Social Sciences: Brian's Britain
(La fin du jour) starring Louis Jouvet Michel Simon
The tranquil lives of the residents of a home for retired actors are disrupted by a new arrival, a man of many parts and an incorrigible Don Juan.
Screenplay by CHARLES SPAAK and JULIEN DUVIVIER
Directed by JULIEN DUVIVIER
(A French film with English subtitles. First showing on British television. Black and white)
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The rise to fame of a small-time burlesque artist who fights his way to fame and fortune at the top of the Ziegfeld Follies. Made to celebrate Cantor's 35 years in show business, this musical comedy was based on the life of this popular song-and-dance man.
Screenplay by JOSEPH GUILLAN , DOROTHY BENNETT Directed by EDWIN L. MARIN
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with subtitles, followed by Weather
1986 BAFTA Award Winner
Best Factual Series Johnny Oddball
At the age of 8 Michael Cooper (known as Mini) began setting things on fire. Eventually he tried to burn down his own house, with his father inside. Ten years ago a BBC film told the story of this attractive and intelligent child arsonist. Since then, for more than half his life, Mini has been locked up in high-security psychiatric care. Mini is now 21. He has recently been released on conditional discharge. Hoping to become a magician, he has taken the stage-name 'Johnny Oddball '.
This film follows Mini's first steps in the outside world and his struggle to build a career on the fringes of show business. He and his parents try to understand why they failed in the past and what hope there is for the future. An outstanding programme
Certainly one of the more haunting
programmes of the year (DAILY MAIL) Director PHILIPPA WALKER
Editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF (R)
The Brass Semi-final
Humphrey Burton introduces trumpeters, a cornet player, a trombonist, horn players, tuba players and a lone euphonium player - all competing to fill the five places in next Wednesday's final. Choosing the finalists are Alun Hoddinott
Michael Hext , David Mason and John Pigneguy
Director KENNETH CORDEN
Eight films presented by Tony Soper
7: Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
Director DAN FREEMAN
Producer RON BLOOMFIELD (R)
Introduced by Gerald Harrison from
The Assembly Rooms, Derby The last three bands battle it out for the title Best of Brass and a prize of £1,500. Second Semi-final
YORKSHIRE V SOUTH MIDLANDS IMI Yorkshire Imperial Band conducted by Ray Farr v The GUS Band conducted by Keith Wilkinson
Special guest supporters Harry Gration and Josephine Buchan
Plus the last two cornet soloists competing fgr the Viewers' Sovereign Award: Alan Exley playing Saint-Saens's 'Softly awakes my heart' and Brian Grant playing 'The magic trumpet' by James Burke
Lighting JOHN ALLINSON Sound NEIL MURRAY
Designer ANDY DIMOND Producer KEN GRIFFIN
'Heimat' is the memory of the fundamental first impressions somebody has from his family, from the place of his birth, from his childhood.
The title of Edgar Reitz's epic film does not translate adequately, but his 15-hour narrative of German rural life since 1919 has earned critical acclaim in every country where it has been shown.
In this Saturday Review special Russell Davies talks to Reitz about the autobiographical inspiration of Heimat, and how the making of the film marked a return to his native region of the Hunsruck after a long - but necessary - absence.
(Heimat can be seen on BBC2 in 11 nightly episodes starting this Saturday at 8.30pm)
The threat of a toxic gas escape is one of the hazards facing hundreds of communities that surround Britain's chemical plants.
In the wake of Flixborough and Bhopal, new safety regulations demand that those living near some 200 sites must be warned of what to do in an emergency.
But, as Su Carroll reports, many thousands of people who could be affected by a major disaster have not been told.
ICI, the country's biggest manufacturer of chlorine, allowed Brass Tacks extensive access to their safety procedures. But is ICI - despite one of Britain's best safety records - prepared for the emergency which could follow a 'catastrophic failure'?
Film cameraman DAVID JACKSON Film editor GORDON HOWE Research SUSIE TAYLOR
Executive producer COLIN CAMERON Producer ROB ROHRER BBC Manchester
The Brass Tacks Talkback line is open for comment until 11.0 pm tonight on [number removed]or leave a message on the answerphone on [number removed]
1986 BAFTA Award Winner Best Factual Series
The last of a series of films about the way we live now
A Passage to Wisbech
Carrick is a dirty British coaster - a 30-year-old tramp carrying unglamorous cargoes from port to port in the Channel and the North Sea. Her skipper and owner is Rick Waters , once part-time butler to Edward Heath: 'I resent people calling my ship a rust-bucket. She's an old lady who needs the occasional helping hand.' George Norman, the mate, looks after the cargoes. The ship could capsize if a cargo shifts at sea. Tom Owen, ex-Royal Navy, struggles with Carrick's dodgy engine. 'Most other merchant seamen regard coaster crews as the scum of the earth,' he says.
Carrick makes uncertain progress through the mad March days, carrying fertilizer to Exmouth, grain to Antwerp, and spuds, improbably, to Wisbech. Coasters like Carrick can reach the ports that other ships can't....
Narrator PHILIP JACKSON
Photography DAVID WHITSON
Sound MICHAEL TURNER
Film editor NICK RAYNER
Director ROBIN IMRAY
Series Editor EDWARD MIRZOEFF
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The Grand Final of BBC2's international championship, television's longest-running snooker tournament, first staged in 1969. Two of snooker's most colourful players, Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White, London, and Kirk Stevens , from Canada, bid for the title in the best of three frames, which means a new champion being added to the roll of honour on the Pot Black trophy.
Commentator Ted Lowe Referee John Williams Presenter David Icke Producer John G. Smith BBC Pebble Mill
post that mentions
John Tusa , Peter Snow Donald MacCormick and Olivia O'Leary with Jenni Murray and Ian Smith present the reports and interviews behind the main stories of the day.
helps you plan your weekend by previewing daytime programmes of special interest from the Open
University on Saturday and Sunday. Producer PAM TAYLOR
A BBC/Open University production
St Lucia: ia: People and Celebrations St Lucia, the holiday isle, reveals a different face in a film which explores its vibrant folk culture and music. In the new creativity revealed, DUNSTANT ST OMER has painted religious murals, DEREK WALCOTT has become a world. renowned poet, and LUTHER FRANCOIS has re-created St Lucian folk music in the jazz idiom. Producer EDWARD MILNER (R)