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: Champion, the Wonder Horse

Bad Men of the Valley
Sandy North's new neighbour seems to bring trouble to the town. But Rebel and Champion help Ricky to find the real villains. (R)

: Windmill

This week Chris Serle joins the festive mood with a view of Christmas past from the largest film and videotape library in the world.
A Christmas-box selection from shows like Dave Allen at
Large, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Hugh and I, The Good Life, and a sequence from The Morecambe and Wise
Christmas Show which was seen by 28 million viewers on Christmas Day 1977.
Guest Jeremy Unwin , Young Cathedral Chorister of the Year, joins Chris in 'Good King Wenceslas'; and John Craven recalls when he met Mother Teresa for Newsround, and what that means for Christmas.
There's even a look at London on Christmas Day 1949, and veterans of the First World War tell of the time the war stopped because it was Christmas Day.
Director NIGEL HAUNCH Assistant producers
Series producer ALBERT BARBER


Unknown: Chris Serle
Unknown: Dave Allen
Unknown: Jeremy Unwin
Unknown: John Craven
Unknown: Mother Teresa
Producer: Albert Barber

: States of Mind

A series of programmes in which Jonathan Miller talks to eminent psychologists
- 12 people who contribute in very different ways to our understanding of the human mind.
The most publicised work in understanding human social behaviour in recent years has been the 'naked ape' approach, which attempts to explain our dealings with each other in terms of how animals behave in groups.
Rom Harre, Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, takes a different view, and stresses the more distinctively human aspects of our social lives. Production PHILIP SPEIGHT and DAVID F. TURNBULL (R)


Talks: Jonathan Miller
Unknown: Philip Speight
Unknown: David F. Turnbull

: Rugby Special

Introduced by Nigel Starmer-Smith
The Thorn EMI Divisional
The final Saturday of the championship, and by now the England selectors should have a good idea of the side which will play Wales next month.
Highlights and discussion as well as news of the rest of the weekend's rugby.
Series producer HUWJONES


Introduced By: Nigel Starmer-Smith

: The Orson Welles Story

Orson Welles , one of the cinema's most brilliant and idiosyncratic talents, died in October this year. BBC2 launches its Christmas tribute to Welles with a complete showing of Arena's celebrated two-part documentary on the life and work of this legendary figure. In an exclusive interview filmed in 1982, Orson Welles talked to Leslie Megahey with unprecedented frankness and detail about every facet of his extraordinary and sometimes wayward career. Talking in Las Vegas from dawn to dusk, Welles, a true genius of the cinema, also lived up to his reputation as one of the most compelling and entertaining storytellers of the age. Featuring
Jeanne Moreau
Anthony Perkins
Peter Bogdanovich Charlton Heston Robert Wise
I doubt if there has been a movie interview to compare with it: the greatest performance Welles has ever given, whatever the size of the screen.
Film editor ARDAN FISHER Producers
4.20-4.25 Interval
The Orson Welles season includes: Citizen Kane. A Touch of Evil Journey into Fear, Macbeth Lady from Shanghai Chimes at Midnight
The Magnificent Ambersons


Unknown: Orson Welles
Unknown: Orson Welles
Unknown: Leslie Megahey
Unknown: Jeanne Moreau
Unknown: Anthony Perkins
Unknown: Peter Bogdanovich
Unknown: Charlton Heston
Unknown: Robert Wise
Editor: Ardan Fisher
Unknown: Alan Yentob.
Unknown: Leslie Megahey

: News Review

Moira Stuart looks at the best news pictures of the week. With subtitles.


Unknown: Moira Stuart
Editor: Bob McDougall

: Thinking Aloud

Presented by Bryan Magee This week: Professor
A. J. Ayer , philosopher,
The Rev Don Cupitt , Dean of Emmanuel College,
Cambridge, and Dan Sperber , French anthropologist, ask: Religion: why do we need to believe?
Researcher MARK HARRISON Producer IAN PAUL BBC Bristol


Presented By: Bryan Magee
Unknown: A. J. Ayer
Unknown: Don Cupitt
Unknown: Dan Sperber
Unknown: Mark Harrison

: Ski Sunday

The Ladies' Downhill from Haus and The Men's Slalom from Kranjska Gora
Highlights of the final
World Cup action before the Christmas break.
DAVID VINE, RON PICKERING Television presentation by ORF, Austria and JRT. Yugoslavia Producer JIM RESIDE

