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: When the Cameras Came to Brum

Cliff Richard is the star of a new musical film with an unusual setting - Gas Street, Birmingham. This placid backwater of the Birmingham Canal Navigation became the focal point of a small army of technicians and many others when the bandwagon of a film production rolled into town. As they made their film, Midland cameras made theirs.


Subject: Cliff Richard
Producer: Derek Smith

: Band of Thieves

starring Acker Bilk with Jimmy Thompson , Jennifer Jayne A prison-bound Trad group are sent on a tour of British gaols by the jazz-happy Governor, but it is not long before they are in trouble with the law.
Holiday Films: pages 17-18


Director: Peter Bezencenet
Acker Bilk: Himself
Flash: Colin Smith
Fingers: Jonathan Mortimer
Scouse: Ron McKay
Dippy: Roy James
Haggis: Stan Greig
The Mole: Ernie Price
The Governor: Geoffrey Sumner
The Honourable Derek: Jimmy Thompson
Anne: Jennifer Jayne
The Duchess: Maudie Edwards
Mrs Van Der Ness: Charmian Innes
Getaway: Arthur Mullard
Chief Warder: Michael Peake

: What Colour is the Wind?

This film tells the simple, compassionate story of the relationship between a blind boy, his twin brother and their parents.
"A thoughtful, modest and helpful documentary..." ( THE NEW YORK TIMES)


Produced and photographed by: Allan Grant

: News



Unknown: Graham Parker

: Harry Langdon

in Long Pants
One of the screen's classic silent comedy films, in which baby-faced Harry Langdon plays the part of a young lad who falls in love with a gangster's moll.
Introduced by Michael Bentine from the National Film Theatre London


Unknown: Harry Langdon
Introduced By: Michael Bentine
Music By: Malcolm Mitchell
Presented By: Richard Evans

: Camberwick Green


Puppets, scripts, production: Gordon Murray

: Film Matinee: Further Up the Creek

Starring David Tomlinson, Frankie Howerd with Shirley Eaton, Thora Hird, Lionel Jeffries, Lionel Murton
When HMS Aristotle is to be sold to a small Mediterranean kingdom, the crew seize their opportunity to turn the final voyage into a one-way pleasure cruise.
Holiday Films: pages 17-18


Director: Val Guest
Fairweather: David Tomlinson
Bosun: Frankie Howerd
Jane: Shirley Eaton
Mrs Galloway: Thora Hird
President: Eric Pohlman
Barker: Lionel Jeffries
Perkins: Lionel Murton
Bates: Sam Kydd
Cooky: John Warren

: Mastermind

The Final
Book 35p: see page 114

: Play School

A programme for children under 5 Story: A Visit to the Theatre by MICHAEL SHOESMITH Presenters
Chloe Ashcroft , Jon Glover


Unknown: Michael Shoesmith
Presenters: Chloe Ashcroft
Presenters: Jon Glover

: Yogi Bear

: Jackanory

with John Laurie
The Dogs of Drummond Hall
A boy, his grandfather, two wicked uncles and two strange dogs.
Adapted from traditional sources by JENNY NIMMO
Executive producer ANNA HOME


Unknown: John Laurie
Unknown: Jenny Nimmo
Director: Daphne Jones

: Blue Peter

with Valerie Singleton, John Noakes, Peter Purves, Lesley Judd
Review of the Year - including John's five-mile free fall, the amazing Uri Geller, and the special message from Pope Paul VI.


Presenter: Valerie Singleton
Presenter: John Noakes
Presenter: Peter Purves
Presenter: Lesley Judd

: The Long-Nosed Princess

by Priscilla Hallowell, dramatised by Veronica Cecil
The people of Jingle believed that Princess Felicity was the most beautiful girl in the world and any prince would be lucky to marry her.


