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: Westminster

Presented by Peter Hill


Presented By: Peter Hill
Editor: John Danvers

: Rugby Special

Cross Keys v Neath
Yesterday's Second Round tie in the Welsh Knockout Cup brought together sides representing both West Wales and the Valleys. Commentator at Pandy Park NIGEL STARMER-SMITH
Series producer BILL TAYLOR


Director: Dewi Griffiths
Producer: Bill Taylor

: Is There a God?

Has the universe a purpose? Is there an ultimate meaning to the striving of men? Is the human race something more than the most complex development of animal life? Is death the end? These fundamental issues are focused for all of us, religious or not, by the question of the existence of God.
Magnus Magnusson introduces the major reasons for belief and disbelief; matches the theories of the experts - philosophers, scientists, psychologists - to the experiences of ordinary people; and invites you to give your own answers to the questions the programme raises.


Introduces: Magnus Magnusson
Unknown: Kate Payne
Producer: Bill Nicholson

: News Review

A digest of the news plus a visual commentary for those who cannot hear, with Kenneth Kendall


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall
Editor: Bill Northwood

: The World About Us

Cape to Cairo
Written and narrated by ROY LEWIS
One hundred years ago, CECIL RHODES dreamed of building a railway across 6,000 miles of Africa. An iron life-line of Empire marking the British claim to dominate the continent from one end to the other.
Now the journey from the Dutch farms of Cape Town to the mosques of Cairo passes the Victoria Falls, the Game Parks of Kenya, over the Karroo Desert and through equatorial Sudan, past the buildings and monuments of a changed Africa.
The dream of Empire faded, but the railway itself has become of vital importance to the new, independent countries of Africa. Although in places diesel is taking over, the great steam locos still dominate many of the lines between Cape Town and Cairo.
Film cameraman IAN stone
Film editor ALAN j. CUMNER-PSICE Producer colin LUKE


Unknown: Roy Lewis
Unknown: Cecil Rhodes
Editor: Alan J. Cumner-Psice
Andrews==>: Anthony Isaacs

: Face the Music

A musical quiz Joseph Cooper as questionmaster invites you to match your musical wits against Valerie Pitts
David Attenborough , Tony Lewis Guest musician Steuart Bedford


Unknown: Joseph Cooper
Unknown: Valerie Pitts
Unknown: David Attenborough
Unknown: Tony Lewis
Director: Peter Butler
Producer: Walter Todds

: News on 2


: The Lively Arts

Kyung-Wha Chung East Plays West with Myung-Wha Chung Myung-Whun Chung
The young Korean violinist KYUNG-WHA CHUNG achieved overnight success with her London debut in 1970. But the Chung family can boast six musicians among seven children, and five are seen playing in tonight's film. Three are professionals with independent solo careers - KYUNG the violinist, MYUNG the-cellist, and WHUN, both pianist and conductor. Although they come from the East, the music they play is exclusively Western. This film shows them in rehearsal and performance both in Europe and the USA.
Last summer, Kyung took part in the ' Great Performers ' series in New York, then with her sister played Brahms's Double Concerto With the NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN, and later, with brother Whun, went to Switzerland and Belgium for concerts at the Lucerne and Flanders Festivals.
Executive producer JOHN DRUMMOND Producer DAVID BUCKTON


Unknown: Myung-Wha Chung
Unknown: Myung-Whun Chung
Producer: John Drummond
Producer: David Buckton

: Look, Stranger

The last of four programmes A Bus for all Reasons
Introduced by Rene Cutforth
Seven young men and women run the ISLINGTON BUS COMPANY. They have only one bus - an unusual vehicle, painted blue and equipped with a sandpit, toys and a tank for water play. It is a moblle playgroup.
During the summer holidays children's entertainment is almost a full-time occupation for the Islington Bus Company - their name for a community resources centre. Puppet shows on the bus, outings to Epping Forest and an ambitious project recorded on videotape which is called the ' Rocky Horror Show' and in which scores of children from North London housing estates take part.
RENÉ CUTFORTH says, It's not only a good thing the seven enthusiasts of the Islington Bus Company are young - it's essential. You have to be to stand the wear and tear.'


Introduced By: Rene Cutforth
Producer: Jennifer Jeremy

: Centre Play for Christmas: William Wilson

by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Hugh Whitemore
with Norman Eshley as William Wilson and Stephen Murray as Dr Bransby
'I was oppressed by the sensation of having been acquainted with him at some epoch very long ago. ...I realised that I secretly feared him...'


Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Adapted by: Hugh Whitemore
Make-up: Judy Neame
Costumes: Raymond Hughes
Costumes: Ken Morey
Designer: Sally Hulke
Script Editor: Alan Seymour
Producer: Louis Marks
Director: James Ormerod
William Wilson: Norman Eshley
Dr Bransby: Stephen Murray
William Wilson (as a schoolboy): Matthew Stones
William Wilson (at Eton): Charles Spicer
Ashcroft: Thomas Bulman
Pargeter: Peter Demin
Glendinning: Anthony Daniels
Preston: Robert Tayman
Danby: Nigel Bowden
Gondolier: Anthony Herrick
Valentina di Broglio: Ludmila Nova
Schoolboy: James Levine
Schoolboy: David Obermeister
Schoolboy: David Laurie
Schoolboy: William Goodchild
Schoolboy: James Barnard
Schoolboy: Michael Hatt
Schoolboy: Thomas Henry
Schoolboy: Anthony Weiss
Schoolboy: Simon Wilkinson

: A Christmas Childhood

From County Monahan, poet Patrick Kavanagh reminds us of an Ireland that many of us may have forgotten still exists. Read by NIALL TOIBIN
Producer PETER CRAWFORD Director DAVID HAMMOND BBC Northern Ireland


Unknown: Patrick Kavanagh
Read By: Niall Toibin
Producer: Peter Crawford

: Christmas with Cagney: The Public Enemy

A Sense of Justice starring James Cagney with Jean Harlow , Edward Woods Joan Blondell , Mae Clark
Growing up together in the slums of the East Side, Tom Powers and his pal Matt graduate from petty larceny to the big timebootlegging.
. Films: pages 15-16


Unknown: James Cagney
Unknown: Jean Harlow
Unknown: Edward Woods
Unknown: Joan Blondell
Unknown: Mae Clark
Unknown: Tom Powers
Director: William A. Wellman
Tom Powers: James Cagney
Gwenn Allen: Jean Harlow
Matt Doyle: Edward Woods
Mame: Joan Blondell
Ma Powers: Beryl Mercer
Mike Powers: Donald Cook
Kitty: Mae Clark
Nails Nathan: Leslie Fenton
Paddy Ryan: Robertemmett O'Connor
Putty Nose: Murray Kinnell
Molly Doyle: Rita Flynn
Hack: Snitz Edwards

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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.

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