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: Saturday Cinema: It Started in Paradise

Starring Jane Hylton, Ian Hunter, Terence Morgan, Muriel Pavlow, Martita Hunt

Dress design and the world of high fashion have a glamour that rouses a primitive excitement in almost all women. For old Madame Alice in her nearly-deserted salon the great days had passed long before 1938 when this story begins. But for Martha Watkins the great days must be now, and she sees opportunity within her grasp...
Among the supporting cast Kay Kendall etches a bitchy portrait of one of the salon's customers, and Bill Travers is glimpsed briefly as a photographer.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Screenplay: Marghanita Laski
Director: Compton Bennett
Martha: Jane Hylton
Arthur: Ian Hunter
Edouard: Terence Morgan
Alison: Muriel Pavlow
Madame Alice: Martita Hunt
Michael: Brian Worth
Lady Caroline: Kay Kendall
Mary Jane: Ronald Squire
Mr Louis: Harold Lang
Madame Lucienne: Lucienne Hill
Lady Burridge: Joyce Barbour
Sydney Bruce: Arthur Lane
Crystal Leroy: Diana Decker
2nd photographer: Bill Travers

: Closedown

: Rugby Special 1871-1971: RFU Centenary Year series: The Season of the Lions

Two weeks from today the Sixth British Lions tour to New Zealand begins when the party leave London on the first stage of their demanding 26-match schedule.

In tonight's programme the Lions manager Doug Smith, their coach Carwyn James, captain John Dawes, and former Lions and England international Jeff Butterfield discuss with Cliff Morgan the action and quality of the past season, previewing the task facing the Lions-only two Tests have been won in five previous tours of New Zealand.


Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Panellist: Doug Smith
Panellist: Carwyn James
Panellist: Captain John Dawes
Panellist: Jeff Butterfield
Director: Bill Taylor
Series Producer: Alan Mouncer

: 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

: Chronicle: The Wreck of an East Indiaman

On the evening of Sunday 26 January 1749 the people of Hastings rushed to the shore to see the Amsterdam, a fully laden merchant ship on its maiden trip to Java with 350 people on board, stranded on the beach after a period of terrible storms. Despite the 'help' of a thousand plunderers, the ship sank from view in less than a week.

Since that time, for a few brief hours each year the lowest tides reveal its outline. Eighteen months ago modern equipment brought the Amsterdam back to public attention.

Tonight for the first time Chronicle tells the full story of this historic treasure ship, and the scientific excavation and research which is bringing her back to life.

In association with KRO Holland


Writer: Richard Wade
Director: Ray Sutcliffe
Executive Producer: Paul Johnstone

: Elizabeth R: The Enterprise of England

by John Prebble
[Starring] Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
[with] Peter Jeffrey as Philip II, Ronald Hines as Burghley, Robert Hardy as Leicester, Stephen Murray as Walsingham
with Robin Ellis, Paul Hardwick, John Woodvine


Writer: John Prebble
Costumes: Elizabeth Waller
Make-up: Dawn Alcock
Music: David Munrow
Designer: Peter Seddon
Producer: Roderick Graham
Director: Donald McWhinnie
Philip II of Spain: Peter Jeffrey
Philip's son: David Parfitt
Juan de Idiaquez, secretary to Philip II: Christopher Hancock
Fr Robert Parsons: Paul Hardwick
Walsingham: Stephen Murray
Sir Francis Drake: John Woodvine
Elizabeth I: Glenda Jackson
Burghley: Ronald Hines
Santa Cruz: Geoffrey Wincott
John Tregannon, sea captain: Michael Culver
Earl of Leicester: Robert Hardy
Earl of Essex: Robin Ellis
Dutch Envoy: Bill Horsley
Lord Howard of Effingham, Lord High Admiral: Peter Howell
Speaker of the Commons: Robert Sansom
Medina Sidonia: Gordon Gostelow
Luis Cabrera de Cordoba: Ian Ricketts
Young Soldier: Malcolm McFee
Old Soldier: Derek Hardwick

: Up Country!

The Third International Festival of Country Music
Outside broadcast cameras capture the atmosphere of London's Wembley Pool as 12,500 enthusiasts gather to see and hear their country music idols, including:
Hank Williams Jr, Tompall and the Glaser Bros, Loretta Lynn and Show, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff, Waylon Jennings
Introduced by David Allen
Television production Douglas Hespe in association with Mervyn Conn
(This Week's Sounds: page 11)


Presenter: David Allen
Singer: Hank Williams Jr
Musicians: Tompall and the Glaser Bros
Singers: Loretta Lynn and Show
Singer/Guitarist: Hank Snow
Singer: Roy Acuff
Singer: Waylon Jennings
Compere: George Hamilton IV
Director: Don Sayer
Television Production: Douglas Hespe
In association with: Mervyn Conn

: Late Night Line-Up: One Man's Week

"Most of my television appearances have been filmed at my home in the country, where I do most of my work.
My One Man's Week this week will be a look at my life in London"
J.B. Priestley looks back over his week
(Radio Times People: page 5)


Presenter: J.B. Priestley
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Storyteller: The Necklace

Felicity Kendal reads "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant

One small twist of fate can bring triumph or ruin. The price of one evening's happiness may be years of misery. If Mathilde had not been so vain; if there had been no party at the Ministry; if she had been content to wear flowers rather than jewels... then chance could not have struck her such a cruel blow.


Author: Guy de Maupassant
Storyteller: Felicity Kendal
Producer: Will Wyatt

: Midnight Movie: Meet Danny Wilson

Starring Frank Sinatra

The story of a young singer's rise to fame and his efforts to free himself from underworld ties.
Meet Danny Wilson - full of old favourites like 'All of me,' 'How deep is the ocean,' 'She's funny that way,' and 'That old black magic' - is a fitting tribute, on the eve of his retirement, to the singer who has gladdened many hearts.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Director: Joseph Pevney
Danny Wilson: Frank Sinatra
Joy Carroll: Shelley Winters
Mike Ryan: Alex Nicol
Nick Driscoll: Raymond Burr
Tommy Wells: Tommy Farrell
T.W. Hatcher: Vaughn Taylor

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