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: Play School

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: Closedown

: New Year Matinée: Scrooge

The feature film starring
Alastair Sim , Kathleen Harrison
Alastair Sim gives a remarkable performance as the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge who treats his fellow men with contempt and all human kindness as ' humbug '.
Screenplay by NOEL LANGLEY
Based on A Christmas Carol by CHARLES DICKENS
Produced and directed by BRIAN DESMOND HURST
Films: payc 116


Unknown: Alastair Sim
Unknown: Kathleen Harrison
Unknown: Alastair Sim
Play By: Noel Langley
Unknown: Charles Dickens
Directed By: Brian Desmond Hurst
Scrooge: Alastair Sim
Mrs Dilber: Kathleen Harrison
Mr Jorkins: Jack Warner
Jacob Marley: Michael Hordern
Bob Cratchit: Mervyn Johns
Mrs Cratchit: Hermione Baddeley
Peter Cratchit: John Charles Worth
Tiny Tim: Glyn Dearman
Scrooge (as a young man): George Cole
Alice: Rona Anderson
Mr Wilkins: Clifford Mollison

: The Chicken, the Egg and the Molecules

A series of six lectures - today
Introduced by SIR DAVID PHILLIPS and given by Dr Max Perutz , FRS i 5 : Haemoglobin - the Breathing Molecule
Life depends on oxygen. We shall see how it is carried via protein from the lungs to the tissues, but what happens when the design of the protein includes a mistake?


Introduced By: Sir David Phillips
Unknown: Dr Max Perutz

: Monkey

The Country of Nightmares
Or how Monkey taught Tripitaka to pass the Land of Nightmares magic test, and then Sandy went and failed it.
Directed by KAZAU IKEBIRO ' For cast see page 55)


Directed By: Kazau Ikebiro

: In the Country

Introduced by Phil Drabble Naturally British?
Which animals do you consider characteristically British? Most people would include the fox, badger and otter - but what about rabbits, squirrels, deer and wild cats? How typically British are they? Phil Drabble and Elizabeth Eyden visit the Norfolk Wildlife Park to meet Philip Wayre and his collection of British wild animals, which includes the wolf, wild boar and white-tailed sea eagle. Of our truly native animals, the otter attracts the most interest and concern, but can it survive or are wildlife parks its last retreat?
Produced by PETER CRAWFORD. BBC Bristol


Presenter: Phil Drabble
Unknown: Elizabeth Eyden
Unknown: Philip Wayre
Producer: Peter Crawford

: News Summary

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

: The Tales of Hoffmann

by Jacques Offenbach starring
Placido Domingo direct from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden To celebrate the centenary of this romantic opera, Les contes d'Hoffmann, which has a libretto by BAR-BIER and CARRÉ based on the stories Of E. T. A. HOFFMANN, The Royal Opera is staging a new production by the distinguished film director JOHN SCHLESINGER.
Offenbach's opera concerns Hoffmann's three ill-fated loves - Olympia, the beautiful, life-like mechanical doll created by Spalanzani and Coppelius; Giulietta, the Venetian courtesan under the power of the magician Dappertutto; and Antonia, Crespel's frail daughter who is influenced by the evil Dr Miracle.
Sung in French with English sub-titles.
Georges Pretre conducts the Royal Opera Chorus chorus-master JOHN BARKER Orchestra of the Royal Opera House leader MEYER STOLOW


Unknown: Placido Domingo
Director: John Schlesinger.
Unknown: Georges Pretre
Chorus-Master: John Barker
Leader: Meyer Stolow
Introduced By: Humphrey Burton
Hoffmann, a poet: Placido Domingo
Olympia, a mechanical doll: Luciana Serra
Giulietta, a courtesan: Agnes Baltsa
Antonia, Crespel's daughter: Ileana Cotrubas
Nicklaus, Hoffmann's companion: Claire Powell
The Muse: Claire Powell
Lindorf, a politician: Robert Lloyd
Spalanzani, an inventor: Robert Tear
Coppélius, itinerant optician: Geraint Evans
Dappertutto, a magician: Siegmund Nimsgern
Schlemil, Giulietta's lover: Philip Gelling
Pittichinaccio, Giulietta's servant: Francis Egerton
Dr Miracle: Nicola Ghiuselev
Crespel, Antonia's father: Gwynne Howell
Spirit of Antonia's mother: Phyllis Cannan
Luther, tavern proprietor: Eric Garrett
Nathanael, a student: Robin Leggate
Hermann, a student: John Rawnsley
Andrès, Stella's private secretary: Paul Crook
Cochenille, Spalanzani's servant: Paul Crook
Frantz, Crespel's servant: Bernard Dickerson
Stella, a prima donna: Deanne Bergsma

: One Hundred Great Paintings

A selection of some of the world s great paintings.
This week's subject:
The Language of Colour Pollock (1912-1956) Autumn Rhythm at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This is probably the most puzzling work in the entire series. It looks literally like a pot of paint flung at a canvas. Yet Jackson Pollock is acknowledged as having spear-headed a new movement in art, ' action painting '.
Written and presented by Milton Brown


Unknown: Jackson Pollock
Presented By: Milton Brown
Director: Chris Jeans

: The Tales of Hoffmann

During the first interval
A chance to meet some of the stars appearing in tonight's performance.
8.40* Act 2 1 Venice: Giulietta's Palace
9.10* ,
During the second interval
The background of The Tales of Hoffmann and its place in Offenbach's output. Æ
9.35 The Tales of Hoffmann
Act 3, Munich: Crespel's House
Epilogue, Nuremberg: Lutner s Tavern

: News on 2


: Girl in a Glider

Summertime on the North Yorkshire moors and the tension builds for 16-year-old Judith Mountford as she approaches her first solo.
Executive producer DOUGLAS B. SMITH


Unknown: Judith Mountford
Director: Keith Massey
Producer: Douglas B. Smith

: Clark Gable in It Started in Naples

also starring Sophia Loren
Vittorio De Sica
Playing an American lawyer who tries to make himself responsible for a delinquent orphan in Naples, Clark Gable finds that he is no match for the child's volatile Aunt Lucia.
Directed by MELVILLE SHAVELSON Films: page 116


Unknown: Sophia Loren
Unknown: Vittorio de Sica
Unknown: Clark Gable
Unknown: Melville Shavelson
Unknown: Jack Rose
Unknown: Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Produced By: Jack Rose
Directed By: Melville Shavelson
Michael Hamilton: Clark Gable
Lucia Curcio: Sophia Loren
Nando: Marietto
Mario Vitale: Vittorio de Sica
Renzo: Paolo Carlini
Luigi: Claudio Ermelli
Gennariello: Giovanni Filidoro

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