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: On a Tight Rope

A Czech film with English sub-titles.
Starring Ladislav Jansky as The Cat
with Jiri Bednar, Evelyna Steinmarova, Marie Krejcova

Karel, young and lonely, has a great desire to make good and to 'be' someone. But his background is against him, and it looks at times as if he will not be able to face up to the unequal struggle.
(to 17.20)


Director: Ivo Novak
The Cat: Ladislav Jansky
Hynek: Jiri Bednar
Bimba: Evelyna Steinmarova
Alena: Marie Krejcova

: Plunder

A weekly raid on the archives of BBC television.
Introduced by Michell Raper.
This edition includes:
Fighting Words (1956)
A programme made for Canadian Television.
with Marghanita Laski, Gilbert Harding, Hesketh Pearson, A. J. P. Taylor.
Face to Face (1959)
with Lord Birkett talking to John Freeman.

This week's guest, Frank Gillard


Presenter: Michell Raper
Guest: Frank Gillard

: The Brothers Karamazov: Part 1: Inheritance

by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Dramatised by Frederick Gotfurt.

Tsarist Russia in the middle of the last century, a vast slumbering country where an ancient fatalistic barbarism was overlaid by the thinnest possible crust of civilisation, is the setting for this six-part dramatisation of Dostoevsky's novel.
It is the story of three brothers, differing widely in character. In childhood abandoned by their father to be brought up by relatives and servants, they are now young adults about to be reunited.
Recorded in the BBC's Glasgow studio


Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dramatised by: Frederick Gotfurt
Designer: Tony Abbott
Producer: Douglas Allen
Director: Alan Bridges
Alyosha Karamazov: Nicholas Pennell
Ivan Karamazov: Lyndon Brook
Grigory: Robert Samson
Fyodor Karamazov: John Barrie
Kuzma Samsonov: Norman Mitchell
Marfa: Marjorie Wilde
Smerdyakov: Alan Rowe
Grushenka Svetlov: Judith Stott
Mitya Karamazov: Ray Barrett
Ex-Captain Snegiryov: Frank Shelley
Ilya Snegiryov: David Jaxon
Fenya: Elizabeth Howarth
Peter Miusov: Brian Hawksley
Father Zossima: Frederick Piper
Rakitin: John Kelland
Mrs. Khokhlakov: Ann Castle
Lise Khokhlakov: Jane Asher
Wandering Monk: Kevin Stoney
Father Paissy: John Moore

: A Question of Loyalty

The Mystery of Otto John.
An Investigation by Rene Cutforth.
Was German intelligence chief Otto John kidnapped from Berlin, or did he defect? Is there perhaps some other explanation? Three times he crossed the frontiers of his world, escaping from Hitler's Germany, vanishing into East Berlin, and escaping dramatically back to the West. Rene Cutforth looks for the clues in the life-story of this gay young man who never dreamed he would be a secret agent or run an intelligence agency.


Reporter: Rene Cutforth
Producer/Director: Phillip Whitehead

: Match of the Day

from the last Saturday of the Football League season.


Commentator: Kenneth Wolstenholme
Television Presentation: Alec Weeks

: News Summary

: Death is a Good Living: Part 1

A thriller in four parts by Brian Degas and Tudor Gates.
From a novel by Philip Jones.
Starring Leonard Rossiter
with Don Borisenko, Geoffrey Toone, Michael Godfrey and Dallia Penn

Even the most idealistic revolutionaries need money in order to succeed. They need cash to buy arms. munitions, and men. It is at this stage in an insurrection that tonight's thriller serial begins.
(First shown last Sunday)
Part 2: Sunday at 7.30


Writer: Brian Degas
Writer: Tudor Gates
From a novel by: Philip Jones
Producer: Alan Bromly
Director: Gerald Blake
Ramon Aguirre: Michael Godfrey
Norman Lynch: Leonard Rossiter
Jim Prescott: Geoffrey Toone
Peter Virtanen: Don Borisenko
Maria Salvedor: Dallia Penn

: Late Night Line-Up

A last look around the world of television with Denis Tuohy, Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow and tonight's guests.


Presenter: Denis Tuohy
Presenter: Michael Dean
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Tony Bilbow

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