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: Play School

Story: Cinderella (trad)
Guest dancer Kate Harrison


Presenter: Carol Chell
Presenter: Ben Bazell
Dancer: Kate Harrison
Pianist: Paul Reade
Graphic Designer: Peter Wayne
Designer: Cecilia Brereton
Writer/Director: Evelyn Skinner
Writer/Director: Martin Fisher
Producer: John M.A. Lane
Executive Producer: Cynthia Felgate

: Closedown

: Holiday Musical: Anchors Aweigh

Starring Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson , Gene Kelly with Tom and Jerry

The sailor on shore leave was a favourite role for Gene Kelly and in this famous musical, the town he hits is Hollywood. Contributing are singing star Kathryn Grayson, pianist Jose Iturbi, and the immortal cartoon characters Tom and Jerry who dance with Gene Kelly.


Screenplay: Isobel Lennart
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Director: George Sidney
Joseph Brady: Gene Kelly
Clarence Doolittle: Frank Sinatra
Susan Abbott: Kathryn Grayson
Joseph Brady: Gene Kelly
Jose Iturbi: Himself
Donald Martin: Dean Stockwell
Girl from Brooklyn: Pamela Britton
Police sergeant: 'Rags' Raglan
Cafe manager: Billy Gilbert
Admiral Hammond: Henry O'Neill

: The Cinema of Andrzej Wajda

For 25 years the Polish film director Andrzeji Wajda has been making some of the most exciting and boldly critical films in Eastern Europe. From the post-war disillusion and despair of Ashes and Diamonds to his masterly analysis of contemporary Poland, and its recent past in Man of Marble and Man of Iron, Wajda has shown an instinctive understanding of changing national attitudes. How has he managed, in a long career in film and theatre, not to be silenced by censorship? How does he view his films, and his obsession with Polish history, in the urgent mood of today?

Arena filmed him in Warsaw and Cracow shortly after he had returned from the Cannes Film Festival where he won the Palm d'Or. With Roman Polanski and Professor Jerzy Bossak

(Andrzej Wajda's Man of Marble: 10.55)


Subject: Andrzej Wajdja
Interviewee: Roman Polanski
Interviewee: Jerzy Bossak
Film Editor: Ardan Fisher
Producer: Tristram Powell
Arena Editor: Alan Yentob

: Uppies and Doonies

Every Christmas and New Year's Day, the boys and men of Kirkwall in Orkney take to the streets to play in the Ba'. The game has been labelled 'barbarous', 'absurd', 'ruffian sport'. Yet this centuries-old game is as strong now as it ever was.

This film focuses on the New Year's Day Ba' 1981.


Narrator: John Robertson
Producer: Keith Alexander
Editor: James Hunter

: Something Else - Just the Music

Adam and the Ants, The Clash, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Jam, Joy Division, Linx, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Specials, Talisman... just some of the bands featured in three years of Something Else, the programme made for young people by young people. This special compilation is just that - just the music.
(A Community Programmes Unite Production)

: The Glorious Effect

Joseph MacDonald in 1760 wrote of Piobaireachd - the ancient classical music of the great Highland bagpipes - "...The war-like compositions ...have a glorious effect when advancing on the enemy".
No longer confined to remote Highland glens, piobaireachd has reached the sun-soaked hills of California and even Japan. Performed in an intensely competitive situation by an ever-increasing number of top exponents from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, this film tells the story of the pursuit of the glorious effect.
Presented by Rory MacPherson
(BBC Scotland)


Presenter: Rory MacPherson
Film Editor: Alex McCall
Producer: Neil Fraser
Director: Mike Healey

: From Magna Carta to Microchips: 5: Measurement and Navigation in War

The Royal Institution Christmas lectures for young people.
A series of six lectures on the theme of measurement given by Professor R.V. Jones FRS.

