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: News Review

The best of the week's newsfilm from all over the world, together with other subjects of interest. For the deaf and hard of hearing a commentary appears visually
and Weather


Presenter: Kenneth Kendall
Producer: Bill Northwood

: The World About Us: Mzima: Portrait of a Spring

by Alan and Joan Root
Rain falling on the high, dry Chyulu Hills of Kenya filters through the lava soil until it emerges as cool, running springs at Mzima. Zebra and elephant visit the oasis to drink, but this unusual African portrait is more concerned with the animals that live at the springs.
It is a fascinating world in which frogs climb trees, birds swim, turtle and crocodile feed side by side, and the lumbering hippopotamus takes on a new grace in the unique underwater photography of Alan Root.
Commentary by Anthony Smith
(from BBC South and West)


Director/photography: Alan Root
Director: Joan Root
Narrator: Anthony Smith
Presented by: Suzanne Gibbs

: Peter Grimes

An opera in three acts and a prologue derived from the poem of George Crabbe
Scene: The Borough, a small fishing town on the East Coast about 1830.
Prologue: a Court Room in the Moot Hall.
Act 1, Scene 1: The Borough, a few days later
Scene 2: inside The Boar, the same evening
9.8* Interval of about 4 minutes
Act 2, Scene 1: The Borough, some weeks later
Scene 2: Grimes's hut
Children from Leiston Modern School
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Leader John Georgiadis
Conducted by Benjamin Britten
The moving and powerful tragedy of an East Anglian fisherman, whose uncompromising independence leads to disaster.

(Elizabeth Bainbridge appears by arrangement with the General Administrator, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ann Robson and David Bowman by arrangement with Sadler's Wells)
Recorded at The Maltings, Snape; a BBCtv production in conjunction with NET New York and CBC Toronto


Derived from the poem by: George Crabbe
Music/orchestra conducted by: Benjamin Britten
Words: Montagu Slater
Singers: Children from Leiston Modern School
Singers: Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Musicians: London Symphony Orchestra
Leader: John Georgiadis
Staged by: Joan Cross
Costumes: Juanita Waterson
Make-up: Shirley Boakes
Lighting: J.R. Thomas
Sound: Graham Haines
Designer: David Myerscough-Jones
Producer: John Culshaw
Director: Brian Large
Peter Grimes, a fisherman: Peter Pears
Boy (John), his apprentice: Simon Laing
Ellen Orford, a widow, schoolmistress: Heather Harper
Captain Balstrode, retired mer chant skipper: Bryan Drake
Auntie, landlady of 'The Boar': Elizabeth Bainbridge
Main attractions of 'The Boar': Niece 1: Jill Gomez
Main attractions of 'The Boar': Niece 2: Anne Pashley
Bob Bowles, fisherman and methodist: Gregory Dempsey
Swallow, a lawyer: Owen Brannigan
Mrs Sedley: Ann Robson
Rev Horace Adams, the rector: Robert Tear
Ned Keene, apothecary and quack: David Bowman
Hobson, carrier: Michael Rippon
Dr Crabbe: Monti de Lyle

: The News


: Peter Grimes

Act 3, Scene 1: The Borough, three days later
Scene 2: the same a few hours later

: Show of the Week: Terry Scott on 'Xmas'

Written by Bryan Blackburn
with June Whitfield, Peter Butterworth, The Rita Williams Singers
Special guests Robin Hunter, George Moon and Henry McGee
Elizabeth Chambers, Patrick O'Dwyer, Jeffrey Chandler


Writer: Bryan Blackburn
Choreography: Bob Stevenson
Music arranged and conducted by: Burt Rhodes
Musical associate: Art Day
Design: Malcolm Goulding
Producer: Kenneth Carter
Comedian: Terry Scott
[Actress]: June Whitfield
[Actor]: Peter Butterworth
Singers: The Rita Williams Singers
[Actor]: Robin Hunter
[Actor]: George Moon
[Actor]: Henry McGee
[Actress]: Elizabeth Chambers
[Actor]: Patrick O'Dwyer
[Actor]: Jeffrey Chandler
Dancer: Rosemary Page
Dancer: Tudor Davies
Dancer: Wendy Martin
Dancer: Bob Howe
Dancer: Sheila Falconer
Dancer: Isobel Hurll
Dancer: Jerry Manley

: News Summary


: Line-Up: Film Night

A weekly look at the cinema
This week's guest: Richard Harris on the set of his latest film Cromwell
Introduced by Tony Bilbow with Philip Jenkinson


Interviewee: Richard Harris
Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Philip Jenkinson
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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