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: Coppelia

with music by DELIBES Frantz the photographer is trapped by the terrible Dr Coppelius who intends to use him in his experiments to bring to life the clockwork doll Coppélia.
Animation BURA AND HARDWICK Puppets and direction ALAN PLATT
Producer JOHN HOSlER


Music By: Delibes Frantz
Narrator: Kathryn Harries
Unknown: Alan Platt
Producer: John Hosler

: New Year Matinee:The Yearling

Gregory Peck Jane Wyman
Claude Jarman Jr
Whilst his parents struggle to scratch a living from the land they have cleared in the shrub wilderness of the Florida backwoods, young Jody longs for a pet of his very own. This simple story of a boy and his pet fawn is one of the most moving and beautiful films of its kind and earned Claude Jarman Jr an Oscar for his performance as Jody.
Screenplay by PAUL OSBORN based on the novel by MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS
Produced by SIDNEY FRANKLIN Directed by CLARENCE BROWN Films; pages 16-17


Unknown: Gregory Peck
Unknown: Jane Wyman
Unknown: Claude Jarman Jr
Unknown: Claude Jarman Jr
Play By: Paul Osborn
Novel By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Produced By: Sidney Franklin
Directed By: Clarence Brown
Penny Baxter: Gregory Peck
Ma Baxter: Jane Wyman
Jody Baxter: Claude Jarman Jr
Buck Forrester: Chill Wills
Pa Forrester: Clem Bevans
Ma Forrester: Margaret Wytherly
Mr Boyles: Henry Travers
Lem Forrester: Forrest Tucker
Gabby Forrester: Matt Willis
Millwheel Forrester: Dan White
Pack Forrester: George Mann
Arch Forrester: Arthur Hohl
Fodderwing: Donn Gift

: Ski Sunday

International Ski-jumping from Oberstdorf, West Germany
The world's leading exponents of this breathtaking sport will achieve leaps of more than 100 metres in today's competition in the Bavarian Alps - the first event of the famous Four Hills Tournament.
Television presentation by ZDF Editor JONATHAN MARTIN


Editor: Jonathan Martin

: Rugby Special

The Last Decade
The past ten years saw the British Lions win a series for the first time in New Zealand, and tour South Africa undefeated. At home, Wales has dominated the Five Nations Championship, with France providing the major challenge.
Nigel Starmer-Smith looks back at some of the great moments of the 70s with two rugby enthusiasts better known in other walks of life.
M Chaban-Delmas, former Prime Minister of France
Sir Geraint Evans, world-famous opera singer
Followed by Rugby League results


Unknown: Nigel Starmer-Smith

: News Review

Plus a visual commentary for those who cannot hear, With Richard Baker


Unknown: Richard Baker
Editor: Richard Gamble

: Cricket:Australia v West Indies

The Second Test from
Melbourne RICHIE BENAUD introduces highlights of the second day's play.


Introduces: Melbourne Richie Benaud

: News on 2


: Bridge on the River Kwai

The feature film starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
David Lean's classic is not only one of the most spectacular films about World War II, it is also one of the most memorable portraits of men under stress. Alec Guinness plays Colonel Nicholson, a British officer who refuses to succumb to his Japanese captor, Colonel Saito. The film - depicting the Japanese 'death railway' - was shot on locations in Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Screenplay by Pierre Boulle based on his own novel
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Directed by David Lean
Films: pages 16-17


Screenplay: Pierre Boulle
Producer: Sam Spiegel
Director: David Lean
Shears: William Holden
Colonel Nicholson: Alec Guinness
Major Warden: Jack Hawkins
Colonel Saito: Sessue Hayakawa
Major Clipton: James Donald
Lieutenant Joyce: Geoffrey Horne
Colonel Green: Andre Morell
Captain Reeves: Peter Williams
Major Hughes: John Boxer
Grogan: Percy Herbert
Baker: Harold Goodwin
Nurse: Ann Sears

: John Everett Millais

A documentary film portrait of the artist
Today the name of Millais conjures up such well-known popular favourites as the drowning of Ophelia, The Boyhood of Raleigh, or the sentimental Bubbles. But in his time Millais was one of the most gifted and versatile of all
English artists and much sought after as a portrait painter.
This programme, celebrating the 150th anniversary year of his birth, retraces the story of Millais's life and work through letters to and from his contemporaries and through a large collection of drawings and paintings, many of them seen publicly for the first time. Also taking part are art historian Malcolm Warner and writer Professor Quentin Bell , one of the best-known authorities on Victorian art and artists.
Narrated by ANNA MASSEY
Millais's own letters read by DAVID HOROVITCH
Other quotations read by GEOFFREY MATTHEWS
Script consultant GEOFFREY MILLAIS Film cameramen DAVID SOUTH and PETER CHAPMAN
Rostrum camera MALCOLM KIPLING Film editor MARTIN CRUMP
Written and directed by ANITA STERNER


Unknown: Malcolm Warner
Unknown: Professor Quentin Bell
Unknown: Anna Massey
Read By: David Horovitch
Read By: Geoffrey Matthews
Unknown: Geoffrey Millais
Unknown: Peter Chapman
Unknown: Malcolm Kipling
Editor: Martin Crump
Produced By: Kenneth Corden
Directed By: Anita Sterner

: Don't Look Now

The feature film starring Donald Sutherland
Julie Christie
Following the accidental drowning of their young daughter, John and Laura Baxter go to Venice - he to work and she to recuperate. The couple meet two sisters taking a winter holiday in the beautiful but strangely eerie city. One of the women claims to have psychic powers and convinces Laura that she can communicate with the dead child, gradually involving the couple in a series of bizarre happenings and encounters that can only lead to tragedy. This is one of the most hauntingly beautiful and mysterious films of the last decade, which will be shown tonight in the version released in America.
From a story by DAPHNE DU MAURIER Produced by PETER KATZ Directed by NICOLAS ROEG
(First showing on British television) Films: pages 16-17


Unknown: Donald Sutherland
Unknown: Julie Christie
Unknown: Laura Baxter
Unknown: Allan Scott
Unknown: Chris Bryant
Story By: Daphne du Maurier
Produced By: Peter Katz
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg
Laura Baxter: Julie Christie
John Baxter: Donald Sutherland
Heather: Hilary Mason
Wendy: Clelia Matania
Bishop Barbarrigo: Massimo Serato
Inspector Longhi: Renato Scarpa
Workman: Gioergio Trestini
Hotel manager: Leopoldo Trieste
Anthony Babbage: David Tree
Mandy Babbage: Ann Rye
Johnny Baxter: Nicholas Salter
Christine Baxter: Shabon Williams
Detective Sabbione: Bruno Cattaneo
Dwarf: Adelina Poerio

: Music at Night

The Christmas Tree Suite by FRANZ LISZT
On the fifth day of Christmas RHONDDA GILLESPIE plays the fifth movement from this little-known suite for piano. Lighting the Candles on the Christmas Tree


Unknown: Franz Liszt

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