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: Play School

Story: The King Who Built a Tower to the Moon (traditional)
Presenters Carol Leader, Don Spencer


Presenter: Carol Leader
Presenter: Don Spencer

: Closedown

: Antiques Roadshow

The third of eight programmes This week: Maidstone
In this series Arthur Negus is joined by Angela Rippon and they go on the road with a team of Britain's leading experts.
(The opinions expressed in the programme concerning age and value may no longer be completely accurate as the series was recorded in the summer of 1979.) Director JOHN RICKWORD
Producer ROBIN DRAKE , BBC Bristol
(Angela Rippon is In the Country on Friday at 7.55)


Unknown: Arthur Negus
Unknown: Angela Rippon
Director: John Rickword
Producer: Robin Drake
Unknown: Angela Rippon

: Everybody's Doin' It

A series of eight programmes drawn from 1920s-30s home movies. 5: The Lemming Factor
At a certain time of year the inhabitants of this island suddenly display an uncontrollable urge. Individuals gather, first into small groups, then into larger groups, then into crowds. In every mind there is but a single thought. The need for a ritual cleansing at the sea shore.
Written and narrated by JOHN JULIUS NORWICH
Film editor DAVID WYATT


Unknown: John Julius Norwich
Editor: David Wyatt
Producer: Margaret McCall

: In Search of ... Athelstan

Written and presented by Michael Wood
The search for King Athelstan takes us from the coasts of Devon to the dramatic fortress of Dunnottar in Scotland. In Durham Michael Wood discovers the splendid royal treasure given to St Cuthbert. In Hampshire he traces the bounds of the estate Athelstan gave to his armour bearer.
The Star Wars school of archaeology ... fizzes with excitement. (THE TIMES) Producer DEREK TOWERS
BBC Manchester
Book. In Search of the Dark Ages, £8.95, from booksellers


Presented By: Michael Wood

: The Five Faces of Doctor Who

starring TOM BAKER in Logopolis
The second episode of a four-part story by CHRISTOPHER H. BIDMEAD
(Part 3 tomorrow at 5.40)


Unknown: Tom Baker
Story By: Christopher H. Bidmead

: Grange Hill

Part 11 by ALAN JANES
Doyle's latest money-making venture threatens to close down the new common rooms.
Grange Hill Pupils:
Series devised by PHIL REDMOND Producer COLIN CANT


Unknown: Alan Janes
Unknown: Phil Redmond
Director: Christine Secombe
Pamela Cartwright: Rene Alperstein
Alan Humphries: George Armstrong
Cathy Hargreaves: Lyndy Brill
Tucker Jenkins: Todd Carty
Kevin McGuire: ,brad Clayton
Andrew Stanton: Mark Eadie
Macker: Alan Gibson
Michael Doyle: Vincent Hall
Trisha Yates: Michelle Herbert
Tommy Watson: Paul McCarthy
Justin Bennett: Robert Craig Morgan
Neil: Andrew Pearson
Robo: Neil Rogers
Susi McMahon: Linda Slater
Mr Thomson: Timothy Bateson
Mr Hopwood: Brian Capron
Norman: Leslie Hull
Junky Mead: Harry Webster
Mr Sutcliffe: James Wynn

: The Waltons

The Innocents
Olivia goes on the warpath to provide play facilities for local women working for the war effort.
Based on EARL HAMNER jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain Written by JULIET PACKER Directed by GWEN ARNER


Written By: Juliet Packer
Directed By: Gwen Arner
Olivia Walton: Michael Learned
John Walton: Ralph Waite
Mary Ellen: Judy Norton-Taylor
Jason: Jon Walmsley
Erin: Mary Elizabeth McDonough
Ben: Eric Scott
Jim-Bob: David W Harper
Elizabeth: Kami Cotler

