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: Open University

7.40 History of Mathematics. 8.5 The Alchemist. 8.30 Science Fiction. 8.55 Vienna: Stripping the Facade. 9.20 Education in Portugal: 2. 9.45 The Handicapped -The Swedish Fokus. 10.10 St Joan. 11.0 Geophysics of the Red Sea.
11.2S Genetic Engineering. 11.50 The Welsh Speak Back. 12.15 Black Holes.
12.46 The Semi-detached House. 1.5 Language Development.

: Closedown

: The Sky at Night

The Autumn Equinox
Patrick Moore talks about the autumn equinox, and explains how the earth's seasons differ from those of the other planets in the solar system.


Talks: Patrick Moore

: Saturday Cinema: 1 Rock Around the Clock

Bill Haley and his Comets with Tony Martinez and his Band
The Platters, Johnny Johnston
Rock Around the Clock was the picture that introduced movie audiences to the sound of rock 'n' roll - and caused riots in cinemas throughout Britain. The legendary Bill Haley and his Comets play rock 'n' roll standards like the title number and ' See you later, alligator', while The Platters sing ' Only you'.
Screenplay by ROBERT E. KENT and JAMES B. GORDON
Produced by SA-11 KATZMIAN Directed by FRED F. SEARS


Unknown: Bill Haley
Unknown: Tony Martinez
Unknown: Johnny Johnston
Unknown: Bill Haley
Unknown: Robert E. Kent
Unknown: James B. Gordon
Steve Hollis: Johnny Johnston
Corinne Talbot: Alix Talton
Lisa Johns: Llsa Gaye
Mike Dennis: John Archer
Corny LaSalle: ,henry Slate
Jimmy Johns: Earl Barton
and: Alan Freed

: Adventure Game

On a day trip from Earth by time-machine are LIZA GODDARD MICHAEL RODD and STEPHEN COX
The Argonds find it amusing to test these visiting time-trippers. Argonds : CHARMIAN GRADWELL CHRISTOPHER LEAVER


Unknown: Liza Goddard
Unknown: Michael Rodd
Unknown: Charmian Gradwell
Unknown: Christopher Leaver
Unknown: Ian Messiter
Unknown: Moira Stuart

: Saturday Cinema: 2 Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley Judy Tyler
Elvis rocked the prison walls and the music world in this famous rock 'n' roll. picture from the late 50s, which features numbers like ' Jailhouse rock 'Treat me nice' and ' You're so square '.
Sentenced to jail for manslaughter, Vince Everett is taught to play the guitar by his cell-mate - and a sensational new rock star is born.
Screenplay by GUY TROSPER
Produced by PANDRO S. BERMAN Directed by RICHARD TIIORPE Films: paye 15


Unknown: Elvis Presley
Unknown: Judy Tyler
Unknown: Vince Everett
Play By: Guy Trosper
Produced By: Pandro S. Berman
Directed By: Richard Tiiorpe
Vince Everett: Elvis Presley
Peggy Van Alden: Judy Tyler
Hunk Houghton: Mickey Shaughnessy
Mr Shores: Vaughn Taylor
Sherry Wilson: Jennifer Holden
Teddy Talbot: Dean Jones
Laury Jackson: ,anne Neyland

: Making 'The Shining'

Stanley Kubrick's long-awaited film The Shining opens in London this week and throughout the country from tomorrow. To mark the event Arena offers a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on the set of the legendary but elusive film director. Kubrick's youngest daughter Vivian, having obtained her father's reluctant consent, was on location throughout the filming armed with an Aaton camera and a miniature tape recorder. The result is some unusually candid scenes of the director at work with his stars - Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.


Unknown: Stanley Kubrick
Unknown: Shelley Duvall.
Assistant Editor: Gordon Stainforth
Editor/Director: Vivian Kubrick

: News and Sport


: Rugby Special

West of Scotland v
Stewart's Melville FP from Burnbrae. Glasgow
After visits to England and Wales, tonight Rugby Special goes north of the border for the start of Scotland's season-long club championship. West have three current internationals, while Stewart's Melville include Scotland's top points scorer last season, scrum-half Douglas Morgan , and a rarity in rugby - four brothers, Gavin, Find-lay, Jim and John Calder.
Commentator BILL MCLAREN
NIGEL STARMER-SMITH introduces the programme, which includes news of the other top matches of the day.
Series producer huw JONES


Unknown: Douglas Morgan
Unknown: John Calder.
Commentator: Bill McLaren
Introduces: Nigel Starmer-Smith

: We, the Accused

by ERNEST RAYMOND , dramatised in five parts by JLLIA JONES : 4
Myra, knowing Paul murdered his wife, has decided to stand by him.


