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: Paddington

Paddington turns Detective

: Jackanory

with Arthur Lowe
Joan Aiken Short Stories Today: The Gift Pig
Pictures by JOHN LATHEY


Unknown: Arthur Lowe
Unknown: Joan Aiken Short
Unknown: John Lathey

: Why Don't You....?

Why Don't You just switch off your television set and go and do something less boring instead?
A programme for children, by children, about your own activities and ideas.
(Write to us at [address removed]; please enclose a long sae if you. want instructions about an item shown)
Why Don't You: String Games, 60p, from bookshops


Directed By: Hilary Murphy
Produced By: Patrick Dowling

: The Seppala Race

A Norwegian film about their annual sled dog derby.
Story told by MARTIN WORSOE
Presented by DAPHNE JONES


Told By: Martin Worsoe
Presented By: Daphne Jones

: Pixie and Dixie

Batty Bat
A series of cartoons about two zany mice, Pixie and Dixie, and their ever-present foe, Jinks the cat.

: Buck Rogers

The classic serial, in 12 exciting episodes, starring
Buster Crabbe as Buck Rogers 5: The Phantom Plane
In which Buck Rogers uses an invisibility ray to penetrate Killer Kane 's stronghold and then travels to Saturn by spaceship, where he is threatened by poison gas.


Unknown: Buster Crabbe
Unknown: Buck Rogers
Unknown: Killer Kane
Directed By: Ford Beebe
Directed By: Saul Goodkind

: The Fantastic Journey

A Dream of Conquest
Varian and his companions cross another time zone. There they find the troops of would-be conqueror Tarant on the rampage.


Varian: Jared Martin
Dr Fred Walters: Carl Franklin
Scott Jordan: Ike Eisenmann
Liana: Katie Savior
Tarant: Guest Stars John Saxon
Argon: Morgan Paull
Lara: Lenore Stevens
Luther: Robert Patten
Nikki: Johnny Doran

: The Selfish Giant

Every afternoon, as they returned from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's beautiful garden until, one day, the Giant came back and built a high wall all round the garden and put up a notice board ' Trespassers will be Prosecuted '. He was a very selfish Giant.
A cartoon version of the fairytale by OSCAR WILDE, produced in Canada.
Produced and directed by MURRAY SHOSTAK and PETER SANDER


Directed By: Murray Shostak
Directed By: Peter Sander

: Midday News



Unknown: Jack Scott

: The Man Who Talks to Animals

With the help of Petula Clark , Bruce Forsyth and Peter Sellers , Esther Rantzen explores the extraordinary world of Percy Edwards. PERCY EDWARDS is the most accurate and versatile animal impersonator in the world. He can ' become ' anything from a dormouse to a hippopotamus. His contribution to films, television and radio is unique. He was Psyche, the dog, in the long-running radio series A Life of Bliss and claims to be the only man in Britain to have received gifts of bones and dog biscuits.
Production assistant NICK HANDEL Director JEREMY BENNETT


Unknown: Petula Clark
Unknown: Bruce Forsyth
Unknown: Peter Sellers
Unknown: Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Percy Edwards.
Unknown: Percy Edwards
Director: Jeremy Bennett

: Bagpuss

: Sinbad the Sailor

The feature film starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Maureen O'Hara, Walter Slezak
Sinbad, renowned as a teller of improbable tales, describes a treasure hunt on the trail of Alexander The Great during which he falls in love with Shireen, the Emir of Daibul's slavegirl.
Written by JOHN TWIST
Produced by STEPHEN AMES
Directed by RICHARD WALLACE Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: Walter Slezak
Written By: John Twist
Produced By: Stephen Ames
Directed By: Richard Wallace
Sinbad: Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Shireen: Maureen O'Hara
Melik: Walter Slezak
Emir: Anthony Quinn
Abbu: George Tobias
Pirouze: Jane Greer
Yusuf: Mike Mazurki

: Bugs Bunny

in Falling Hare

: Play School

Presented today by Don Spencer with Chloe Ashcroft who is visiting Abbey Primary School, Leicester


Unknown: Don Spencer
Unknown: Chloe Ashcroft

: Yogi Bear

Do or Diet

: Jackanory

with Timothy Davies
Belinda and Bellamant by E. NESBIT ' Prince Bellamant, aged 24, wants Princess who doesn't object to a christening curse. Nature of curse only revealed in the strictest confidence. Good tempered. Comfortably off. Quiet habits. No relations.'
Pictures by PETER RUSH


Unknown: Timothy Davies
Unknown: E. Nesbit

: The White Seal

An animated version of RUDYARD KIPLING 'S classic story of how a young seal spends five years searching for waters away from the hunters. He then leads his family and friends to safety.
The narrator is RODDY MCDOWELL


Unknown: Rudyard Kipling

: Blue Peter Review of the Year

with Lesley Judd, Simon Groom and Christopher Wenner
Re-live Blue Peter 's highlights of 1978 as Simon rides the Tower Bridge Death Slide, Christopher takes to the skies-on water-skis, and Lesley has a cuddle with Frankenstein's monster! Join ANNI-FRID, BJORN, AGNETHA and BENNY in the Blue Peter studio, float in space with Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriot and flex your lips with the Fuoptimists as they give their unique 'trim-phone' seminar.
Blue Peter Make, Cook and Look Book, £1.50. from bookshops


