A series of eight programmes
Pennies in wishing wells; wells dressed with flowers; stone heads set in factory chimneys and, throughout rural England, strange ceremonies ritually performed. All these are the colourful remnants of a mysterious religion which dominated Western Europe before the influence of the Christian Church and which, in one place, still survives. In the High Peak District of Derbyshire, a secret community still venerates the Earth Mother and the other forgotten gods of the Ancient Celts. Dr Anne Ross of Southampton University talks to a Guardian of this ancient community and shows how today's quaint ceremonies are pre-Christian and rooted in head worship and blood sacrifice.
by Alan Plater
Six directors make their debut as television drama film-makers.
Casual labour appeals to Wilfred, and the street market is a friendly home until he meets the beautiful Christabel. Her haughty dismissal drives him to amazing feats. He'll do anything for a kiss.
Music arranged and performed by:
The Mike Westbrook Brass
starring Mario Lanza , Ann Blyth
The poor boy who becomes a star is one of Hollywood's favourite stories, so MGM went to town with this biopic of the Naples urchin transformed into the greatest singer in the world.
Director RICHARD THORPE. Films: page 15
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