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: News Review

The best of the week's news film from all over the world, together with other subjects of interest. For the deaf and hard of hearing a commentary appears visually.
and Weather


Presenter: Michael de Morgan
Producer: Bill Northwood

: The World About Us: Rockets are for Peace

When buffaloes fight it's the grass that suffers: a proverb from Laos where right-wing and Communist forces have been fighting on and off for nearly 20 years - a conflict as old as that in Vietnam. But a long-drawn-out civil war has not dampened the Lao spirit.

At the annual festivals, such as the great festival of fertility, the public mood is transformed into one of uninhibited delight and people surrender themselves to hours of carefree dance, cheeky playfulness, and slightly drunken tomfoolery. There are moments, too, of pure anarchy: where else would the British Ambassador be beset by a friendly mob intent on removing his shirt?

The climax in the fertility ceremonies is the firing of huge bamboo rockets from the bed of the Mekong river to ask the gods for a season of plenty, for rain and prosperity. Ironically, not far away, missiles of war are sowing death and destruction...


Filmed and narrated by: Tony Beamish
Presented by: Martin Kuhn
Executive Producer: Brian Branston

: Music on 2: The Outsiders

Pierre Boulez on two eccentrics of 20th-century music
Charles Ives (1874-1954) and Edgar Varese (1883-1965)
BBC Symphony Orchestra leader Bela Dekany conducted by Pierre Boulez in performances of 'Putnam's Camp' from Three Places in New England by Ives and Integrales by Varese

"I am very impressed by eccentrics, because they bring fresh air to a musical world, where professionalism dries things up too much" (Pierre Boulez)


Presenter/Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Quotations from Ives spoken by: George Coulouris
Quotations from Varese spoken by: Joss Ackland
Musicians: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra leader: Bela Dekany
Photography: Ken Westbury
Photography: John McGlashan
Sound: George Cassedy
Film Editor: Howard Billingham
Director: Barrie Gavin

: The Roads to Freedom: The Reprieve: Part 9: 28 Sept 1938 - Morning

by Jean-Paul Sartre
Dramatised in 13 parts by David Turner
Starring Michael Bryant, Daniel Massey, Georgia Brown

Hitler has made a provocative speech against Czechoslovakia and mobilisation continues. Ivich has returned to Paris and gone to Mathieu's flat to find him leaving to report for army duty.

(Trevor Baxter is in "Canterbury Tales," at the Phoenix Theatre, London)


Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Dramatised by: David Turner
Costumes: Joan Ellacott
Lighting: Robert Wright
Designer: Spencer Chapman
Producer: David Conroy
Director: James Cellan Jones
Mathieu: Michael Bryant
Irene: Marty Cruickshank
Lola: Georgia Brown
Boris: Anthony Corlan
Guard: Pat Gorman
Philippe: Simon Ward
Assistant Superintendent: Christopher Benjamin
Superintendent: Frank Duncan
General Lacaze: Anthony Jacobs
Claude: Colin Baker
Ivich: Alison Fiske
Jacques: Clifford Rose
Odette: Anna Fox
Compositor: Frederick Hall
Commercial traveller: Anthony Sagar
Cafe violinist: John Lawrence
Locksmith: Richard Beale
Old man: Roy Denton
Pablo: Simon Cellan Jones
Sarah: Heather Canning
Daladier: John Bryans
Daniel: Daniel Massey
Marcelle: Rosemary Leach
Mayor: George Roderick
Masaryk: Michael David
Blythe-Hardwick: Trevor Baxter
Mastny: James Bree
Sir Horace Wilson: Gerald Case
Chamberlain: Michael Goodliffe
Leger: Eric Longworth
Francois: Denis Cleary

: The Goodies

Written by Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie with Tim Brooke-Taylor
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie
Special guest Liz Fraser
with Mollie Sugden, Queenie Watts, Ericka Crowne, Bert Simms, Ernest Jennings


Writer: Graeme Garden
Writer/Music: Bill Oddie
Writer: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Music: Michael Gibbs
Film Direction: Jim Franklin
Design: Janet Budden
Design: Roger Murray-Leach
Producer: John Howard Davies
Tim: Tim Brooke-Taylor
Graeme: Graeme Garden
Bill: Bill Oddie
Miss Heffer: Liz Fraser
Minister for Trade and Domestic Affairs: Mollie Sugden
Playgirl Club Compere: Queenie Watts
Playgirl Club Girl: Ericka Crowne
[Actor]: Bert Simms
[Actor]: Ernest Jennings

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

from Brisbane: third day
by Satellite
Peter West introduces recorded highlights of the third day's play.
Presented by David Kenning, Bill Taylor in collaboration with the ABC


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

: The Ray Stevens Show

British, American, and Canadian capers in a bright series of swinging, singing entertainment, with host Ray Stevens and regular guest stars Lulu, Cass Elliot as well as Billy Van, Carol Robinson, Solari and Carr, Dick Curtis, Steve Martin
(Programme recorded in Canada)


Presenter/Singer: Ray Stevens
Singer: Lulu
Singer: Cass Elliot
Performer: Billy Van
Performer: Carol Robinson
Comedians: Solari and Carr
Performer: Dick Curtis
Comedian: Steve Martin

About this project

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.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

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