-2
Introduced by Michael Aspel
with Peter Glaze, Rod McLennan, Christine Holmes, Jillian Comber
Guests, The Marmalade, Rog Whittaker
Christine Holmes is in Charlie Girl at the Adelphi Theatre, London; Bert Hayes is at Butlin's Hotels, Cliftonville
Bert Hayes and his
Tom and Jerry playing cat and mouse in a selection from the world-famous cartoon films starring Tom the Cat and a far-from-underdog mouse called Jerry.
Today: the Academy Award Winner for the Best Cartoon of 1945 so let's have a little... Quiet Please!
Tales from the last frontier of the great American West.
A film series starring starring James Drury as The Virginian
A young drifter is suspected of murder and Betsy and the Virginian have a hard time persuading him that running is no way to prove his innocence.
(First shown on BBC-2)
Robert Robinson presents some of the most requested films shown on Points of View during the year
Written by Ray Galton, Alan Simpson, and John Antrobus from a screenplay by John Warren and Len Heath the film comedy
starring Peter Sellers
with Lionel Jeffries, Bernard Cribbins, Nanette Newman, Davy Kaye, Bill Kerr
When a gang of phoney policemen hi-jack London's leading crooks and make off with their ill-gotten gains, the underworld is up in arms-and so begins the craziest conspiracy in criminal history, between the cops and the robbers!
From a screenplay by:
From a screenplay by:
by Alan Plater
[Starring] Stratford Johns as Det. Chief Supt. Barlow, Frank Windsor as Det. Chief Insp. Watt, Norman Bowler as Det.-Sgt. Hawkins, Howell Evans as Det.-Con. Morgan
with Glyn Houston as Det.-Supt. Jones
The midnight visitors to the Pentland Grange Hotel do not come laden with gifts, nor do they bring tidings of joy. Their unwelcome call brings consternation and dismay to many of the guests. One of these is the Lord Lieutenant of the County whose influence reaches as far as Wyvern where Watt is on standby duty. By the early hours of the morning Watt is installed in the luxury country hotel... but not as a guest.
Det. Chief Supt. Barlow:
Det. Chief Insp. Watt:
with Richard Baker
followed by The Weather
Written by Michael Pertwee
starring Terry-Thomas as 'F.J.'
with Jonathan Cecil as Peter Clancy
This is the most exotic assignment that 'F.J.' has been given by Balsom's Plastics and it leads him and his assistant Clancy to try to clinch a deal with an emergent African state. It also leads him, as usual, into a great deal of trouble.
The High Commissioner:
Prince Swechi Kwasi:
The story of a great impresario, artist and financier, philosopher and wizard, a foreigner more English than the English and the glory of the Denham Studios, a crazy world of make-believe in the Britain of the 1930s
with personal reminiscences from Elisabeth Bergner, Sir John Clements, Eileen Corbett, Ian Dalrymple, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Justin, Elsa Lanchester, Vivien Leigh, Montagu Marks, James Mason, Muir Mathieson, George Mikes, Mary Morris, Merle Oberon, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Flora Robson, Miklos Rozsa, R. C. Sherriff, Paul Tabori, Ann Todd, Alfred Watkins, Frank Wells
and film extracts from
The Private Life of Henry VIII, The Thief of Bagdad, Lady Hamilton, The Four Feathers, Things to Come, Knight Without Armour, The Private Life of Don Juan, Foxhunt, Sanders of the Rivers, Jungle Book, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Elephant Boy, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Catherine the Great, Rembrandt, Wedding Rehearsal, The Private Life of the Gannets and others
Written and produced by Robert Vas
A thriller in six parts by Arden Winch
Starring Michael Bryant, Rosalie Crutchley, Joseph O'Conor
At a party given by his chief, De Lacelle, James realises the world-wide extent of the I.S.C. He manages to micro-film some secret files-unaware that De Lacelle is watching.
(First shown on BBC-2)
A Friday ticket to jive, judge, or just enjoy the new two-part inter-regional competition organised by Mecca Dancing
Peter West introduces Second Half of Wales v. East Scotland
Chairman of Judges: