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: Closedown

: The King's Army

1: Preparation
In the first of two films covering a bloody chapter in the Civil War, the army is drilling, perfecting the art of musketry and gunnery, planning and carousing.
(Part 2 tomorrow at 2.0 pm)

: Harold Lloyd

The daredevil comedian of Hollywood's golden age stars in a holiday season of his classic feature films.
Never Weaken: a lovelorn lad is convinced that his girl has jilted him. His decision to end it all results in a breathtaking muddle nine storeys up.
Why Worry?: as a rich hypochondriac on a visit to Latin America, Harold remains oblivious to revolutionary chaos as he tries to cure a friendly giant's toothache.
Directed by FRED NEWMEYER . SAM TAYLOR TV version produced by BOB HOAG
. Films: page 105


Directed By: Fred Newmeyer
Directed By: Sam Taylor
Produced By: Bob Hoag

: Antiques Roadshow

This week: Guernsey
Arthur Negus and Angela Rippon meet the public informally and discuss treasured possessions brought along for their assessment. (The opinions expressed concerning age and value may no longer be completely accurate as the series was recorded in the summer of 1979.) Director ROY CHAPMAN
Producer ROBIN DRAKE. BBC Bristol


Unknown: Angela Rippon
Director: Roy Chapman
Producer: Robin Drake.

: Everybody's Doin' It

The last of eight programmes Old Age
The raw material for this series was 38 miles of film shot by home movie-makers in the 1920s and 30s. None was more evocative than that which concerned old age. Written and narrated by JOHN JULIUS NORWICH
Film editor DAVID WYATT


Unknown: John Julius Norwich
Producer: Margaret McCall

: In Search of ... William the Conqueror

The last of the series written and presented by Michael Wood
What actually happened in 1066 and why? MICHAEL WOOD concludes his personal history of the so-called Dark Ages.
Stunning ... a joy, minutely observed and beautifully filmed
BBC Manchester
Book, In Search of the Dark Ages, £8.95 from booksellers


Presented By: Michael Wood
Unknown: Michael Wood

: Daredevils of the Red Circle

A series in 12 parts
11: The Red Circle Speaks
The identity of the mysterious Red Circle is revealed. The police noose surrounding the evil Convict 39013 tightens...
(Part 12 tomorrow at 5.40)

: Grange Hill

A series in 18 episodes Part 17 by ALAN JANES
The collapse of Pogo's homework service has repercussions for the whole school. ]
Series devised by PHIL REDMOND Producer COLIN CANT


Unknown: Alan Janes
Director: Graham Theakston
Grange Hill Pupils: Duane Orpington: Mark Baxter
Clare Scott: Paula Ann Bland
Anita Unsworth: Joanne Boakes
Stewpot: Mark Burdis
Trisha Yates: Michelle Herbert
Pogo Patterson: Peter Moran
Matthew Cartwright: Nicholas Pandolfi
Gripper Stebson: Mark Savage
Suzanne Ross: Susan Tully
Albert Humphries: Tony Barton
Mr Hopwood: Brian Capron
Parent in meeting: Susan Ford
Miss Mooney: Lucinda Gane
Mrs McClusky: Gwyneth Powell
Mrs McMahon: Maggie Riley

: The Waltons

The Spirit
As Walton's Mountain prepares for Christmas, strange and ridiculous petty thefts mystify everyone.
Based on EARL HAMNER JR 'S autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain Written by KATHLEEN HITE


Unknown: Earl Hamner Jr
Written By: Kathleen Hite
Directed By: Herbert Hirschnman
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 Kenneth Kendall and with subtitles for the hard-of-hearing, followed by Weather


Unknown: Kenneth Kendall

: One Hundred Great Paintings

Chardin (1699-1779)
The Young School-Mistress at the National Gallery, London
Chardin was attracted to people doing very ordinary things. Each of his paintings is a celebration of the small pleasures and realities of home life.
Written and narrated by EDWIN MULLINS
(Tomorrow: Velazquez - Prince Ballasar Carlos on Horseback)


Unknown: Edwin Mullins
Director: Mary Dickinson
Unknown: Prince Ballasar Carlos

: A Question of Equality

The last of five programmes about the education system. Two Nations?
' I would like to go back to the 1960s when we made the wrong decisions and try to put them right. The expansion of university education has not been a justifiable expenditure. We should go strongly for building up the further education sector ... the education of young people already at work. Give them the best.'
So says Sir Alex Smith , formerly Director of Manchester Polytechnic. These and similar views are commented on by The Rt Hon Sir Keith Joseph , mp, Secretary of State for Education.
Introduced by Patrick Nuttgens


Unknown: Sir Alex Smith
Unknown: Keith Joseph
Introduced By: Patrick Nuttgens
Producer: Roger Owen

: Russell Harty

Hot Gossip - among the stars and celebrities joining Russell for a glittering Christmas bumper edition, live from London's Greenwood Theatre. See some of the stars as you have never seen them before, in a fun-filled 50 minutes of television's most unpredictable entertainment.
Director RON ISTED
(Russell at home: Christmas Eve 11.15)


Director: Ron Isted
Producer: Tom Gutieridge

: The Bridge on the River Kwai

concludes a season of films starring William Holden. Also starring Alec Guinness , Jack Hawkins
David Lean 's classic is not only one of the most spectacular films about World War II, it is also one of the most memorable portraits of men under stress.
William Holden in one of his best screen roles, plays an American sailor, whose mission is the destruction of the Kwai Bridge. Alec Guinness won an Academy Award for his magnificent performance as a British officer who refuses to succumb to his Japanese captor.
Screenplay PIERRE BOULLE from his novel Produced by SAM SPIEGEL
Directed by DAVID LEAN. Films, page .105


Unknown: William Holden.
Unknown: Alec Guinness
Unknown: Jack Hawkins
Unknown: David Lean
Unknown: Pierre Boulle
Produced By: Sam Spiegel
Directed By: David Lean.
Shears: William Holden
Colonel Nicholson: Alec Guinness
Major Warden: Jack Hawkins
Colonel Saito: Sessue Hayakawa
Major Clipton: James Donald
Lieutenant Joyce: Geoffrey Horne
Colonel Green: Andre Morell
Captain Reeves: Peter Williams
Major Hughes: John Boxer
Grogan: Percy Herbert
Baker: Harold Goodwin
Nurse: Ann Sears

: Late News

with John Humphrys ; Weather


Unknown: John Humphrys

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