During World War II, scientists on both sides were much concerned with the difficult problem posed by accurate navigation. However, as with so many war-time inventions, the consequent improvement in navigational methods were also used to drop bombs precisely and to guide long-range missiles to their distant targets. The subsequent development of early radio and radar guidance systems, today enables intercontinental rockets to be aimed with an accuracy of a few hundred yards from their intended target at a range of 8,000 miles.
(Final part tomorrow)


Speaker: Professor R.V. Jones
Producer: Brian Johnson

: News Summary

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


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: One Hundred Great Paintings: Music: Braque (1882-1962)

"The Musician" Kunstmuseum, Basle

Braque, together with Picasso, invented Cubism.
At the time Braque painted "The Musician" in 1918, he and Picasso had gone off in different directions. Picasso went back to the human figure while Braque became preoccupied with textures like wood-grain or marble.


Writer/Narrator: Edwin Mullins
Producer: Bill Morton
Producer: Kenneth Corden
Series Advisor: Edwin Mullins
Director: Denis Moriarty

: Hold Down a Chord: 7

A ten-part beginners' course in folk guitar with John Pearse

Learning a syncopated right-hand style; the basic calypso slap; and fitting it to the song "Time for man go home".


Presenter: John Pearse
Director: Chris Lent

: In the Country: The Chatsworth Estate

At the end of last summer's tourist season In the Country visited Chatsworth in Derbyshire, to look behind the scenes at one of the last English country estates that still preserves the style of past centuries. Angela Rippon, Phil Drabble and Joe Henson join the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire to share in the pleasures and problems of managing a 35,000-acre estate that includes farming, forestry and wildlife. Like their ancestors, the present Duke and Duchess have complemented Capability Brown's park-land and Joseph Paxton's massive ornamental water scheme, making their own contributions to the inheritance they will leave for future visitors to enjoy.
BBC Bristol
(Next week: The Farm That Jack Built)


Producer: Robin Hellier
Series Producer: Peter Crawford

: Touch Wood

Business seems to me to be losing its interest in the market. John Makepeace is a world-famous cabinet-maker and furniture designer. In the beautiful surroundings of Parnham House in Dorset he has also established a unique residential scheme for craftsmen in wood. Students invest £10,000 in fees and two years of their lives to be one of the ten people a year who may lead a renaissance in English furniture design. John Read talks to some of the students, staff and graduates of Parnham about the quality of fine furniture and the appeal of making things in wood - and John Makepeace describes some of his finest and most recent work.


Subject: John Makepeace
Editor: Paul Humfress
Film Cameraman: Ken Willicombe
Narrated and Produced by: John Read

: Calendar

A staid, long-established big store, world-famous for its elegant, restrained fabrics. A fast-talking blonde art director and her photographer, used to stopping the traffic in Bangkok, hijacking police launches in Singapore harbour and pushing tiny white models in fake furs into a front line of Masai tribesmen.

What happens when the one offers to change the image of the other? What happens when the blonde, photographer, three models, four assistants and all next year's best big store designs set off for Spain to produce a calendar for 1982?


Film Cameraman: John Else
Film Sound: Peter Edwards
Film Editor: Angus Newton
Director: Gavin Millar

: News on 2

with Richard Baker; Weather


Newsreader: Richard Baker

: Cleo Laine and James Galway: A Harmony In Music

Featuring John Dankworth with his orchestra.



Singer: Cleo Laine
Flautist: James Galway
Musicians: John Dankworth Orchestra
Musical Arrangements: John Dankworth
Producer: Yvonne Littlewood

: Man of Marble

The first of two major films from Poland directed by Andrzej Wajda

When Agnieszka, a young film student, decides to make a documentary about Mateusz Birkut, one of the forgotten heroes of post-war Poland, as her graduation project, she finds that even after 20 years the truth is difficult to uncover. No one, it seems, is interested in seeing a true picture of the period - which makes Agnieszka all the more determined to discover what did happen to Mateusz Birkut...

A Polish film with English subtitles
(First showing on British television)


Director: Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay: Alexander Scibor-Rylski
Agnieszka: Krystyna Janda
Mateusz Birkut: Jerzy Radziwilowicz
Hanka Tomczyk: Krystyna Zachwatowicz
Witek: Michal Tarkowski
Burski: Tadeusz Lomnicki
Burski a young man: Jacek Lomnicki
Cameraman: Leonard Zajaczkowski
Sound engineer: Jacek Domanski

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