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: Open University

7.40 Education: Future issues

8.30 Liszt and Nature

8.55 The School Broadcasting Council

9.20 Instrumentation

9.45 The Reasonable Militant

10.10 Shrine of St Peter

10.35 Maths: Complex Analysis

11.0 Experimental Design

11.25 St Joan

12.15 Mechanisms of Photosynthesis

12.40 Organics by the Ton

1.5 Black Holes

1.30 Glaciation

: Saturday Cinema Double Bill

Sunny Side Up
Starring Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell
The first of two films starring Janet Gaynor is a romantic musical in which she plays an East Side girl in love with a handsome New York socialite. Along with the title number, the songs include ' I'm a dreamer ', ' If I had a talking picture of you', and a spectacular version of ' Turn on the heat*.

and at 3.55
A Star Is Born
Starring Janet Gaynor, Fredric March
Janet Gaynor plays Esther Blodgett - a movie-struck country girl convinced that Hollywood will bring her fame and fortune. But her public life is deeply affected when Norman Maine, a fading movie idol, falls in love with her.


Unknown: Janet Gaynor
Unknown: Charles Farrell
Unknown: Janet Gaynor
Unknown: B. G. de Sylva
Unknown: Lew Brown.
Unknown: Ray Henderson
Producer: B. G. de Sylva
Director: David Butler
Unknown: Dorothy Parker
Unknown: Alan Campbell
Unknown: Robert Carson
Director: William A. Wellman
Molly Carr: Janet Gaynor
Jack Cromwell: Charles Farrell
Eric Swenson: El Brendel
Bee Nichols: Marjorie White
Eddie Rafferty: Frank Richardson
Jane Worth: Sharon Lynn
Mrs Cromwell: Mary Forbes
Joe VlttO JOE: E Brown
Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester: Janet Gaynor
Norman Maine: Fredric March
Oliver Niles: Adolphe Menjou
Lettie: May Robson
Danny McGuire: Andy Devine
Libby: Lionel Stander
Anita Regis: Elizabeth Jenns
Pop Randall: Edgar Kennedy
Casey Burke: Owen Moore
Theodore Smythe: J C Nugent
Aunt Mattie: Clara Blandick
Esther's brother: A W Sweatt
Miss Phillips (clerk): Peggy Wood

: Maureen

A film by C.P. Taylor
The North Eastern playwright C.P. Taylor has worked with mentally-handicapped patients at Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, for some time using drama to provide them with a means of self-expression. This film looks at a day in the life of one of those patients - Maureen.


Director: C.P. Taylor
Producer: John Mapplebeck

: Kings of the Castle

A quiet mountain resort in Merano, northern Italy, has become the mecca for chess fans all over the world for what promises to be the final showdown between two outstanding players, World Champion Anatoly Karpov and challenger Viktor Korchnoi. Paul Jennings explains how the longstanding feud between Karpov and Korchnoi came about and sets the scene for their second World Championship title clash.

(A new series of The World Chess Championships starts on Tuesday, 6.55pm)


Presenter: Paul Jennings
Subject: Anatoly Karpov
Subject: Viktor Korchnoi
Associate Producer: Linda McCarthy
Producer: Robert Toner

: News and Sport

with Jan Leeming and David Cass Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming
Unknown: David Cass

: Gala Night at the Kirov

Introduced by Humphrey Burton
The classical ballet of today was born in the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. For tonight's gala we join the audience in that same beautiful theatre, now known as the Kirov, to enjoy extracts from ballets rarely seen in the West.
La Vivandière: a sparkling re-creation of a pas-de-six of 1840 by ARTHUR SAINT-LEON , with Alia Sizova and Boris Blankov
Esmeralda: a dramatic pas-de-deux by MARIUS PETIPA , with Gabriella Komleva and Vitali Afanaskov.
Diana and Actaeon: a spectacular pas-de-deux by AGRIPPINA VAGANOVA, with Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berezhnoi.
Pas-de-Quatre: in 1845, four of the world's greatest ballerinas appeared together on the London stage. This ballet is an evocation of that memorable evening. With Irina Kolpakova , Yelena Yev teyeva, Gabriella Komleva and Galina Mezentseva.
Carnival in Venice: Petipa in a different mood - a lamp-lit Venetian carnival, with Svetlana Yefre mova and Valeri Yemets.
Paquita: Petipa again, with a series of variations which display the talents of the entire Kirov Ballet Company, including the children of the famous Vaganova School
Orchestra conducted by Viktor Shirokov


