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: The Saturday Musical: Tonight We Sing

Starring Ezio Pinza as Feodor Chaliapin, Roberta Peters as Elsa Valdine, Tamara Toumanova as Anna Pavlova, Anne Bancroft as Emma Hurok, Isaac Stern as Eugene Ysaye, Byron Palmer as Gregory Lawrence, David Wayne and the voice of Jan Peerce

The story of the famous impresario Sol Hurok and the many international musical stars who appeared under his management.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Producer: George Jessel
Director: Mitchell Leisen
Feodor Chaliapin: Ezio Pinza
Elsa Valdine: Roberta Peters
Anna Pavlova: Tamara Toumanova
Emma Hurok: Anne Bancroft
Eugene Ysaye: Isaac Stern
Gregory Lawrence: Byron Palmer
Sol Hurok: David Wayne
[Singing voice]: Jan Peerce

: Tutankhamun's Egypt: The Pharaoh

Another chance to see last week's programme.
Introduced by Cyril Aldred


Presenter: Cyril Aldred
Narrator: Eric Porter
Director: Paul Jordan
Executive Producer: Paul Johnstone

: Animal People: 1: A Seal in My Garden

H. G. Hurrell, Dartmoor naturalist and owner of Atlanta the seal.
Commentary by Hugh Falkus.


Subject: H. G. Hurrell
Narrator: Hugh Falkus
Producer: Christopher Parsons

: Television Doctor: My Feet are Killing Me

Looking at feet and at some of the commonest troubles.


Director: Graham Massey
Producer: Peter Bruce

: Man Alive: It's Ours, Whatever They Say

A second chance to see last week's programme

Jonathan Power's record of the mothers of Islington in their fight for a children's playground.


Reporter: Jonathan Power
Editor: Desmond Wilcox
Editor: Bill Morton

: Look, Stranger: Rivers of Pearl

Bill Abernethy's job is an eternal treasure hunt.


Subject: Bill Abernethy
Producer: Bridget Winter

: News and Sport

and Weather

: People plus Leisure Equals

An equation that proves we must plan our future recreation.
A film written and directed by John Taylor.


Writer/Director: John Taylor
Narrator: Duncan Carse

: Hermann Hesse: A Prophet in Another Country

The German novelist and writer Hermann Hesse died in 1962, a Nobel Prize-winner - but since his death he has become the centre of an extraordinary cult, and he is now revered as a patron-saint of young America.

This film (Germany's entry for the 1971 Italia Prize) shows Hesse as he really was, and also shows what, in modern America, he has come to stand for.


Voice of Hesse: Joseph O'Conor
Narrator: John Stockbridge
Director: Jochen Richter

: Rugby Special: The Melrose Sevens

Introduced by Cliff Morgan
This year Bridgend and Loughborough Colleges join 13 top Scottish clubs in the endeavour to wrest the title from Gala.


Presenter: Cliff Morgan
Commentator: Bill McLaren
Television Presentation: Bill Taylor
Series Producer: Alan Mouncer

: Sounds for Saturday: James Last and his Orchestra

This week: James Last and his Orchestra
(James Last appears by arrangement with Harold Davison )
(This Week's Sounds: page 11)


Musicians: James Last and his Orchestra
Sound: Len Shorey
Lighting: Ritchie Richardson
Producer: Stanley Dorfman

: The Craftsmen: Bob Godfrey - Film Animator

Bob Godfrey illustrates the attitudes and techniques of the split-second world of film cartoon.


Subject: Bob Godfrey
Producer: John Read
Director: Anna Jackson

: Sunset Song: Part 3: Drilling

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Dramatised in six parts by Bill Craig
Starring Andrew Keir as John Guthrie
with James Grant as Ewan Tavendale, Roddy McMillan as Uncle Tam and Vivien Heilbron as Chris.

'But a worse thing came as that slow September dragged to its end. A thing I would never tell a soul.'
(BBC Scotland)


Author: Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Dramatised by: Bill Craig
Designer: David McKenzie
Producer: Pharic MacLaren
Director: Moira Armstrong
Chris Guthrie: Vivien Heilbron
John Guthrie: Andrew Keir
Will Guthrie: Paul Young
Long Rob Duncan: Derek Anders
Chae Strachan: Victor Carin
Ewan Tavendale: James Grant
Mollie Douglas: Mary MacLaren
Mrs Munro: Mary Riggans
Kirsty Strachan: Anne Kristen
Munro of Cuddiestoun: John Grieve
Alec Mutch: Alex McAvoy
Mrs Mutch: Joan Fitzpatrick
Dr Meldrum: Paul Kermack
Uncle Tam: Roddy McMillan
Rev Gibbon: Charles Kearney
Gordon of Upperhill: Bill Gavin
Aunt Janet: Jean Faulds
Semple: Bryden Murdoch

: News on 2

and Weather

: Film Night

Sheridan Morley talks about Diamonds are Forever, now on release, to Jill St John, and announces the results of Film Night's Academy Awards poll.
Philip Jenkinson shows more vintage films requested by viewers.


Presenter: Sheridan Morley
Presenter: Philip Jenkinson
Guest: Jill St John
Producer: Barry Brown
Editor: Rowan Ayers

: Midnight Movie: Roxie Hart

Starring Ginger Rogers Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery

Chicago, 1927. Roxie Hart finds herself on trial for murder. She plans to use the trial as a full-scale publicity stunt but when the key defence witness dies suddenly her plan seems to have backfired.
(This Week's Films: page 9)


Director: William A. Wellman
Producer: Nunnally Johnson
Roxie Hart: Ginger Rogers
Billy Flynn: Adolphe Menjou
Homer: George Montgomery
Jake Callahan: Lynne Overman
E Clay Benham: Nigel Bruce
Babe: Phil Silvers
Mrs Norton: Sara Allgood

: Closedown

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