The feature film starring
With a massive three-ring circus about to start a nationwide tour, tensions under the big top are running high ...
Cecil B. DeMille 's spectacular production, with its exciting climax, is the most famous circus film of all time, combining thrills and comedy with a cleverly interwoven story enacted by an all-star cast.
Screenplay by FREDERIC M FRANK Produced and directed by CECIL B DEMILLE
with subtitles, followed by Weather
'I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe that something resembling it could arrive. The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasise that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else and that totalitarianism if not fought against could triumph anywhere.'
The last in this series of Arena films about the life and work of George Orwell begins with the tragic death of his wife Eileen in March 1945. Overcome with grief at his bereavement and despair at the future of Britain under the post-war Labour government, Orwell retreated to the remote Hebridean island of Jura. It was here, crippled with tuberculosis and isolated from the rest of the world, that Orwell cared for his adopted infant son, Richard, and wrote his last novel Nineteen Eighty-four-a nightmare vision of a totalitarian future in which Big Brother controls not only the lives but also the thoughts of his citizens, and love and individual freedom is no more than a distant memory. Among those appearing are Avril Dunn Bill Dunn
Sonia Orwell and Richard Blair
Research DIANA MANSFIELD
Associate producer CHARLES CHABOT Producer ALAN YENTOB Director NIGEL WILLIAMS An Arena production
A BBC Ariel book, Orwell Remembered, £3.95 from booksellers from 12 January
The British film musical starring
In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania live a sad young girl and an unhappy Prince. Trapped in different worlds they need only to meet to fall in love.
Music and lyrics by RICHARD M SHERMAN. ROBERT b. SHERMAK Screenplay by BRYAN PORBES. ROBERT B. SHERMAN , RICHARD M. SHERMAN. Producer STUART LYONS Directed by BRYAN FORBES Films: page 17
(The Thorn Birds, starring Richard Chamberlain , begins next Sunday evening on BBC1)
the Dowager Queen:
John Spencer , three-times winner of the coveted Pot Black Trophy, starts off BBC2's International Snooker Championship against Alex Higgins. Spencer and Higgins are joined over the next few weeks by 14 of the world's best players, including the World and Pot Black Champion Steve Davis , who is trying for his hat-trick.
Introduced by Alan Weeks Commentator TED LOWE Referee JOHN WILLIAMS
Producer JOHN G smith. BBC Pebble Mill
by MICHAEL MCLAVERTY , adapted for television by STEWART LOVE Belfast: the 1920s
Aunt Suzanne comes up from the country to look after her deceased sister's three children. After an awkward start, she manages very well. But what is her secret, and will it be kept?
Camera supervisor SAM WILSON
Lighting JOHN MASON. Designer DIANE MENAUL Producer CHRIS PARR
Director PETER BARBER-FLEMING , BBC N. Ireland
...the Making of a Wildlife Garden
Presented by Chris Baines with an introduction by David Bellamy
Few people can boast of having a kestrel as a regular garden visitor, but in only 12 months naturalist Chris Baines miraculously transformed an average urban garden into an attractive wildlife haven. Such a transformation provides an important refuge for much of the wildlife that's being lost from the countryside.
World Professional Championship
TONY GUBBA with highlights of the quarter-finals.