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: Open University

6.45 Living Choices: New
7.10 Weapons Procurement
7.35 Nitrogen Fixation
8.00 Chemical Reactions
8.25 Maths Methods: Vector

: Playdays

The Playbus stops today at the Patch Stop where Peggy watches some baby penguins having a swimming lesson.
Storyteller: Simon Davies.
Story: Penguin Pete and Pat written and illustrated by Marcus Pfister.
Producer Anne Gobey Executive producer Cynthia Felgate
A Felgate production for BBCtv (R)


Unknown: Simon Davies.
Illustrated By: Marcus Pfister.
Producer: Anne Gobey
Producer: Cynthia Felgate
Patch's friend: Vanessa Amberleigh

: Making Sense

...of the Church.
There is something profoundly uninteresting and very boring about the church and church services. Ronald Reeves believes that institutional religion, with its worship and its rituals, fails to engage people's interest or meet their deepest needs. Director Richard Alwyn
Producer Helen Alexander (R)


Unknown: Ronald Reeves
Director: Richard Alwyn
Producer: Helen Alexander

: This Is the Day

This week, Norma Cradock travels to a viewer's home in the west of England for a time of prayer and meditation. Together they explore what it means to be God's children.
I John 3, w 1-3, 18-20. Director Steve Benson
Producer Chris Loughlin


Unknown: Norma Cradock
Director: Steve Benson
Producer: Chris Loughlin

: Bazaar

Bazaar viewer Paul Farmer is handed over to some top professionals for a complete change of image. Betty Jackson improves his wardrobe, Barbara Daly gives him skin care advice and Darren Brewer styles his hair. Harry Greene helps you restore the outside of your house after the ravages of winter and Valentina Harris brings some Sicilian sunshine to an authentic recipe.
Presented by Janice Long. Director David Wheeler
Series producer Erica Griffiths (R)
* FACTSHEET: send sae to
[address removed]


Unknown: Paul Farmer
Unknown: Betty Jackson
Unknown: Barbara Daly
Unknown: Darren Brewer
Unknown: Harry Greene
Unknown: Valentina Harris
Presented By: Janice Long.
Director: David Wheeler
Producer: Erica Griffiths

: Take Nobody's Word for It

The do-it-yourself science programme.
Carol Vorderman and guest Bill Oddie launch into DIY aerial photography using
Oddie's kite. Carol also tries her hand at marbling - a form of paper decoration.
With Professor Ian Fells of Newcastle University. Director Hendrik Ball
Producer George Auckland (R)
0BOOK: 'Take Nobody's Word for It Book of Experiments', price
£3.95, available from bookshops.
0 PAPER ENGINEERING KIT: send cheque or postal order for
£1.21 plus 39p postage, made out to 'Take Nobody's Word for It', to [address removed]


Unknown: Carol Vorderman
Unknown: Bill Oddie
Unknown: Professor Ian Fells
Director: Hendrik Ball

: Business Matters

Michael Rodd investigates the Japanese management practice of 'just in time' sweeping through British industry. Its supporters claim cost savings and improvements in product quality. Can a Japanese business philosophy transfer to the west successfully? Producer David Dawson
Series editor Brian Davies (R)


Unknown: Michael Rodd
Producer: David Dawson
Editor: Brian Davies

: Women Mean Business

Six programmes presented by Glenda Jackson.
2: Finding the right child care at the right price is a major concern for mothers planning to return to work. Tonight: mothers who have managed to do both. Film editor Jane Rowson
0 HELPLINE: phone [number removed] today from 11.00am to 1.00pm.


Presented By: Glenda Jackson.
Editor: Jane Rowson

: Step Up to Wordpower

Twenty programmes to help you read, write and communicate more effectively.
Presented by Chris Serle. 17: Things that matter in writing.
Studio director Kristin Mason Producer John Brooke
0 HELPLINE: phone [number removed], calls are free.
0 BOOK: same title, available from booksellers, £3.99.


Presented By: Chris Serle.

: See Hear!

The May edition of See
Hear!'s monthly magazine programme with sign language and subtitles.
Presented by Clive Mason and Maureen Denmark.
Interpreted by John Lee and Brenda Mackay. Series producer Ian Woolf


Presented By: Clive Mason
Presented By: Maureen Denmark.
Unknown: John Lee
Unknown: Brenda MacKay.
Producer: Ian Woolf

: Country File

Not so long ago, organic food and farming were the subject of ridicule. But now a leading supermarket chain is co-sponsoring a E600,000 project on organic farming and what claims to be
Britain's first totally green shop has just opened. John Craven reports on the new 'green' grocers and the interest in organic food. Plus the weather for the countryside at 12.55pm with Michael Fish. Producer Dick Colthurst Editor Michael Fitzgerald BBC Pebble Mill
(Postponed from 18 March.
Repeated Wednesday 2.15pm BBC2)
* EARTHWATCH: page 79


Unknown: John Craven
Unknown: Michael Fish.
Producer: Dick Colthurst
Editor: Michael Fitzgerald

