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: Open University

Questioning Assumptions

: Daytime on Two


Unknown: David Roseveare
Unknown: Vicky Licorish
Producer: Robin Gwyn
Narrator: Wendy Jones
Presented By: David Bellamy
Presenter: Gerda Stevenson
Director: Ishbel MacLean
Unknown: Gary Wilmot

: News Summary

with subtitles, followed by Weather

: Red Herrings

Sixth of eight programmes Pop 'n' Politics
Protest music is again fashionable in the wake of records and gigs for CND, the GLC and striking miners. But how do artists and consumers reconcile radical causes with the ethics of the music industry? And isn't all music political anyway?
Red Herrings this week talks to Billy Bragg, Jimmy Somerville and Aswad's Brinsley Forde backstage at the GLC's 'Jobs for a Change' festival. It also explores the political role of the current indie scene with the Red Guitars, while avant-garde band Test Department show that you don't need lyrics and conventional instruments to make political music ... Film editor SIMON HOLLAND Producer CHRIS LENT
Directed by SUE DAVIDSON
The Red Herrings File contains background notes and useful contacts. Send a large sae and 28p postage to:[address removed]


Unknown: Billy Bragg
Unknown: Jimmy Somerville
Unknown: Brinsley Forde
Unknown: Test Department
Editor: Simon Holland

: Star Trek: Assignment Earth

Earth, 1968. Travelling back in time on a research mission, the Enterprise intercepts a transporter beam and welcomes on board Gary Seven. Kirk is sceptical about the stranger's claim that his mission is to save Earth - but is the Captain's disbelief about to trigger off World War III? (R)


Director: Marc Daniels
Captain James T Kirk: William Shatner
Mr Spock: Leonard Nimoy
Dr McCoy: Deforest Kelley
Scott: James Doohan
Uhura: Nichelle Nicholls
Sulu: George Takei
Chekov: Walter Koenig
Gary Seven: Robert Lansing
Roberta: Teri Garr

: Discovering Animals

Last of eight programmes on the mammals of Britain presented by Tony Soper
There are no wild wolves in Britain today, and to see a wildcat you need to go to Scotland and be lucky.
And yet the descendants of these animals live in close association with us, as our pets. What was it that made the ancestors of our cats and dogs such suitable material for domestication?
Film editor HUGH TASMAN Producer BRYN BROOKS


Presented By: Tony Soper

: Far from Paradise

Last of seven programmes Nowhere Else to Go
Poverty, starvation, and mounting debt in many developing countries; spare capacity, unemployment, but still great wealth in the industrialised world; increasing environmental damage everywhere. Can the needs of widely differing economies be satisfied, and the lives of poor people everywhere improved, without damaging the planet? John Seymour reports from around the world.
John Ormond narrates.
Film cameraman RUSS WALKER Film editor JOHN BREWSER Producer BRIAN TURVEY


Unknown: John Seymour
Unknown: John Ormond
Unknown: Russ Walker
Editor: John Brewser
Producer: Brian Turvey

: Wild Flower

Rosebay Willowherb
This has to be one of the most splendid of all Britain's wild plants - with a flair for taking over large areas not only of countryside, but of city centres too.
Michael Jordan looks at how one of the more opportunist wild flowers has exploited our lifestyle to further its own. Video cameraman ALAN HAYWARD Producer SARA FORD


Unknown: Michael Jordan
Unknown: Alan Hayward
Producer: Sara Ford

: Brass Tacks

Face to Face
British justice has long regarded punishment as the sole preserve of the courts: crimes against society get punished by society in the dispassionate shape of judges or magistrates. Peter Taylor this week examines radical developments in sentencing which could give the victims a say in the fate of their offenders. Magistrates and criminals, probation officers and victims consider whether vengeance and forgiveness should weigh the scales of justice.
Executive producer COLIN CAMERON BBC Manchester


Unknown: Peter Taylor
Director: Paul Campbell
Producer: Caroline Millington

: Yes, Prime Minister: One of Us

The last of eight programmes starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds.

MI5 drops a bombshell. The papers of a recently deceased ex-head of MI5 show that he was at one stage spying for Russia. Worse still, he was investigated and cleared by an internal Civil Service Committee of Enquiry headed by Sir Humphrey Appleby.

The programme presents the battles that undoubtedly do take place in Whitehall between ministers and civil servants in a beautifully British manner..... The truth is far more disturbing than anything seen on the screen. (Brian Sedgemore. MP)

Yes, Minister, the complete cabinet diaries of Jim Hacker , in three paperback volumes, Vol 1 £3.50, Vols 2 and 3 £2.95, or single hardback, £8. 75, plus original soundtrack album on BBC record and cassette REBIZCF 432 from retailers

Ceefax subtitles.


Writer: Antony Jay
Writer: Jonathan Lynn
Title sequence: Gerald Scarfe
Lighting: Ron Bristow
Designer: Gloria Clayton
Director: Sydney Lotterby
Producer: Sydney Lotterby
Jim Hacker: Paul Eddington
Sir Humphrey: Nigel Hawthorne
Bernard: Derek Fowlds
Director General of MI5: Michael Aldridge
Sir Arnold: John Nettleton
Sir Norman: John Normington
Annie Hacker: Diana Hoddinott
Secretary: Miranda Forbes
TV reporter: Martin Muncaster

: 40 Minutes

A series of films about the way we live now
The Fishing Party
They are four friends, rich young men - city commodity-brokers, the drinks trade. They belong to the right clubs. They hunt, shoot, play polo, make money.
They had the idea of going fishing in Scotland for a few days in the autumn, to see if they could break the world record for a catch of skate. They ended up with something else.
As the October weather squalls and shines, as the boat rolls on the stormy waters of the Pentland Firth, as the days pass without the big bite, so the jokes flow, the bottles are cracked, and Robert, John, Henry and Guy reveal their spirited, outspoken opinions.
'Better for some to have privilege rather than nobody - let's lead from the top, not the bottom ... Many of our friends, in the City and the army, worry about the aggressive young men of the loony left....'
It's a controversial view of the state of the nation today. Narrator Ian Holm


Narrator: Ian Holm
Narrator: Photography Patrick Turley.
Editor: Jim Duffy
Producer: Paul Watson
Editor: Edward Mirzoeff

: Pot Black 86

The world's top 16 players compete for the Pot Black trophy in BBC2's international snooker tournament.
Tonight's one-frame match features Canada's former world champion, Cliff Thorburn , Pot Black champion in 1981, against England's David Taylor. Commentator TED LOWE Referee JOHN WILLIAMS Presenter David Icke Director PETER HAYWARD Producer JOHN G. SMITH BBC Pebble Mill


Unknown: Cliff Thorburn
Unknown: David Taylor.
Unknown: John Williams
Presenter: David Icke
Director: Peter Hayward
Producer: John G. Smith

: A Party Political Broadcast

by the Conservative Party

: Newsnight

: Weatherview

: Weekend Outlook

previews daytime programmes of special interest from the Open
University on Saturday and Sunday. Producer ANN POINTON
A BBC/Open University production


Producer: Ann Pointon

: Open University

Images of the Third World
THE RT HON EDWARD HEATH. MP introduces this programme, which looks at the stereotyping of Third
World issues in the Western media. Producer ROGER PENFOUND (R)


Unknown: Edward Heath.
Producer: Roger Penfound

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