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: The Pink Panther Show

Starring the optimistic, indestructible panther. Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini (Repeat)


Composer: Henry Mancini

: Mop and Smiff

Written and presented by Mike Amatt : The Snow
Mop meets the snow blower, Smiff gets taken to the dump. Animation SIMON AND SARA BOR Director SID WADDELL Producer DAVID BROWN BBC Manchester


Presented By: Mike Amatt
Director: Sid Waddell
Producer: David Brown

: Why Don't You....

just switch off your television and go out and do something less boring instead?
The Cardiff gang come up with an idea for drop-outs - ever tried parascending?

: The Hunter

Fox's Foul Play
The Fox is having a ball till the Hunter chases him back to base.

: Play Chess

with Bill Hartston
The values of the chessmen. How to stop losing your pieces and start winning instead.


Unknown: Bill Hartston

: Ivor the Engine

Story told by Olwen Griffiths
Anthony Jackson and Oliver Postgate
Pictures by PETER FIRMIN


Unknown: Oliver Postgate
Told By: Olwen Griffiths
Told By: Anthony Jackson
Unknown: Peter Firmin
Music By: Vernon Elliott

: Play School

January brings the snow Makes the feet and fingers glow
Presenters Carol Leader and Wayne Jackman Guest storyteller John Wells
Story: Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle by A. A. MILNE
Illustrations by E. H. SHEPARD


Unknown: Wayne Jackman
Unknown: John Wells
Unknown: A. A. Milne
Illustrations By: E. H. Shepard

: Edinburgh Military Tattoo 1985

Highlights from
Edinburgh Castle
THE MASSED PIPES AND DRUMS The Royal Navy Display Team
The Window Display
The final appearance of the Display Team consisting of 60 ratings performing over 200 co-ordinated movements without a word of command. A Drum Salute and the Dance The Argyll Broadswords The Royal Hong Kong Police Bands
A stirring and colourful display in the traditions of the East and West.
Policewomen display a scarf dance and a fan dance. The Rutgers University Queens Guard
The precision drill team of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
The Massed Military Bands The Finale
Evening Hymn and Last Post Lone Piper
Auld Lang Syne
Commentary Tom Fleming Director of music
Produced for TV by IAN CHRISTIE BBC Scotland (R)


Producer: Lt Col Leslie Dow
Produced for TV by: Ian Christie

: Birdwatch

Live from Martin Mere
The first of three live reports from one of Britain's finest natural refuges for Arctic wildfowl. Pink-footed geese, bewick's swans, whooper swans, hosts of ducks and waders are all within range of four live cameras (including a remotely-controlled one) far out in the bogs and marshes of Lancashire.
Tony Soper and Roger Lovegrove have come to see tens of thousands of migrants which have flown south to enjoy the warmth of a British winter.


Presenter: Tony Soper
Presenter: Roger Lovegrove

: Tom and Jerry

: Dot and the Kangaroo

An animated film.
Dot, the little daughter of a settler in the Australian outback, loses her way in the bush. As night begins to fall, she is terrified by the dark shadows and unfamiliar sounds, until she is befriended by a kangaroo who introduces her to the other bush creatures and promises to help her find her way home.

Written by John Palmer
Produced and directed by Yoram Gross


Writer: John Palmer
Director/producer: Yoram Gross

: News

with Frances Coverdale


Unknown: Frances Coverdale
Unknown: Michael Fish

: Birdwatch

Live from Martin Mere
Seventeen thousand pink-footed geese spend the winter on this marshland reserve, and these are the birds Tony Soper looks for during his second live report of the day. This ancient mere had all but disappeared 11 years ago, but the wetlands were re-established by the Wildfowl Trust, and the birds returned. Janet Kear , the curator, tells the story.


Unknown: Tony Soper
Unknown: Janet Kear

: Ice Skating Special

The 1985 World Professional Figure Skating Championships from Washington, USA. More outstanding performances from the world's greatest skaters, all holders of Olympic, World or National titles.
The competitors include: TorviU and Dean
Robin Cousins
Protopopovs Blumberg and Seibert Scott Hamilton Toller Cranston
Norbert Schramm
Babilonia and Gardner Dorothy Hamill Linda Fratianne Elaine Zayak
Rosalynn Sumners
Commentator ALAN WEEKS


Unknown: Protopopovs Blumberg
Unknown: Seibert Scott Hamilton
Unknown: Toller Cranston
Unknown: Norbert Schramm
Unknown: Gardner Dorothy Hamill
Unknown: Linda Fratianne
Unknown: Elaine Zayak
Unknown: Rosalynn Sumners
Commentator: Alan Weeks

