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: Saturday Cinema: Song of the Islands

starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Jack Oakie.

Betty Grable, pin-up queen of the forties, stars in this light-hearted blend of comedy, music, and romance. A slender plot about two Americans who land on a Pacific island, mistaking the delectable Miss Grable for one of the native girls, provides a framework to support some spectacular dance numbers staged by Hermes Pan.



Producer: William Le Baron
Director: Walter Lang
Eileen O'Brien: Betty Grable
Jefferson Harper: Victor Mature
Rusty Smith: Jack Oakie
Dennis O'Brien: Thomas Mitchell
Harper: George Barbier
Palola's father: Billy Gilbert

: Closedown

: Gardeners' World: Fuchsias: 1 - The Versatile Fuchsia

with Percy Thrower

This evening Percy Thrower considers the best varieties to plant to achieve the best effects.
(from BBC Midlands. Next week: Growing Fuchsias)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf
Director: John Clarke

: Rugby Special: The South African Tour of the British Isles 1969-70: Midland Counties (East) v South Africa

Introduced by Cliff Morgan

This match will provide the Sixth Springboks with the strong opposition of a representative fifteen drawn from the wealth of Rugby Union talent of Leicestershire, the East Midlands, Notts, Lincs, and Derby.
During the last Springboks tour Midland Counties (East) drew 3-3 with the tourists, and back in 1931 they were the only team to beat the South Africans. Their squad includes players like Budge Rogers from Bedford, Bob Taylor at number 8, Brian West, David Powell, and skipper Pat Briggs.



Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Rugby player (Midland Counties (East)): Bob Taylor
Rugby player (Midland Counties (East)): David Powell
Rugby player (Midland Counties (East)): Pat Briggs
Commentator at Welford Road, Leicester: Bill McLaren
Producer: Alan Mouncer

: One Pair of Eyes: Can you speak Venusian?

asks astronomer Patrick Moore in this series of highly personal films
For more than 12 years Patrick Moore has been putting forward the conventional views of modern astronomy in books and on television. Next week he will be back in the space studio reporting on the Apollo 12 moon landing. But tonight he steps off that platform to question whether orthodox views should be as readily accepted as they are.
Is the sun really a hot flaming body dashing about the sky? Have astronauts really proved that the earth and the moon are round? Might not the universe be enclosed by a giant magnet? Is not the ultimate man already living on Saturn in the form of an incandescent egg, 40-feet tall.
These ideas and more are put forward in a cheerful, convincing, and fearless way by a number of 'independent thinkers.' Patrick Moore feels that the conventionalists (and he includes himself) would do well to listen to their ideas and at least to emulate their outlook on life.



Presenter: Patrick Moore
Executive producer: Anthony de Lotbiniere
Director: Simon Campbell-Jones

: The Ice Show

Introduced by Ray Alan
featuring Jacqueline Harbord, Reg Park
Special guest artists Clive Dunn, Bernard Ford and Diane Towler, Alain and Margaret, Adrienne Erdos
The Ice Show Dancers
Guitar soloist Freddie Phillips
The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Programme presented in association with Gerald Palmer and the Tom Arnold Organisation



Presenter: Ray Alan
Skater: Jacqueline Harbord
Skater/Production routines staged by: Reg Park
Guest: Clive Dunn
Skater: Bernard Ford
Skater: Diane Towler
Skaters: Alain and Margaret
Skater: Adrienne Erdos
Dancers: The Ice Show Dancers
Guitarist: Freddie Phillips
Singers: The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Musical Director: Malcolm Lockyer
Script: Charles Hart
Script: Peter Bishop
Design: Kenneth Sharp
Producer: Terry Hughes

: Line-Up: The Week

Fyfe Robertson takes a personal look back at TV programmes and issues of the past seven days



Presenter: Fyfe Robertson
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: The First Churchills: Part 7: Trial of Strength

by Donald Wilson
Starring John Neville, Susan Hampshire, Margaret Tyzack and John Standing

John Churchill owed much to James II. But the King was clearly determined to destroy the Protestant religion and the laws of England, so John decided to support William of Orange and the Revolution of 1688.
(Repeated: Friday 8.25 pm)


Writer/Producer: Donald Wilson
Sound: Ray Angel
Make-up: Ann Ferrigi
Designer: Spencer Chapman
Director: David Giles
Earl of Marlborough: John Neville
Lady Marlborough: Susan Hampshire
George of Denmark: Roger Mutton
Carmarthen: Arthur Pentelow
Bentinck: Roger Booth
Sidney Godolphin: John Standing
Shrewsbury: Job Stewart
Halifax: Austin Trevor
Clerk to the Lords: Glenn Williams
William III: Alan Rowe
Queen Mary: Lisa Daniely
Princess Anne: Margaret Tyzack
Lady Fitzharding: Pamela Ann Davy
Archbishop Sancroft: Kevin Stoney
Louis XIV: Robert Robinson
Barillon: David March
Charles Churchill: Michael Culver
Becket: John Tordoff
Colonel Bulkeley: John White
Sunderland: John Humphry

: Review: Writers in Revolt

Written by Stuart Hood
The weekly arts magazine presented by James Mossman

Throughout history writers have challenged the beliefs and conventions of the society in which they have lived. In so doing they have often risked imprisonment, exile, or death.
What is the position of the writer in the Soviet Union today in this respect? In the week of the anniversary of the Revolution Review is devoted to this subject.
The novelist Anatoli Kuznetsov, who fled from the Soviet Union to England this summer, talks to James Mossman about the position of the writer in Soviet society. Poems, extracts from novels, and statements by Russian writers and officials are read by Christopher Bidmead, Peter Copley, Rosalie Crutchley, Colin Douglas, Margery Mason, Anthony Newlands, Michael Pennington


Writer: Stuart Hood
Presenter/editor: James Mossman
Interviewee: Anatoli Kuznetsov
Reader: Christopher Bidmead
Reader: Peter Copley
Reader: Rosalie Crutchley
Reader: Colin Douglas
Reader: Margery Mason
Reader: Anthony Newlands
Reader: Michael Pennington
Director: David Heycock
Producer: Darrol Blake
Producer: Christopher Martin
Producer: Peter Adam

: News Summary


: Midnight Movie: Footsteps in the Fog

starring Stewart Granger, Jean Simmons
with Bill Travers, Belinda Lee

The plans of a murderer go badly wrong when he attempts to rid himself of a young servant girl who is blackmailing him.


Screenplay: Dorothy Reid
Screenplay: Lenore Coffee
Director: Arthur Lubin
Producer: Maxwell Setton
Stephen Lowry: Stewart Granger
Lily Watkins: Jean Simmons
David MacDonald: Bill Travers
Alfred Travers: Ronald Squire
Inspector Peters: Finlay Currie
Elizabeth Travers: Belinda Lee

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