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: Play School: Science Day

Today's story is "When Little Red Hen baked some Bread" (traditional)


Presenter: Chloe Ashcroft
Presenter: Johnny Ball
Pianist: Harry Hayward
Designer: Louise Vanson
Scriptwriter: Ruth Craft
Producer: Ann Reay
Series Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: Life in Our Sea: Small Worlds

Some animals spend most of their lives in one small place. As Dr David Bellamy continues his exploration of the North Sea, he looks for the reasons behind their success. The close-up lens reveals some tiny worlds that will surprise even the experts.
Natural history film from Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Hamburg)


Presenter: Dr David Bellamy
Producer: David Cordingley

: Newsroom

with Peter Woods


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Take It or Leave It

A Television Literary Quiz

"...All day yesterday I was working, as hard as a navvy, on six lines of a poem. I finished them but had in the labour of them, picked and cleaned them so much that nothing but their barbaric sounds remained. Or if I did write a line 'My dead upon the orbit of a rose,' I saw 'dead' did not mean 'dead,' 'orbit,' not 'orbit,' and 'rose' most certainly not 'rose.' Even 'upon' was a syllable too many, lengthened for the inhibited reason of rhythm. My lines, all my lines, are of the tenth intensity. They are not the words that express what I want to express; they are the only words I can find that come near to expressing a half. And that's no good. I am a freak user of words, not a poet. That's really the truth. No self-pity there. A freak user of words, not a poet."
Who wrote it? Do you like it?

Alan Brien asks Michael Frayn, Richard King, Mary McCarthy, Stephen Spender for their opinions and reactions to this and other quotations.


Presenter: Alan Brien
Panellist: Michael Frayn
Panellist: Richard King
Panellist: Mary McCarthy
Panellist: Stephen Spender
Reader: Peter Eyre
Devised by: Brigid Brophy
Director: Peggy Walker
Producer: Julian Jebb

: Europa in South America: 2

Tonight Europa goes Latin American again for its second programme on this turbulent continent with its 230-million people, two-thirds of whom live under military regimes of one sort or another.
Brazil's ' death squads,' Venezuela's honky-tonk diamond rush towns, Bolivia's treatment of her star prisoner, the revolutionary Regis Debray - all these are stories which are included in the series. Stories which have all been shown on the screens of European television over the last few months.
Introduced by Derek Hart


Presenter: Derek Hart
Producer: Anthony Chivers

: George IV

A King in the Country featuring George Hamilton IV
with The Hillsiders
and guests Salena Jones, Brian Golbey, Brian Brocklehurst
Introduced by David Allan
from the Nashville Rooms, London


Presenter: David Allan
Singer: George Hamilton IV
Musicians: The Hillsiders
Singer: Salena Jones
Singer: Brian Golbey
Bassist: Brian Brocklehurst
Producer: Philip Lewis

: Thirty-Minute Theatre: Waugh on Crime: 1: In Which Inspector Waugh Settles an Account

The first of six plays by Arden Winch
With Clive Swift as Inspector Waugh
(Nicholas Selby is a member of RSC)
(Cover story on page 13)


Writer: Arden Winch
Script Editor: Derek Hoddinott
Designer: Malcolm Goulding
Associate Producer: Anne Head
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Director: Tristan de Vere Cole
Inspector Waugh: Clive Swift
Undertaker: Michael Rose
PC White: Robin Chadwick
Adams: Bill Horsley
Commander Browne: Nicholas Selby
Hopkins: Willoughby Gray

: Review

The Knot Garden
Sir Michael Tippett's new opera The Knot Garden opens at Covent Garden this week. Set in contemporary Britain and dealing with many themes including racial relations, it is the first production on which resident producer Peter Hall and conductor Colin Davis have worked together. Review follows the opera from its rehearsals to the Covent Garden stage. Tippett describes how he conceived the opera and Hall and Davis how they view it, and also how they hope to dismantle
Covent Garden's opulent image in the hope of attracting new and younger audiences.
(The Knot Garden direct from Covent Garden tomorrow Radio 3, 7.30 pm)

Film Extras
There are 2,500 extras in the London area alone. Review takes a young girl, an old woman and a middle-aged man, and looks at the film industry through their eyes.


Interviewee (The Knot Garden): Sir Michael Tippett
Interviewee (The Knot Garden): Peter Hall
Interviewee (The Knot Garden): Colin Davis
Director (The Knot Garden): Michael MacIntyre
Subject (Film Extras): A young girl [name uncredited]
Subject (Film Extras): An old woman [name uncredited]
Subject (Film Extras): A middle-aged man [name uncredited]
Director (Film Extras): Sheldon Larry
Producer: Peter Adam
Producer: Tony Staveacre
Editor: James Mossman

: Late Night Line-Up

Tony Bilbow looks back over the week with William Rushton, James Cameron and other people


Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Guest: William Rushton
Guest: James Cameron

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