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: Play School: Pets Day

Today: 'The Oxen of Laon' by Joanne Cole


Author (The Oxen of Laon): Joanne Cole
Presenter: Julie Stevens
Presenter: Brian Cant

: Closedown

: Wimbledon 1970: The Lawn Tennis Championships

Introduced by Harry Carpenter
(On BBC1 from 6.15 pm)


Presenter: Harry Carpenter

: Closedown

: Square Two: 20: Calculus by computer?

How can mechanical computation assist with what used to be called the art of integration?
Introduced by Bill Coleman
Written by Albert Lawrance


Presenter: Bill Coleman
Writer: Albert Lawrance
Director: Robert Clamp
Producer: David Roseveare

: Man Alive: Adopting a Problem

A weekly programme which focuses on people and the situations which shape their lives
Reporters Jim Douglas Henry, Jeremy James, Jeanne La Chard, Gillian Strickland, Desmond Wilcox, Harold Williamson

Tonight: Adopting a Problem
When a couple find they can't have children it's always been a difficult decision to make: to adopt or not. But now they may have to ask themselves another agonising question: would they take on a problem baby. Increasingly these days the only children left waiting in the nurseries are those labelled difficult to place-because they're the wrong colour or the wrong age or physically or emotionally handicapped.
Man Alive looks at the adoption process focusing on couples who have taken the decision to give a home to problem babies; and, in a careful look at the adoption system, discovers both failings and implications for the 70s.


Director: Harry Weisbloom
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

: Canvas: The Davies Collection

In the early years of this century two unmarried sisters living in the remoteness of rural Wales backed a hunch. They started buying French Impressionist paintings and sculpture which at that time attracted little but ridicule. But their hunch paid off and their now priceless collection hangs in the National Museum of Wales at Cardiff
Jonah Jones, the sculptor, tells the story of the two sisters and discusses his favourites among their pictures. Two generations ago his father worked 'down the pit,' the pits whose black gold was the foundation of the Davies Collection


Presenter: Jonah Jones
Cameraman: Charles Beddows
Producer: Derek Trimby

: Show of the Week presenting: Mantovani and his Concert Orchestra

Leader David McCallum
and featuring Malcolm Roberts, The Roy Gunson Dancers and The Ladybirds.

(Someone to turn to - from pop: page 10)


Musicians: Mantovani and his Concert Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: David McCallum
Singer: Malcolm Roberts
Dancers: The Roy Gunson Dancers
Singers: The Ladybirds
Choreographer: Roy Gunson
Lighting: Tom Moncrieff
Sound: Hugh Barker
Designer: David Chandler
Production: John Street

: Match of the Day: The Lawn Tennis Championships

Jack Kramer introduces recorded highlights of today's play


Presenter: Jack Kramer

: Cry of Nukumanu

Nukumanu is a tiny ring of reef and sand, scarcely a dot on a map of the Pacific. Travellers never go to Nukumanu. But this atoll is the home of 270 souls marooned on a sliver of coral. Until recently they have been happy, sustained by the slender resources of the land and the richer harvest of the sea. Today the fragile balance has been broken: the young men have been drawn away leaving too few hands for village work.
This is the story of Nukumanu and of Tenaki the chief's son who will never rule. These are his last months on the island when he will have to choose a wife whom he does not love in preference to the sweetheart he does, because the ancient obligations are still strong. And when he is away, his people will all have been moved from their paradise.

Produced by Australian Island Films


Narrator: Richard Oxenburgh
Writer: Keith Adam
Presented by: Brian Branston

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