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: Open University

7.40 The Imperial Roman Army

8.5 Technology - Mechanics

8.30 Looking at Poems

8.55 Cues and Schemas

9.20 Drugs: The Industry and the Regulators

9.45 Sundials

10.10 The Digital Computer

10.35 Thermal Analysis

11.0 Cells and Organisms

11.25 The Nature of Chemistry

11.50 Multiplexing

12.15 Television and Politics - America (4)

12.40 The Aratar: Concept and Example

1.5 R. M. Schindler

1.30 Semiconductors

: Closedown

: Saturday Cinema: Forever Darling

starring Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz , James Mason
Within a few years of their story-book wedding, Susan and Larry find their marriage almost breaking up. But then a guardian angel comes to their aid....
The famous stars of I Love Lucy co-star with James Mason as the somewhat unusual guardian angel in this lively domestic comedy.
Produced by DESI ARNAZ
Directed by ALEXANDER HALL Films: page 17


Unknown: Lucille Ball
Unknown: Desi Arnaz
Unknown: James Mason
Unknown: James Mason
Produced By: Desi Arnaz
Directed By: Alexander Hall
Susan Vega: Lucille Ball
Lorenzo Xavier Vega: Desi Arnaz
Guardian Angel: James Mason
Charles Y Bewell: Louis Calhern
Dr Edward R Winter: John Emery
Bill Finlay: John Hoyt
Millie Opdyke: Natalie Schafer
Society reporter: Mabel Albertson
Henry Opdyke: Ralph Dumke
Amy: Nancy Kulp
Mr Clinton: Willis R Bouchey
Laura: Ruth Brady

: Closedown

: Planets

The Royal Institution Annual Christmas Lectures to Young People.
A series ofsix programmes 1:The Earth as a Planet
Professor Carl Sagan invites his young audience to examine Planet Earth as though they were visitors from a distant civilisation. First as though through a telescope, then from a spacecraft fly-by, an orbiter and finally a lander, SAGAN shows how fascinating and extraordinarily beautiful our planet looks from space.
Presented for television by STUART HARRIS and KARL SABBAGE


Unknown: Professor Carl Sagan
Television By: Stuart Harris
Television By: Karl Sabbage

: Open Door

The programme in which the BBC hands over air time to the public. Tonight:
The Electoral Reform Campaign presents Democracy, Shamocracy? Christopher Chataway for the Electoral Reform Campaign takes a close and critical look at our voting system and shows how unfair and undemocratic it has become. Why do fewer people bother to vote nowadays? Can we improve things? And why are most MPs silent on the subject? These and other questions will be asked and answered by politicians, journalists, and some very famous voters.
Made by ERC for the Electoral Reform Society with the help of the Community Programme Unit.


Unknown: Christopher Chataway

: News and Sport


: Network

A series of programmes made specially for audiences in the BBC regions and now seen for the first time throughout the UK. Tonight from BBC Wales Sutherland in Wales
A film in which the artist Graham Sutherland tells how he first became ' hooked and obsessed ' by the landscape of Pembrokeshire. For more than 40 years he has renewed his vision in the area where he first learned to be a painter.
In gratitude the artist and his wife have given to Wales the great collection of paintings and drawings now housed at Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest. There, and in the countryside around, GRAHAM SUTHERLAND presents a unique account of his work and its inspiration.
Film cameraman ROBIN ROLLINSON Written and produced by JOHN ORMOND
Series co-ordinator FRANK GILLARD


Artist: Graham Sutherland
Unknown: Graham Sutherland
Unknown: Robin Rollinson
Produced By: John Ormond
Unknown: Frank Gillard

: Ashkenazy plays Mozart

In the first of three programmes in a Lively Arts season featuring
Vladimir Ashkenazy as both pianist and conductor, he directs from the keyboard the Philharmonia Orchestra leader CARL PINI in two Concertos by MOZART No 17, in G major (K 453) No 21, in c major (K 467) and in the interval talks to Humphrey Burton about his career and his dual role in performing this music.
Recorded at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.


Unknown: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Leader: Carl Pini
Unknown: Humphrey Burton
Producer: Rodney Greenberg

: Second City Firsts

A series of five new plays from Birmingham
The Back Page by ANDREW NICKOLDS and STAN HEY And a warm welcome to a very cold valley! Charlton Athletic are playing Notts County and things are livening up in the Press Box.
Script editor PETER ANSORGE Designer LYNDA KETTLE Producer TARA PREM


Unknown: Andrew Nickolds
Editor: Peter Ansorge
Designer: Lynda Kettle
Producer: Tara Prem
Director: Derek Lister
Bert Reynolds: Graham Stark
Percy: Henry Moxon
Molotov: Howard Southern
Binoculars: John Salthouse
Sergeant: Roger Avon
Mrs Beale: Myrtle Devenish

: Orders from Above

Robert Vas's Orders from Above is a truly harrowing and shaming j'accuse. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH) Between 1944 and 1947 the British and American Governments handed back to Stalin a great many Russians - P o Ws, civilians, women and children-who were captured or liberated by the Western Forces. Our authorities were well aware that to many of these people repatriation might mean certain death or years in Stalin's labour camps; that most of them were eligible for political asylum. Yet they carried out the policy of forced repatriation - and kept it secret for nearly 30 years.
For the politicians who made the decisions it seemed a diplomatic and military necessity; for the repatriated Russians: ' a great betrayal '; for the British soldiers who had to carry it out (as one said) : 'it stank of Belsen and Dachau'.
Now the controversy raised by the first showing of Robert Vas's film has been fanned by revelations in a new book Victims of Yalta. Narrators
Based on The Last Secret by NICHOLAS BETHELL
Written and directed by ROBERT VAS


Narrators: Lyndon Brook
Narrators: Peter Copley
Unknown: Nicholas Bethell
Directed By: Robert Vas

: News on 2


: M*A*S*H

A film series starring Alan Alda as Hawkeye and Mike Farrell as B.J.
Two young surgeons who work in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and are intensely dedicated - to off-duty relaxation.
Soldier of the Month
When there is a contest for best ' Soldier of the Month Klinger and Radar make a special effort to win, but do not take into account that Frank will get a fever.


Hawkeye: Alan Alda
B.J: Mike Farrell
Colonel Potter: Harry Morgan
Radar: Gary Burghoff
Major Frank Burns: Larry Linville
Hotlips: Loretta Swit

: Midnight Movie: The Reckless Moment

starring James Mason, Joan Bennett
With her husband away, Lucia Harper has to handle alone the problem of her teenage daughter's affair with an unscrupulous older man. Suddenly she finds herself involved in murder and blackmail.
Directed by MAX OPHULS
Films: page 17
CEEFAX Film Page: 255


Unknown: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Directed By: Max Ophuls
Martin Donnelly: James Mason
Lucia Harper: Joan Bennett
Beatrice Harper: Geraldine Brooks
Mr Harper: Henry O'Neill
Ted Darby: Shepperd Strudwick
David Harper: David Bair
Nagle: Roy Roberts
Sybil: Frances Williams

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