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(For details see BBC1 at 3.45 pmi

: Closedown

: The Tales of Hoffmann

A feature film starring
Robert Rounseville , Moira Shearer Robert Helpmann , Leonide Massine This spectacular film version of Offenbach's opera begins with the poet Hoffmann watching a Dragon-fly ballet. He is in love with Stella, the prima ballerina. She reawakens memories of former loves and to a group of students in a tavern he recalls three adventures.
The voices of : BRUCE DARGAVEL
Produced and directed by MICHAEL POWELL and EMERIC PRESSBURGER. Films: page 16 (First showing on British television)


Unknown: Robert Rounseville
Unknown: Moira Shearer
Unknown: Robert Helpmann
Unknown: Bruce Dargavel
Unknown: Monica Sinclair
Unknown: Dorothy Bond
Unknown: Grahame Clifford
Unknown: Murray Dickie
Unknown: Margherita Grandi
Unknown: Owen Brannigan
Unknown: Joan Alexander
Directed By: Michael Powell
Hoffmann: Robert Rounseville
Lindorf: Robert Rounseville
Coppedlius: Robert Helpmann
Dapertutto: Robert Helpmann
Dr Miracle: Robert Helpmann
Nicklaus: Pamela Brown
Stella: Moira Shearer
Olympia: Moira Shearer
Kleinzack: Frederick Ashton
Cochenille: Frederick Ashton
Spalanzani: Leonide Massine
Schlemil: Leonide Massine
Franz: Leonide Massine
Giulietta: Ludmilla Tcherina
Antonia: Ann Ayars
Crespel: Mogens Wieth

: The Big Word Machine

A film about the oldest publishing house in the world - the Oxford University Press.
Narrated by Michael Hordern
Quietly and with appropriate academic reserve the Oxford University Press is one of the largest and most successful publishing houses in the world. A big business concern turning out ten million books a year. But the Press is a curiosity in the publishing trade. It is governed by unpaid amateurs-Oxford University dons. The OUP once lost nearly half-a-million pounds on a single publication - the Oxford English Dictionary-but turned the loss into a profit of millions over the years. This classic British example of inspired amateurism is celebrating its 500th birthday this year.
Film editor PETER MAYHEW
Production assistant ALISTAIR BROWN Producer TONY LARYEA


Written By: John Sandilands
Unknown: Michael Hordern
Editor: Peter Mayhew
Unknown: Alistair Brown
Producer: Tony Laryea

: News on 2 Headlines

with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather on 2

: Indoors Outdoors

Expert cooking, gardening and do-it-yourself advice from Zena Skinner , Geoffrey Smith , Roy Day and Val Hudson.
Mr Smith Propagates Plants: see page 72


Unknown: Zena Skinner
Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Roy Day
Unknown: Val Hudson.
Director: Julian Stenhouse
Producer: Brian Davies
Unknown: Mr Smith

: Were You There?

Twelve choirs, all members of the South Wales Association of Male Choirs, join together in an anthology of words and music for Eastertide. from
St David 's Cathedral, Dyfed with Barbara Murray
Helen Field , Emrys James
Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes Organist Nicholas Jackson
Producer HUW BRIAN WILLIAMS Executive producer


Unknown: St David
Unknown: Barbara Murray
Unknown: Helen Field
Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes
Organist: Nicholas Jackson
Unknown: Harri Webb
Unknown: Harry Thomas
Unknown: Len Stephens
Producer: Huw Brian Williams
Unknown: Geraint Stanley Jones

: William Wyler

American Film Institute Salute
In 1920 William Wyler left his native Germany for America, became a movie publicist, then prop-man, script clerk and cutter's assistant, before being promoted to director. He became one of Hollywood's most respected movie-makers, winning three Oscars during his 50-year career.
The American Film Institute in 1976 presented him with the Life Achievement Award - only the second director to receive it.
With Gregory Peck as host, highlights from this star-studded occasion include contributions from Henry Fonda , Greer Garson , Walter Pidgeon , Merle Oberon , Charlton Heston , Audrey Hepburn , James Stewart and Barbra Strei sand-plus extracts from many of his films, several of which will be shown during the next fortnight.
Directed by STAN HARRIS Presented for BBCtv by BARRY BROWN


