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: Gymnast

The last of eight programmes, Discussing the High Bar,
BBC Bristol

: The Perishers


Writer: Maurice Dodd

: Jackanory

with Kenneth Williams
Count Bakwerdz on the Carpet
Today: An Unlikely Picnic


Unknown: Kenneth Williams

: The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

Bad Fortune in a Chinese Fortune Cookie

: Why Don't You....?

Presented by the children of the Scottish Why Don't You? gang.


Producer: Catherine McFarlane

: Play Chess!

A series of ten programmes 9: The Opening

: Mary Chipperfield's Wildest School on Earth

The second of two programmes. MARY CHIPPERFIELD shows that only with patience, reward and mutual respect can a wild animal be taught to perform in the ring.
BBC Scotland


Unknown: Mary Chipperfield

: King of the Rocket Men

starring TRISTRAM COFFIN as Professor Jeff King
Chapter 8: Suicide Flight

: The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries

based on the books by FRANKLIN W. DIXON and CAROLYN KEENE
Hardy and in Sole Survivor
Joe wakes up in a Hong Kong hospital and is told that he's been unconscious for a year.


Unknown: Franklin W. Dixon
Unknown: Carolyn Keene
Written By: Christopher Crown
Directed By: Chris Nyby Jr
Joe: Shaun Cassidy
Frank Hardy: Parker Stevenson

: News After Noon

with Moira Stuart
Weather Jim Bacon


Newsreader: Moira Stuart
Weather presenter: Jim Bacon

: Regional News

(London and SE only: News Headlines with subtitles)

: King Rollo

A See-Saw programme

: Stop - Go!

A new See-Saw programme
Go motorbikes! Go police cars! Go Range Rover! The motorway police are going on patrol.


Voice: Lola Young
Music: Michael Omer
Film Editor: Trevor Williamson
Production Assistant: Rosemary Davies
Producer: Michael Cole

: Holiday Double Bill: Saddle the Wind

The feature film starring Robert Taylor, Julie London, John Cassavetes

In the first of two MGM westerns Steve Sinclair , a retired gunman now working in a quiet ranching community, is none too pleased when his hot-headed younger brother Tony returns from town with a new girl and a new gun he is itching to use. The trigger-happy Tony soon embarks on a trail of murder and destruction as he victimises a party of squatters. The scene is set for a showdown between the brothers.
Screenplay by ROD SERLING
Directed by ROBERT PARRISH. (First showing on British television). Films: p 105


Unknown: Robert Taylor
Unknown: Julie London
Unknown: John Cassavetes
Unknown: Steve Sinclair
Play By: Rod Serling
Produced By: Armand Deutsch
Directed By: Robert Parrish.
Steve Sinclair: Robert Taylor
Tony Sinclair: John Cassavetes
Joan Blake: Julie London
Mr Deneen: Donald Crisp
Larry Venables: Charles McCraw
Clay Ellison: Royal Dano
Dallas Hanson: Richard Erdman
Hamp Scribner: Douglas Spencer
Brick Larson: Ray Teal

: Holiday Double Bill: The Outriders

Starring Joel McCrea, Arlene Dahl Barry Sullivan with Ramon Novarro

Confederate soldiers, Will, Jesse and Clint escape from a Yankee prison camp and are hired by guerrilla leader Quantrill to lead a gold-laden wagon train into an ambush. Will and Clint think the gold will help the Confederate cause but Jesse knows that Quantrill has other ideas.
Directed by ROY ROWLAND. Films: p 105


Unknown: Joel McCrea
Unknown: Arlene Dahl
Unknown: Barry Sullivan
Unknown: Ramon Novarro
Produced By: Richard Goldstone
Directed By: Roy Rowland.
Will Owen: Joel McCrea
Jen Gort: Arlene Dahl
Jesse Wallace: Barry Sullivan
Roy Gort: Claude Jarman Jr
Clint Priest: James Whitmore
Don Antonio Chaves: Ramon Novarro
Keeley: Jeff Corey

: Play School

Story: What a Party
Devised and told by Bill Tidy
Presenters Carol Chell , Ben Bazell


Presenters: Carol Chell
Presenters: Ben Bazell

: Mighty Mouse

A cartoon series
Mighty Mouse Rides Again

: Jackanory

with Instant Sunshine
It is dawn in a lonely woodland clearing. Four people arrive with a secret purpose; a fight to the death - or, at least, until the cucumbers run out....


Unknown: David Barlow
Unknown: Peter Christie
Unknown: Miles Kington
Unknown: Alan Maryon-Davis
Producer: Angela Beeching
Director: Christine Secombe

: Blue Peter Review of the Year

with Simon Groom, Sarah Greene and Peter Duncan
Remember Simon as an Elvis look-alike, Sarah wearing corsets and Peter slogging it out in the first ever London Marathon? They are just a few of Blue Peter's 1981 highlights and others include Kevin Keegan in action in the studio, a meeting with Morph, the birth of Goldie's puppies and leaping through fire with the legendary White Helmets.
If you missed any of these mile-stones today's your chance to catch up and to look forward to 1982.


Presenter: Simon Groom
Presenter: Sarah Greene
Presenter: Peter Duncan
Assistant Editor: Ian Oliver
Assistant Editor: Renny Rye
Editor: Biddy Baxter

: Evening News

with Richard Baker ; Weatherman


Unknown: Richard Baker

: Bugs Bunny in Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk

(London and South East only)
All other English regions: Regional News

: Top of the Pops: All the Number Ones of 1981

Introduced by Mike Read.


