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: Play School

Story: "A Surprise for the King" by Anne Reay

(Repeated on BBC1 at 4.15pm)


Presenter: Carmen Munroe
Presenter: Don Spencer
Author (A Surprise for the King): Anne Reay
Pianist: Peter Pettinger
Designer: Janet Budden
Script writer: Barbara Deehan
Director: John Lane
Executive Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: Cricket: Third Test: England v West Indies

Second day: coverage up to the close of play direct from Lord's.

: Interval

: Open University

: News Summary


: Gardeners' World

with Percy Thrower from Chelwood Vachery, Sussex
A second visit to these superb gardens which have been restored to the glory of former days.
(from Birmingham)
Book 50p: page 54


Presenter: Percy Thrower
Producer: Bill Duncalf

: Brendan Behan

He took the world on a spree - and died of it.
Was Brendan Behan just an alcoholic with a gift of the gab? Or was he a great writer ruined by drink? His life has been described as a hilarious tragedy. Tonight's film examines his true promise and traces that rumbustious life to its sadly inevitable end, with Donal Neligan as Brendan Behan and interviews and commentary by Daniel Farson.


Interviews/commentary: Daniel Farson
Director: Richard Marquand
Brendan Behan: Donal Neligan

: World Cinema: Chimes at Midnight

Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, Jeanne Moreau

Orson Welles has called his imaginative film adaptation from Shakespeare 'a lament for Merrie England' - the story of Sir John Falstaff's friendship with Prince Hal and his rejection when the Prince becomes King.
This Week's Films: page 9


Director: Orson Welles
Sir John Falstaff: Orson Welles
Prince Hal: Keith Baxter
King Henry IV: John Gielgud
Mistress Quickly: Margaret Rutherford
Doll Tearsheet: Jeanne Moreau

: News Extra

with Peter Woods; Weather


Newsreader: Peter Woods

: Closedown

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

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