: News

With Moira Stuart followed by On the Record
On the weekend after the local elections and in the wake of the by-election loss at Mid-Staffordshire, John Rentoul reports on whether the Tories can recover and whether they need a new leader to do so. Presented by Jonathan Dimbleby with John Cole. Producer Nick Robinson Editor Glenwyn Benson


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Unknown: John Rentoul
Presented By: Jonathan Dimbleby
Unknown: John Cole.
Producer: Nick Robinson
Editor: Glenwyn Benson

: EastEnders

Omnibus by Tony Jordan.
Den's funeral brings Nick Cotton an unpleasant surprise and a new sense of purpose into Sharon's life.
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Tony Jordan

: The Battle of the River Plate

John Gregson
Anthony Quayle
With the coming of war in 1939, the German pocket battleship GrafSpee poses a grave threat to British shipping. However, the Royal Navy's attempts to catch the craft, let alone destroy it, seem doomed to failure. This gripping reconstruction of actual events presents both sides of the conflict.
Writer/Producer/Director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger 0 FILMS: pages 17-21


Unknown: John Gregson
Unknown: Anthony Quayle
Director: Michael Powell
Director: Emeric Pressburger
Captain Bell: John Gregson
Commodore Harwood: Anthony Quayle
Capt Langsdorff: Peter Finch
Capt Woodhouse: Ian Hunter
Capt Barry: Jack Gwillim
Capt Dove: Bernard Lee
Mike Fowler: Lionel Murton
Mr Millington-Drake: Anthony Bushel]
Lt Cdr Medley: Patrick MacNee

: Bugs Bunny

Further 'hare'-brained comedy from the infamous rabbit who is 50 this year.

: All Our Children

A window on the world of childhood in 12parts narrated by Judi Dench. 4: Anthony, Jor-Jor, Will,
Leah, Elias and Esther's age of discovery. Children make great strides between the ages of 2 and 6. They learn the art of conversation and the skill of making things with their hands. They become tireless explorers. From EcuaJor to China,
Zambia to Britain, these are the years when children are finding their place in the world. It's a time for endless questions and repeated experiments. How do the parents react to all this? What view of the world are the children piecing together?
Film cameraman David Jackson Producer David Brown BBC North
* FAMILY: page 78


Unknown: Judi Dench.
Unknown: David Jackson
Producer: David Brown

: The Clothes Show

At this time of year fashion students are preparing for their first major show. Their degree collection could be the launch pad for a meteoric rise in the world of fashion. Last summer, The Clothes Show toured the country recording the work of Britain's young designers of the future. Selina Scott , Jeff Banks , Caryn Franklin and Raj Dhanda report. Producer Colette Byrne
Executive producer Roger Casstles BBC Pebble Mill


Unknown: Selina Scott
Unknown: Jeff Banks
Unknown: Caryn Franklin
Producer: Colette Byrne
Producer: Roger Casstles

: News

Moira Stuart presents the latest national and international news with a team of BBC correspondents.
Weather Michael Fish


Unknown: Moira Stuart

: Praise Be!

Thora Hird presents a new series of favourite hymns from Songs of Praise.
The programme revisits Winchester Cathedral, Wick and the Jazz Festival in Brecon, mid-Wales.
As the search for the new BBC Choirgirl of the Year begins, this year's winner, Ruth Forte sings in Birmingham Town Hall, and Alan Titchmarsh inspects Thora Hird's garden.
For the Beauty of the Earth; Think of a World (Genesis); We Have a Dream (Lucy); All My Hope on God Is Founded (Michael); What a Friend We Have in Jesus (Converse); How Great Thou Art; The Lord's My Shepherd (Crimond); O Jesus I Have Promised Great Is Thy Faithfulness; The Day Thou Gavest (St Clements).
(Ceefax subtitles)


Presenter: Thora Hird
Singer: Ruth Forte
Unknown: Alan Titchmarsh
Producer: Stephen Lynas
Editor: Roger Hutchings

: All Creatures Great and Small

A series based on the books by James Herriot.
Episode by Anthony Steven. Starring
Christopher Timothy Robert Hardy
Siegfried is moaning about the state ofSkeldale now that Calum is the sole occupant of the house, and the addition of a baby wild boar to Calum's menagerie adds to the problems. But Calum is hardly lacking in offers to clean up the place.
James....... Christopher Timothy
Producer Bill Sellars
Director Jeremy Summers (R) 0 CEEFAX SUBTITLES


Unknown: James Herriot.
Unknown: Anthony Steven.
Unknown: Christopher Timothy
Unknown: Robert Hardy
Producer: Bill Sellars
Director: Jeremy Summers
Siegfried Farnon: Robert Hardy
Helen: Lynda Bellingham
Calum Buchanan: John McGlynn
Mrs Bartram: Fenella Norman
Deirdre: Andrea Gibb
Molly McFeely: Sharon Twomey
Mr Birtwhistle: Norman Mitchell
Mrs Birtwhistle: Ina Clough
Len Birtwhistle: Ashley Barker
Lord Buttermere: Edward Dentith

: The Black Adder

A series of situation 'tragedies' by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson.
Starring Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed.
Another thoroughly unwholesome adventure of the scummiest toe-rag in the great laundry basket of English history.