: News Summary

with subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather

: A Question of Equality

Five programmes about the education system. 2: Public Schools
' I believe that private education is an important device by which the wealthy and the privileged secure and perpetuate their wealth and privilege.' Tessa Blackstone , a former member of the Labour Government ' think tank ', would like to abolish private education.
John Rae , the headmaster of Westminster School, and Michael Mc-Crum , a former headmaster of Eton College, defend the independent schools against her charges. Introduced by PATRICK NUTTGENS


Unknown: Tessa Blackstone
Unknown: John Rae
Unknown: Michael Mc-Crum
Introduced By: Patrick Nuttgens
Producer: Roger Owen

: Top Gear

Introduced by William Woollard from the Midlands
Motorway Control Centre. How does a disabled driver cope with breaking down on a motorway, re-fuelling without getting out of his car or with parking? Martin Duffy reports.
Operation Mole: the code-name of the heavy duty vehicle check carried out by the Gwent Constabulary to discover whether trucks are safe and legal and drivers' records are up to date.
Every year two million pounds' worth of vehicles are stolen from the London area. Frank Page reports from the Stolen Car Squad Headquarters.
Executive producer DEREK SMITH BBC Birmingham


Introduced By: William Woollard
Unknown: Martin Duffy
Unknown: Frank Page
Director: Brian Strachan
Producer: Derek Smith

: Russell Harty

Tonight Russell takes the plunge at a lush and exotic location deep in the heart of Royal Berkshire. Join him among the marble columns and olympian splendour of Diana Dors ' new indoor swimming pool.
Director RON ISTED
(Russell Harty from Manchester on Thursday at 8.30 pm)


Unknown: Diana Dors
Produced By: Tom Gutteridge
Produced By: Russell Harty

: The Last Song

by CARLA LANE starring Geoffrey Palmer and Nina Thomas with Caroline Blakiston Barbara Flynn
Alice feels unable to cope with her separation from Leo and makes demands on him, and Liz, deciding she cannot live with his divided loyalties, prepares to leave.


Unknown: Geoffrey Palmer
Unknown: Nina Thomas
Unknown: Caroline Blakiston
Unknown: Barbara Flynn
Designer: Gloria Clayton
Produced By: Sydney Lotterby
Leo: Geoffrey Palmer
Liz: Nina Thomas
Alice: Caroline Blakiston
Shirley: Barbara Flynn
Mrs Carrol: Marjie Lawrence
Jane: Hetty Baynes
Alison: Gay Wilde
Tony: Norman Tipton

: Your Life in Their Hands

Narrated by Robert Winston
Farmer's Knee
It was after he finished milking one morning that Bill Hollow's knees finally collapsed. He could not walk and was forced to give up farming. But life would be better with artificial knees.
Film cameraman DEREK BANKS
Film recordist JULIAN BALDWIN
Series editor DAVID PATERSON


Unknown: Robert Winston
Unknown: Bill Hollow
Film recordist: Julian Baldwin
Editor: Geoffrey Botterill
Producer: Fiona Holmes
Series Editor: David Paterson

: Arena

Getting Away from
A Profile of a Touring Group of Disabled Actors
Uncle Sidney is the kindly old soul in charge of an institute for the disabled; he tucks them up at night and keeps them supplied with back numbers of Reader's Digest. But his crippled charges have had enough of him, and Sideshow, The Graeae Eye Theatre Company's extraordinary play, tells the story of their escape. ' I know that somehow I can live my way without other people telling me to be grateful. I can't live my life as a half person. I know that I'm a whole person, and if it is the last thing, do, I'm going to get out of,this place.' (Sideshow) Arena ends the International Year of the Disabled- with a second showing of this highly acclaimed film.
Inspiring television.... (THE TIMES) Producer ALAN YENTOB


Producer: Alan Yentob
Director: Nigel Williams

: Newsnight

Presented by Peter Snow , John Tusa , Peter Hobday and Donald MacCormick


Presented By: Peter Snow
Presented By: John Tusa
Presented By: Peter Hobday
Presented By: Donald MacCormick

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