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: Saturday Cinema: Desert Legion

starring Alan Ladd
Richard Conte , Arlene Dahl with Akim Tamiroff
While searching in the Algerian desert for a bandit, a Foreign Legion patrol is led into an ambush. The sole survivor is Captain Lartal who recovers consciousness to find someone has taken him to the gates of the Legion post.
Films: page 10


Unknown: Alan Ladd
Unknown: Richard Conte
Unknown: Arlene Dahl
Unknown: Akim Tamiroff
Director: Joseph Pevney.
Paul Lartal: Alan Ladd
Crito Damou: Richard Conte
Morjana: Arlene Dahl
PlevkO: Akim Tamiroff
Si Khalil: Oscar Beregi
Major Vasil: Leon Askin

: Play Away

starring Brian Cant with Toni Arthur
Carol Chell , David Wood
Jonathan Cohen , Spike Heatley Alan Rushton
It's the sporting life today for Brian and Company when they join some physical education students at their college in Dart-ford, Kent.
Musical director JONATHAN COHEN
Producer ANN REAY


Unknown: Brian Cant
Unknown: Toni Arthur
Unknown: Carol Chell
Unknown: David Wood
Unknown: Jonathan Cohen
Unknown: Spike Heatley
Unknown: Alan Rushton
Director: Jonathan Cohen
Designer: Tony Snoaden
Director: Peter Charlton
Producer: Ann Reay

: Money Programme: Pennies from Heaven?

The Church's financial management.

: Network

Tonight from BBC East
In a Country Churchyard: Promoted to Glory ...
TRINITY PIFFNEY was a village odd-job man, BLIND MONTGOMERY wrote penny poems and played a barrel-organ, WILLIAM COWPER wrote some of the best remembered lines in English verse. All three overcame adversity and tonight Ronald Fletcher brings them to life in a dramatised documentary. With JOHN FRANKLYN-ROBBINS as William Cowper
Series co-ordinator FRANK GILIARD


Unknown: Trinity Piffney
Unknown: Blind Montgomery
Unknown: William Cowper
Unknown: Ronald Fletcher
Unknown: John Franklyn-Robbins
Unknown: William Cowper
Producer: Douglas Salmon
Director: Christopher Lewis
Unknown: Frank Giliard

: In Company

Cleo Laine and John Dankworth Britain's ambassadors of good music, entertain more of their show-business friends at their home in Buckinghamshire.
Jan Waters and Peter Gilmore join the Dankworths in an exchange of words and music.
Producer DON SAYER


Unknown: Cleo Laine
Unknown: John Dankworth
Unknown: Peter Gilmore
Producer: Don Sayer

: News and Sport


: Rugby Special

Scotland v France Introduced by NIGEL STARMER-SMITH
The Scottish supporters have enjoyed ten successive victories at Murrayfield and are looking forward in this, the First Match of the Five Nations Championship, to seeing a continuation of this successful run. However, the French have shown in the past a fleetness of foot, agility and sheer pace that can break through the tightest of defences.
Commentator at Murrayfield BILL MCLAREN
Series producer BILL TAYLOR


Introduced By: Nigel Starmer-Smith
Unknown: Bill McLaren
Director: Bill Malcolm
Producer: Bill Taylor

: How Green was My Valley

Dramatised in six parts by ELAINE MORGAN starring
Stanley Baker , Sian Phillips
Huw can walk again. Ifor and Bronwen are married. lanto devotes himself to union work, but can still watch with interest as Owen's affection for Marged Evans begins to fade.
Part 2


Unknown: Richard Llewellyn
Unknown: Elaine Morgan
Unknown: Stanley Baker
Unknown: Sian Phillips
Unknown: Marged Evans
Producer: Martin Llsemore
Director: Ronald Wilson

