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: Horizon

Signs of the Apes, Songs of the Whales
The haunting song of the humpback whale and the rich clatter of wild apes both seem full of meaning. But can animals use language - or is man unique in this respect? This film looks at the attempt of a number of scientists to teach other species-including chimpanzees, gorillas, dolphins and even parrots - to communicate with humans and each other using special signs and symbols. Fierce controversy surrounds this work, but it now seems that the 'language' produced by animals in these artificial experiments is less sophisticated than we once thought.
In the wild, however, a different story is emerging. Recent evidence shows that the alarm calls ofvervet monkeys carry a precise meaning; and we are at last beginning to understand the complex song of the humpback whale. Narrator Paul Vaughan
Produced for WGBH BOSTON by LINDA HARRAR Adapted for BBCtv by MAX WHITBY


Narrator: Paul Vaughan

: Bach: St Matthew Passion

Lincoln Cathedral was the magnificent setting for this special television presentation of the Passion of Our Lord according to St Matthew by j. s. BACH. This highly-acclaimed production was first shown as a live relay on Good Friday 1979, and won a BAFTA award for Best Sound. The story is illustrated through paintings by Old Masters, and the performance is sung in an English translation compiled by RAYMOND LEPPARD. Alan Titus (Christus)
Jon Garrison (Evangelist)
Sheila Armstrong (soprano) Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano) John Elwes (tenor)
James Morris (baritone) BBC Northern Singers chorus-master STEPHEN WILKINSON BBC Singers chorus-master NICHOLAS CLEOBURY
Chetham's School of Music Choir chorus-master MICHAEL BREWER Alan Lockwood (flute) Thomas Ratter (oboe)
Peter Graeme (oboe d'amore)
Margaret Richards (viola da gamba) Continuo:
David Chatwin (bassoon) David Fletcher (cello)
Jeffrey Box (double-bass) Ian Hare (organ)
Keith Elcombe (organ)
BBC Northern Symphony
Orchestra, leader DENNIS SIMONS conducted from the harpsichord by Raymond Leppard
Part 1: The Last Supper and the Betrayal by Judas
4.15 Part 2: The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus


Unknown: Jon Garrison
Soprano: Sheila Armstrong
Mezzo-Soprano: Ann Murray
Tenor: John Elwes
Baritone: James Morris
Chorus-Master: Stephen Wilkinson
Chorus-Master: Nicholas Cleobury
Chorus-Master: Michael Brewer
Flute: Alan Lockwood
Oboe: Thomas Ratter
Oboe: Peter Graeme
Viola: Margaret Richards
Bassoon: David Chatwin
Cello: David Fletcher
Double-Bass: Jeffrey Box
Double-Bass: Ian Hare
Unknown: Keith Elcombe
Leader: Dennis Simons
Unknown: Sound Graham Haines
Producers: Rodney Greenberg.
Unknown: Ellis Director Roy

: Kes

The feature film starring
David Bradley, Freddie Fletcher
For 14-year-old Billy, life holds few prospects or excitement. He won't enjoy working any more than school, 'But at least I'll get paid for not liking it'. But one day - while bird-nesting, he finds a kestrel's nest and takes one of the fledgelings. As he trains the bird, his life takes on a new meaning and there seems some escape from routine and his unhappy home life.
Screenplay by Barry Hines, Ken Loach and Tony Garnett, based on the novel Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
Produced by Tony Garnett Directed by Ken Loach Films: page 18


Screenwriter/novelist: Barry Hines
Screenwriter: Ken Loach
Screenwriter: Tony Garnett
Producer: Tony Garnett
Director: Ken Loach
Billy Casper: David Bradley
Jud: Freddie Fletcher
Mrs Casper: Lynne Perrie
Mr Farthing: Colin Welland
Mr Sugden: Brian Glover
Mr Gryce: Bob Bowes
MacDowall: Robert Naylor

: News on Two

with Jan Leeming ; Weather


Unknown: Jan Leeming

: 20 Years Ago Today...

