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: Play School

Story: The Doleful Donkey by DAPHNE LISTER
Photographs by BARRY BOXALL Presenters
Chloe Ashcroft , Johnny Ball
Written and directed by MARTIN FISHER Producer ANNE GOBEY
Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE
Book, Play School: Ready to Play, £1.50, from bookshops; Play On (record REC 332, cassette ZftM 332), Bang on a Drum, songs from Play School and Play Away (record REC 242 or cassette MRMC 004), from record shops


Unknown: Daphne Lister
Unknown: Barry Boxall
Unknown: Chloe Ashcroft
Pianist: Johnny Ball
Pianist: William Blezard
Designer: Patrick Tottle
Directed By: Martin Fisher
Producer: Anne Gobey
Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: Laurel and Hardy: The Laurel and Hardy Murder Case

Stan and Ollie find that where there's a will there are bad relations.


Director: James Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach
Stan: Stan Laurel
Ollie: Oliver Hardy

: The Beatles at Christmas: Magical Mystery Tour

To open a festive season of films celebrating the most famous pop group of them all The Beatles
John, Paul, George and Ringo present their own songs and music in this zany, exuberant and fantastical entertainment. with IVOR CUTLER
Devised, written and directed by THE BEATLES
Films: page 25
(Tomorrow: Help:)


Unknown: Ivor Cutler
Unknown: Jessie Robins
Unknown: Jackley Victor Spinetti

: Better Badminton

The last of five programmes With JAKE DOWNEY
Basics for beginners and film items about the past, present and future of the game. Mixed Doubles
Where to stand, tactics and positional play in defence and attack; badminton since 1945.
Televised at Oswestry Leisure Centre Film editor otto OLEJAR Producer BERNARD adams


Unknown: Jake Downey
Unknown: Ray Stevens
Unknown: Karen Bridge
Unknown: Paul Whetnall
Unknown: Nora Perry
Producer: Bernard Adams

: The Mid-Evening News

including a news summary with sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: In the Country

Presented by Angela Rippon from Flatford Mill, Suffolk
Immortalised by the landscape paintings of JOHN CONSTABLE , Flatford Mill, Willy Lott 's cottage and Dedham Vale have come to represent much of which we treasure about the English countryside. Today, Constable's family home is a Field Studies Centre-which runs courses to promote an active interest in Natural History. Would Constable himself have approved of what has happened to Flatford Mill-and could it serve a wider public?
Together with Bernard Price and Richard Mabey , Angela looks around the Mill and Constable Country, and discusses its special role with some of the staff, students and local people who are concerned for its future.
Production assistant CAROLINE weaver Director robin hellier
Producer peter CRAWFORD BBC Bristol


Presented By: Angela Rippon
Unknown: John Constable
Unknown: Willy Lott
Unknown: Richard Mabey
Unknown: Caroline Weaver
Director: Robin Hellier
Producer: Peter Crawford

: Newsweek

Suffer Little Children
At the end of the International Year of the Child, Moyra Bremner reports on the conditions under which over 50 million children, some only four years old, are put to work throughout the world in factories, coal mines and on the land.
Although an integral part of many Third World economies, harsh circumstances all too often give rise to direct and naked exploitation of the labour of children, with no protection from physical and mental injury.
With reports on conditions around the world, this special edition of Newsweek asks what can be done by the international agencies, by governments, and the conscience of the individual, to alleviate the suffering of these children.


Unknown: Moyra Bremner
Editor: Peter Ceresole
Editor: Peter Ibbotson

: Now Voyager

continues the season of great Warner Brothers pictures.
Starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid
with Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper Bonita Granville, Ilka Chase

This classic romantic melodrama from Warner Brothers' golden era stars Bette Davis as the dowdy spinster Charlotte Vale who is completely dominated by her mother. But after psychiatric treatment, she emerges from her frumpy chrysalis transformed into a stylish, sophisticated woman and embarks upon an intense, but doomed, love affair.
Films: page 25


Screenplay: Casey Robinson
From the novel by: Olive Higgins Prouty
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Charlotte Vale: Bette Davis
Jerry Durrance: Paul Henreid
Dr. Jaquith: Claude Rains
June Vale: Bonita Granville
Lisa Vale: Ilka Chase
Mrs. Henry Windle Vale: Gladys Cooper
Tina Durrance: Janice Wilson
Elliot Livingston: John Loder
Deb McIntyre: Lee Patrick
Mr. Thompson: Franklin Pangborn
Dr. Dan Regan: Michael Ames
Leslie Trotter: Charles Drake
Dora Pickford: Mary Wickes

: Late News


: Friday Night.... Saturday Morning

A way of ending the week with with Ned Sherrin.
Plus quiz of the week/year/decade and a seasonal dance from Sponooch.


Presenter: Ned Sherrin
Dancers: Sponooch
Director: John Burrowes
Associate Producer: Frances Whitaker
Producer: Iain Johnstone

: Kelly at Christmas: It's Always Fair Weather

Gene Kelly Dan Dailey
Cyd Charisse
A series of films starring Gene Kelly starts tonight with a wicked send-up of American television.
Three wartime friends celebrate a reunion at Tim's bar in New York, ten years after the war has ended. Unknown to them, their meeting is being recorded for the television programme 'Midnight with Madeline'
Screenplay by Betty Comden, Adolph Green Produced by Arthur Freed
Directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen Films: page 25


Screenwriter: Betty Comden
Screenwriter: Adolph Green
Producer: Arthur Freed
Director: Gene Kelly
Director: Stanley Donen
Ted Riley: Gene Kelly
Doug Hallerton: Dan Dailey
Jackie Leighton: Cyd Charisse
Madeline Bradville: Dolores Gray
Angie Valentine: Michael Kidd
Tim: David Burns
Charles Z Culloran: Jay C Flippen

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This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

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