: 2nd House

Introduced by Melvyn Bragg A Common Tongue
If the Japanese had colonised America in the 17th and 18th centuries the language we speak in Britain today would be much poorer. We wouldn't have any ' know-how ' or ' get up and go.' We couldn't ' Keep a stiff upper lip.' We wouldn't be able to ' run the show' and we certainly couldn't ' make it' or even ' get by.' On the other hand we wouldn't have any ' hassles,' ' hang-ups ' or ' shoot-ups ' and we certainly wouldn't make a ' song and dance ' about it even if we had.
Tonight's 2nd House will explore the large and rarely acknowledged contribution that the American people have made to the development of our common tongue.
The programme was filmed in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, the Rockies and at a rodeo in Hayden, Colorado.
Among those appearing are black singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson , American television commentator Edwin Newman , journalist Tom Wolfe and literary critic Norman Podhoretz.
Film cameraman GODFREY JOHNSON
Film editor JOHN BARNES
Written and produced by TONY CASH
The us and us: page 13


Introduced By: Melvyn Bragg
Singer-Songwriter: Smokey Robinson
Unknown: Edwin Newman
Unknown: Tom Wolfe
Unknown: Norman Podhoretz.
Unknown: Godfrey Johnson
Editor: John Barnes
Produced By: Tony Cash
Editor: Bill Morton

: Out of the Trees

Featuring Graham Chapman

'Wallooming' and 'pauntley' are just two of the words that have been used to describe this staunchly ludicrous show in which a series of wallooming sketches are held together in pauntley fashion by two fugitives from television who are in search of the perfect film commentary.
With Maria Aitken, Roger Brierley, Jennifer Guy, Maggie Henderson, Simon Jones, Marjie Lawrence, Tim Preece, Mark Wing-Davey
(Maria Aitken is in "A Little Night Music" at the Adelphi Theatre, London)


Writer: Graham Chapman
Writer: Bernard McKenna
Writer: Douglas Adams
Studio Lighting: Peter Booth
Studio Sound: Len Shorey
Designer: Ian Rawnsley
Producer: Bernard Thompson
Comedian: Graham Chapman
[Actress]: Maria Aitken
[Actor]: Roger Brierley
[Actress]: Jennifer Guy
[Actress]: Maggie Henderson
[Actor]: Simon Jones
[Actress]: Marjie Lawrence
[Actor]: Tim Preece
[Actor]: Mark Wing-Davey

Blog post that mentions this programme:

The Sunday Post - Douglas Adams: So long and thanks for all the scripts 29 May 2016

: Centre Play

You Talk too Much by TIM ASPINALL
There is one in every family: the compulsive talker. In this case it is mother, spry, energetic ... exasperating. But can a doctor help?
Script editor ALAN SEYMOUR
Producer ANNE HEAD


Unknown: Tim Aspinall
Editor: Alan Seymour
Designer: Keith Harris
Producer: Anne Head
Director: John Black
Mum: Patricia Hayes
Doctor: Joss Ackland
Rose: Cheryl Kennedy
Charlie: Colin Farrell
Doctor's wife: Virginia Balfour

: The First Picture Show

Two animation films about first encounters with America.
Another American Journey: a witty and sardonic view by STEVE WEATHERILL using songs, photographs, bits of film, his own drawings and a variety of animation techniques.
America by ASA SJÖSTRÖM . A Swedish girl arrives in New York, takes a trip and the American dream turns into nightmare. Introduced by Gavin Millar


Unknown: Steve Weatherill
Unknown: Asa SJÖSTRÖM
Introduced By: Gavin Millar
Producer: Michael Dibb

: News on 2


: Midnight Movie: On Dangerous Ground

starring Robert Ryan , Ida Lupino
Detective Jim Wilson achieves results only by savage handling of suspects. Investigating murder, he meets Mary, a blind girl, who forces him to take a fresh look at his methods-and at himself.
. Films: page 10


Unknown: Robert Ryan
Unknown: Ida Lupino
Unknown: Detective Jim Wilson
Director: Nicholas Ray
Jim Wilson: Robert Ryan
Mary Malden: Ida Lupino
Walter Brent: Ward Bond
Bill Daly: Charles Kemper
Pete Santos: Anthony Ross
Captain Brawley: Ed Begley
Carrey: Ian Wolfe
Danny Malden: Sumner Williams
Lucky: Gus Schilling

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