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: Play School

This little Pig went to Market
This little Pig stayed at home
Today's story is "Boy on a Hill Top" by Peggy Blakeley illustrated by Keta Taniuchi.


Presenter: Sarah Long
Presenter: Derek Griffiths
Story written by: Peggy Blakeley
Story illustrated by: Keta Taniuchi

: Closedown

: Interval

: Open University

: Newsroom

With Peter Woods; Weather


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: The Shadow of the Tower: Part 5: The Serpent and the Comforter

by Hugh Whitemore.
Fifth of 13 programmes.
[Starring] James Maxwell as Henry VII.

Henry devotes all his energies to saving one of his prisoners.


Writer: Hugh Whitemore
Costumes: Odette Barrow
Costumes: Velma Buckle
Make-up: Penny Bell
Script Editor: Anthea Browne-Wilkinson
Designer: Barry Newbery
Producer: Jordan Lawrence
Director: Moira Armstrong
The King: James Maxwell
The Prisoner: Peter Jeffrey
The Guard: Michael Ripper
The Soldier: David Ashton
The Priest: James Bree

: Europa: A Good Place to Die...

Once a year in Mexico the dead come back to share a meal with their families. On this day - The Festival of the Dead - one must offer them all the things they cared for when they were alive.
Favourite food and drink and even their pistols and spears must be at the graveside or on the altar. 'In Mexico the living and the dead are on very good terms,' claims one European television reporter.
Tonight's programme looks at the way of death in parts of Mexico and Europe.


Presenter: Derek Hart
Producer: Maryse Addison

: Show of the Week: Vera Lynn

With The Young Generation.
Guest artists Frank Ifield, Labi Siffre, Roger Webb.
Alyn Ainsworth and his Orchestra.


Presenter/Singer: Vera Lynn
Singer: Frank Ifield
Singer: Labi Siffre
Musician: Roger Webb
Musicians: Alyn Ainsworth And His Orchestra
Dancers: The Young Generation
Choreographer: Don Lurio
Musical Arrangements: Alyn Ainsworth
Musical Arrangements: Alan Braden
Musical Arrangements: Johnny Douglas
Musical Arrangements: Alan Roper
Musical Arrangements: Roger Webb
Musical Arrangements: Dennis Wilson
Costume Design: Linda Martin
Sound: Hugh Barker
Lighting: Peter Catlett
Designer: Victor Meredith
Designer: Jeremy Bear
Producer: Stewart Morris

: News on 2

and Weather

: World Cinema: The Mind of the Child: The Children are Watching Us

A season of films showing the adult world from the child's point of view.
Tonight The Children are Watching Us
Starring Luciano de Ambrosis as Prico with Emilio Cigoli, Isa Pola.

Four-year-old Prico witnesses his mother's infidelity and watches with uncomprehending eyes the gradual collapse of his parents' marriage.
This early film of Vittorio De Sica, rarely seen in Britain and largely overshadowed by Bicycle Thieves and Umberto D, is itself a minor masterpiece and marked a turning point in the great Italian director's career.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Director: Vittorio De Sica
Prico: Luciano de Ambrosis
The Father: Emilio Cigoli
The Mother: Isa Pola
The Lover: Adriano Rimoldi

: 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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