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: Play School

Story Ah Fu and the Magic Fan byERIC andMARGARET HAWKES WORTH Presenters this week
Sarah Long , Johnny Ball


Unknown: Sarah Long
Unknown: Johnny Ball

: Closedown

: Schools Prom

from the Royal Albert Hall , London
Introduced by John Georgladls
1975 saw the first-ever Schools Prom when over 400 school children aged 5-18 played before a capacity audience at London's Royal Albert Hall. The British press were unanimous In their praise 'Never has there been a Prom like it' (The Observer). 'The ensemble groups produced performances of astonishing variety' (The Times).
This year nearly 600 talented youngsters playing classical, folk and jazz, from schools all over the United Kingdom give a wider interpretation to the beloved term ' Proms ' and bring the sound of music from the orchestral to chamber, jazz, ensemble and big band to the budding promenaders.
The Schools Prom sponsored by The Times Educational Supplement Executive producer DEREK JEWELL Lighting ALAN ROBERTS Sound JEFF BAKER
Television presentation KEN GRIFFIN


Unknown: Royal Albert Hall
Introduced By: John Georgladls
Unknown: Albert Hall.
Producer: Derek Jewell
Unknown: Ken Griffin

: Irina Rodnina

Champion of Champions
The first pair of skates I ever had didn't have white boots. I was terribly upset about it ... Later I learned it's the skates that matter not the boots.
Irina Rodnina , the Russian skater who at 26 has won more pair titles than any other skater in history. But her success has not come easily. At the height of her career, her first partner ULANOV left her to marry another skater. It was a blow to her personal life as well as her skating. No pair skater had ever changed partners ... but Irina achieved the impossible.
This is the story of her struggle to the top and above all, a record of the skating which has made her a champion of champions. Written and narrated by ALAN WEEKS
Adapted from a Soviet TV film by MARYSE ADDISON


Unknown: Irina Rodnina
Unknown: Maryse Addison

: The World Orienteering Championships

Go to an unknown forest. Take a highly detailed map, and run as fast as you can from the start to the finish as marked on that map, calling in at various control points on the way. This is Orienteering and the skill, provided you are fit and athletic, is in choosing the fastest route between control points.
The sixth World Championships were staged recently amongst the magnificent forests of Morayshire in north-east Scotland. Competitors from 19 nations navigated their way through conifer, beech, over rivers and up and down sand dunes in pursuit of a world title. Both Individual and Relay races were dominated by the Scandinavians but it was the spirit and friendliness of the event that enabled all to enjoy themselves.
Written and narrated by CHRIS BRASHER
Organised by the British Orienteering Federation in conjunction with William Younger and Company.


Unknown: Chris Brasher
Unknown: William Younger
Producer: Johnnie Watherston

: Goodbye Mr Chips

A film starring
Peter O'Toole , Petula Clark with Michael Redgrave , George Baker
A nostalgic musical based on the famous novel by James Hilton
Arthur Chipping (' Chips') is a shy, dedicated schoolmaster who is unable to overcome the hostility of his pupils until he meets and marries Katherine, a beautiful and warm-hearted musical comedy actress. The years pass, and ' Chips' at last becomes Headmaster - but his final triumph is marred by tragedy.
Music and lyrics by LESLIE BRICUSSE Producer ARTHUR p. JACOBS Director HERBERT ROSS Films: pages 15-18


Unknown: Peter O'Toole
Unknown: Petula Clark
Unknown: Michael Redgrave
Unknown: George Baker
Novel By: James Hilton
Unknown: Terence Rattigan
Unknown: Leslie Bricusse
Director: Herbert Ross
Arthur Chipping: Peter O'Toole
Katherine: Petula Clark
Headmaster: Michael Redgrave
Lord Sutterwick: George Baker
Max Staefel: Michael Bryant
William Baxter: Jack Hedley
Ursula Mossbank: SiȂn Phillips
Headmaster's wife: Alison Leggatt

: News on 2


: Hansel and Gretel

A fairy-tale opera by ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
Adapted by ADELHEID WETTE from the Grimm Brothers' version of the traditional tale and sung in an English translation by NORMAN KELLEY starring
Ann Howard as the Witch
Elizabeth Connell as the Mother Benjamin Luxon as the Father with Patricia Parker as Hansel Elizabeth Gale as Gretel
An enchanting new television version of Humperdinck's opera in which Hansel and Gretel are lost in a wood, terrorised by flying hobgoblins, befriended by a Sandman and transported down a magic river to the Land of Cobwebs and Sugar Ice, where the Witch ensnares them . , ,
David Lloyd-Jones conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra leader CARL PINI
Children from Whitgift School, Dr Challoner's Grammar School and Finchley Children's Music Group
Associate-conductor ANTHONY HOSE Choreographer BOB HOWE Costume JOHN BLOOMFIELD Sound RAYMUND ANCEL
The opera is presented without interval and broadcast simultaneously on Radio 3