: The Natural World

Aspen: A Dance of Leaves Where the prairies of America meet the great northern forest lies a unique natural parkland in which the trembling aspen tree is dominant. It is also a meeting-place for animals: grouse and ground-squirrel, fox and hawk. Birds nest in the shelter of the forest groves, and beavers fell the trees around the pools.
These and many more are all dependent on the aspen.
Through the heat of summer and the cold of the long
Canadian winter it provides food, home and refuge. Narrator Sian Phillips Filmed and directed by ROBERT J. LONG Produced by PELHAM ALDRICH-BLAKE
Series editor PETER JONES BBC Bristol


Narrator: Sian Phillips
Directed By: Robert J. Long
Produced By: Pelham Aldrich-Blake

: Comrades: Doctor in Moscow

The sixth of 12 films about life in the Soviet Union.
Svyatoslav Nikolaevich Fyodorov is a world-renowned eye surgeon and a member of the Soviet elite. Director of the Moscow Research Institute of Eye Micro-Surgery, he lives in a luxurious Moscow apartment, has a chauffeur-driven car, and two horses. The film follows Professor Fyodorov as he performs his controversial operation to cure short sight, sets his West German custom-built 'conveyor-belt' operating theatre in motion, and travels to London for work and for pleasure.
Fyodorov talks frankly about his hopes and ambitions and, as a privileged member of society, he can afford to be openly critical of the system.


Subject: Svyatoslav Nikolaevich Fyodorov
Photography: Kevin Rowley
Photography: Alex Hansen
Sound: Christopher King
Sound: Fred Clark
Film Editor: Andrew Willsmore
Series Producer: Richard Denton
Producer: Olivia Lichtenstein

: Under Sail

A Festival of Sail
Every year the historic Baltic port of Flensburg commemorates its connections with the West
Indian rum trade by holding a Rum Regatta, a pageant of sail that attracts traditional sailing vessels from all over northern Europe. The 1984 event also celebrated the 700th anniversary of the city of Flensburg and hosted the Cutty Sark Tall Ships for a parade of sail down the Flensburg fiord by ships ranging from restored Baltic traders to the majestic J-class yacht Velsheda.
Narrator Tom Salmon Film editor DAVID BARRETT Photography TIM JOHNSON Producer BRIAN HAWKINS BBC Bristol


Unknown: Cutty Sark
Editor: David Barrett
Producer: Brian Hawkins

: The French Lieutenant's Woman

starring Meryl Streep Jeremy Irons
Lyme Regis , 1867.
Charles Smithson , a Victorian gentleman engaged to the daughter of a wealthy businessman, is fascinated by the lonely figure of a woman at the end of the sea wall. He discovers she is Sarah Woodruff , a governess abandoned by her French lover and spurned by the locals. They begin a passionate affair that alters their lives dramatically.... In the acclaimed adaptation of JOHN FOWLES 'S novel by HAROLD PINTER , this period romance is interwoven with a contemporary story about the actors portraying the lovers.
Directed by KAREL REISZ
(First showing on British television)
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Unknown: Meryl Streep
Unknown: Jeremy Irons
Unknown: Lyme Regis
Unknown: Charles Smithson
Unknown: Sarah Woodruff
Unknown: John Fowles
Novel By: Harold Pinter
Directed By: Karel Reisz
Sarah/Anna: Meryl Streep
Charles/Mike: Jeremy Irons
Sam: Hilton McRae
Mary: Emily Morgan
Mrs Tranter: Charlotte Mitchell
Emestina Freeman: Lynsey Baxter
Cook: Jean Faulds
Mr Freeman: Peter Vaughan
Vicar: Colin Jeavons
Mrs Fairley: Liz Smith
Mrs Pulteney: Patience Collier
Dr Grogan: Leo McKern

: The Other Side of Alf

Alison Moyet 's Jazz Special Following the chart success of her version of Billie
Holiday's 'That ole devil called love' earlier this year, Alison Moyet got together with the John Altman Big Band to perform at the Chichester, Cork and Lewisham Jazz Festivals. Tonight's programme features highlights from an extra performance at the Forum in Hatfield. Director TOM CORCORAN


Unknown: Alison Moyet
Unknown: Alison Moyet
Unknown: John Altman Big
Director: Tom Corcoran
Producer: Michael Appleton

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