Introduced By: Humphrey Burton
Unknown: Arthur Saint-Leon
Unknown: Alia Sizova
Unknown: Boris Blankov
Unknown: Marius Petipa
Unknown: Gabriella Komleva
Unknown: Vitali Afanaskov.
Unknown: Tatiana Terekhova
Unknown: Sergei Berezhnoi.
Unknown: Irina Kolpakova
Unknown: Yelena Yev
Unknown: Gabriella Komleva
Unknown: Galina Mezentseva.
Unknown: Svetlana Yefre
Unknown: Valeri Yemets.
Conducted By: Viktor Shirokov
Directed By: Helena MacHeret

: Shakespeare in Perspective

Novelist Susan Hill offers her personal view of a play which illustrates one of Shakespeare's most obsessive themes: the conflict between appearance and reality.
(The BBC Television Shakespeare: Othello, tomorrow 7.15 pm)


Director: David Wilson
Producer: Victor Poole

: Alec Guinness in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: 5

by John Le Carre, dramatised in seven parts by Arthur Hopcraft.

"Ricki Tarr has not lied to us. He has simply done what agents the world over do: failed to tell us the whole story."
Smiley has realised that Source Merlin is run by Karla from Moscow Centre, and he has told Lacon so. Now he decides the time has come to call on Jim Prideaux.


Writer: John Le Carre
Dramatist: Arthur Hopcraft
Music composed and conducted by: Geoffrey Burgon
Producer: Jonathan Powell
Director: John Irvin
George Smiley: Alec Guinness
Peter Guillam: Michael Jayston
Lacon: Anthony Bate
Mendel: George Sewell
Jim Prideaux: Ian Bannen
Sam Collins: John Standing
Control: Alexander Knox
Bill Haydon: Ian Richardson
Molly Purcell: Mandy Cuthbert
Roach: Duncan Jones
Spikely: Daniel Beecher

: The Bill Douglas Trilogy: My Way Home

Starring Stephen Archibald.
Introduced by Gavin Millar.
This film completes the highly-praised autobiographical trilogy by the Scottish director Bill Douglas.

Jamie, having suffered a childhood of poverty and deprivation is taken back by his father to the Scottish mining village, scene of the previous two films. After a stint down the mine and some domestic conflict, Jamie returns to the children's home. Later he is conscripted and sent to Egypt where he embarks on a journey of self-discovery...

"The trilogy is most certainly a landmark in the long and tortuous past of independent British film-making" (The Guardian)


Introduced by: Gavin Millar
Writer/Director: Bill Douglas
Jamie: Stephen Archibald
Jamie's father: Paul KermacK
Father's wife: Jessie Combe
Their son, Archie: Willlam Carrol
Father's girlfriend: Morag McNeb
Grandmother: Lennox Milne
Mr Bridge: Gerald James
Boy in home: Andrew
Shop assistant: John Young
School boy: Ian Spowart
Foster mother: Sheila Scott
Salvation Army woman: Rebecca Haddick
Robert: Joseph Blatchley
Singer: Lita Roza

: News on 2

with Jan Leeming ; Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: Midnight Movie: The Producers

Starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, with Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood
Producer Max Bialystock hits on a sure-fire formula for financial success on Broadway: to persuade his many elderly lady patrons to over-finance a play that will flop on its first night. But is the musical Springtime for Hitler really the solid gold turkey that will lay the golden egg? Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder career at full speed through director Mel Brooks' outrageous and hilarious script.
Films: page 10


Writer/Director: Mel Brooks
Producer: Sidney Glazier
Max Bialystock: Zero Mostel
Leo Bloom: Gene Wilder
Frank Liebkind: Kenneth Mars
'Hold me, touch me' old lady: Estelle Winwood
Eva Braun: Renee Taylor
Roger De Bris: Christopher Hewett
Ulla: Lee Meredith
Carmen Giya: Andreas Voutsinas
Lorenzo St Du Bois: Dick Shawn
Violinist: Josip Ellic

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