: Birdwatch

Live from Martin Mere
Dusk comes early and cold on the first afternoon of 1986. Vast numbers of geese, ducks and swans are flying back from the feeding grounds to roost around the mere.
To help them survive all the better, the warden
Chris Tomlinson gives the birds a bonus feed of grain.
Tony Soper , Roger Lovegrove and four live cameras are waiting for the action. Cameraman IAN STACEY Technical co-ordination GEOFF STAFFORD
Assistant producer ROBIN PRYTHERCH Producer JOHN DOBSON BBC Bristol
(The Best of Birdwatch tomorrow


Unknown: Chris Tomlinson
Unknown: Tony Soper
Unknown: Roger Lovegrove
Unknown: Ian Stacey
Unknown: Geoff Stafford
Director: Paul Appleby
Producer: John Dobson

: Back to the Drawing Board

Presented by Lennie Bennett and Sally James
Ten teams of British eccentrics travel to Volendam in Holland to take on the Dutch at one of their own most exciting and popular television programmes. Each team has to build a weird and wonderful craft to negotiate a very steep, greasy ramp and cross 15 metres of water to ring a bell!
Sounds easy doesn't it, but just see what happens! Watch out for: Champagne Charlies from Liverpool; Brunel Old Boys (and a girl), Middlesex; Bristol Dental Teachers; Wirral Haematology; The Radcliffe Sword from Sussex; Geoff Shoesmith's Rotary Motion; Life Support from Yorkshire; The Bath Charioteers; The Kent Teachers; The Swansea Jacks
(In association with Rene Stokvis Entertainment Productions, Holland)
A further series of programmes will be recorded this year. Those interested in competing should write to: Back to the Drawing Board BBC, [address removed]


Presenter: Lennie Bennett
Presenter: Sally James
Production: David Pickthall
Production: Joy Corbett
Production: Liz Cullen
Production: Owen Thomas
Television Production: Peter Hylton Cleaver

: Paul Young in Concert

The exciting and dynamic British pop star, just back from a long, successful world tour, launches a new pop/rock year with his own television special, recorded at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
Outstanding chart successes such as 'Love of the common people', 'Wherever I lay my hat' and 'No parlez' are all included in a dazzling repertoire.
Producer JOHN G. SMITH BBC Pebble Mill
A simultaneous broadcast with Radio 1. Viewers with stereo
Radio I may wish to turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, butafew feet away. Stereo headphones provide a suitable alternative.
0 FEATURE: page 17


Producer: John G. Smith

: Final Score

All the headline makers and day's results

: News

with Frances Coverdale Weather News


Unknown: Frances Coverdale

: The Circus World Championships

A spectacular competition for the coveted gold medals between supreme circus artists from around the world. The categories and contenders are: High Wire
Manfred Doval
(West Germany) v
Delilah Wallenda Duo (USA) Supertroupe and Speciality Act
The Seven Kornek (Poland) v The China Zhanshi Acrobatic Troupe (China) Juggling
Dick Franco (USA) v
Arturo Alegria (Mexico) Ringmaster
Norman Barrett Commentator Graham Dene
Staged in the Big Top at Torbay
Designer RICHARD MCMANAN-SMITH CWC producer CHARLES THOMPSON Television presentation BOB WILD


Unknown: Dick Franco
Unknown: Norman Barrett
Commentator: Graham Dene
Director: Neil Richardson
Unknown: Mike Johnstone
Unknown: John Mason
Designer: Richard McManan-Smith
Producer: Charles Thompson
Unknown: Bob Wild

: Clash of the Titans

Harry Hamlin Judi Bowker
Burgess Meredith as The Mortals
Laurence Olivier
Claire Bloom
Maggie Smith
Ursula Andress as The Immortals
Perseus, son of the god Zeus, sets out to win the love of the beautiful Andromeda. In order to do so he must first overcome the terrifying obstacles set in his path by the other gods on Mount
Olympus. He is set upon by witches, a monstrous two-headed dog, the Medusa of the Gorgon's head and finally the horrifying Kraken - a giant sea monster.
This action-packed fantasy adventure features an all-star cast and the ingenious special effects of Ray Harryhausen.
The Mythologicals Bubo, Charon, Dioskilos,
Kraken, Medusa, Pegasus, Scorpions and Vulture
Screenplay by BEVERLEY CROSS
(First showing on British televison)
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Harry Hamlin
Unknown: Judi Bowker
Unknown: Burgess Meredith
Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Claire Bloom
Unknown: Maggie Smith
Unknown: Ursula Andress
Play By: Beverley Cross
Produced By: Charles H. Schneer
Produced By: Ray Harryhausen
Directed By: Desmond Davis
The Immortals Zeus: Laurence Olivier
The Immortals Hera: Claire Bloom
The Immortals Thetis: Maggie Smith
The Immortals Aphrodite: Ursula Andress
The Immortals Poseidon: Jack Gwillim
Athena: Susan Fleetwood
Hephaestus: Pat Roach
The Mortals Perseus: Harry Hamlin
Andromeda: Judi Bowker
Ammon: Burgess Meredith
Cassiopeia: Sian Phillips
Stygian witches: Flora Robson
Stygian witches: Freda Jackson
Stygian witches: Anna Manahan
Thallo: Tim Pigottsmith
Calibos: Neil McCarthy
Acrisius: Donald Houston
Danae: Vida Taylor
Huntsman: Harry Jones

