For Better or Worse
An eve-of-the-Common Market edition, and report on the British economy
Presented by BRIAN WIDLAKE
The Royal Institution, London, Annual Christmas Lectures to Young People by Geoffrey Gouriet
Chief Engineer, BBC Research and Development
1: How It All Began
Nowadays, we all take for granted our transistor radios, hi-fi, and colour television sets. Yet to people 50 years ago all these things would have appeared absolutely fantastic.
With the use of many fascinating experiments GEOFFREY GOURIET takes us back even farther-to those first exciting responses of magnetism and electricity which meant the birth of radio as we know it today.
Producer ALAN SLEATH
(Lecture 2: Monday. 6.25 pm)
A special edition which selects from the past 12 months some Aspects of a Quiet Year: 1972 Introduced by John Edmunds
Editor BILL NORTHWOOD
A Personal History of the United States in 13 parts written and narrated by Alistair Cooke
8: Domesticating a Wilderness
The rail link across the continent, which was completed in 1869; the invention of the wind pump, the steel-faced plough and barbed wire-these developments were fatal not only to the Indian but to the free-ranging cowboy with his now-romanticised lawlessness. ALISTAIR COOKE looks at the end of the Wild West, and at some of the men and - especially - women who tamed it.
Director TIM SLESSOR
Producer MICHAEL GILL
(Rptd: Monday, 8.25 pm. This series Is currently printed in The Listener)
My dancers should not only master technique, but they should have unusual stamina, the daring of an acrobat, the skill of a juggler, the speed of a fencer and know how to act as well.
A spectacular hour of entertainment - the internationally famous MOISEYEV DANCE COMPANY performs a programme of Russian folk dances throbbing with the breathless energy that has thrilled audiences throughout the world. Orchestra conducted by NIKOLAI NEKRASOW
Choreography and artistic direction of the ensemble and the programme IGOR MOISEYEV
Directed by KURT PAETI at Bavaria Studios, Munich t.
with Peter Hall , Alfie Bass
Michael Hordern , Ronnie Stevens Paul McDowell , Dennis Plenty
Variations on a theme in the form of poetry, comedy sketches, songs and discussion.
This week: Art for whose Sake?
Written by Michael FRAYN
PAUL MCDOWELL , OGDEN NASH , N. r. SIMPSON Director VERNON LAWRENCE Producer BARRY TOOK
Roddy McMillan as Pike in Big Fleas, Little Fleas by NICK MCCARTY with Jean Taylor-Smith Adrienne Corri
The Clearances seem to have come to Scotland again and Pike finds himself working on the side of the villains.
Cast in order of appearance
Series devised by EDWARD BOYD Script editor GRAHAM WILLIAMS Designer HELEN RAE
Producer KEITH Williams Director RODERICK GRAHAM
(Roddy McMillan : see pages 12-13)
A last half-hearted stand before entry.
Patriotically presented by James Cameron, Kenny Everett, William Rushton, John Wells
Gene Tierney , Dana Andrews
With no money to buy seed, Jeeter Lester has planted no crops for seven years, and he and his family are barely eking out an existence. But with the same spirit as the Joad family in The Grapes of Wrath they never give up hope and never lose their sense of humour.
Director JOHN FORD
(This Week's Films: page 9)
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