from Lincoln Cathedral
To mark the 250th anniversary of its first performance in Leipzig on Good Friday 1729, a special television presentation of the Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew by J. s. BACH
Lincoln Cathedral is the magnificent setting and the story is illustrated through paintings by Old Masters. The performance is sung in an English translation compiled by Raymond Leppard
Part 1: The Last Supper and the Betrayal by Judas
Costume designer VALERIE SPOONER Sound GRAHAM HAINES , IAN PARR Lighting JOHN CROWTHER
Producers RODNEY GREENBERG , DAVID ELLIS Director ROY TIPPING (Part 2 at 2.30 pm) (For full details see Radio 3 page 76)
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The great dancer and choreographer, successor to Nijinsky as star of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, died last month. In a filmed conversation with Melvyn Bragg he talks of his lifetime in ballet-
Producer MARGARET DALE
by PATRICK NUTTGENS
The medieval church of All Saints, North Street in York contains some of the finest stained glass in the country. Not vast works but windows small and close enough to look at and appreciate in detail. The beginning of a growing enjoyment of them is that they tell stories. But there is still another level of enjoyment and experience which has been created by the artists who made them an experience of light; light that has its own life; changing light that affects everything. Music composed by ROBERT BOYLE Director JOHN BULMER
Producer WILLIAM GREAVES
In the Shadow of the Falcon Narrated by DEREK JONES
The peregrine falcon is one of the world's most spectacular birds of prey. This story is about the handful of wardens - men like Roy Dennis of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - who watch over such rare creatures and ensure they can breed in peace.
With him we are able to watch the private life of the peregrine falcons at their cliff-face site as they feed and rear their young.
Producer DAVID COBHAM. Series editor MICHAEL ANDREWS. BBC Bristol
The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus
A feature film starring Can- ia Lee
Charles Carson Sidney Poitier
A white and a black man have one thing in common -each has a son. The powerful theme is how, through death and suffering, the two fathers come to a better understanding of each other and the conditions in which they live.
Screenplay adapted from his novel by ALAN PATON. Directed by ZOLTAN KORDA . Films: page 23
The Rev Msimangu:
David Holmes , BBC Political Editor, presents a weekly insight into the world of politics.
Editor PAUL NORRIS
Easter Special from Clacks Farm with Arthur Billitt , Peter Seabrook Easter is traditionally the start of the gardening year for many families, particularly with vegetable growing. Arthur's plot is well under way and this evening he discusses with Dr Peter Salter , from the National Vegetable Research Station, the results of the latest experiments in crop growing and spacing to achieve maximum yield. The small patio garden at Clacks Farm has been started and Peter will be looking at the materials chosen for the 14ft x 24ft space and advising on plants for growing in tubs, troughs, hanging baskets and other containers.
Produced by BARRIE EDGAR BBC Birmingham
London Contemporary Dance Theatre
' A sorrowing mother stood weeping beside the cross while her son hung there, her grieving heart so full of tears and anguish ...'
Using ANTONIO VIVALDI'S setting of JACOPONE DA TODI'S poem
Robert Cohan has choreographed one of his finest works for members Of the LONDON CONTEMPORARY
DANCE THEATRE: Kate Harrison
LINDA GIBBS , ANITA GRIFFIN CELIA HULTON , CATHY LEWIS SALLIE ESTEP
Counter-tenor Kevin Smith
Conductor Christopher Fificld
Choreography ROBERT COHAN
Vision-mixer LAURENCE VULLIAMY Sound ALAN EDMONDS
Lighting PETER CATLETT
Designer RICHARD MORRIS Director BOB LOCKYER
Face in the Ruins
Christians claim that human beings are a complex mixture of good and evil, true and false. The death of Jesus reveals the worst side of human nature and the unending love of God.
On Good Friday this claim is considered by Rowan Williams
Director JOHN WILCOX Producer ANGELA TILBY
(Tomorrow at 6.30 pm: Harry Newton)
including a news summary with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather on 2
The last of six films about inner cities now - seen through the eyes of the people who live and work in them.
I'll Die in Byker
In the small sitting-room of a terraced house in Newcastle Ethel, Jean and Nora spin out the cobbled-street memories of the old Byker community. Around them, what's left of the familiar streets and alleyways are being ploughed down to make way for a new community. But, for these three women, the memories are like well-worn family snapshots, brightening up the weeks and months of delays as the council's re-housing programme struggles through the long, cqld winter.
Film cameraman DAVID cox Film editor TONY Williams Producer BRIAN JAMES BBC Manchester
Cosi fan tutte at Glyndebourne
' If you're going to spend all that money, for God's sake do the thing properly.' Audrey Mildmay to John Christie , founder of Glyndebourne.
Humphrey Burton introduces a film which previews tomorrow night's Opera Month performance of Cosi fan tutte and traces the history of Glyndebourne.
Among those taking part are George Christie , Moran Caplet , Bernard Haitink , Sir Peter Hall and members of the cast of this lively, comic opera, which has been more often performed at Glyndebourne than any other.
Film cameraman MICHAEL SHEPHEBD Sound CLIVE DERBYSHIRE
Editor JOHN LEE. Director PETER BUTLER
As Deadly as the Male?
' Kill! Kill! Blood makes the grass grow.' That's what Westpoint cadets cry on their bone-crushing bayonet assault course. When women first went through the course, some of them fainted at the thought of these blood-curdling words. So is it right that women should be involved at the sharp end of the killing machine?
Tonight Diane Harron , in the last of this three-part series on women in the armed forces of Britain, America and Israel, talks to one Israeli woman who knows what it's like to kill, and to other women who can kill at the press of a button.
' Killing is a dreadful business' ... so should it be left to the men?
Film editor MARGARETTE BENDALL Producer JANE DRABBLE
Executive producer FRANK SMITH
Book by JOE MASTEROFF Music by JERRY BOCK
Lyrics by SHELDON HARNICK
A TV adaptation of the hit Broad-way musical from the songwriting team who count among their successes Fiddler on the Roof.
With JANE EGAN, LUCY FENWICK
CHRISTINA MATTHEWS , GILL OFFORD GAY ROSE, JUNE SHAND, RAY SUMBY BUSTER SKEGGS , SUE WALLACE LIZ WHITING , COLIN BENNETT
MICHAEL HEATH , ANTHONY MCEVOY
Musical numbers staged by TUDOR DAVIES Musdeai director ALYN AINSWORTH
Sound LEN SHOREY. Lighting BILL MILLAR Designer CLIFFORD HATTS Producer TERRY HUGHES
Director MICHAEL SIMPSON
(Postponed from 22 December 1978)