Unknown: William Wyler
Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Henry Fonda
Unknown: Greer Garson
Unknown: Walter Pidgeon
Unknown: Merle OBEron
Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Audrey Hepburn
Unknown: James Stewart
Unknown: Barbra Strei
Directed By: Stan Harris
Unknown: Barry Brown

: Pot Black 78

BBC2 Snooker Championship
The 12th frame in the qualifying round for the 1978 Pot Black Trophy. Featuring two former Pot Black Champions:
Eddie Charlton (Australia) against Graham Miles (Birmingham)
In this last game from Group 2, both players are in a strong position to reach the semi-finals with MILES, as yet, unbeaten.
Introduced by ALAN WEEKS . Referee SYDNEY LEE . Commentator TED LOWE
Producer REG PERRIN. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Eddie Charlton
Unknown: Graham Miles
Introduced By: Alan Weeks
Unknown: Sydney Lee
Commentator: Ted Lowe
Director: Jim Dumighan
Producer: Reg Perrin.

: Heads and Tales

with Robert Erskine
A series of eight programmes about 25 centuries of coins-gold, silver and bronze. Greek, Roman or medieval, all coins reflect their times. 3: The King's Money
As a result of Alexander the Great's experiments, Greek monarchs and Roman generals portrayed themselves on coins to show everybody who was boss.
Directed by JOHN BURROWES Produced by BETTY WHITE


Unknown: Robert Erskine
Directed By: John Burrowes
Produced By: Betty White

: Horizon: The New Breadline

Nearly seven million people in Britain are living on or below the breadline. In other words, they do not always have enough to eat. This astonishing figure comes from government statistics and a number of recent studies by social scientists. The resulting deprivation has been confirmed by the Community Development Projects set up all over the country in 1970. Millions of poor people are elderly, disabled or are children, but nowadays tens of thousands of them are full-time workers caught in the vicious circle of what's called 'the poverty trap.'

"Horizon" looks at attempts to overcome this trend: the improvement of housing by tenants' associations; the moving of factories into deprived areas to provide jobs; and, more recently, proposals for a 'reverse tax'. But none of these is seen to be the ultimate answer. The problem may lie deeper and, month by month, more and more of us are falling towards the new breadline.


Narrator: Paul Vaughan
Film Editor: Sue New
Editor: Simon Campbell Jones
Written and produced by: Dominic Flessati

: Portrait

Robert Morley painted by David Poole
While MR MORLEY chatted happily about false teeth and perverted businessmen, the Royal portraitist painted diligently on, pausing only once to listen to a refreshing view on art: ' You artists ', Morley told him, ' are a prissy lot who always have the last word; you're in a very privileged position." I agree ', said POOLE. ' Well just remember that when I tell you that you've got the colour of my eyes wrong.'


Unknown: Robert Morley
Unknown: David Poole
Unknown: Mr Morley
Producer: Michael Begg

: Late News on 2


: The Little Foxes

A William Wyler Season A feature film starring
Bette Davis , Herbert Marshall
When Regina 's invalid husband Horace refuses to invest his savings in her brothers' business, Regina prepares to take a cold and merciless revenge.
. Films: page 16


Unknown: William Wyler
Unknown: Bette Davis
Unknown: Herbert Marshall
Unknown: When Regina
Regina Giddens: Bette Davis
Horace Giddens: Herbert Marshall
Alexandra Giddens: Teresa Wright
David Hewitt: Richard Carlson
Birdie Hubbard: Patricia Collinge
Leo Hubbard: Dan Duryea
Ben Hubbard: Charles Dingle
Oscar Hubbard: Carl Benton Reid

: Simple Faith?

An exploration
What About the Church?
It has been said that Christianity hasn't been tried and found wanting, it's been found difficult and left untried. Is this the same for the church? Is our prejudice based on caricature or are we justified in expecting our churches to be more than they are?
In this final programme David Winter examines the evidence with George Hoffman , Mother Theresa and the Archbishop of Canterbury.


Unknown: David Winter
Unknown: George Hoffman
Unknown: Mother Theresa

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