In a final gesture of defiance, Edmund rides forth to seek out the seven most evil men in the land and return with them to seize the throne. Only one man can stop him now: the man they call the 'Moorhen' (or something).

Videos: 'The Black Adder - The Foretelling' and 'The Black Adder - The Queen of Spain's Beard' available at £9.99 each.


Writer: Richard Curtis
Writer: Rowan Atkinson
Director: Martin Shardlow
Producer: John Lloyd
The Black Adder: Rowan Atkinson
Richard IV: Brian Blessed
Queen: Elspet Gray
Prince of Wales: Robert East
Baldrick: Tony Robinson
Percy: Tim McInnemy
Moorhen: Patrick Allen
Friar Bellows: Paul Brooke
Sean the Irish Bastard: Ron Cook
Sir Wilfred Death: John Hallam
Guy of Glastonbury: Patrick Malahide
Mad Gerald: Mad Gerald [Rik Mayall]
Three-Fingered Pete: Roger Sloman
Jack Large: Big Mick
Old man: John Barrard
Giant: Des Webb
Lord: John Carlisle

: Mastermind

The contenders in tonight's semi-final are:
Chantal Thompson (trainee solicitor)
Life and career of Montrose
Hamish Cameron
(computer manager)
Life and times of Edward IV
Ian Mallinson
(retired schoolmaster)
Life and reign of Akbar 1542-1605
Hilary Forrest (teacher)
Archaeology of Wessex 2500 BC-AD 43
With Magnus Magnusson from Whitworth Hall at the University of Manchester. Director Andrea Conway Producer Peter Massey BBC Elstree


Unknown: Hamish Cameron
Unknown: Ian Mallinson
Unknown: Hilary Forrest
Unknown: Magnus Magnusson
Director: Andrea Conway
Producer: Peter Massey

: News

With Michael Buerk.
Weather Michael Fish


Unknown: Michael Buerk.
Unknown: Michael Fish

: That's Life!

Real-life humour, mishaps, special investigations and consumer stories drawn from the 10,000 letters sent to That's Life! every week. With Esther Rantzen ,
Gavin Campbell , Adrian Mills , Howard Leader , Simon Fanshawe and Doc Cox.
Editor Shaun Woodward
Deputy editor Bryher Scudamore


Unknown: Esther Rantzen
Unknown: Gavin Campbell
Unknown: Adrian Mills
Unknown: Howard Leader
Unknown: Simon Fanshawe
Unknown: Doc Cox.
Editor: Shaun Woodward
Editor: Bryher Scudamore

: Single Voices

A series of dramatic monologues.
Royal Enclosure starring Sheila Hancock
Doreen is obsessed with her fantasies about Danny Kaye , Barry Manilow and the Royal Family. When the Duke of Edinburgh visits the swimming baths where she works, it seems that her wildest dreams are about to be realised.
Music Bill Connor
Lighting designer Chris Kempton Designer Gary Pritchard Producer Fiona Finlay
Director Michael Jackley


Unknown: Sheila Hancock
Unknown: Danny Kaye
Unknown: Barry Manilow
Designer: Chris Kempton
Designer: Gary Pritchard
Producer: Fiona Finlay
Director: Michael Jackley

: Everyman: A Game of Soldiers

We are saying to soldiers 'thou shalt kill, if ordered', but remember the general rule is 'thou shalt not kill'.
Psychologist James Thompson believes that by expecting soldiers to do our dirty work, we put them in an impossible situation. He knows the effect it can have on professionals trained to kill. Some hate it, some become addicted, but every soldier is affected. How do squaddies in the front lines live with these conflicting moral standards? Three ex-soldiers in the British army talk about the impact of fighting and killing.


Presenter: James Thompson
Producer: Pamela Smith
Series Editor: Jane Drabble

: Women Mean Business

A series of sixprogrammes presented by Glenda Jackson. 3: For Sheila, Audrey and Jane, going back to work seemed daunting because the working environment has changed so much. But by choosing a retraining course they feel more confident about returning to the world of paid work.
Assistant producer Lazell Daley Producer Marion Allinson
0 BOOKLET: send sae (24p postage) to [address removed].
0 HELPLINE: phone [number removed] today from 11.00am to 1.00pm, calls are free.


Presented By: Glenda Jackson.
Producer: Lazell Daley
Producer: Marion Allinson

: The Sky at Night

A Brown Dwarf is like a missing link - not quite a star and yet too big to be a planet. A team including Dr Mike Hawkins of Edinburgh's Royal
Observatory may have located the first definite Brown Dwarf.
With Patrick Moore. Producer Pieter Morpurgo


Unknown: Brown Dwarf
Unknown: Dr Mike Hawkins
Unknown: Brown Dwarf.
Unknown: Patrick Moore.
Producer: Pieter Morpurgo

: Mahabharat

A 91-part epic drama.
(Shoum yesterday at 2.45pm BBC2)

: Weather

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