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: Play School

Story: May I Bring a Friend? written by BEATRICE SCHENK DE REGNIERS illustrated by BENI MONTRESOR Presenters Elizabeth Millbank Christopher Bramwell


Written By: Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
Illustrated By: Beni Montresor
Presenters: Elizabeth Millbank
Presenters: Christopher Bramwell

: Closedown

: New Year Matinée: The Pickwick Papers

James Hayter , Nigel Patrick
Opening this short season of feature film versions of Charles Dickens 's novels, The Pickwick Papers chronicles the comic adventures of Mr Pickwick and three friends who set out to tour England. Dickens's characters are brought vividly to life by this cast of fine British actors.
Screenplay by NOEL LANGLEY based on the novel by CHARLES DICKENS Produced by GEORGE MINTER and NOEL LANGLEY
Directed by NOEL LANGLEY
. Films: page 116


Unknown: James Hayter
Unknown: Nigel Patrick
Unknown: Charles Dickens
Unknown: Mr Pickwick
Play By: Noel Langley
Novel By: Charles Dickens
Produced By: George Minter
Produced By: Noel Langley
Directed By: Noel Langley
Mr Pickwick: James Hayter
Mr Winkle: James Donald
Mr Tupman: Alexander Gauge
Mr Snodgrass: Lionel Merton
Mr Jingle: Nigel Patrick
Rachael Wardle: Kathleen Harrison
Mrs Leo Hunter: Joyce Grenfell
Miss Tomkins: Hermione Gingold
Sgt Buzfuz: Donald Wolfit
Mrs Bardell: Hermione Baddeley
Sam Weller: Harry Fowler
Emily Wardle: Diane Hart
Isabel Wardle: Joan Heal
The irate cabman: William Hartnell
Miss Wintherfield: Athene Seyler
Tony Weller: George Robey

: The Chicken, the Egg and the Molecules

The Royal Institution's Annual Christmas Lectures for young people. This season's lectures are given by Sir David Phillips , FRS, Professor of Molecular Biophysics in the University of Oxford and Biological Secretary of the Royal Society.
A series of six programmes 2: Machine Tools of Life
The chemical reactions that go on in living things are controlled by protein catalysts - from the digestion of food to the synthesis of rocket fuel by the jet-propelled bombardier beetle.


Unknown: Sir David Phillips

: The Innes Book of Records

Neil Innes concludes the series of his old, new, loved and neglected song parodies. He sings tonight of what draws Anne to Cezanne, of rock music that keeps people apart and of the 'spontaneous' feelings that bring them together again. His guests tonight are:
The Cambridge Buskers, Bill Weston and his Majorettes, Alan Mason, Lynne Hockney, Bryan Payne and John Altman.


Musician: Neil Innes
Musicians: The Cambridge Buskers
Performers: Bill Weston and his Majorettes
Unknown: Alan Mason
Unknown: Lynne Hockney
Unknown: Bryan Payne
Musician: John Altman
Music Director: John Altman
Designer: Stephen Brownsey
Producer: Ian Keill

: One Hundred Great Paintings

This week's theme:
The Language of Colour
Vermeer (1632-1675) The Artist and his Studio at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
A picture of a painter painting a picture. He is seen from behind, almost looking over his shoulder. Is it a self-portrait? Was it done with mirrors? Written and presented by David Piper
Director BILL MORTON. (Tomorrow: Gauguin's ' The Day of the God ')


Unknown: David Piper
Director: Bill Morton.

: Mid-Evening News

including sub-titles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: Showaddywaddyshow

Showaddywaddy have become one of Britain's outstanding rock 'n' roll groups with a string of huge hits. Nostalgia is their trade mark and with nine silver singles they never seem to be out of the charts. Their first television special is unashamedly nostalgic and features past hits and some new material. Special guest Kiki Dee
Executive producer jim DUMIGHAN Producer DAVE WILLIAMS
Director TONY WOLFE. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Kiki Dee
Unknown: Lighting John Abbott.
Unknown: Roger Guest
Designer: Nigel Jones
Producer: Jim Dumighan
Producer: Dave Williams
Director: Tony Wolfe.

