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: News


Weatherman: Jack Scott

: In the Town

Meet Barry the lorry driver and see what happens to trees.

: Robbie: In Search of...: the 'Perfect Pint'

A series of light-hearted quests. This week Fyfe Robertson travels Britain in a very personal search.


Reporter: Fyfe Robertson
Producer: Tom Savage

: Interval

: Horizon: The Crab Nebula

The history of the Crab more closely resembles a tale of mystery and imagination than a sober scientific recital.
The story begins in 1054 when a Chinese astronomer saw a 'guest-star' - almost certainly the cataclysmic destruction of a star whose remains are now the Crab. It ends with the question: is this the death that makes life possible?


Narrator: Paul Vaughan
Editor: Peter Goodchild
Producer: Alec Nisbett

: A Funny Thing...

Arthur Askey with memories and anecdotes from a lifetime in show business.

(More Funny Things' tomorrow afternoon at the same time)
Arthur Askey is featured in Radio Times 50th Anniversary special on sale 13 September: 50p


Presenter: Arthur Askey
Producer: John Longley

: The Governor and J.J.: Never Judge a Book by its Naked Cover

Starring Dan Dailey as State Governor Drinkwater, Julie Sommars as his daughter, J.J.
with James Callahan as George, Neva Patterson as Maggie

Never Judge a Book by its Naked Cover ...or, to put it another way, it's a lot safer to give up reading altogether if you happen to be a State Governor.


State Governor Drinkwater: Dan Dailey
J.J.: Julie Sommars
George: James Callahan
Maggie: Neva Patterson

: Petticoat Junction: The Crowded Wedding Ring

Starring Bea Benaderet as Kate Bradley, Edgar Buchanan as Uncle Joe and Linda Kaye as Betty Jo, Lori Saunders as Robbie, Jo Gunilla as Billie Jo

Uncle Joe tries his hand at match-making when an old friend of Kate's turns up at the Shady Rest. But his plans boomerang...


Producer: Paul Henning
Kate Bradley: Bea Benaderet
Uncle Joe: Edgar Buchanan
Betty Jo: Linda Kaye
Robbie: Lori Saunders
Billie Jo: Jo Gunilla

: Play School

"Bits and Pieces makes a Mistake" by Frances Lindsay
Guest storyteller Sam Kydd


Presenter: Sarah Long
Presenter: Don Spencer
Author (Bits and Pieces makes a Mistake): Frances Lindsay
Storyteller: Sam Kydd

: Jackanory: The Cuckoo Clock: The Country of the Nodding Mandarins

by Mrs Molesworth
with Ann Morrish
Today: The Country of the Nodding Mandarins


Author: Mrs Molesworth
Storyteller: Ann Morrish

: Soper at Large: ...in Town

Tony Soper shows how our towns and cities can be just as interesting as our countryside for the naturalist to explore because, despite the noise and bustle. a host of animals and plants find town life is good. See a vixen and her cubs playing in a garden-oceanic gulls nesting in buildings, plants that travel by British Rail.
(from Bristol)


Presenter: Tony Soper
Director: Alan Strowger
Producer: John Sparks

: National News

with Richard Baker; Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: Nationwide

bringing you news and views in your region tonight (including Regional Weather)
Presented by Michael Barratt, Frank Bough and Bob Wellings
(Regional details as Monday)


Presenter: Michael Barratt
Presenter: Frank Bough
Presenter: Bob Wellings

: British Film Night: French Dressing

Starring James Booth, Roy Kinnear, Marisa Mell

Jim and Henry feel that Gormleigh-on-Sea needs livening up and persuade the Mayor to stage a film festival. The presence of Franchise Fayol promises to do for Gormleigh what Brigitte Bardot did for St Tropez!
This Week's Films: page 11
Plump fumbler: page 4


Screenplay: Peter Myers
Screenplay: Ronald Cass
Screenplay: Peter Brett
Producer: Kenneth Harper
Director: Ken Russell
Jim: James Booth
Henry: Roy Kinnear
Frangoise Fayol: Marisa Mell
Judy: Alita Naughton
The Mayor: Bryan Pringle
Robert Robinson: Himself
Westbourne Mayor: Norman Pitt
Bridgmouth Mayor: Henry McCarthy
Vladek: Sandor Eles

: Spy Trap: Sullivan

by N. J. Crisp
[Starring] Paul Daneman, Tom Adams

Without warning, a complete stranger walks into Ryan's office. He says he's Anderson's replacement. He could be genuine. But a man is missing, and there might be a link...
Espionage expert: page 5


Writer: N.J. Crisp
Series devised by: Robert Barr
Script Editor: Simon Masters
Designer: Myles Lang
Producer: Morris Barry
Director: David Askey
Commander Ryan: Paul Daneman
Major Sullivan: Tom Adams
Lieut Sanders: Prentis Hancock
Sharon Lunghi: Kate O'Mara
Severin: John Ringham
Det-Supt Clark: Peter Welch
Charlie: Alister Williamson
Miller: Robert Russell
Davis: Derek Martin
Head waiter: John Devaut
Car park attendant: Charles Baillie

: Nine O'Clock News

with Richard Baker and Peter Woods; Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker
Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Big Fight Special


Muhammad Ali (USA) v Ken Norton (USA)
An exclusive recording of the fight earlier today in Los Angeles where Ali, former Heavyweight Champion of the World, returned to the ring seeking revenge against Norton, the man who broke his jaw and outpointed him in one of the great sporting upsets of 1973.

and John Conteh, British European and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Champion v Vicente Rondon (Venezuela) former WBA World Light Heavyweight Champion

"Britain's exciting 21-year-old champion against world class opposition on the Harry Levene promotion at Wembley. This marked the start of Conteh's bid for the World Light Heavyweight Championship" - Harry Carpenter on last night's fight. Tonight, he introduces the action from this great night of international boxing with studio comment from Henry Cooper and John Conteh.

Is time running out for Ali?: page 15


Presenter: Harry Carpenter
Boxer: Muhammad Ali
Boxer: Ken Norton
Boxer: John Conteh
Boxer: Vicente Rondon
Analysis: Henry Cooper
Analysis: John Conteh
Television Presentation: Richard Tilling
Editor: Sam Leitch

: Midweek

Ludovic Kennedy presents an informal review of reporting and relevant talk

Vincent Hanna, Max Hastings, David Jessel and Tom Mangold are the Midweek correspondents.


Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy
Correspondent: Vincent Hanna
Correspondent: Max Hastings
Correspondent: David Jessel
Correspondent: Tom Mangold

: Late Night News

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We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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