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: Eurovision Song Contest

A programme to decide the best song of 1968.
Introduced by Katie Boyle
(Shown last evening)
For details see page 6
See also pages 34 and 35


Presenter: Katie Boyle
Orchestra directed by: Norrie Paramor
Designer: Richard Levin
Producer: Stewart Morris
Executive Producer: Tom Sloan

: Two Views of Rome

The Vatican and the Via Veneto are only a mile apart. The sacred and the secular, like twisted threads, run all through Rome's history. They are traced on a tour of the city by Peter Nichols and Fr. William Purdy with Cardinal Marella, Princess Doria Pamphilj and Elsa Martinelli.


Presenter: Peter Nichols
Presenter: Fr. William Purdy
Speaker: Cardinal Marella
Speaker: Princess Doria Pamphilj
Speaker: Elsa Martinelli
Producer: Oliver Hunkin

: News Review

for the deaf and hard of hearing
A look at the news of the week with film from all over the world and a commentary that can be seen as well as heard.


Presenter: Robert Dougall
Translator: Joan Turner
Producer: Bill Northwood

: The World About Us: The Distant Warriors of New Guinea

A series of films from all over the world about our astonishing planet and the people who live on it.

War is a ritual thread woven into the pattern of life of the mountain people, the Dani. Although few lives are lost, great displays of measured violence dominate their existence and shape a culture that in many ways resembles that of our own distant Stone Age ancestors.
Edited version of the film "Dead Birds" made by Robert Gardner of the Harvard Peabody Expedition to New Guinea.


Edited version of the film "Dead Birds" made by: Robert Gardner

: The Black and White Minstrel Show

Starring The Mitchell Minstrels
with John Boulter, Dai Francis, Tony Mercer
Compere, Leslie Crowther
also starring Margaret Savage, The Television Toppers, Delia Wicks, Don Cleaver, Penny Jewkes, Les Rawlings, Sheila Bernette

(Leslie Crowther is in "Let Sleeping Wives Lie" at the Garrick Theatre, London. "The Black and White Minstrel Show" is appearing at the Victoria Palace, London, and at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham)


Singers/Dancers: The Mitchell Minstrels
Singer: John Boulter
Singer: Dai Francis
Singer: Tony Mercer
Compere: Leslie Crowther
Singer: Margaret Savage
Dancers: The Television Toppers
Dancer: Delia Wicks
Singer: Don Cleaver
Singer/Dancer: Penny Jewkes
Singer: Les Rawlings
Comedienne: Sheila Bernette
Dance direction: Roy Gunson
Vocal arrangements/Orchestra conducted by: George Mitchell
Orchestrations: Alan Bristow
Orchestra leader: Freddie Clayton
Orchestra conducted by: Eric Robinson
Settings: Martin Collins
Devised by/Producer: George Inns

: And Another Thing...: The Carpentry of Sound

with Robert Erskine.

Simple instruments of wood and string can, indeed, render very sophisticated music, but in advanced civilisations the finest sounds go with the finest craftsmanship. (Colour)


Presenter: Robert Erskine

: The Silbury Dig: Heading into Silbury

Preparations for a unique archaeological event.
Introduced by Richard Atkinson, Professor of Archaeology, University College, Cardiff.
Today in Wiltshire a team of miners begin to drive a 250-foot tunnel on the first stage of a two-year excavation to discover the origination and purpose of the biggest prehistoric man-made earthwork in Europe.
This film covers the background and research in the weeks leading up to the start of the operation.
(from the South and West)


Presenter: Richard Atkinson
Producer/director: Peter Bale

: Workshop: The New Language of Music

Pierre Boulez on the foundations of twentieth-century music as laid down by Berg, Schoenberg, and Webern.


Singers: BBC Chorus
Chorus-Master: Peter Gellhorn
Musicians: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Trevor Williams
Interviewer/narrator: Basil Moss
Designer: Roger Liminton
Graphics: Colin Whitaker
Director: Barrie Gavin
Interviewer/Script/commentator/musical direction: Pierre Boulez
Soprano: Halina Lukomska

: Call My Bluff

A duel of words and wit between Kenneth Horne with Alan Bennett, Alistair Sampson and Drusilla Beyfus with Sylvia Syms, Antonia Fraser.
Referee, Robert Robinson


Team captain: Kenneth Horne
Panellist: Alan Bennett
Panellist: Alistair Sampson
Team captain: Drusilla Beyfus
Panellist: Sylvia Syms
Panellist: Antonia Fraser
Referee: Robert Robinson
Devised by: Mark Goodson
Devised by: Bill Todman
Producer: Johnny Downes

: News Summary


: Late Night Line-Up

Television's weekend colour supplement with Noel Picarda.
Argument, discussion, entertainment
and a personal view from Benny Green.


Presenter: Noel Picarda
Speaker: Benny Green

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