The Sonoran desert in southern Arizona is one of the hottest and toughest places on earth to live. Its present-day inhabitants are adaptable colonists or survivors from milder times 100,000 years ago, and bear such colourful names as Javelina, Inca, Mojave....
Ocotillo, Mesquite. Suagaro. Narrated by John Hedges Produced by PEACE RIVER FILMS BBC Bristol
Introduced by Phil Drabble with Eric Halsall
The Junior Championship ALLAN CAMPBELL with Ben (Scotland); JAMES GILL with Gael (England); meirion OWEN with Dan (Wales); LIAM MARLEY with Glen (Ireland)
Director MICHAEL KERR
Producer IAN SMITH
with subtitles, followed by Weather
Six films of early exploration introduced by Duncan Carse
5: Yrans-China Expedition (1931)
'If the heat doesn't kill you: the cold will', was the warning given to the great Citroen Trans-China
Expedition. Two columns of vehicles set out, one from the Mediterranean, one from Peking. Between lay burning deserts, perilous mountain tracks, deep snows, and the Gobi Desert in winter - a journey of some 8,000 miles. Narrator Pierre Valmer Assistant producer DAWN A. SWERLING
Producer RICHARD ROBINSON
starring The Becker Connection
Jim's friend and ally,
Detective Sergeant Becker, has the worst birthday of his life when he is suddenly suspended from duty suspected of drugs dealing. Rockford is wary of interfering with internal police matters, but a friend is a friend ...
from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
Introduced by Chris Kelly from
The Royal Academy of Arts, London
Currently on exhibition at the Royal Academy in London are 115 paintings, all part of one of the largest and most remarkable personal collections in the world, belonging to
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.
The exhibition was opened by its patron,
HRH The Princess Margaret. Producer KEN GRIFFIN
(Royal Academy Exhibition in association with the Mobil Oil Corporation)
Do Redskins and the Three Johns represent the return of pop protest? Why is the Labour Party planning to promote rock gigs? Why is a brilliant electric guitarist like Pat Metheny devoting himself to avant garde jazz? Are the Screaming Blue
Messiahs the wildest British band?
Andy Kershaw , Mark Ellen and David Hepworth investigate.
Also Hindsight: a requested clip from the archives; the Video Vote (call [number removed]); and Richard Skinner 's survey of the new charts. Producers
TREVOR DANN and JOHN BURROWES Director TOM CORCORAN
Editor MICHAEL APPLETON
1985 is to be heralded as the centenary of the birth of the car -Karl Benz is usually held to be the father of the motor car. The French, on the other hand, have discovered a gentleman by the name of de Boutteville who had a car running on French roads a year earlier in 1884. Earlier this year in Paris, the French mounted an elegant exhibition to celebrate this event. William Woollard and Sue Baker visited this dazzling display of invention, exquisite taste and downright quirkiness. Four-wheel drive vehicles made an appearance in 1916 and since then they have acquired a macho upmarket image that has caused quite an explosion in the 4 x 4 market. Now almost every car firm has a rugged, mud-plugging, go-anywhere vehicle. Chris Goffey assesses some of the market leaders. Producer PHILIP FRANKLIN
Executive producer DENNIS ADAMS BBC Pebble Mill
Stephane Audran Rome, 1958: Mgr Blaise Meredith, a distinguished
Vatican priest, is found to be dying. During his final months of life he is given a special mission -to investigate the proposed beatification of a war hero, Giacomo Nerone. Meredith is to travel to a remote mountain village and act as the 'Devil's advocate' during his investigations. The remarkable story he discovers sets the priest's mind at rest with his own mortality.
This handsome film is based on Morris West's novel, which sold over 20 million copies in 25 languages.
Screenplay by MORRIS WEST from his novel
Produced by HELMUT JEDELE Directed by GUY GREEN
(First showing on British television) •FILMS: page 31
John Tusa , Peter Snow and Donald MacCormick with Jenni Murray and Ian Smith
Twenty programmes for beginners in Italian, presented by Lilly Lembo Lambert and Enrico Verdicchia
14: Cosa ha Fatto?
Co-operatives of all kinds flourish in Orvieto.