Presenter: Mike Read
Director: Gordon Elsbury
Producer: Michael Hurll

: The Dick Emery Christmas Show

For Whom the Jingle Bells Toll A seasonal escapade starring Dick Emery with special guests
Roy Kinnear , Harry H. Corbett
Iain Cuthbertson , Lee Montague and June Whitfield and featuring
Annie Ross , Glynn Edwards Script by JOHN AND STEVEN SINGER
Producer HAROLD SNOAD (RepeaO


Unknown: Dick Emery
Unknown: Roy Kinnear
Unknown: Harry H. Corbett
Unknown: Iain Cuthbertson
Unknown: Lee Montague
Unknown: June Whitfield
Unknown: Annie Ross
Unknown: Steven Singer
Producer: Harold Snoad

: Elvis - The Movie

' The truth will rock you' ran the publicity. John Carpenter 's affectionate tribute to ' the King of Rock ' tells the true and moving story of the man behind the myth - from his birth into a poor Mississippi family in 1935 up to his comeback concert in Las Vegas in 1969. Kurt Russell gives a remarkably convincing performance as Elvis, and Shelley Winters and Season Hubley co-star as the two important women in his life.
Elvis vocals sung by RONNIE MCDOWELL
Written and produced by ANTHONY LAWRENCE
(First showing on British television) Films: page 105


Unknown: John Carpenter
Sung By: Ronnie McDowell
Produced By: Anthony Lawrence
Directed By: John Carpenter
Elvis Presley: Kurt Russell
Gladys Presley: Shelley Winters
Priscilla Presley: Season Hubley
Vernon Presley: Bing Russell
Red West: Robert Gray
Colonel Tom Parker: Pat Hingle
Natalie Wood: Abi Young
Charlie Hodge: Himself
Lisa Marie Presley: Pelicia Fenske
Elvis,a boy: Randy Gray

: Main News

with Richard Baker Weatherman


Unknown: Richard Baker

: Pick of 81

What do you remember of the last 12 months? The Royal Wedding, the cricket, the comedy, the tragedy, the Space Shuttle, The Borgias?
Barry Took looks back at the year's television with highlights from some of the programmes which have achieved popularity, esteem, and even notoriety, Among those taking part:
Dave Allen , David Bellamy Ian Botham , Mel Brooks
Judi Dcnch , Lesley-Anne Down John Duttine , Lenny Henry Neil Innes , Clive James
Penelope Keith , Felicity Kendal Grace Kennedy , Philip Madoc
Bette Midler , Malcolm Muggeridge John Nettles , Barry Norman Rudolf Nureyev
Michael Parkinson
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Lynn Seymour , Victor Spinetti
Pamela Stephenson , Michael Wood Mike Yarwood
Videotape editor PETE BIRD Producer SUE MALLINSON


Unknown: Barry Took
Unknown: Dave Allen
Unknown: David Bellamy
Unknown: Ian Botham
Unknown: Mel Brooks
Unknown: Judi Dcnch
Unknown: John Duttine
Unknown: Lenny Henry
Unknown: Neil Innes
Unknown: Clive James
Unknown: Penelope Keith
Unknown: Felicity Kendal
Unknown: Grace Kennedy
Unknown: Philip Madoc
Unknown: Bette Midler
Unknown: Malcolm Muggeridge
Unknown: John Nettles
Unknown: Barry Norman
Unknown: Rudolf Nureyev
Unknown: Michael Parkinson
Unknown: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Unknown: Lynn Seymour
Unknown: Victor Spinetti
Unknown: Pamela Stephenson
Unknown: Michael Wood
Unknown: Mike Yarwood

: 81 Take 2

Due to annual stocktaking literally dozens of mint and previously unseen 1981 jokes must go before midnight. Massive clearance of sketches, one-liners, songs, monologues. Also assorted performers including John Bett, Ron Bain, Robbie Coltrane, Celia Imrie and the talents of Rik Mayall, Chic Murray, The Hee Bee Gee Bees and the genuine reproductions of Noele Gordon, The Princess of Wales, Ian Paisley, The Police, Adolfo Celi and many, many more.
Guaranteed unrepeatable.
BBC Scotland


Performer: John Bett
Performer: Ron Bain
Performer: Robbie Coltrane
Performer: Celia Imrie
Performer: Rik Mayall
Performer: Chic Murray
Performers: The Hee Bee Gee Bees
Designer: Bob Smart
Assistant Producer: Colin Gilbert
Director: Rod Natkiel
Producer: Sean Hardie

: Across the Years

In the midst of the traditional celebrations in Trafalgar Square, some well-known faces reflect on the positive side of the passing year and join Big Ben in the welcoming of 1982.

: Hi There 82!

A special New Year's programme from Pebble Mill presented by Mike Murphy with a little help from the Hi-De-Hi! team.
Their party guests include Danny La Rue, Andy Williams, Norman Collier, Wall Street Crash, Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen
Producer ROY NORTON.
BBC Birmingham


Presented By: Mike Murphy
Unknown: Danny La Rue
Unknown: Andy Williams
Unknown: Norman Collier
Unknown: Kenny Ball
Unknown: Tony Wolfe
Producer: Roy Norton.

: Weather

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