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: Desert Crusader: The Lord of the Desert



Director: Henri Colpi

: Unsolved Mysteries: The Deep Blue Sea and the Devil

Magnus Magnusson takes a new look at the legends and the facts surrounding mysterious happenings of the past and present.
(Colour) [Repeat]


Presenter: Magnus Magnusson
Producer: Molly Cox

: Huckleberry Hound

Another hilarious adventure of Huck and his quest for the peaceful life.


: Winners at the Wheel

An all-action review of motor sport in 1972
Introduced by Raymond Baxter
with Graham Hill and Stuart Turner

Emmerson Fittipaldi wins the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch - and the racing drivers' World Championship. Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm become the first drivers from outside East Africa to win the Safari Rally in a British Ford.
Roger Clark gives Britain a home win in the RAC Rally for the first time since 1959. Sandro Munari wins the 'Monte' for Italy. Graham Hill drives the winning car in the 24 Hours Race at Le Mans. Meet the winners in a great year of motor sport and see them in action.



Presenter: Raymond Baxter
Guest: Graham Hill
Guest: Stuart Turner
Production: Peter Cleaver
Production: John Mills
Production: Tony Salmon
Editor: Brian Robins

: A Blank on the Map

A journey with David Attenborough

A thousand square miles of unexplored country in the centre of New Guinea; from the air it looked little different from the rest of the jungle-covered mountains that fill most of the island's interior. But then photographs for an aerial survey unexpectedly showed a few tiny clearings. It could be that, hidden in the forest, there lived people still uncontacted by the outside world. So a patrol officer, with 100 carriers, set out to walk straight across the blank patch, to plot its rivers, measure its mountains and see just what did live in its forests.
(Colour) [Repeat]


Presenter/Producer: David Attenborough
Film Cameraman: Hugh Miles
Film Editor: Paul Carter

: The Mark of Zorro

Starring Tyrone Power
with Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone

The spectacular swashbuckling adventure story of a young Spanish nobleman who returns to his home in the California of 1820 to find his family's position usurped by a tyrant. In the guise of 'Zorro,' a masked swordsman, he seeks revenge...


Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Diego: Tyrone Power
Lolita Quintero: Linda Darnell
Captain Esteban Pasquale: Basil Rathbone
Inez Quintero: Gale Sondergaard
Fray Felipe: Eugene Pallette
Don Luis Quintero: J. Edward Bromberg
Don Alejandro Vega: Montagu Love
Senora Isabella Vega: Janet Beecher
Rodrigo: Robert Lowery
Turnkey: Chris-Pin Martin
Sergeant Gonzales: George Regas
Maria: Belle Mitchell

: The Best of Knock-Out!

Adults and children often ask to see replays of the comical games and sequences they found exciting in It's a Knock-Out! and Jeux Sans Frontieres. Some of their requests have already been shown on Ask Aspel, but this programme concentrates into 50 minutes some of the funniest, the craziest and the most spectacular moments of the 1972 series, both at home and abroad.
Introduced by Stuart Hall


Presenter: Stuart Hall
Producer: Barney Colehan

: Joysticks and Jets

Kenneth More tells the story of a day in summer when 20,000 people gathered together for the 50th anniversary of the King's Cup Air Race. A few went to nurse their aging aircraft along the course, but most people just stared upwards at the ancient and modern of the skies.
Musical selection by The Marlow Town Band

A FilmFair London production


Narrator: Kenneth More
Musicians: The Marlow Town Band
Devised and written by: Richard Wade
Director: Norman James

: Ski-Jumping from Garmisch: The International 90-Metre Jump

Outside broadcast cameras bring you one of the most spectacular events in the world - a supreme test of courage and skill - 'The Big Jump.'
Amongst the 100 or so competitors in this traditional New Year's day event will be Yukio Kasaya who became the hero of Japan when he won the 70-metre gold medal at the Sapporo Olympics, and the 90-metre gold medallist Fortuna of Poland.
Television presentation by the German Television Service


Commentator: David Vine

: Play School

A programme for children under 5

(Shown at 11.0 am on BBC2)

: Jackanory: Just So Stories: The Elephant's Child

by Rudyard Kipling
with Michael Hordern

In the 'High and Far-Off Times' the animals did not look like they do today, but certain things then happened to make them change.

("The Wily Wizard and the Wicked Witch" Jackanory Playhouse, 24 November, was adapted from a story by Godfried Bomans and published by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd)


Author: Rudyard Kipling
Storyteller: Michael Hordern

: Blue Peter

with John Noakes, Peter Purves, Lesley Judd


Presenter: John Noakes
Presenter: Peter Purves
Presenter: Lesley Judd
Producer: Rosemary Gill
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Scooby-Doo Where are You!


: Crystal Tipps and Alistair



Story and Design: Hilary Hayton
Story and Design: Graham McCallum

: National News

with Kenneth Kendall
and Weather


Newsreader: Kenneth Kendall

: Bruce Forsyth and The Generation Game

Starring Bruce Forsyth
Start the New Year with Bruce and his special guests and family couples from all over the country.
Hostess Anthea Redfern
Ronnie Hazlehurst and his Orchestra


Presenter: Bruce Forsyth
Hostess: Anthea Redfern
Musicians: Ronnie Hazlehurst and his Orchestra
Programme Associate: Tony Hawes
Designer: Robin Tarsnane
Producer: Alan Tarrant
Producer: James Moir

: On the Beat

[Starring] Norman Wisdom also starring Jennifer Jayne, Raymond Huntley, David Lodge

Norman's lack of inches seems likely to thwart his dream of joining the force - until Scotland Yard discovers he is the double of a hairdresser suspected of masterminding a series of robberies.

