With Percy Thrower.
Spring gardening begins in the greenhouse. In this first programme of the new series Percy Thrower deals with seasonal work - seed sowing and propagating for the coming season. In particular, he deals with fuchsias and pelargoniums and sows seeds for summer bedding.
A rare opportunity to observe the work of one of the greatest British choreographers, Sir Frederick Ashton, until last year Director of the Royal Ballet and creator of some of the most famous ballets made for the English stage.
Next week the Royal Opera House puts on its Sleeping Beauty, for which Ashton contributed special passages of dance, and tonight we present the first television performance of a work of his which has hardly ever been seen before - a pas-de-deux to the music of Massenet's Meditation.
Only twice before was it publicly performed in this country - at galas at two London theatres - and as a tribute to the 35 years Ashton was associated with the Royal Ballet, Review asked him to remount Meditation for our cameras: to talk about the way the dance was created, and what have been the influences on his choreography.
The dancers are two young stars of the Royal Ballet: Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell.
(David Jones is a member of the RSC)
(Radio Times People: page 5)
Adapted in nine parts by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson from the novel by Gabriel Chevallier
Told by Peter Ustinov and starring Roy Dotrice, Wendy Hiller and Cyd Hayman
(A BBCtv co-production with Bavaria Atelier GMBH, Munich)
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