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: Saturday Cinema: Law and Disorder

Starring Michael Redgrave, Robert Morley
with Ronald Squire, George Coulouris, Lionel Jeffries, Joan Hickson, Elizabeth Sellars

Percy Brand, an amiable confidence trickster, decides to retire when his son - educated in ignorance of his father's career - decides to enter the legal profession. When Percy again yields to temptation a hilarious underworld conspiracy begins to prevent his appearance in court


Screenplay: T. E. B. Clarke
Screenplay: Patrick Campbell
Screenplay: Vivienne Knight
Based on the novel Smugglers Circuit by: Denys Roberts
Producer: Paul Soskin
Director: Charles Crichton
Percy Brand: Michael Redgrave
Judge Crichton: Robert Morley
Colonel Masters: Ronald Squire
Gina Lasalle: Elizabeth Sellars
Aunt Florence: Joan Hickson
Major Proudfoot: Lionel Jeffries
Bennie: George Coulouris
Mary: Brenda Bruce
Vickery: Reginald Beckwith
Pomfret: John Le Mesurier

: Closedown

: Gardeners' World: Madeira: Summer 1969: 2: From Quinta do Palheiro

This estate of 800 acres, 1,800 feet above sea level, contains one of the great gardens of the world. From there, Percy Thrower shows particularly these plants and flowers: Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree); Protea (national flower of South Africa); Gazania; Mesembryanthemum; Dierama (Wand-flower); Aeonium; Arctotis; Euphorbia splendens (Crown of Thorns); Jasminum polyanthum; Gerbera; Anigozanthus (Kangaroo Paw); Cuphea (Cigar Plant); Lobelia tupa.
(from BBC Midlands)


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer/Director: Bill Duncalf

: Rugby Special

Introduced by Cliff Morgan

Ireland v South Africa; Scotland v France (Colour)
The current Rugby Union season reaches a significant mid-point today, with the touring Springboks due to play Ireland in Dublin, and Scotland-fresh from their famous victory over those same Springboks in November-meeting France at Murrayfield in the opening match of this season's Five Nations Championship.


Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Series producer: Alan Mouncer

: Chronicle: The Realms of Gold

Four hundred and fifty years ago the Old World and the New stood face to face-the Aztec emperor Montezuma with his vast military civilisation versus the Spaniard Hernan Cortes and a mere 400 men. Cortes won, but this astonishing victory would have been impossible but for the unbelievable fact that Montezuma saw Cortes as his god, the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl.
John Julius Norwich , in a film made on the sites where it took place, recounts the interplay of mythology and mounted warfare, of human sacrifice and brilliant strategy which led ultimately to the creation of Mexico.
Written and introduced by John Julius Norwich


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

: Charles Aznavour at the Talk of the Town: Part 1

The first of two programmes in which this remarkable international artist performs his own compositions
Charles Aznavour is a determined individualist who for the last 20 years has sung only songs that he had either written or composed himself. They're personal songs, songs about love, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes funny, sometimes sexy. 'For every love there is a song' he jokes with his audience. 'I must have written... more than 1,000 songs.'
With Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra


Singer: Charles Aznavour
Musicians: Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra
Lighting: Tommy Thomas
Sound: Chris Holcombe
Design: Paul Munting
Production: Stewart Morris

: Review: How to Stage Fights

The weekly arts magazine presented by James Mossman

William Hobbs is Fight Director of the National Theatre. He has won acclaim for his thrilling skirmishes in Zeffirelli's stage production of Romeo and Juliet, for fights in the National's Othello; in the stage musical The Four Musketeers and the film HMS Defiant.
Review finds out how Hobbs makes his clashes look authentic without cutting the cast to ribbons. To show how his technique differs from the famous duels of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Sr, he has produced for Review a new version of the Romeo fight.


Presenter/editor: James Mossman
Subject: William Hobbs
Director: Julian Cooper
Producer: Darrol Blake
Producer: Christopher Martin
Producer: Peter Adam

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: Laffin' Gas

by Tony Perrin

'Yer sit here all day, I bet, listen-in' wi' bated breath fer the sound of the head lad's oxblood shoe on them stone steps. Yer jealous of me because yer know my job's secure...'


Writer: Tony Perrin
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: Stephen Bundy
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Producer: Brian Farnham
Walter: Joe Gladwin
Stanley: Del Henney

: News Summary

: Line-Up's Disco 2

Pop about music past, present, and future
Introduced by Tommy Vance with this week's guest Joe Cocker featuring David Ackles, Chicago, Lou Christie, Emile Ford


Presenter: Tommy Vance
Singer/Interviewee: Joe Cocker
Singer: David Ackles
Musicians: Chicago
Singer: Lou Christie
Singer: Emile Ford
Design: Anna Ridley
Production: Granville Jenkins
Executive producer: Rowan Ayers

Blog post that mentions this programme:

Pop TV - From Hit Parade to Later... 15 February 2017

: Midnight Movie: Fire Down Below

Starring Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon
with Herbert Lom, Anthony Newley

Two fishermen fall out over the beautiful woman they have agreed to smuggle on to a neighbouring island.
Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Lemmon make up the trio, and romantic locations in the Caribbean, fine colour photography, and calypso music provide the background atmosphere.


Screenplay: Irwin Shaw
Based on a novel by: Max Catto
Director: Robert Parrish
Producer: Irving Allen
Producer: Albert R. Broccoli
Irena: Rita Hayworth
Tony: Jack Lemmon
Felix: Robert Mitchum
Harbour-master: Herbert Lom
Lt Sellers: Bonar Colleano
Barman: Anthony Newley

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