Author: Priscilla Hallowell
Dramatised by: Veronica Cecil
Fight Arranger: Peter Brayham
Designer: Christine Ruscoe
Director: Paul Stone
Executive Producer: Anna Home
King Angus: Joseph O'Conor
Princess Felicity: Lorna Heilbron
Lady Violet: Sheila Brownrigg
Prince Fustian: Martin Jarvis
Herald: Joe Dunlop
Princess Lucinda: Sally Stephens
King: Leonard Fenton
Farmer: Lewis Wilson
Prince Harry: Geoffrey Burridge

: National News

with Robert Dougall ; Weather


Unknown: Robert Dougall

: Nationwide - at the Turn of the Year

The first of two programmes in which Michael Barratt , Frank Bough and Bob Wellings reflect on the past year and look around the corner into 1974.
Tonight, Frank Bough asks: 1973 - Was it really that bad?


Presenter: Michael Barratt
Presenter: Frank Bough
Presenter: Bob Wellings
Producer: John Morrell
Editor: Michael Bunce

: Sporting Superstars

featuring Jackie Stewart, David Hemery, Joe Bugner, Roger Taylor, Barry John,
Bobby Moore, Tony Jacklin
Over two days of gruelling athletic competition at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, the country's top sportsmen faced each other in a series of Sporting Confrontations, for the winner's garland, £8,000 prize money, and the title of 'Sporting Superstar.'
Produced in collaboration with TRANSWORLD INTERNATIONAL
Television production IAN SMITH
Executive producer PHILIP LEWIS


Unknown: Jackie Stewart
Unknown: David Hemery
Unknown: Joe Bugner
Unknown: Roger Taylor
Unknown: Barry John
Unknown: Bobby Moore
Unknown: Tony Jacklin
Unknown: Ron Pickering
Unknown: Phil Pilley
Unknown: Ian Smith
Producer: Philip Lewis

: Nimmo in Australia

Fresh from his disaster in Las Vegas last year, Derek Nimmo - innocent abroad-plunges Down Under to dig for the real Australia where men are still men.
Will he rediscover the pioneering spirit of the early settlers, the irresistible forces that drive men in search of gold and the freedom of the Outback? Probably not.
Part 2: tomorrow at 10.10 pm


Unknown: Derek Nimmo
Editor: Arthur Solomon
Director: Richard Drewett

: Nine O'Clock News

with Robert Dougall and Richard Whitmore and the BBC's reporters and correspondents around the world Weather


Unknown: Robert Dougall
Unknown: Richard Whitmore

: Last Train from Gun Hill

A film starring Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn with Earl Holliman, Carolyn Jones
After his wife has been murdered by two young drunks, Marshal Matt Morgan tracks down the killers to Gun Hill - and discovers that one of them is the son of an old friend. Craig Belden, who once saved the Marshal's life, now begs for his son's life in return, but the Marshal is determined to see justice done.
Holiday Films: pages 17-18


Director: John Sturges
Matt Morgan: Kirk Douglas
Craig Belden: Anthony Quinn
Rick Belden: Earl Holliman
Linda: Carolyn Jones
Lee: Brian Hutton
Catherine: Ziva Rodann
Petey: Lars Henderson
Belden Foreman: Brad Dexter

: Top of the Year

Celebrities from the world of show business gather in London's West End at a special gala occasion to see out the old year.
From The Talk of the Town in London Michael Aspel introduces the Variety Club Awards of 1973, presented by ERIC MORLEY including: Film and Stage Actor and Actress of the Year; BBCtv, ITV and BBC Radio Personality and the Show Business Personality of 1973. From St Margaret's, Westminster, Canon David Edwards reflects on the turn of the year.
Midnight: THE CHIMES of Big Ben
Welcome 74
A special cabaret to greet the New Year
Musical director BURT RHODES Designer ERIC WALMSLEY
Executive producer PHILIP LEWIS


Presented By: Eric Morley
Unknown: Canon David Edwards
Director: Burt Rhodes
Designer: Eric Walmsley
Produced By: Terry Henebery
Director: Brian Whitehouse
Producer: Ken Griffin
Producer: Philip Lewis

: Closedown

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