Presenter: Lesley Judd
Presenter: Simon Groom
Presenter: Christopher Wenner
Producer: Renny Rye
Assistant Editor: John Adcock
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Evening News

with Angela Rippon ; Weatherman


Unknown: Angela Rippon

: London and South East only: Little Orphan Airedale

All other English regions: Regional News

: Call of the Wild

The feature film starring
Charlton Heston , Michelle Mercier The exciting and moving story of Buck, a magnificent Alsatian dog stolen from his Californian home, shipped to the snowy wastes of Alaska and sold as a sled dog.
This adaptation of Jack London 's famous tale follows the hardships and adventures of Buck and his master, John Thornton , during the harsh and often brutal times of the Yukon gold rush.
Directed by KEN ANNAKIN . Films: pp 16-17 (First showing on British television)


Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Michelle Mercier
Unknown: Jack London
Unknown: John Thornton
Unknown: Peter Welbeck
Unknown: Wyn Wells
Unknown: Peter Yeldman
Produced By: Harry Alan
Directed By: Ken Annakin
Thornton: Charlton Heston
Calliope: Michelle Mercier
Pete: Raimund Harmstorf
Black Burton: George Eastman
Mercedes: Maria Rohm
Seze JUAN: Luis Galiardo
Taglish Charlie: Sancho Gracia
Charles: Freidhelm Lehmann
Hal: Horst Heuck
Dutch Barry: Rik Bataglia
Constantine: Alf Malland
Judge Miller: Alfredo Mayo

: Lennie and Jerry's Holiday Special

Starring Lennie Bennett and Jerry Stevens
with Karen Kay and special guests Patrick Moore, Magnus Pyke
Script editor DENNIS BERSON
Costume designer LYNDA WOODFIELD
Produced by ERNEST MAXIN


Unknown: Lennie Bennett
Unknown: Jerry Stevens
Unknown: Karen Kay
Unknown: Patrick Moore
Unknown: Magnus Pyke
Unknown: Alyn Ainsworth
Editor: Dennis Berson
Produced By: Ernest Maxin

: News

with Angela Rippon ; Weather


Unknown: Angela Rippon

: Steptoe and Son Ride Again

The feature film starring
Wilfrid Brambell , Harry H. Corbett with Diana Dors
When the Steptoes' horse, Hercules, has to be retired, Albert gives Harold his life savings to buy a replacement, but he blows the whole amount on a dud grey-hound. Desperate measures are needed and Harold decides that Albert must die so he can collect the old man's life insurance policy.
Screenplay by RAY GALTON , ALAN SIMPSON Produced by AIDA YOUNG Directed by PETER SYKES
(First showing on British television) Films: panes 18-17


Unknown: Wilfrid Brambell
Unknown: Harry H. Corbett
Unknown: Diana Dors
Unknown: Ray Galton
Unknown: Alan Simpson
Produced By: Aida Young
Directed By: Peter Sykes
Albert Steptoe: Wilfrid Brambell
Harold Steptoe: Harry H Corbett
Woman in flat: Diana Dors
Dr Popplewell: Milo O'Shea
Lennie: Neil McCarthy
George: Bill Maynard
Percy: George Tovey
Claude: Sam Kydd
Lennie's wife: Yootha Joyce
Percy's wife: Olga Lowe
Claude's wife: Joyce Hemson

: Look Back at 78

Angela Rippon and Richard Stilgoe invite you to look back at 1978: the year of the bitter winter, the non-summer, the Lib-Lab pact. the non-election. The year of three Popes, Camp David, sanctions busting and 5 per cent pay. The year Cambridge sank. Boycott was sacked and Colonel B was named.
It was a good year for Evita, a bad year for Scottish soccer. The first test-tube baby was born. Princess Margaret was divorced and Jomo Kenyatta died.
Reflecting on this dramatic year, Fred Emery with Mrs Edna Healey , Sir Freddie Laker
Hugh Scanlon , Paul Johnson and guests from politics, sport and showbusiness including Janet Brown with Mrs Thatcher 's Diary


Unknown: Angela Rippon
Unknown: Richard Stilgoe
Unknown: Jomo Kenyatta
Unknown: Fred Emery
Unknown: Mrs Edna Healey
Unknown: Sir Freddie Laker
Unknown: Hugh Scanlon
Unknown: Paul Johnson
Unknown: Janet Brown
Unknown: Mrs Thatcher
Director: Tom Gutteridge
Editor: John Morrell

: Most Wanted

is the name of the team - a special crime squad - ready to swing into action - any time, anywhere starring with and The Hit Man
Wealthy financier Warren Hill has nursed a grudge against Mayor Stoddard for ruining his political career. Hill now seeks revenge - and hires an international hit man to kill the mayor ...
Written by ROBERT JANES Directed by RICHARD LANG


Unknown: Warren Hill
Unknown: Mayor Stoddard
Written By: Robert Janes
Directed By: Richard Lang
Capt Line Evers: Robert Stack
Sgt Charlie Benson: Shelly Novack
Officer Kate Manners: Jo Ann Harris
Mayor Dan Stoddard: Harry Rhodes

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