Translation By: Norman Kelley
Unknown: Ann Howard
Unknown: Elizabeth Connell
Unknown: Mother Benjamin Luxon
Unknown: Patricia Parker
Unknown: Hansel Elizabeth Gale
Unknown: David Lloyd-Jones
Leader: Carl Pini
Unknown: Bob Howe
Unknown: Millar Designer Ken
Sandman: Susan Lees
Dew Fairy: Joy Roberts

: Look, Stranger

The World of Blaster Bates
Blaster Bates is probably one of England's leading demolition experts. He is also a natural comedian. He can leave an audience calling for more after two and a half hours of simply relating incidents that have happened to him over the years. The walls of his Sandbach semi are covered with hunting trophies that tell of his hobby, and a silver disc that tells of his success as a reluctant recording artist.
The programme looks at Blaster's background, hobbies and work. Filming was not without its moments. Following one of his jobs blowing mud out of a silted-up trout pool, the camera team followed the action and watched Blaster's retreat. Some time was then spent in removing mud from the camera and crew!
Executive producer JENNIFER JEREMY Producer BARRY BEVINS


Unknown: Bates Blaster
Producer: Jennifer Jeremy
Producer: Barry Bevins

: Moll Flanders

by DANIEL DEFOE dramatised by HUGH WHITEMORE starring Julia Foster
Kenneth Haigh , Ian Ogilvy
Betty (Moll Flanders), left an orphan, finds, in equal measure, happiness and misery, beauty and ugliness, in a world abounding in cruelty and licentiousness.
By any standards it is strong stuff ..
This Moll Flandert it a feast to the eye ... (THE TIMES)
Film cameraman BRIAN TUFANO Designer EILEEN hiss


Unknown: Daniel Defoe
Dramatised By: Hugh Whitemore
Unknown: Julia Foster
Unknown: Kenneth Haigh
Unknown: Ian Ogilvy
Unknown: Dorothea Wallace
Unknown: Brian Tufano
Producer: Cedric Messina
Director: Donald McWhinnie
Betty: Julia Foster
Jemmy Earle: Kenneth Haigh
Humphrey Oliver: Ian Ogilvy
Lady Verney: Diana Fairfax
Edward :: Jeremy Clyde
Mrs Oliver: Madge Ryan
William Stubbs: Barry Jackson
Robin: Paul Lavers
Phillipa: Ania Marson
Catherine: Lynne Jones
Henry Haydock: Davm Battley
Meg: Karin MacCarthy
Mrs Gill: Maureen Pryor
George Mace: Geoffrey Chater
Andrew Bullen: Jack Galloway
Jenny: Sheila Reid
Captain Preston: James Mellor
Mrs Owen: Nelly Griffiths
Barnaby: Keith Smith
Bank clerk: James Smith
Maid: Mary Hanefy
Thin man: Clyde Pollitt
Child: Lysandre De La Haye
Draper: Sam Avent
Card players: Roy McArthur
Card players: Jimmy Mac

: Christmas with Cagney Angels with Dirty Faces

A film starring James Cagney with Pat O'Brien
Ann Sheridan
Humphrey Bogart
' Rocky ' Sullivan, the East Side kid who grew into a hardened criminal, is Cagney's most famous role. Tough yet charming, he appealed to both sexes and turned the late 30s gangster movie into family entertainment, adding a dash of social comment for good measure.
Producer SAM BISCHOFF Director MICHAEL CURTIZ Films: pages 15-16


Unknown: James Cagney
Unknown: Pat O'Brien
Unknown: Ann Sheridan
Unknown: Humphrey Bogart
Producer: Sam Bischoff
Director: Michael Curtiz
Rocky Sullivan: James Cagney
Jerry Connolly: Pat O'Brien
James Frazier: Humphrey Bogart
Laury Ferguson: Ann Sheridan
Mac Keefer: George Bancroft
Soapy: Billy Halop
Swing: Bobby Jordan
Bim: Leo Gorcey
Patsy: Gabriel Dell
Crab: Huntz Hall

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