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: Saturday Cinema: The Belle of New York

starring Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen with Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn.

A rich playboy falls in love with the pretty young singer of a street mission band in the Gay 90s.
From the play by Hugh Morton.


Writer: Hugh Morton
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Charles Walters
Charlie Hill: Fred Astaire
Angela Bonfils: Vera-Ellen
Mrs Phineas Hill: Marjorie Main
Max Ferris: Keenan Wynn
Elsie Wilkins: Alice Pearce
Gilfred Spivak: Clinton Sundberg

: Closedown

: Test Cricket from Australia: Australia v England: The First Test Match

from Brisbane: second day
by Satellite
Peter West introduces recorded highlights of the day's play.
Presented by David Kenning and Bill Taylor in collaboration with the ABC
(By letter in 1879... by satellite in 1970: pages 6 and 7)


Presenter: Peter West
Presented by: David Kenning
Presented by: Bill Taylor

: Westminster

David Holmes reviews, week-by-week the moves made by the politicians and examines the part played by government in the lives of us all.


Presenter: David Holmes
Editor: John Danvers

: Rugby Special: 1871-1971: RFU Centenary Year Series: Cardiff v Llanelli

Coached by Carwyn James, the 1971 Lions Assistant Manager, Llanelli is acknowledged as one of the most attractive sides in the country, but will need to find that extra flair to cope with Barry John and Gareth Edwards at half back for Cardiff.
Cliff Morgan, Cardiff's outside half for eight seasons, reports from Cardiff Arms Park.


Commentator: Cliff Morgan
TV Presentation: Dewi Griffiths
Series Producer: Alan Mouncer

: Cities at the Breaking Point: Part 1: Life in Ruins

A special edition of The Philpott File
An investigation into the human problems arising out of the large-scale demolition and redevelopment now taking place in the major cities of Britain by Trevor Philpott

The cities of Britain are all in the throes of massive reconstruction. In all of them - Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool -demolition gangs are laying acres of once familiar streets to waste. Ahead of them they create twilight zones inhabited by twilight people. There are the old, clinging bewildered to their homes and their memories. And there is an unhappy breed of people shifting from house to house always just in front of the bulldozers' battle-line, who live in condemned buildings either because it suits their way or life or because they have nowhere else to go - people who are raising children to whom the broken brick is not only a weapon but a way of life.
(Part 2 follows at 9.20 pm)
(Wiping out lives in the Dingle: p 3)


Presenter: Trevor Philpott

: Red Sea Ballet

The exotic underwater world of the Red Sea combined with the music of Debussy's La Mer.
Produced by Capital Films, Jerusalem

: Cities at the Breaking Point: Part 2: The Move to Paradise

As the old, densely populated inner areas of our cities are wiped out by the planners and their demolition men, the people are being moved, thousands-at a time, to the new semi-rural estates on the edge of town.

The new homes have picture windows, central heating, constant hot water, and inside lavatories. But the newcomers soon learn that it takes more than these creature comforts to make a working man's paradise. The new estates make demands. Paradise must be paid for. And if the people have not the resources, human and financial, to pay the bill, it can become a nightmare even while it is still being built.
(Late Night Line-Up Special at 10.55 pm)


Producer: Peter Robinson

: The Roads to Freedom: The Reprieve: Part 8: 26 Sept 1938 - Evening

by Jean-Paul Sartre
A second chance to see this dramatisation by David Turner
Starring Michael Bryant, Georgia Brown

Marcelle and Daniel are married and Lola and Boris reconciled. Mathieu has been staying with Jacques and Odette while Chamberlain and Daladier meet Hitler. Mathieu has been called up.


Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Dramatised by: David Turner
Lola: Georgia Brown
Mathieu: Michael Bryant

: Cities at the Breaking Point

A Late Night Line-Up Special follows tonight's Philpott File and includes a discussion between Reyner Banham, Simon Jenkins and Ian Nairn


Panellist: Reyner Banham
Panellist: Simon Jenkins
Panellist: Ian Nairn
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Midnight Movie: The Virgin Queen

Starring Bette Davis, Richard Todd, Joan Collins

The Virgin Queen tells of the ageing Elizabeth's tempestuous relationship with Raleigh.
(This Week's Films: page 13)


Director: Henry Koster
Producer: Charles Brackett
Queen Elizabeth: Bette Davis
Sir Walter Raleigh: Richard Todd
Beth Throgmorton: Joan Collins
Chadwick: Jay Robinson
Lord Leicester: Herbert Marshall
Lord Derry: Dan O'Herlihy
Sir Christopher Hatton: Robert Douglas

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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