: Pot Black

First of 14 programmes
BBC2's International Snooker Championship returns with eight of the world's star players who compete, in this 13th series, for the 1981 Pot Black trophy and a first prize of £2,500. Group 1:
Cliff Thorburn (Canada) Ray Reardon (Wales)
Kirk Stevens (Canada) Steve Davis (London) Group 2:
Eddie Charlton (Australia)
Alex Higgins (Northern Ireland) Jim Wych (Canada)
David Taylor (Manchester) Tonight's game in Group 1:
Cliff Thorburn , reigning World Champion, against Ray Reardon , six times World Champion Introduced by ALAN WEEKS Referee JOHN Williams Commentator TED LOWE
Producer REG PERRIN. BBC Birmingham


Unknown: Cliff Thorburn
Unknown: Ray Reardon
Unknown: Kirk Stevens
Unknown: Steve Davis
Unknown: Eddie Charlton
Unknown: Alex Higgins
Unknown: David Taylor
Unknown: Cliff Thorburn
Unknown: Ray Reardon
Introduced By: Alan Weeks
Unknown: John Williams
Commentator: Ted Lowe
Director: Roy Norton
Producer: Reg Perrin.

: Maria Marten

or Murder in the Red Barn A drama in three parts written by DOUGLAS LIVINGSTONE with 3: Their child lies secretly buried in a field; their love is likewise dead. But today they will be married in Ipswich, and so Maria meets Bill for the last time in the Red Barn.
Costume designer RAYMOND HUGHES Producer Richard BEYNON Directed by JANE HOWELL
(For full cast sec page 69)


Written By: Douglas Livingstone
Artist: Christine Beveridge
Unknown: Ian Leiper
Designer: Raymond Hughes
Producer: Richard Beynon
Directed By: Jane Howell
Maria: Pippa Guard
Bill: Kevin McNally
Mary: Gabrielle Lloyd
Beauty Smith: Trevor Peacock

: Ireland: A Television History

A series of 13 programmes, written and presented by Robert Kee 5:Fenians
A secret organisation, later to be known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood, planned rebellion in the 1860s. Money and support came from Irish immigrants in America. But the Fenian rebellion of 1867, a series of uncoordinated and spasmodic uprisings, ended in total failure. Yet the story of the Fenians was to capture the imagination of future generations and inspire the nationalists of the 20th century. The Fenian tradition lives on in today's IRA.
Film cameraman jonN BECK Film editor PETER HARRIS
Series producer JEREMY ISAACS Producer JENNY CROPPER


Presented By: Robert Kee
Editor: Peter Harris
Producer: Jeremy Isaacs
Producer: Jenny Cropper

: Clark Gable in The Misfits

also starring Marilyn Monroe Montgomery Clift
A short season of films starring Clark Gable begins tonight with Arthur Miller 's powerful drama set in the garish environment of Reno. Gable plays an ageing cowboy who drifts into the company of three other misfits - a rodeo rider, a mechanic and a showgirl.
Screenplay by ARTHUR MILLER Produced by FRANK E. TAYLOR Directed by JOHN HUSTON
(Black and whites. Films: page 116


Unknown: Marilyn Monroe
Unknown: Montgomery Clift
Unknown: Clark Gable
Unknown: Arthur Miller
Unknown: Arthur Miller
Produced By: Frank E. Taylor
Directed By: John Huston
Gay Langland: Clark Gable
Roslyn Taber: Marilyn Monroe
Perce Howland: Montgomery Clift
Guido: Eli Wallach
Isabelle Steers: Thelma Ritter
Old man in bar: James Barton
Church lady: Estelle Winwood
Raymond Taber: Kevin McCarthy

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