: Last of the Summer Wine: Uncle of the Bride

written by ROY CLARKE starring
Bill Owen , Peter Sallis Michael Aldridge and Thora Hird with Jane Freeman
Joe Gladwin , Kathy Staff Jonathan Linsley , Gordon Wharmby and Mike Grady For Compo and Clegg, the wedding of Wesley and Edie's daughter would have been little more than a happy diversion, but when they meet Uncle Seymour - retired headmaster and would-be brilliant inventor - nothing seems to go quite as expected - especially when he takes charge of the groom on his stag night.
Music composed and conducted by RONNIE HAZLEHURST Designer ROGER CANN
Photography david FEIG
Film editor JOHN WILKINSON Visual effects CHRIS LAWSON Produced and directed by ALAN J.W. BELL


Written By: Roy Clarke
Unknown: Bill Owen
Unknown: Peter Sallis
Unknown: Michael Aldridge
Unknown: Thora Hird
Unknown: Jane Freeman
Unknown: Joe Gladwin
Unknown: Kathy Staff
Unknown: Jonathan Linsley
Unknown: Gordon Wharmby
Unknown: Mike Grady
Conducted By: Ronnie Hazlehurst
Designer: Roger Cann
Editor: John Wilkinson
Unknown: Chris Lawson
Directed By: Alan J.W. Bell
Compo: Bill Owen
Clegg: Peter Sallis
Seymour: Michael Aldridge
Edie: Thora Hird
Nora Batty: Kathy Staff
Wally: Joe Gladwin
Ivy: Jane Freeman
Crusher: Jonathan Unsley
Wesley: Gordon Wharmby
Howard: Robert Fyfe
Marina: Jean Fergusson
Pearl: Juliette Kaplan
Barry: Mike Grady
Glenda: Sarah Thomas
Painter: Derek Ware
Postmistress: Rosemary Chamney
Landlord: James Duggan
Neighbour: Brenda Halbrook
Albert: Albert Welch

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Alan Bennett: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee - 29 Years On 24 May 2017

: News

with Frances Coverdale Weather News


Unknown: Frances Coverdale

: Rocky II

The Rematch! starring
Having gone the distance in a dramatic title fight with the World Heavyweight
Champion, Apollo Creed,
Rocky Balboa finds getting back to normality pretty hard. Unable to cope with new-found fame, and out of a job, things look bad for him. Creed meanwhile taunts
Rocky at every turn - challenging him to re-enter the ring for a second battle. In spite of an eye injury that could render him blind, Rocky finally agrees to fight again.
Produced by ROBERT CHARTOFF and irwin winkler
Written and directed by SYLVESTER STALLONE
(First showing on British television) 0 FILMS: page 27


Produced By: Robert Chartoff
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Rocky Balboa: Sylvester Stallone
Adrian: Talia Shire
Paulie: Burt Young
Apollo Creed: Carl Weathers
Mickey: Burgess Meredith
Apollo's trainer: Tony Burton
Gazzo: Joe Spinell
Agents: Leonard Gaines
Agensts: Linda Grey
Mary Ann Creed: Sylvia Meals
Meat foreman: Frank McRae
Cutman: Al Silvani
Director: John Pleshette
Announcer: Stu Nathan
Commentator: Bill Baldwin
Salesman: Jerry Zeismer
Fr Carmine: Paul J Micale
Employment managers: Earl Montgomery
Employment managers: Sheperd Sanders
Employment managers: Herb Nanas
Johnny: Stuart Robinson

: Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow graduated from being a bar pianist in Manhattan to become one of show business's most charismatic figures. 'Mandy', his first recording hit in 1975, triggered off an astonishing musical career that has captivated live audiences and achieved record sales.
This programme, recorded specially for BBCtv at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, reflects the Manilow magic of the past decade and catalogues his biggest hits over that period. Producer JOHN G. SMITH BBC Pebble Mill (R)


Unknown: Barry Manilow
Producer: John G. Smith

: Weather

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