The Beatles were still in Liverpool, Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton for the first time, a television licence cost 14s, and BBC2's first night was blacked out by a power cut. Among those remembering the start - and the false start - of the new channel are Denis Tuohy, Richard Hoggart, Pamela Donald, Milton Shulman. Introduced by Ludovic Kennedy.
FEATURE: page 13


Interviewee: Denis Tuohy
Interviewee: Richard Hoggart
Interviewee: Pamela Donald
Interviewee: Milton Shulman
Presenter: Ludovic Kennedy
Research: Denise Smith
Editor: M.A.C. Adams
Producer: Chris Mohr

: I Know I'm Going to Heaven

The statistics of BILLY GRAHAM 'S work are remarkable. In 35 years he has led many Christian missions in 60, countries. It is estimated that 92-million people have heard him. This year, Billy Graham is back in Britain, his meetings this summer in major cities throughout the country will be a high spot of Mission England.
It's a return to the massive and colourful events of the 60s and 70s and most memorably the 1954 Crusade in London's Harringay Arena.
In a Good Friday conversation, Colin Morris talks to Billy Graham about his view of approaching apocalypse and in spite of his changing attitude towards Evangelism, his own unchanging faith.
'I don't just hope, I know I'm going to Heaven ... I know that if I died at this moment I would be in the presence of Christ.'


Unknown: Billy Graham
Unknown: Billy Graham
Unknown: Harringay Arena.
Talks: Colin Morris
Unknown: Billy Graham

: All Our Working Lives

Britain at work in the 20th century. 2: The Track
In the 30s, when other industries were in decline, the new car firms were prospering. They were based on a new type of work - the moving track:
'Anyone could do it....They could train him in five to ten minutes. It was really boring ... but they did it for the money.' (ASSEMBLY WORKER) Car workers and their bosses talk about the good times, when Britain's motor industry was second only to the American, profits and wages were high, and exports boomed after the war: 'We'd won the war, we were on top of the world, and they thought that everything that was British was best, same as we did.'
But the writing was already on the wall. There were too many scattered plants. Labour relations worsened. By the 70s Britain's car-makers were on the brink of collapse, from which they are only now recovering.
Narrator John Woodvine
Music by CARL DAVIS Film editors
Assistant producer PETER GRIMSDALE Producer PETER CERESOLE
Executive producer PETER PAGNAMENTA


Narrator: John Woodvine
Unknown: Philip Elliott
Unknown: Max Wheeler
Unknown: Researcher Holly
Producer: Peter Grimsdale
Producer: Peter Ceresole
Producer: Peter Pagnamenta

: The 7-Per-Cent Solution

The feature film starring
London 1891: the famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, is found by his longtime friend Dr Watson to be suffering seriously from cocaine addiction - taken in a seven per cent solution.... Inveigled into a trip to Vienna for treatment by Sigmund Freud , Holmes is soon involved in yet another mysterious case which keeps him out of England for three years! This ingenious blend of drama and comedy is a sophisticated addition to the stories surrounding Holmes and Watson.
Screenplay by NICHOLAS MEYER based on his own novel derived from characters created by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
(First showing on British television) Films: page 18


Unknown: Sigmund Freud
Unknown: Nicholas Meyer
Unknown: Arthur Conan Doyle
Produced By: Arlene Sellers
Directed By: Herbert Ross
Sigmund Freud: Alan Arkin
Lola Devereux: Vanessa Redgrave
Sherlock Holmes: Nicol Williamson
Dr Watson: Robert Duvall
Prof Moriarty: Laurence Olivier
Lowenstein: Joel Grey
Mary Watson: Samantha Eggar
Baron von Leinsdorf: Jeremy Kemp
Mycroft Holmes: Charles Gray
Mrs Freud: Georgia Brown
: Madame Régine
Freda: Anna Quayle
Mrs Holmes: Jill Townsend

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