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: Saturday Cinema: The Baby and the Battleship

starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough.

Puncher and Knocker, two British sailors ashore in Naples, are literally left "holding the baby" - the baby brother of Knocker's girl friend. In desperation they smuggle the infant aboard their ship...



Writer/Director: Jay Lewis
Writer: Gilbert Hackforth Jones
Author: Anthony Thorne
Producer: Antony Darnborough
"Puncher" Roberts: John Mills
"Knocker" White: Richard Attenborough
Professor: Bryan Forbes
Captain: Michael Hordern
Marshal: Andre Morell
Maria: Lisa Gastoni

: Closedown

: Gardeners' World: Fuchsias: 2 - Growing Fuchsias

with Percy Thrower

Percy Thrower talks about the propagation and training of fuchsias for use as bushes, standards, or trailing plants.
(from BBC Midlands)


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

: Rugby Special: The First English Trial at the Reddings, Moseley

Introduced by Cliff Morgan

The first international against the Springboks is only a month away. It will present all the normal challenges to the selectors, but this year the England committee must be hoping that Don White, the newly appointed coach, will have gone a long way towards achieving the right blend of strength, skill, speed, and guile.


Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Coach (England): Don White
Director: Bill Taylor
Series producer: Alan Mouncer

: Chronicle: The 100 Days

Written and introduced by John Julius Norwich
'The eagle, bearing the nation's colours, shall fly from spire to spire, to the very towers of Notre Dame..."
These were the Emperor Napoleon's words to the army when in 1815 he landed on the coast of France. He had escaped from Elba and now set out on the most extraordinary period of his career. He was borne back to Paris on an unprecedented surge of popular enthusiasm, and in a blaze of glory once again assumed his crown. But within days events began to move inexorably towards the disaster at Waterloo.
No period in the life of this extraordinary man, born 200 years ago, is more dramatic and moving than these three months when we watch him go from Elba, across the Alps, to Fontainebleau and to the field of his destruction.


Writer/presenter: John Julius Norwich
Producer: Kenneth Shepheard
Executive producer: Paul Johnstone

: The Ice Show

Introduced by Ray Alan
featuring Jacqueline Harbord, Reg Park
Special guest artists Anita Harris, Danielle Rigoulet, Mark and Paula
The Ice Show Dancers, 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
Singer: Anita Harris
Skater: Danielle Rigoulet
Skaters: Mark and Paula
Dancers: The Ice Show Dancers
Singers: The Fred Tomlinson Singers
Musical director: Malcolm Lockyer
Script: Charles Hart
Script: Peter Bishop
Design: Kenneth Sharp
Producer: Colin Charman

: The First Churchills: Part 8: The Queen Commands

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

William III, with Churchill's help, has defeated James's attempted invasion of Ireland. John has been suspected of treason and dismissed from Court. Princess Anne has refused to obey her sister Mary and part with Sarah.
(Repeated: Friday, 8.25 pm)


Writer/Producer: Donald Wilson
Lighting: Ritchie Richardson
Costumes: Joan Ellacott
Designer: Spencer Chapman
Director: David Giles
Earl of Marlborough: John Neville
Lady Marlborough: Susan Hampshire
Princess Anne: Margaret Tyzack
George of Denmark: Roger Mutton
Lady Fitzharding: Pamela Ann Davy
Queen Mary: Lisa Daniely
Lady Sunderland: Lillias Walker
Lord Rochester: John Ringham
Louis XIV: Robert Robinson
Carmarthen: Arthur Pentelow
Bentinck: Roger Booth
Sidney Godolphin: John Standing
Young: Davyd Harries
Blackhead: Michael Rothwell
Shrewsbury: Job Stewart
Sunderland: John Humphry
Bishop Spratt: Julian D'Albie
Archbishop Tenison: Graham Leaman
William III: Alan Rowe
Henrietta Churchill: Polly Adams
Abigail Hill: Jill Balcon
Maid: Vivienne Moore

: Review

The weekly arts magazine presented by James Mossman

Graham Greene: On the occasion of the publication of his new novel, Review has compiled a montage of scenes from the films made in Greeneland, including: Brighton Rock, The Third Man, The Heart of the Matter, The End of the Affair, and The Power and the Glory.
In the studio Emlyn Williams reads from the new novel Travels with my Aunt.

Marianne Moore: Eighty-two today, Marianne Moore is one of the best known poets in the USA, and one of the best loved. Baseball fan and animal lover, well known to politicians, she has received all the main literary prizes at one time or another in her life. She talks to Leo Aylen.
In the studio W. H. Auden reads A Mosaic for Marianne Moore.



Presenter/editor: James Mossman
Reader (Graham Greene): Emlyn Williams
Interviewee: Marianne Moore
Interviewer/director: Leo Aylen
Reader (Marianne Moore): W.H. Auden
Director: Tony Staveacre
Producer: Darrol Blake
Producer: Christopher Martin
Producer: Peter Adam

: Line-Up: The Week

John Peel, disc jockey, takes a personal look back at TV programmes and issues of the past seven days


Presenter: John Peel
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: News Summary


: Midnight Movie: Sea Wife

Starring Richard Burton, Joan Collins
with Basil Sydney, Cy Grant

The unnecessary death of one of the survivors of a British ship torpedoed near Singapore in 1942 has a lasting effect on the other three who are eventually rescued. Richard Burton gives a fine, brooding performance; and Cy Grant, the West Indian folk singer, is given his first major screen role as the ship's purser.


Screenplay: George K. Burke
Based on the novel "Sea-Wyf and Biscuit" by: J. M. Scott
Director: Bob McNaught
Producer: Andre Hakim
Biscuit: Richard Burton
Sea Wife: Joan Collins
Bulldog: Basil Sydney
Number Four: Cy Grant
Clubman: Ronald Squire
Advertisement Clerk: Harold Goodwin

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