Today's story is 'King Canute' (Traditional)
Presenters this week
Pianist PAT SMYTHE
Designer BARBARA GOSNOLD
Scripted by PETER and PAMELA him Director MICHAEL COLE
Series producer CYNTHIA FELGATE
with Peter Woods reporting the world tonight with the BBC's reporters and correspondents at home and abroad Weather
A summer's day journey, odd, outlandish, mysterious, to a place so familiar that you have to laugh. Writer Leslie Thomas and director Randal Beattie went on this journey and made discoveries. Under neighbourly Sussex skies they detected a whiff of the Orient, found a temple lost beneath flowers and weeds, saw a make-believe castle perched above a commuter railway line. They conversed with young nomads, heard three solemn ladies perform a musical rite in a grassy arena, and listened while an old wise man poetically remembered the long ago. At night they were drawn to raucous music and cavorting dancers in a tomb where 14 coffins once lay; and they filmed a ceremony of undressing so secretly that the participants never knew they were watched. Says Leslie Thomas , ' The road to Samarkand was the caravan trail to the fabled city and I see Brighton as a fabled city.'
Producer RANDAL BEATTIE
(' Love and greetings ... A Sussex Samarkand ': page 8)
Introduced by David Jones
A film by the famous French director FRANÇOIS REICHENBACH about the man who has been called the world's greatest forger.' In 1969 Elmyr de Hory, who lives on the Spanish island of Ibiza, was revealed as the originator of an estimated 1,000 pictures that have made their way on to the international art market over the past 20 years - pictures purporting to be by artists like Picasso, Matisse, Dufy, Modigliani. In this film Elmyr demonstrated his art for the first time and told his own extraordinary story.
Produced and directed by FRANCOIS REICHENBACH and RICHARD DREW1TT
(David Jones is a member of the Rsc)
by PETER YELDHAM starring Richard Briers
Anne Rogers , Julia Lockwood
Charlie's in Geneva, still trying to trace the girls. But they're in Tokyo ...
Signature music by MIKE SAMMES
Incidental music by DENNIS WILSON Costumes by LINDA MARTIN Lighting MIKE JEFFERIES Designer GILLIAN HOWARD Producer GRAEME MUIR
by HENRY JAMES
Another chance to see this dramatisation in four parts by DENis CONSTANDUROS
Mrs Gereth and Owen are visiting the Brigstocks. Mrs Gereth finds that Fleda Vetch shares her views about the house.
Part 1: Pride of Possession
(' Directors think I know what I'm doing- but I don'! ': pages 6-7J
Set in a secluded Montgomery-shire valley in mid-Wales, Gregynog was once the home of two sisters, Margaret and Gwendoline Davies. Heirs to a coal magnate's vast fortune, they were- lovers of beauty and perfection, and so turned their home into a centre for artistic activity.
Tonight Lindsay Evans recalls some of Gregynog's atmosphere during the 20s and 30s and in the company of Dora Herbert Jones looks at its most lasting legacy-the books printed and published privately by the Gregynog Press.
Producer GERAINT STANLEY JONES
Editor ROWAN AYERS