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: Saturday Cinema: The Unfinished Dance

Starring Margaret O'Brien, Cyd Charisse Karin Booth, Danny Thomas

A ten-year-old ballet student takes steps to prevent a more experienced dancer taking the place of her favourite ballerina.


Director: Henry Koster
Producer: Joe Pasternak
'Meg' Merlin: Margaret O'Brien
Mlle Ariane Bouchet: Cyd Charisse
La Darina: Karin Booth
Mr Paneros: Danny Thomas
Olga: Esther Dale
Mr Ronsell: Thurston Hall
Murphy: Harry Hayden
Josie: Mary Eleanor Donahue
Phyllis: Connie Cornell

: Play Away

An entertainment for children with Brian Cant
[and] Carol Chell, Rick Jones, Norman Norman, Jonathan Cohen, Spike Heatley, Alan Rushton

People and places - music and jokes. Games for indoors and out.


Director: Anne Gobey
Executive Producer: Cynthia Felgate
Presenter: Brian Cant
Presenter: Carol Chell
Presenter: Rick Jones
Presenter: Norman Norman
Musician: Jonathan Cohen
Musician: Spike Heatley
Musician: Alan Rushton

: African Seafari

Kenya's 300-mile coastline tends to get overlooked in a country whose main attraction is 'big game.' But offshore the warm waters of the Indian Ocean have encouraged the growth of a fringing coral reef of great beauty.
Nowadays the traditional safari is turning seawards, and problems are arising in organising the newly established Marine Reserves.
(from Bristol)


Director: Ned Kelly
Narrator/Producer: Barry Paine
Executive Producer: Christopher Parsons

: Man Alive: A Man's Best Friend?

There are over 2 million secretaries in Britain. While men look for jobs with good prospects, good salaries and job satisfaction, most women are destined for monotonous jobs with little chance of getting to the top. Desmond Wilcox asks why?


Presenter: Desmond Wilcox

: Television Doctor

News, views and current issues from the world of medicine.


Director: Alan Dobson
Director: Stephen Rose
Producer: Peter Bruce

: Westminster

David Holmes on the political scene week-by-week.


Presenter: David Holmes
Editor: Michael Payne

: News and Sport


: Rugby Special

The 1972/73 Tour of The NZ All Blacks
Match No 15: Scotland v New Zealand
Cliff Morgan introduces highlights of this afternoon's match played at Murrayfield, where New Zealand, playing their second full International in a fortnight, faced the much improved Scottish XV.


Commentator: Bill McLaren
Director: Bill Malcolm
Series Producer: Alan Mouncer

: War and Peace: Part 12: Fortunes of War

by Leo Tolstoy
A second chance to see this dramatisation in 20 parts by Jack Pulman.

1812, and Napoleon prepared to fulfil his destiny. In Moscow Natasha recovered slowly and Pierre explained to her how his destiny was connected with Napoleon's. Meanwhile the French Army crossed the river Niemen.


Author: Leo Tolstoy
Dramatised by: Jack Pulman

: Full House

A live entertainment for Saturday, presenting a mixture of music, plays, poetry, prose, comedy, films, the visual arts - and a few surprises.

Introduced by Joe Melia with a little help from Roddy Maude-Roxby, John Muirhead and from the studio audience. Among the main events are:

Andre Previn with Kyung Wha Chung
Andre Previn talks to the dynamic and beautiful Korean violinist. Together they play music for violin and piano.

Have you ever made a 'tank' from a cotton reel, used a nail file as a screwdriver? These are examples of 'Adhocism' - using whatever comes to hand to solve problems. Tonight Charles Jencks and Nathan Silver invite the studio audience to assist in a demonstration of ad-hoc principles, with scenes improvised by Roddy Maude-Roxby and Theatre Machine.


Presenter: Joe Melia
Performer: Roddy Maude-Roxby
Performer: John Muirhead
Interviewer: Andre Previn
Interviewee: Kyung Wha Chung
Performer: Charles Jencks
Performer: Nathan Silver

: Full House

Countdown by Alan Ayckbourn
with Sheila Hancock and Clive Dunn
'Why is my husband so old? He's always been old. Even when he was young he was old.'

Adrian Mitchell
Recently elected by the Poets Conference as their choice for Poet Laureate, tonight he reads a selection of his verse, including The Oxford Hysteria of English Poetry.

Le Grand Magic Circus
On their second visit to London, this theatre company from Paris will be staging their own version of Robinson Crusoe, combining pantomime, circus, music and acrobatics. The group's director Jerome Savary creates a special event for Full House.


Writer: Alan Ayckbourn
[Actor]: Sheila Hancock
[Actor]: Clive Dunn
Performer: Adrian Mitchell
Featuring: Jerome Savary

: Zinotchka

A film adaptation of a short story by Chekhov.
Adapted by Melvyn Bragg
Plus sketches by Theatre Machine, cartoon films ... and whatever or whoever else turns up.


Author: Anton Chekhov
Adapted By: Melvyn Bragg
Director: Christopher Miles
Director: Vernon Lawrence
Producer: Naomi Capon
Producer: Tony Cash
Producer: Michael MacIntyre
Assistant Editor: Tony Staveacre
Editor: Bill Morton
Zinotchka: Charlotte Rampling
A boy: Richard Beaumont
Petya Sorin: Raymond Francis
Madame Sorin: Madge Ryan
Sacha: Anthony May
Petya, as a man: Frank Gatliff

: News on 2


: Midnight Movie: The Bad Seed

Starring Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack with Henry Jones, Evelyn Varden
Little Rhonda Penmark has long blonde plaits, pretty blue eyes and charming old-fashioned manners. Could it be she also has the soul of a cold-blooded murderess?
(Christmas Films: pages 17-19)


Director/Producer: Mervyn LeRoy
Christine Penmark: Nancy Kelly
Rhonda Penmark: Patty McCormack
LeRoy: Henry Jones
Mrs Daigle: Eileen Heckart
Monica: Evelyn Varden
Kenneth Penmark: William Hopper
Richard Bravo: Paul Fix
Emory: Jesse White
Tasker: Gage Clarke
Miss Fern: Joan Croyden
Mr Daigle: Frank Cady

: Closedown

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