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: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Starring Tommy Kelly, May Robson, Walter Brennan

A warm-hearted film version of Mark Twain's well-loved classic of boyhood in bygone days. In his picture of Tom - the boy who is always in trouble -Mark Twain looks back nostalgically on his own childhood, a period when the days seemed endless, sunny and full of interest.


Author: Mark Twain
Producer: David O. Selznick
Director: Norman Taurog
Tom Sawyer: Tommy Kelly
Aunt Polly: May Robson
Muff Potter: Walter Brennan
Injun Joe: Victor Jory
Huckleberry Finn: Jackie Moran
Becky Thatcher: Ann Gillis

: The Debbie Reynolds Show: A Present for Jim

Another hilarious episode in the life of the delectable Debbie Reynolds, starring as Debbie Thompson

A Present for Jim ...but the future looks grim!
[Repeat] (Colour)


Debbie Thompson: Debbie Reynolds
Husband Jim: Don Chastain
Sister Charlotte: Patricia Smith
Brother-in-law Bob: Tom Bosley
Nephew Bruce: Bobby Riha

: Engines Must Not Enter the Potato Siding

A film about railways and railwaymen
There are 280,000 railwaymen in Great Britain. This film looks at a handful of these men - men who work or used to work on two lines in the north of England: the former Great Central route from Sheffield to Manchester, via the notorious Woodhead Tunnel, and the former Midland route from Birmingham to Sheffield via Derby and Ambergate. They are men who have railways in the blood and bone and who look at their changing industry with affection, humour and, occasionally, dismay.
Commentary written by Terry Coleman



Narrator: Roger Snowdon
Writer: Terry Coleman
Producer: Malcolm Brown

: Watch with Mother: The Flowerpot Men: Fairy Queen

For the very young

: The News



Weatherman: Jack Scott

: Winners at the Wheel

An all-action review by Maxwell Boyd, Barrie Gill and Murray Walker of the drivers and cars which took the top prizes in motor sport in 1970 including Jackie Stewart winning the Spanish Grand Prix, Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm taking first prize in the London to Mexico World Cup Rally and Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood's triumph in the 24-Hour race at Le Mans.


Presenter: Maxwell Boyd
Presenter: Barrie Gill
Presenter: Murray Walker
Racing driver: Jackie Stewart
Rally driver: Hannu Mikkola
Rally co-driver: Gunnar Palm
Racing driver: Hans Herrmann
Racing driver: Richard Attwood
Script: Eric Dymock
Producer: John Mills
Editor: Brian Robin

: Royal Family

A special New Year's Day showing of the celebrated film by Richard Cawston
When this film was first shown on BBC1 in June 1969 it made television history by presenting a unique picture of a year in the life of The Queen and her family. Since then it has been seen by record audiences throughout the world. To people everywhere it came as a revelation of what the Royal Family are really like and of the unseen part of their job. We are showing today the original full-length version of the film for the benefit of viewers who would like to see it again, or for those who would now like to see it in colour, or for children who may have been unable to see it.

Commentary spoken by Michael Flanders

(A joint BBC/ITV production)


Director: Richard Cawston
Narrator: Michael Flanders
Writer: Antony Jay
Photographed by: Peter Bartlett
Sound Recordist: Peter Edwards
Film Editor: Michael Bradsell

: Play School

A programme for children under 5
(Shown at 11.0 am on BBC2)

: Jackanory: The Pooh Story Book: Pooh invents a New Game

by A.A. Milne
With Alan Bennett

(Next week: "Ginger Over the Wall" by Prudence Andrew with Harry Fowler)


Author: A.A. Milne
Adapted by/Director: Susan Ball
Pictures: E.H. Shepard
Storyteller: Alan Bennett
Series Producer: Anna Home

: Double Deckers

A new adventure series
Seven London children make their headquarters in an old bus. This week they turn to movie-making with riotous results.


Director: Harry Booth
Producer: Roy Simpson
Tiger: Debbie Russ
Brains: Michael Audreson
Scooper: Peter Firth
Sticks: Bruce Clark
Doughnut: Douglas Simmonds
Billie: Gillian Bailey
Spring: Brinsley Forde
Albert: Melvyn Hayes

: Abbott and Costello

A cartoon series

: Ask Aspel

Michael Aspel introduces your television requests.


Presenter: Michael Aspel
Presented by: Frances Whitaker

: The Magic Roundabout

Written and told by Eric Thompson.


