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: Play School

Today: "The Thin King and the Fat Cook" by Donald Bisset
Guest storyteller Colin Jeavons


Presenter: Miranda Connell
Presenter: Johnny Ball
Author (The Thin King and the Fat Cook): Donald Bisset
Storyteller: Colin Jeavons

: Closedown

: Open University

: Interval

: Which Way?: Rapid Transit


Presenter: Bill Grundy
Producer: David Cordingley

: Interval

: Open University

: Newsroom

with Peter Woods; Weather


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Money Programme

Which is the richest welfare country in the world? Which country has the highest per capita income for its people? Where are the telephones used 50 times more than average? The answers are the same, Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf. In just ten years two things have transformed Abu Dhabi's old style Arabian existence into a 20th century economy sprouting from the desert-oil and Sheikh Zayed the ruler. Oil money keeps pouring in - Abu Zayed's problem is how to spend it. With Britain leaving the Gulf to its own devices Paul Griffiths has been to see how they are using the money and how they will cope with the future.


Reporter: Paul Griffiths
Presenter: Brian Widlake
Presenter: Alan Watson
Presenter: Paul Griffiths
Associate Producer: Peter Dunkley
Producer: Robert Rowland

: Solo: Tom Courtenay as D.H. Lawrence


Script: Derek Ingrey
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: William Slater
D.H. Lawrence: Tom Courtenay

: Review

Topical arts magazine
Introduced by David Jones

Edward Albee
To mark next week's London premiere of "All Over", his latest play, Edward Albee, author of "Zoo Story", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "Tiny Alice", talks to Jim Douglas Henry.

The End of the Wells?
It's nearly three centuries since Mr Sadler's Musick Theatre opened in Islington, near the site of 'medicinal' springs. Today, Sadler's Wells, famous as the birthplace of Britain's foremost ballet company, risks closing down: the theatre needs £50,000 to continue as the present London home for visiting dance and drama companies from the provinces and abroad.
Tonight, Review looks at the history and problems of a fascinating theatre, with Douglas Craig, present Administrator, Ninette de Valois, founder of what was once 'Sadler's Wells' and is now the Royal Ballet, and Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann in a rare film sequence from 1937 rehearsing for Frederick Ashton's "A Wedding Bouquet".

(David Jones is a member of the RSC)


Presenter: David Jones
Interviewee: Edward Albee
Interviewer (Edward Albee): Jim Douglas Henry
Interviewee (The End of the Wells?): Douglas Craig
Interviewee (The End of the Wells?): Ninette de Valois
Director: John Selwyn Gilbert
Producer: Tony Staveacre
Producer: Peter Adam
Producer: Michael MacIntyre

: Joyce Grenfell

Joyce Grenfell in 30 minutes of largely new monologues and songs with William Blezard at the piano.


Comedienne/Original lyrics and material: Joyce Grenfell
Pianist/Musical arrangements and orchestra direction: William Blezard
Lighting: Geoff Shaw
Producer: John Street

: News on 2

and Weather

: Late Night Line-Up

with Joan Bakewell, Tony Bilbow, Sheridan Morley, Ray Taylor.


Presenter: Joan Bakewell
Presenter: Tony Bilbow
Presenter: Sheridan Morley
Presenter: Ray Taylor
Editor: Rowan Ayers

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