Unknown: Ernest Raymond
Unknown: Jllia Jones

: Long Distance Information

bv NEVILLE SMITH withand
Christian Harvey , a local radio DJ and ageing rocker, is an obsessive fan of Elvis and the news of Elvis's death is for him a personal tragedy, as well as the end of an era.
Highly recommended even for non-Presleyites. (SUN) Neville Smith 's excellent play (some laughs and a lot of deadpan irony) ... (OBSERVER) Producer RICHARD EYRE Director STEPHEN FREARS


Unknown: Neville Smith
Unknown: Christian Harvey
Unknown: Neville Smith
Producer: Richard Eyre
Director: Stephen Frears
Christian: Neville Smith
Eileen: Pauline Collins
Gerry: Malcolm Terris
Diane: Anne Zelda
Marie: Sasha Mitchell
Mackaness: Jim Broadbent
Roger: Leonard Preston
Peter: Danny Peacock
Larry: James Winston
George: John Gee
Arnold: Carlo Little
Cecil: Stuart Colman
Freddie: Freddie (fingers) Lee

: MacLeod's America

At the end of his journey across the USA, Donny MacLeod visits San Francisco, billed in the travelogues as ' America's favourite city ' -and it doesn't take him long to discover why. Wandering its streets is like strolling through a non-stop open-air performance. Every day is a carnival - the side-walks crowded with jugglers, one-man bands, string quartets, clowns and mime artists. Even the city's public transport seems to have sprung from the dream of a crazy Victorian inventor. The street cars are hauled up the steep hills by a continuous cable - and the brake-men who drive them are just as eccentric. MacLeod is shown the city by champion brakeman CARL PAYNE , and is welcomed aboard by the cry ' if you ain't a Christian at the top of the hill, you will be by the time we reach the bottom '.
Produced/directed by PETER HERCOMBE Editor JIM DUMIGHAN. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Donny MacLeod
Unknown: Carl Payne
Directed By: Peter Hercombe
Editor: Jim Dumighan.

: Jack High

The Kodak Masters Bowls Tournament from Beach House Park, Worthing
The second semi-final in this tournament, which is proving what good entertainment flat green bowling at this level can produce. Introduced by DAVID VINE


Introduced By: David Vine
Commentator: David Rhys Jones
Producer: Johnnie Watherston

: News on 2


: Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll

Presented by Jeff Bridges
featuring Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Dave Clark Five, Stevie Wonder The Who, Elvis Costello and David Bowie
Heroes of Rock 'n' Roll is the definitive story of the rock music phenomenon - a highly-entertaining chronicle of 25 years of music and youth in action. The basic ingredients of this special are those rarely-seen film performances that are the milestones of rock history - the greatest stars at their greatest moments. From the vaults of the major motion picture studios comes a wealth of classic footage on film and on tape. And, from a variety of independent sources, this visual history offers newsreel, cinema trailers, interviews, rehearsals and rare private footage.
Written by SAM EGAN , MALCOLM LEO and ANDREW SOLT Produced and directed by MALCOLM LEO and ANDREW SOLT


Presented By: Jeff Bridges
Unknown: Elvis Presley
Unknown: Chuck Berry
Unknown: Buddy Holly
Unknown: Bill Haley
Unknown: Little Richard
Unknown: Janis Joplin
Unknown: Jimi Hendrix
Unknown: Bob Dylan
Unknown: Kiss Linda Ronstadt
Unknown: Elton John
Unknown: Dave Clark
Unknown: Elvis Costello
Unknown: David Bowie
Written By: Sam Egan
Written By: Malcolm Leo
Directed By: Malcolm Leo
Directed By: Andrew Solt

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