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: Open University

10.10 The First Years of Life: All Yours
10.35 Childhood 5-10: Family Matters
11.0 Accounting for Managers: Keeping the Lines Open
11.25 Countdown to the ou: 3
11.50 Science Preparatory Maths: Algebra

: Stars of the Silent Screen: Buster Keaton in Steamboat Bill Jr

Beginning a season of classic silent movies - today a specially tinted version with piano soundtrack.
In this brilliant comedy, the stone-faced clown plays a student who journeys home to the South and learns to run his father's old Mississippi steamboat. Delirious adventures follow until a cyclone helps create one of the greatest sequences in cinema.
Films: page 15


Written By: Carl Harbaugh
Written By: Buster Keaton
Produced By: Joseph Scherick
Produced By: Buster Keaton
Directed By: Charles Reisner
William Canfield Jr: Buster Keaton
'Steamboat Bill' Canfield: Ernest Torrence
Mary King: Marion Byron

: Play Away

A series of 12 programmes starring Brian Cant and Floella Benjamin in an entertainment of comedy, jokes and music with Matthew Devitt and Linda Williams and Jonathan Cohen with the Play Away Band
Musical director JONATHAN COHEN Producer JEREMY SWAN
Series producer ANN REAY


Unknown: Floella Benjamin
Unknown: Matthew Devitt
Unknown: Linda Williams
Unknown: Jonathan Cohen
Director: Jonathan Cohen

: Saturday Cinema: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

starring Zero Mostel,
Phil Silvers , Buster Keaton
Downtown Rome in the first century is distinctly reminiscent of New York in this bawdy farce, based on a highly successful stage show. Three great comedians - Mostel, Silvers and Keaton - match their wit and style to director Richard Lester 's pace with the accent on laughter and music.
Screenplay by MELVIN FRANK and MICHAEL PERTWEE based on the musical comedy by BURT SHEVELOVE and LARRY GELPART
Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Directed by RICHARD LESTER Films: page 15


Unknown: Phil Silvers
Director: Richard Lester
Unknown: Melvin Frank
Unknown: Michael Pertwee
Comedy By: Burt Shevelove
Comedy By: Larry Gelpart
Unknown: Stephen Sondheim
Directed By: Richard Lester
Pseudolus: Zero Mostel
Lycus: Phil Silvers
Hysterium: Jack Gilford
Erronius: Buster Keaton
Hero: Michael Crawford
Philia: Annette Andre
Domina: Patricia Jessel
Senex: Michael Hordern

: Angus McBean

'People want to look young, they want to look attractive. This is all the future will know of them - truth doesn't really come into it....'
For 50 years everybody who was anybody in the British theatre passed before the lens of Angus McBean - Gielgud, Olivier, Thorndike, Coward. Tonight McBean demonstrates his skills in a session specially arranged for Arena with his friend, the late Sir Ralph Richardson , and discusses his astonishing surreal pictures.
An Arena production
(Postponed from 31 December 1983)


Unknown: Angus McBean
Unknown: Angus McBean
Unknown: Ralph Richardson
Director: Nigel Finch
Producer: Alan Yentob

: Sight and Sound In Concert

This week Gary Moore on stage at Goldiggers, Chippenham. Introduced by Pete Drummond
For the best effect, viewers with stereo Radio 1 should turn off TV sound and position their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones are an alternative.


