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: Play School

Ting, ling-a-ling!
Play a guitar string!
Story "Sad and Happy" by Michael Cole.


Presenter: Chloe Ashcroft
Presenter: Johnny Silvo
Author of story: Michael Cole

: Closedown

: Open University

: Interval

: Handling Materials

The Army has its own Materials Handling Trials Unit. How does it go about its three basic jobs? Test, Train, Advise
Producer MICHAEL garrc*

: Interval

: Open University

: Newsroom

With Richard Whitmore


Newsreader: Richard Whitmore

: Man Alive: Mission to Yenan - the chance that was lost?

In the summer of 1944 an American military and diplomatic team - nicknamed the Dixie Mission - flew to Yenan in northern China. Its brief: to make contact with Mao Tse-Tung's communist guerrilla forces and to secure their help in the war against the Japanese. However, although the mission was warmly welcomed by Mao and his colleagues, Washington continued to commit itself to Chiang Kai-Shek's weak Nationalist Government.
Man Alive, on the eve of President Nixon's journey to Peking, shows a unique film record of the Yenan encounter, obtained from US government source, together with the comments of four former State Department officials who were members of the Dixie Mission. Two of them, Ray Ludden and John Service, have flown to England to take part in the programme, still convinced that their assessment in 1944 was correct: that there need never have been a break between America and China nor, probably, a Korean War or a Vietnam War.


Reporter: Jeremy James
Reporter: Jeanne La Chard
Reporter: Denis Tuohy
Reporter: Desmond Wilcox
Reporter: Harold Williamson
Interviewee: Ray Ludden
Interviewee: John Service
Film Director: Peter Davis
Studio Director: Brian James
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

: Collector's World

This week's subjects include:
The Victorian Image: a retrospective look at the Victorian photographer and a preview of a new exhibition at the V and A.
Hugh Scully demonstrates several simple ways in which the frustrating task of cleaning a decanter can be made easier.
James Norbury answers questions.
Introduced by Hugh Scully.
(from Bristol)


Presenter: Hugh Scully
Expert: John Service
Director: Robin Drake
Director: Paul Smith
Producer: John King

: The Space Between Words: 2: Toning

Conflict takes over when communications break down in this series, of five programmes about situations that depend on good communications - work, family, school, politics, even diplomacy.
Families can go for years without a serious talk of any kind. When crisis comes - death, divorce, bankruptcy - members may discover they have never really understood one another.
For the Browns (this is not their real name), the London family in this film, the mother's earlier divorce began a series of problems with her teenage son. The family tries to discover how these difficulties developed, helped by a family therapist - Dr Aaron Esterson. Despite the emotional nature of the film, the Brown family volunteered to take part in the hope that sharing their experience might help other families.
A BBC-TV production in association with KCET-TV (Los Angeles)


Expert/Therapist: Dr Aaron Esterson
Film Cameraman: Charles Steward
Sound: Mike McDiffie
Editor: Terence Twigg
Producer: Roger Graef

: News on 2

and Weather

: The Old Grey Whistle Test

Richard Williams with the news, the views, the sounds of today's music. In the studio Mick Greenwood Band, Jimmy and Vella.


Presenter: Richard Williams
Musicians: Mick Greenwood Band
Musicians: Jimmy and Vella
Director: Colin Strong
Producer: Michael Appleton

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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