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: Open University

6.40 The Island: Language and Drama

7.5 The New Forest

: Closedown

: Play School

Today's story:
Sixes and Sevens written by JOHN YEOMAN
Illustrated by QFENTIN BLAKE Presenters
Chloe Ashcroft , Ben Thomas
Designer DAVID BUCKINGHAM Written and directed by CHRISTINE HEWITT
Executive producer CYNTHIA FELGATE


Written By: John Yeoman
Illustrated By: Qfentin Blake
Unknown: Chloe Ashcroft
Pianist: Ben Thomas
Pianist: Michael Omer
Designer: David Buckingham
Directed By: Christine Hewitt
Producer: Peter Wiltshire
Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: Open University

5.40 Geochemical Surveying

6.5 Genes and Development

6.30 Introductory Electronics

: Speak for Yourself

A series of 20 programmes
Have you ever had to dial 999? What does the operator ask? What information do you need to give? With presenters INDIRA JOSHI , BURT KWOUK, ISLA ST CLAIR, MARINA SIRTIS and TREVOR THOMAS this series aims to help you use English effectively in all sorts of everyday situations. Today you'll see what happens when you dial 999 and there'll be hints on how to get vital information across in a crisis.
(For more information on today's topic, in 13 languages, phone [number removed]) (Repeated next Tuesday)
Book same title) £6.50, from bookshops


Unknown: Indira Joshi
Unknown: Burt Kwouk
Unknown: Isla St Clair
Unknown: Trevor Thomas
Scriptwriter: Nettie Lowenstein
Unknown: Denise Gubbay
Director: Jeremy Orlebar
Producer: Barbara Derkow
Maria Albert: Patricia Brake
John Albert: Donald Gee
Nurse: Fiesta Mei Ling

: Mid-Evening News

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

: Gardeners' World

Geoffrey Smith and Clay Jones visit Arthur Blllitt at Clack's Farm.
How to get those top tomato trusses ripe, tidying and replanting the peat garden, and storing fruit.
Produced by JOHN KENYON BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Geoffrey Smith
Unknown: Arthur Blllitt
Produced By: John Kenyon

: Boxcar Willie Sings Country

The country music phenomenon of 1980 has been the appearance in Britain of the singing hobo at the Marlboro International Festival. Cameras were there to see ' Boxcar ' in action on stage before an audience of appreciative fans.
Festival organiser MERVYN conk Director RICK GARDNER Producer DOUGLAS hespi


Director: Rick Gardner
Producer: Douglas Hespi

: Newsweek

Off the Rails?
Train fares in Britain are already the most expensive in Europe.
Next month they go up by another 19 per cent But British
Rail claims that unless Whitehall relaxes its cash limits even further, its trains will become slower, dirtier and less reliable. We are , says BR chief Sir Peter Parker ,
' at the crumbling edge of quality.' Critics say BR has overspent on glamorous high-speed trains at the expense of the ageing commuter lines, while productivity on freight trains is almost the worst in Europe. Why must we have higher fares and worse service? Is it time for another Beeching axe? Steve Bradshaw reports.


Unknown: Sir Peter Parker
Unknown: Steve Bradshaw
Producer: Mike Hogan
Editor: Peter Ibbotson

: Escape

The last of six celebrated bids for freedom, in dramatic reconstruction - Banned featuring
Mark Kingston as Donald Woods and Janet Suzman as Wendy Woods
' In Germany after the war people said they didn't know the persecution of the Jews was going on. Here they couldn't have that excuse ... because every day in his newspaper Donald told everyone what is going on in this country. And because a voice of dissent, a warning voice, is seen as a voice of treason, it's been very dangerous living here over the last few years.'
Donald Woods , outspoken editor of the Daily Despatch, was arrested at Johannesburg Airport in October 1977 while attempting to fly to New York to address the African-American Institute on the events surrounding the death in police custody of his friend, Steve Biko. The Minister of Police, James Kruger , personally signed his banning orders ...
Film editor PAUL carter
Film cameraman DAVID FEIG Designer JUDY STEELE Producer FRANK cox
Book (same title), £6.50, from bookshops


Unknown: Mark Kingston
Unknown: Donald Woods
Unknown: Janet Suzman
Unknown: Wendy Woods
Unknown: Donald Woods
Unknown: Steve Biko.
Unknown: James Kruger
Unknown: David Feig
Designer: Judy Steele
Producer: Frank Cox
First policeman: Daniel Davies
Second policeman: Roger Alborough
Third policeman: Ken Barker
Jane Woods: Melanie Edwards
Colonel: Richard Beale
Police informer: Tommy Buson
Mary Woods: Elizabeth Jernigan
Dillon Woods: Adam Clarke
Duncan Woods: Paul Lockwood
Gavan Woods: Nikki Stoter
Helen: Peggy Phango
Millie: Gabrielle Blunt
Ben: Glyn Jones
Drew: Jacob Witkin
Richard: Frank Lazarus
TV interviewer: Linda Liles
Tom: Simon Lack
Ann: Pamela Gluckman
Bluey: Bill Pearson
Tami: Alton Kumalo
Border policeman: Christopher Asante
Moses: Louis Mahoney
Border official: Emmanuel Josiah
Acting High Commissioner: Reginald Jessup

: A Change of Sex

An Inside Story series Julia - My Body, My Choice
Although born a male, George Roberts ' natural urge was to function as a female, and he is now living as Julia in an attempt to obtain sex-change surgery. This documentary, the last of three films made over two years, follows Julia's attempt to obtain the operation.
Julia is now well established in the female role but, after a year of seeing the psychiatrist who can sanction the operation, there are problems. After a long journey down the transexual road she finds an alternative source of treatment and the operation that will irrevocably change her life takes place.
Photography DAVID FEIG , KEITH TAYLOR Sound recordist JULIAN BALDWIN Film editor TONY HEAVEN
Executive producer ROGER MILLS Producer DAVID PEARSON


Unknown: George Roberts
Unknown: David Feig
Unknown: Keith Taylor
Unknown: Julian Baldwin
Producer: David Pearson

: Newsnight

PETER SNOW, CHARLES WHEELER , JOHN TUSA and PETER HOBDAY present an informed account of what's happening in the world.
With news, weather and the latest sports results from


Unknown: Charles Wheeler
Unknown: John Tusa
Unknown: Peter Hobday
Unknown: Linda Alexander

: * am Friday Night.... Saturday Morning

A way of ending the week with Tim Rice with late-night conversation and music from the Greenwood Theatre, London.


Unknown: Tim Rice
Director: Philip Chilvers
Producer: Frances Whitaker

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