Unknown: Gary Moore
Introduced By: Pete Drummond
Director: David G. Croft
Producer: Michael Appleton

: News and Sport

with Jan Leeming ; Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: The 20th Century Remembered

At the end of the Second World War
Jack Jones was working as a full-time trade union official for the Transport and General Workers Union in Coventry.
In the third of four programmes he reviews the post-war years and reflects on the political changes which led the Union into direct conflict with the Labour Party over the 'Ban the Bomb' issue. He talks to Geoffrey Goodman , Industrial Editor of the Daily Mirror about his first year in office as General Secretary of the Union and his part in the rejection of the Labour Government's plans to curb the power of the trade unions.
Picture research VALERIE SMITH Film editor JOHN KENT Producer JOHN WALKER


Unknown: Jack Jones
Unknown: Geoffrey Goodman
Unknown: Valerie Smith

: Cricket: First Test

New Zealand u England
Highlights of the second day's play from Wellington
Television presentation by TVNZ

: Miro-Theatre of Dreams

When Joan Miro , the Catalan artist died on Christmas Day 1983 at the age of 90, the last link with the great age of modern painting was finally broken. Recently Miro had been working with a group of young Catalans on a puppet fantasy based on his designs. The BBC filmed this unusual collaboration and, for the only time on television, Miro spoke to his long-time friend Roland Penrose about his life and work.
Producer CHRISTOPHER MARTIN Director robin LOUGH


Written By: Roland Penrose
Unknown: Joan Miro
Unknown: Roland Penrose
Producer: Christopher Martin
Director: Robin Lough

: C. P. Snow's Strangers and Brothers

Dramatised in 13 parts by JULIAN BOND starring Shaughan Seymour and Sheila Ruskin with Neil Stacy
2: 1931. His health restored, Lewis Eliot returns to London to resume his career at the bar. He re-contacts Sheila Knight , but is shocked to learn she is in love with another man.


Unknown: Shaughan Seymour
Unknown: Sheila Ruskin
Unknown: Neil Stacy
Unknown: Lewis Eliot
Unknown: Sheila Knight

: Men....

and Work
The third of five programmes
Men often define themselves by the job they do. Work makes tremendous demands on them, yet without it they feel un-manned.
MICK OSBORNE talks about coping with a monotonous factory task; ROBERT GOODSELL about the problems an 'impossible' job caused him; and TONY MASON about how he has adapted to being workless.
Sociologist Paul Willis and psychologist Paul Brown reflect on the complex links between masculinity and work.
Assistant producer LUCY PARKER Producer BERNARD ADAMS
Book: Men.... an investigation into the emotional male by Philip Hodson , £2.95 from booksellers


Talks: Mick Osborne
Unknown: Robert Goodsell
Unknown: Tony Mason
Unknown: Paul Willis
Unknown: Paul Brown
Unknown: Kenneth Branagh
Editor: Terry Williams
Producer: Bernard Adams
Unknown: Philip Hodson

: News on Two

with Jan Leeming ; Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: Buffet Froid

Gerard Depardieu , Bernard Blier Jean Carmet , Genevieve Page
Bertrand Blier 's murderous black comedy gives an unexpected and slightly menacing twist to the familiar French roman policier.
Alphonse Tram loses his penknife on the Metro and is startled to discover it, a few stations later, stuck in the chest of a corpse. When he gets home to the huge tower block he inhabits alone, Tram finds that another tenant has moved in: a police inspector who tells Tram that he is hot on the trail of a killer.
Produced by ALAIN sarde
Written and directed by BERTRAND BLIER A French film with English subtitles Films: page 15


Unknown: Gerard Depardieu
Unknown: Bernard Blier
Unknown: Jean Carmet
Unknown: Genevieve Page
Unknown: Bertrand Blier
Unknown: Alphonse Tram
Produced By: Alain Sarde
Directed By: Bertrand Blier
Alphonse Tram: Gérard Depardieu
Inspector: Bernard Blier
Murderer: Jean Carmet
Widow: Genevieve Page
Hostess: Denise Gence
Young girl: Carole Bouquet
Unknown person: Michel Serrault
Witness: Jean Rougerie
Doctor: Bernard Crommbey
Josyane: Liliane Rovere
Man in blue: Jean Benguigui
Loutish man: Michel Fortin
Mason: Marco Perrin
Divorced man: Pierre Frag
Divorced woman: Nicole Desailly

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