Created by: Serge Danot
Writer/narrator: Eric Thompson

: National News

and Weather

: Your Region Tonight

(London only: Colour) including Regional Weather

: The Virginian: Bitter Autumn

A film series starring James Drury as The Virginian

Clay Grainger looks after Shiloh in the absence of his brother John and has much more to contend with than he could ever imagine.


The Virginian: James Drury
Trampas: Doug McClure
Ryker: Clu Gulager
Elizabeth: Sara Lane
Clay Grainger: John McIntire
Molly Grainger: Jeanette Nolan
Kyle Jackson: Richard X. Slattery
Willy Jackson: Steve Carlson
Hattie McLain: Virginia Gregg
Sam McLain: John Anderson

: The Captain's Paradise

Starring Alec Guinness, Yvonne de Carlo, Celia Johnson

Henry St James has discovered the perfect way of life. As Captain of a steamer plying regularly between Gibraltar and North Africa he has a wife in each port!
(Holiday films: pages 13 and 15)


Screenplay: Alec Coppel
Screenplay: Nicholas Phipps
Produced and directed by: Anthony Kimmins
Captain Henry St James: Alec Guinness
Nita: Yvonne de Carlo
Maud: Celia Johnson
Chief Officer Ricco: Charles Goldner
Lawrence St James: Miles Malleson
Absalom: Bill Fraser

: The Nine O'Clock News

Presented by Robert Dougall


Newsreader: Robert Dougall

: Gala Performance

from Sadler's Wells Opera at the London Coliseum

Michael Flanders introduces Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Sherrill Milnes, Itzhak Perlman, Margaret Gale, Catherine Wilson, Dorothy Nash, Shirley Chapman, Emile Belcourt, Eric Shilling, Geoffrey Chard
Members of Sadler's Wells Opera
Sadler's Wells Orchestra
Leader Barry Collins
Conductor Charles Mackerras
(Makarova and Nureyev: page 106)


Presenter: Michael Flanders
Dancer: Rudolf Nureyev
Dancer: Natalia Makarova
Singer: Sherrill Milnes
Violinist: Itzhak Perlman
Singer: Margaret Gale
Singer: Catherine Wilson
Singer: Dorothy Nash
Singer: Shirley Chapman
Singer: Emile Belcourt
Singer: Eric Shilling
Singer: Geoffrey Chard
Singers: Members of Sadler's Wells Opera
Musicians: Sadler's Wells Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Barry Collins
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Ballet conducted by: John Lanchbery
Script Adviser: Arthur Jacobs
Lighting: A.E. Oaten
Sound: Vic Godrich
Designer: Don Taylor
Producer: Patricia Foy

: Holiday 71

with Cliff Michelmore
A series of programmes to help you choose your next holiday.

Algarve Villas
Villa holidays in Europe, once viewed with grave suspicion, have now become one of the fastest growing sections of the holiday market. A report on a purpose-built holiday village with its own unspoilt beach on the southern coast of Portugal.

Three-in-one Adventure
A unique holiday aimed at the younger set. Apart from living under canvas, you can learn to handle a kayak, sail a boat, and ride a trekking pony. The holiday is split between two centres, Ross-on-Wye and Llangorse at the foot of the Black Mountains.

(Holiday 71 competition details and entry form: page 107)


Presenter: Cliff Michelmore
Producer: Tom Savage

: Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man

Anne Bancroft, film star and distinguished actress, displays a wealth of new talent in this television special. She sings and dances and joins some well-known personalities in comedy situations.
Among her guests are Lee J. Cobb, Robert Merrill, Dick Smothers and John McGiver
A programme recorded in America
(first shown on BBC2)


Entertainer: Anne Bancroft
Guest: Lee J. Cobb
Singer: Robert Merrill
Guest: Dick Smothers
Guest: John McGiver

: John Wayne and his Films

In a rare television appearance John Wayne, on location in Durango, Mexico, talks to Iain Johnstone about his life, his work and his views.

'I was Singing Sandy, the first singing cowboy.'
'I think I've established a character on the screen that may be rough, may be cruel, may have a different code from the average person, but has never been mean or petty or small.'
Film extracts include scenes from: "Stagecoach", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "The Green Berets" and "True Grit" - for which Wayne won the 1970 Oscar.


Interviewee: John Wayne
Interviewer/Producer: Iain Johnstone

: Weatherman, followed by: Regional News and Weather

(all except London and Wales)


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