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: Play School

Story: "The Magic Tree" by James and Ruth McRea

(Repeated on BBC1 at 4.10 pm)


Author (The Magic Tree): James McRea
Author (The Magic Tree): Ruth McRea
Presenter: Carmen Munro
Presenter: Rick Jones

: Closedown

: Behaviour and Belief: 2: Do You Believe in Rock 'n' Roll?

In-service education project for teachers

How influential are pop heroes, and can teachers come to terms with them? Noddy Holder, lead singer with Slade, Nick Tucker from Sussex University, and teachers Tony Jasper and Mel Hill - who uses pop music as classroom material - look at teenage culture.

(Shown last Tuesday on BBC1. Linked with Radio 4 VHF Sundays 3.30; Radio 3 medium wave Wednesdays, 6.50 pm)


Panellist: Noddy Holder
Panellist: Nick Tucker
Panellist: Tony Jasper
Panellist: Mel Hill

: Closedown

: News Summary


: The Web of Life: The Living Mountains

The third of six films
Narrated by Kenneth Allsop

From the shores of the Caribbean in Venezuela up through the dripping cloud forest to the bleak moorlands and peaks of the Andes, across the world to Mount Kenya with its weird giant plants and tiny sunbirds... This vertical journey takes us from the equivalent of the tropics to the poles; to regions where plants and animals somehow survive in the most extreme conditions. There is even a plant that makes its own anti-freeze and there are lobelias and groundsels as tall as trees.

(from Bristol)


Narrator/Writer: Kenneth Allsop
Producer: Richard Brock

: Europa: Man and Magic

The third episode of this four-part series focuses on Brazil and the strange ceremonies the people use to call on the spirits, both good and bad, to help them with their daily problems. In the old days, these cults brought over to South America by the African slaves, were used to frighten the white masters. Today they fulfil a need for the very poor living in the shadow of the very rich.
Italian television reports on the Spiritualists.
Introduced by Derek Hart


Presenter: Derek Hart
Producer: Maryse Addison

: War and Peace: 17 Of Life and Death

by Leo Tolstoy
dramatised in 20 parts by Jack Pulman

Nikolai met Maria again and realised that they loved each other. However, he was under an obligation to Sonya who, after Countess Rostova tried to make her release Nikolai, told Natasha that Andrei was with the wounded soldiers travelling with them.

(Anthony Hopkins is a National Theatre Player)
(Repeated next Saturday evening. The title music is available on record. RESL 9, price 49p, from most record shops.)


Author: Leo Tolstoy
Dramatist: Jack Pulman
Producer: David Conroy
Director: John Davies
Natasha: Morag Hood
Andrei: Alan Dobie
Pierre: Anthony Hopkins
Russian boy: Robin Langford
Prison guard: Jack Galloway
Marshal Davout: Tony Steedman
French captain: Philip Lowrie
Platon Karatayev: Harry Locke
Sonya: Joanna David
Countess Rostova: Faith Brook
Count Rostov: Rupert Davies
Nikolai: Sylvester Morand
Maria: Angela Down
French corporal: Tony Caunter
Laurent: John Malcolm
Nikolenka: Toby Bridge

: The Fanatics: Dirty Weekend

People with unusual enthusiasms.

At Marple in Cheshire a group of helmeted and overalled individuals spend their weekends restoring the Peak Forest and Ashton Canal.
But why bother restoring canals anyway? What do the volunteers get out of their dirty weekend?
(from Manchester)


Executive Producer: Derek Smith
Producer: John C. Miller

: Horizon: The Military Necessity

In central Europe two million combat troops have faced each other for 23 years, mutually suspicious, ready for war. They are the forces of the rival military alliances of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, and they represent the highest concentration of armed force anywhere in the world.

Scared at the prospect of nuclear war, the two sides are attempting to reduce their forces. But reduction must be mutual and balanced. As a background to the current political talks. Horizon examines the doctrines and military strategies of the two alliances and shows how difficult it will be for the two sides to reach agreement. But if they don't, what then?


Narrator: Patrick Allen
Narrator: David Bauer
Film Editor: Claire Douglas
Editor: Bruce Norman
Producer: John Irvin

: Face the Music

Match your musical wits tonight against Joyce Grenfell, Richard Baker, Robin Ray
Chairman Joseph Cooper



Panellist: Joyce Grenfell
Panellist: Richard Baker
Panellist: Robin Ray
Guest musician: Sir William Walton
Chairman: Joseph Cooper
Producer: Walter Todds
Director: Denis Moriarty

: John Denver: In Concert

with Richard Kniss (bass), Mike Taylor (guitar)

John Denver, who got his big break when he replaced the leader of the Chad Mitchell Trio in 1965, sings the songs he's written and made famous as a solo artist - including 'Leaving on a jet plane' and last year's American No 1, 'Country Roads.'


Singer: John Denver
Bassist: Richard Kniss
Guitarist: Mike Taylor
Design: Lesley Joan Bremness
Producer: Stanley Dorfman

: News Extra

with David Tindall


Newsreader: David Tindall

: Real Time

A weekly round-up of issues concerning the world of television. Michael Dean surveys the week's output and invites others to assess its achievements and effect.



Presenter: Michael Dean
Producer: Philip Speight
Executive Producer: Mike Fentiman

: Closedown

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