(This Week's films: page 9)


Director: Robert Asher
Norman Pitkin/Giulio Napolitani: Norman Wisdom
Rosanna: Jennifer Jayne
Sir Ronald Ackroyd: Raymond Huntley
Supt Hobson: David Lodge
Mrs Stammers: Esma Cannon
Doctor: Eric Barker
Sgt Wilkins: Eleanor Summerfield
Oberon: Ronnie Stevens
Chief Supt Belcher: Terence Alexander
Mr Bassett: Monty Landis
Vince: Maurice Kaufmann
American lady: Dilys Laye
Manzini: George Pastell
Police Sergeant: Jack Watson
Bollington: Campbell Singer
Man in Underground: Lionel Murton

: The Tarbuck Follies

Starring Jimmy Tarbuck
with Clodagh Rodgers, Liz Fraser, Valerie Leon, Daphne Oxenford, Gypsie Kemp,
Talfryn Thomas
and The Tarbuck Girls: Jeani Combie, Lisa Hardiman, Denise Fone, Elspeth Hands, Veronica France, Wendy Walsh
The Lionel Blair Dancers: Jacki Barron, Stephanie Lawrence, Mandy Carole, Lara Shaw, Hilary Ding, Janet Woodhams

Step into Tarbie's Theatre Club, a modern music-hall with Jim in charge of a New Year burlesque type show and lots of gorgeous girls. The theme, like the jokes, is broad variety and even Clodagh Rodgers forsakes the pop scene to indulge not only in song but also comedy.
Written by Eric Davidson, Bryan Blackburn, Bill Solly
(My Choice: page 5)


Presenter/Comedian: Jimmy Tarbuck
Singer: Clodagh Rodgers
[Actress]: Liz Fraser
[Actress]: Valerie Leon
[Actress]: Daphne Oxenford
[Actress]: Gypsie Kemp
[Actor]: Talfryn Thomas
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Jeani Combie
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Lisa Hardiman
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Denise Fone
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Elspeth Hands
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Veronica France
Performer (The Tarbuck Girls): Wendy Walsh
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Jacki Barron
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Stephanie Lawrence
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Mandy Carole
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Lara Shaw
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Hilary Ding
Dancer (The Lionel Blair Dancers): Janet Woodhams
Musical direction: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Vocal Backings: Three's A Crowd
Dance routines and staging: Lionel Blair
Writer: Eric Davidson
Writer: Bryan Blackburn
Writer: Bill Solly
Costume: Paula Bruce
Sound: Hugh Barker
Lighting: Ritchie Richardson
Design: Dick Coles
Producer: Michael Hurll

: The Main News

with Peter Woods and the BBC's reporters and correspondents around the world



Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Gala Performance

Michael Flanders introduces Margot Fonteyn, Maria Chiara, John Williams, Daniel Adni, Attilio Labis, Rosanne Creffield
New Philharmonic Orchestra
leader Desmond Bradley
conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, John Lanchbery

'La Fonteyn' in one of her most famous roles - tonight she dances the Grand Pas de Deux from Act 2 of The Sleeping Beauty with her 'Prince,' Attilio Labis. The programme also features the British debut of Italian soprano Maria Chiara plus classical guitarist John Williams and 21-year-old pianist Daniel Adni.



Presenter: Michael Flanders
Dancer: Margot Fonteyn
Soprano: Maria Chiara
Guitarist: John Williams
Pianist: Daniel Adni
Dancer: Attilio Labis
Mezzo-soprano: Rosanne Creffield
Musicians: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Desmond Bradley
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Costumes: John Bloomfield
Make-up: Shirley Channing-Williams
Lighting: Ken MacGregor
Sound: Adrian Stocks
Designer: Michael Young
Producer: Patricia Foy

: Talk-In Europe

On our first day in the Common Market Britain's two Commissioners, Rt Hon Sir Christopher Soames and Rt Hon George Thomson, face questions from Robin Day and his studio audience.


Panellist: Rt Hon Sir Christopher Soames
Panellist: Rt Hon George Thomson
Presenter: Robin Day
Producer: Christopher Capron

: On Stage with Lena Martell

at The MacRobert Centre, Stirling
A special New Year programme featuring Lena Martell and comedy variations from her guests Denny Willis, Bobby Bennett, Benny Yorke, Brian Fahey
and the New Scottish Radio Orchestra
leader Ian Tyre
(Denny Willis is in 'Aladdin' at the King's Theatre, Glasgow; Bobby Bennett in 'Aladdin' at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford)

12.0 Weatherman Keith Best
followed by Regional News and Weather: Closedown


Presenter/Singer: Lena Martell
Comedian: Denny Willis
Performer: Bobby Bennett
Singer: Benny Yorke
Conductor: Brian Fahey
Musicians: The New Scottish Radio Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Ian Tyre
Continuity script: John Lawson
Designer: Bob Smart
Executive Producer: Iain MacFadyen
Producer: Ian Christie
Weatherman: Keith Best

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