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: Saturday Cinema: The Inspector General

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)


Director: Henry Koster
Georgi: Danny Kaye
Yakov: Walter Slezak
Leza: Barbara Bates
Maria: Elsa Lanchester
The Mayor: Gene Lockhart
Kovatch: Alan Hale
Col Gastine: Walter Catlett
Inspector General: Rhys Williams
Telecki: Benny Baker
Lazlo: Norman Leavitt
Gizzick: Sam Hearn
Izzick: Lew Hearn

: Closedown

: 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

: The World About Us: Thor Heyerdahl's Ra Expeditions: 1: Pyramids and Papyrus

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)


Narrator/Subject: Thor Heyerdahl
Narrator: Edward Woodward
Executive Producer: Lennart Errenborg
English version produced by: Brian Branston

: Rugby Special: 1871-1971: RFU Centenary Year series: The Middlesex Sevens

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.


Commentator: Cliff Morgan
Commentator: Bill McLaren
Director: Bill Taylor
Director/Series Producer: Alan Mouncer

: Elizabeth R: Sweet England's Pride

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


Writer: Ian Rodger
Costumes: Elizabeth Waller
Make-up: Dawn Alcock
Lighting: Robert Wright
Sound: Brian Hiles
Music: David Munrow
Designer: Richard Henry
Produced and directed by: Roderick Graham
Elizabeth I: Glenda Jackson
Elizabeth Vernon: Sonia Fraser
Sir Robert Cecil: Hugh Dickson
Earl of Essex: Robin Ellis
Earl of Southampton: Peter Egan
Lady Leicester: Angela Thorne
Francis Bacon: John Nettleton
Lady Rich: Shirley Dixon
Sir Christopher Blount: Haydn Jones
Lady Essex: Judith South
Lord Howard: Peter Howell
Sir Walter Raleigh: Nicholas Selby
Lord Burghley: Ronald Hines
Egerton: Clifford Rose
Horseman to O'Neill: Kevin Flood
Irishwoman: Winefride Madigan
O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone: Patrick O'Connell
Conn, Irish soldier: Wesley Murphy
Harper to O'Neill: Peter Forest
Lord Mayor of Dublin: Harry Webster
Actor playing King Richard II: Philip Voss
Actor playing Bolingbroke: David Hargreaves
Gaoler: Michael Beint
Horseman to Cecil: Derek Martin

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

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)


Presenter: Barry Took
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Euroshow 71

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


Performers: Wallace Collection
Comedians: Monty Python's Flying Circus
Comedian: Tom Manders
Impressionist: Alighiero Noschese
Musicians/Singers: Horst Jankowski and Chorus
Singer: Sylvia Vrethammar
Dancers: The Douglas Squires Dozen

: Storyteller: While the Sun Shines

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.


Author: John Wain
Storyteller: Frank Windsor
Producer: Will Wyatt

: Midnight Movie: Between Heaven and Hell

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)


Director: Richard Fleischer
Sam Gifford: Robert Wagner
Jenny: Terry Moore
'Waco: Broderick Crawford
Willie: Buddy Ebsen
Little Joe: Brad Dexter
Terry: Mark Damon
Col Cozzens: Robert Keith
Morgan: Ken Clark
Bernard Meleskl: Harvey Lembeck
Swanson: Skip Homefer

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