by ELISABETH BERESFORD
with Eleanor Bron The Great Solomon
Today: The Beggar King
just switch off your television set and do something less boring? Your ideas, games and activities presented by the children of the Belfast Why Don't You ... ? gang.
For several years the Rugby town centre churches have joined in an unusual Passion Play. There are no dressed-up actors - the words of the Bible story are spoken and hymns are sung by people belonging to the congregations. There is no scenery -the action takes place in different parts of Rugby School. Everybody present is involved in the event, which moves from the Last Supper to Calvary, and beyond. Introduced by TINA HEATH
Television presentation by MICHAEL SHOESMITH , BBC Birmingham
The feature film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake and Lassie
Bill, a beautiful collie dog adopted by young Kathie Merrick as a pup, performs courageously as a 'war dog' during World War II. But, like many of his human comrades, he returns home deeply affected by his experiences.
Screenplay by LIONEL HOUSER Produced by ROBERT SISK
Directed by FRED M. WILCOX. Films. p 11
with Richard Whitmore Weather MICHAEL FISH
1.42 Regional News
(London and SE only: News Headlines with subtitles)
The feature film starring Laurence Harvey
Claire Bloom , Karl Boehm
Once upon a time in Bavaria, there lived two brothers, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. They were supposed to be at work on a very boring biography of a Bavarian duke, but they spent most of their time writing fairy stories.
Screenplay by DAVID p. HARMON
CHARLES BEAUMONT , WILLIAM ROBERTS
Based on Die Brilder Grimm by DR HERMANN GERSTNER
Produced by GEORGE PAL
Directed by HENRY LEVIN , Films: page 11
Dorothea Grimm -:
by PENELOPE LIVELY dramatised by VALERIE GEORGESON ' All the old fear is coming back ... The past isn't very far away - not in a place like Astercote.'
Executive producer ANNA HOME
Director MARILYN FOX
with Richard Baker ; Weatherman
All the traditional spectacle, fun, excitement and suspense of the circus ring are brought to you in this special holiday presentation from the Big Top.
Ringmaster Norman Barr. ett introduces: The Koutoubia Troupe: acrobatic tumbling presented with bewildering agility by eight Moroccan gymnasts. Clarrison's Sea-lions:
Clare and Peter Harrison with three super-talented Peruvian sea* lions.
The Bruksons: incredible precision and balance from one of Germany's top circus troupes, joined bv 11-year-old
Kitty Roberts on the low wire. Tommy Roberts Jr : presenting his quartet of Indian elephants and Appalachian horses.
Supernova: dare-devil acrobatics suspended in space.
Jacko Fossett and Little Willy: slapstick clowning 'out of this world'.
Fudi and Suzanne: star jugglers from the Hungarian State Circus. Bobby Roberts Jr : with his eight magnificent Arab stallions.
The Flying Ramos: courage, grace and excitement from Mexico's top flying trapeze artists.
Commentator BRUCE HAMMAL
Circus production by BOBBY and TOMMY ROBERTS SR Sound CHRIS HOLCOMBE Lighting JOHN MASON
Designer NIGEL CURZON
Television production IAN SMITH
The feature film starring Dick Van Dyke
Sally Ann Howes
A special Easter presentation of this enchanting musical fantasy about a car with magical powers. Dick Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts , a none-too-successful inventor living in an old mill with his eccentric father and two children, Jeremy and Jemima. Together they rescue a derelict racing car, christening it Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - an apt name for a noisy car which has a habit of taking to the air.
Screenplay by ROALD DAHL and KEN HUGHES Basedonthecollectionofstories by IAN FLEMING
Produced by ALBERT R. BROCCOLI Directed by KEN HUGHES Films: page 11
Blonde at Fair:
The United States again plays host for the sixth year of this Championship, and at Key Biscayne, under the fierce Florida sun, 12 finalists compete for a share of the$132,000 total purse.
Brian Hooper, the UK and International Superstars Champion, leads the British challenge With him, Alan Lerwill, our Past Masters Champion. Against them:
Jody Scheckter (South Africa), defending Champion and the 1979 Formula 1 World Motor Racing Champion...
Renaldo 'Skeets' Nehemiah (USA), world record holder in the 110m hurdles, for two years the US Superstars Champion.
Gerry Loftus (Ireland), Irish
Superstars Champion, a trampolinist and army PT instructor
Eamonn Coghlan (Ireland), world indoor mile record holder and ranked No 1 over 5,000m.
Sydney Maree (South Africa), the only man to beat Steve Ovett over 1 mile since 1975; winner of the first New York Fifth Avenue Mile. Rod Dixon (New Zealand), 1500m Olympic medallist and Internanational Marathon runner.
Four American footballers all qualified through the US Final:
James Lofton of the Green Bay Packers; US Superstars runner-up. Dwight Clark , wide receiver with this year's Superdome winners-the San Francisco 49ers.
Chris Collingsworth , three-times All American Footballer and finalist in this year's Superbowl.
Mark Gastineau , defender with New York Jets, is 6ft 5ins, weighs 19½stone and has been timed at
4.69 sees over 40 yards. Commentators
DAVID VINE, RON PICKERING
Produced in collaboration with TRANS WORLD INTERNATIONAL and CANDID PRODUCTIONS INC and ABC TELEVISION ABC director ROGER GOODMAN
BBCtv production PETER HYLTON CLEAVER
with Richard Baker
Weekend Weatherman MICHAEL FISH
Holiday weekend weather and travel on Ceelax page ISO
The Passion of our Lord commemorated in words and music from Brecon Cathedral.
Emrys James (readers) Elrlan James (soprano) Gwynne Howell (bass) John Scott (organ)
Cardiff Polyphonic Choir conducted by Richard Elfyn Jones
Sound FRANK PRENDERGAST Lighting LEN STEPHENS
Producer J. MERVYN Williams
Director HUW TREGELLES WILLIAMS BBC Cymru/Wales
starring Anthony Quinn
Anna Magnani , Virna Lisi
1945: in the little Italian village of Santa Vittoria the news of Mussolini's death is followed by another more disturbing announcement. The Germans intend to occupy Santa Vittoria and commandeer the wine that represents the village's wealth. Mayor Bombolirii and his fellow citizens are faced with a rather large problem -how to conceal one million bottles of wine from -the thirsty invaders.
Screenplay by WILLIAM ROSE. BEN MADDOW Based on the novel by ROBERT CRICHTON
Produced and directed by STANLEY KRAMER Films: page 11
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