Starring Danny Kaye
with Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester
In 19th-century Russia the job of the Inspector General was to seek out corruption in local administration. Danny Kaye, as a wandering tinker in a travelling medicine show, is mistaken for the famous government official and a trail of laughter follows.
(This Week's Films: page 11)
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.
Thor Heyerdahl wanted to test his controversial theory that the Ancient Egyptians could have reached the Americas thousands of years before Columbus. He decided to build a boat from materials that would have been available to the Pharaohs. It was constructed of papyrus reeds and scientists were quick to tell him that it would become waterlogged and sink. It looked as though they might be right, for after sailing 2,700 miles Ra was battered by a storm and abandoned by its seven-man crew. But Heyerdahl was determined to try again.
(The expedition of Ra II 'By Papyrus Boat Across the Atlantic': BBC2 tomorrow 8.15 pm. Cover story: page 6)
English version produced by:
The afternoon's traditional six hours of non-stop, high-speed Rugby Football brought to a fitting climax this most entertaining of seasons.
Tonight's programme, the last in the current series, presents the highlights of today's events at Twickenham. Last season's finalists and automatic qualifiers, Loughborough Colleges and Edinburgh Wanderers, face an impressive opposition including the two guest sides, Guy's Hospital and Queen's University, Belfast.
by Ian Rodger
[Starring] Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth I
[with] Ronald Hines as Burghley, Robin Ellis as Essex
with John Nettleton, Nicholas Selby and Patrick O'Connell
Produced and directed by:
Sir Robert Cecil:
Earl of Essex:
Earl of Southampton:
Sir Christopher Blount:
Sir Walter Raleigh:
Horseman to O'Neill:
O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone:
Conn, Irish soldier:
Harper to O'Neill:
Lord Mayor of Dublin:
Actor playing King Richard II:
Actor playing Bolingbroke:
Horseman to Cecil:
Is conversation killing the art of television?
Former Head of Light Entertainment at London Weekend Television and scriptwriter with Marty Feldman and Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In Barry Took looks back over his week.
(Radio Times People: page 4)
An hour-long showcase of the best from European TV variety presented by Sudwestfunk from Baden-Baden with contributions from:
Belgium (RTB) Wallace Collection
United Kingdom (BBC) Monty Python's Flying Circus
Netherlands (VARA) Tom Manders
Italy (RAI) Alighiero Noschese
Germany (SWF) Horst Jankowski and Chorus
Sweden (SR) Sylvia Vrethammar
and featuring The Douglas Squires Dozen
Monty Python's Flying
Horst Jankowski and
The Douglas Squires
Frank Windsor reads "While the Sun Shines" by John Wain
'My husband doesn't let me even look at another man', she said to me. And considering the way she looked at them, I don't blame him.
He was my boss, he thought his wife was after me and he was out to sack me. I just wanted to take a fair week's wage home. It wasn't part of my job to kill myself.
Starring Robert Wagner
with Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen
The attitudes of a Southern land-owner to his fellow humans gradually change when he finds himself the leader of a platoon of misfits in the second world war.
Director Richard Fleischer conveys the fury and terror of war in this action-packed drama.
(This Week's Films: page 11)