Story: A Squash and a Squeeze Written by JULIA DONALDSON Presenters
Evelyn Skinner , Derek Griffiths
for the Deaf; and Weather
The Royal Institution Annual Christmas Lectures to Young People.
6: Planetary Systems Beyond the Sun
Professor Carl Sagan is perhaps the world's greatest optimist for the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. In this last lecture of the series, he explains what an immense and difficult task it is to find, and communicate with, alien intelligence; but what earth-shaking significance such contact would have for mankind. The search may be fruitless until well beyond the lifetimes of his young audience - but SAGAN urges the next generation not to abandon it.
Presented by Michael Charlton and Richard Kershaw including Westminster Report Newsreader Angela Rippon
Dramatised by JAMES ANDREW HALL Kilvert asks Mr Thomas for his daughter's hand in marriage.
Cameraman DAVID JACKSON
Sound recordist DENNIS CARTWRIGHT Film editor BILL WRIGHT Director PETER HAMMOND
For Better, For Worse ...
Britain joined the European Economic Community five years age. How well have we done? Two men give their views.
Sir Fred Catherwood , Chairman of the British Overseas Trade Board and a top industrialist, explains why he believes that the Common Market has been a boost to Britain and has strengthened our competitive position in the world.
Jimmy Reid , senior shop steward of Marathon shipbuilders, shows why he considers that five years in the EEC has done more harm than good. Both men reflect the views of farmers, housewives and company managers on how membership has affected us.
Deputy editor DAVID GRAHAM Editor PAUL ELLIS
BBC2's International Snooker Championship celebrates its tenth series.
Eight top professionals compete for the 1978 Pot Black Trophy and the first prize of £1,000.
Former Pot Black Champions: John Spencer
Eddie Charlton (Australia) Ray Reardon , Graham Miles plus Cliff Thorburn (Canada)
Doug Mountjoy , Dennis Taylor Alex' Hurricane '
Higgins Eric Morecambe makes the draw for the series and tonight's game in Group One.
Introduced by ALAN WEEKS Referee SYDNEY LEE
Commentator TED LOWE
Director JIM DUMIGHAN
Producer REG PERRIN. BBC Birmingham
A dynamic and versatile singer whose styles range from pop to Country and Western, from blues to rock; a talented song-writer and musician; an up-and-coming actress who is one of the stars of the big new Walt Disney musical Pete's Dragon. That's Australian-born Helen Reddy , and in this special show recorded in Las Vegas, she sings many of the songs that have brought her fame in America and a steadily-increasing recognition in this country.
Executive producer JEFF WALD
The locust's belly dance, the case of the jerry-built barnacle, and how butterflies blow smoke rings, are all discoveries of a new kind of science-natural engineering. Biologists and engineers are pooling their ideas to understand how nature's machines work.
What materials are plants and animals made from? Why are they the shapes they are? How do they move?
Nature has invented efficient air-conditioning systems, energy storage devices and corrugated aerofoils. It has even invented the wheel. Certain creatures have recently been found to have rotary bearings and tiny electric motors. Tonight's programme reveals nature's designs with the help of unique film taken by the scientists themselves.
Narrator Paul Vaughan
Film editor MICHAEL FOALE
Editor SIMON CAMPBELL-JONES
Written and produced by ROBIN BATES
JULIAN GLOVER reads
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