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: Play School

Today's story: 'The Day I Bathed Seven Chairs' by Janet Browning
Repeated on BBC-1 and BBC Wales at 4.20 p.m.
(to 11.20)


Presenter: Miranda Connell
Presenter: Gordon Clyde
Author (The Day I Bathed Seven Chairs): Janet Browning

: Frontiers of Science: Lasers: 5: All things bright and beautiful

Bridge building, eye surgery, the manufacture of micro-circuits... all these fields and many others may benefit from laser technology.
Introduced by Professor Oliver Heavens
with Dr. Zoltan Kiss, David Hunt, Desmond Smart, David Beach, David Hardwick, Bernard Gonsalves


Presenter: Professor Oliver Heavens
Speaker: Dr. Zoltan Kiss
Speaker: David Hunt
Speaker: Desmond Smart
Speaker: David Beach
Speaker: David Hardwick
Speaker: Bernard Gonsalves
Producer: John Braybon

: Newsroom

The World Tonight
Reporting: John Timpson, Peter Woods and the reporters and correspondents at home and abroad, of BBC News
and The Weather


Newsreader: John Timpson
Newsreader: Peter Woods

: The Borderers: Justice

by John Lucarotti
[Starring] Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Gambon, Joseph Brady, Edith MacArthur
Guest star, Kenneth Farrington

Mario Vecchi, a young Italian physician, tries to save the life of Gavin's friend Andrew Johnstone. The patient dies, and the Johnstones demand Vecchi's life as a murderer. Gavin seeks protection for Vecchi from the law, but will he get it? Or will he have to admit that on the Border violence can be met only by violence?


Writer: John Lucarotti
Series created by: Bill Craig
Designer: Colin Shaw
Script Editor: Martin Worth
Producer: Anthony Coburn
Director: James Gatward
Mario Vecchi: Keith Bell
Jamie: Ross Campbell
John Johnstone: John Scobie
Sawney Johnstone: Alex Norton
David Johnstone: Kenneth Farrington
Gavin: Michael Gambon
Andrew Johnstone: Jack Lambert
Agnes: Nell Brennan
Margaret: Edith MacArthur
Cessford: Iain Cuthbertson
Pringle: Russell Waters
Rab: Joseph Brady
Ian Armstrong: Stuart Mungall
Laundress: Bobbie Willis
Guard: Hugh McRoberts

: Anglers' Corner: Tench

A film series introduced by Bernard Venables

Float-fishing on the Bridgewater Canal in Somerset on a summer's day.

There is no more exciting sight to the angler than the cluster of oily bubbles which come breaking at the surface-a clue that the tench has at last been attracted through the mud-bottomed, weed jungle to where your baitis resting. Tentative mouthings round your hook follow. Then the atmosphere of the lazy late summer's day alters from the tense to the intense. As the angler strikes, the behaviour of the lethargic tench is transformed to a bold and cunning strategy. The fish plunges deep, using the weeds to try to lose the hook or break the line; success for the fishermen is never sure until the glistening tench is safely landed.


Presenter: Bernard Venables
Produced and directed by: Max Munden

: Out of the Unknown: Target Generation

by Clifford Simak
Dramatised by Clive Exton
With David Buck as Jon Hoff, Ronald Lacey as Joe Manx and Owen Berry as Joshua

A community of the future - puritan, superstitious, inward-looking - confined within The Ship. They have been there for generations, and have long forgotten whatever purpose put them there. They worship meaningless symbols with elaborate ritual. They know that one day they will feel a tremor in the ship, but only one young man has inherited the secret of what must be done when the tremor comes.


Author: Clifford Simak
Dramatised by: Clive Exton
Title music composed and conducted by: Norman Kay
Designer: Tony Abbott
Producer: Alan Bromly
Director: Roger Jenkins
Jon Hoff: David Buck
Joe Manx: Ronald Lacey
Joshua: Owen Berry
Jon as a boy: Gary Smith
Jon's father: Godfrey Kenton
Mary Hoff: Suzan Farmer
Martin: Toke Townley
Mrs. Kane: Ruth Kettlewell
George: Michael McGovern

: Europa

Weltspiegel, Continents sans Visa A Toda Plana, Estafeta, Realta
These are just some of the television programmes in both West and East Europe which regularly contribute to Europa. The programme has been called a European window on the world. Each week it looks at the stories and issues that have informed, entertained, and sometimes angered viewers across a continent.
It examines their attitudes and prejudices and, in so doing, perhaps recognises some of our own.
Introduced this week by Jack Pizzey


Presenter: Jack Pizzey
Producer: Frank Smith

: Frank Sinatra: A Man and his Music

with Ella Fitzgerald and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Two great singers and a famous guitarist entertain with songs and melodies old and new in a show which provides a perfect setting for all three. (Colour)


Singer: Frank Sinatra
Singer: Ella Fitzgerald
Guitarist: Antonio Carlos Jobim

: News Summary and The Weather


: Late Night Line-Up

with Michael Dean, Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Sheridan Morley and tonight's guests


Presenter: Michael Dean
Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Sheridan Morley
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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