From Thameshead to the Thames Barrier, the old father turns out to be one of the truly original British highways. A lot has happened to the old chap since the Romans settled on his banks - like the advent of the world's fastest TV rockshow, with its fizzy blend of videos, films and brand new charts.
Jenny and Tony journey from source to estuary.
Associate producer JONATHAN KING Producer PETER HAMILTON BBC Manchester
England XV v Japan The Toshiba Match
Introduced from Twickenham by Nigel Starmer-Smith
In a season culminating in the first World Rugby Cup, a chance to assess the early form of these two teams who next meet each other in the same group next May in Australia. The new-look English training scheme should be well tested by the extremely fit Japanese.
Action from this match and a chance to look at the form of a number of other World Cup contenders as they start their preparations.
Series producer HUW JONES
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(The Paris Waltz) starring
Jacques Offenbach 's operettas are the rage of Paris, and Hortense Schneider is their most dazzling interpreter. On stage or off, theirs is an irresistible partnership. Some of Offenbach's most delightful melodies highlight Achard's light-hearted romance.
Written and directed by MARCEL ACHARD
(A French film with English subtitles. First showing on British television)
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The British in China 1920-1939 In this second programme missionaries recall life in Chinese villages; and men who served with the Yangtze flotilla remember life on the river. Narrated by Christopher Cook
Research SHIRLEY WHITTON
Produced by CHRISTOPHER COOK (R)
In a garden in Bristol a pair of great tits slave away to rear ten chicks. The drama inside a special nestbox is revealed by a hidden camera. Tony Soper looks at the highlights of this project. Director ALASTAIR FOTHERGILL Producer MIKE BEYNON BBC Bristol (R)
Knights, Fools and Clerics 1986 marks the tenth anniversary of the death of David Munrow who, more than any other musician, opened up the world of music written before 1600. Today a tribute to him performed by the New London Consort. Michael Oliver talks to
Philip Pickett , the Consort's director, about how the early music movement has changed over the ten years since David Munrow died. Subtitles GILLIAN WIDDICOMBE Sound RON ALLAN
Lighting JOHN BLACK
Producer HILARY BOULDING
Series editor KEITH ALEXANDER BBC Scotland
Brian Widlake and Valerie Singleton present Britain's most popular financial and business programme. With
PAUL BURDEN, TOM MADDOCKS and MARK ROGERSON reporting from home and abroad on your money - and other people's. Including this week: Dairy Doldrums Britain's dairy farmers are worried. The EEC won't let them produce as much milk as they'd like, and so competition from Europe may force radical change on what some now argue has become too cosy an arrangement between the farmers and the Milk Marketing Board.
Tom Maddocks reports from the rich pastures of Somerset and Normandy.
Producer MICHAEL SCHOOLEY Studio director KATHY GEE Editor JONATHAN CRANE
The first of a new series of Ludovic Kennedy 's critical review of the week's television. The programmes under consideration this week include:
Songs of Praise (BBC1),
The Secret Life of Paintings (BBC2), and Paradise Postponed (Thames).
Russell Harty presents a special report about Fleet Street's obsession with the world of television.
Director NICHOLAS BARKER Producer CHARLES MILLER
Where the Parrots Speak Mandarin
The Chinese and their animals. The programme explores Chinese attitudes to mythological animals and real animals, and to domestic animals and wild ones.
The Chinese ride yaks and milk horses; they eat dogs and take their pet birds for walks; they respect the cock as a sign of the zodiac and arrange fights between crickets; they let hens range free but fence in deer to harvest their antlers; they give religious protection to some monkeys, but kill other monkeys for the medicinal properties of their bones; and they train pigeon flocks as orchestras and teach parrots to speak Mandarin!
Film editor DOROTHEA GAZIDIS Filmed by HUGH MAYNARD
Associate producer YEN MIN XIA Written and produced by JEFFERY BOSWALL
Series editor PETER JONES BBC Bristol
The 1986 Formula One World Championship season
Live coverage of the start of the Mexican Grand Prix, The vital opening laps of this all-important race for Williams driver Nigel Mansell as he bids to become the first British World Champion since our BBC commentator James Hunt a decade ago.
Coverage of the finish of the race on BBC Two from 9.50pm
A series of seven films about the love-lives of people round the world.
2: The Right Choice
How do people decide who to marry? And how free is that choice? Young couples in India, Egypt, Italy and Hungary talk about what they look for in a marriage partner, and how they found it in each other.
A young woman 'auctions' herself in Madras; a young man in Cairo goes in pursuit of a woman who is not too fat, and finds her; an Italian mother sees years of preparation reach its climax as her daughter marries; and a young Hungarian bride dances for money. Assistant producers
MUKTI JAIN , ANGELA KAYE
Producer william NICHOLSON
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Introduced by Steve Rider
The 1986 Formula One World Championship season
The finish of the Mexican Grand Prix
Live coverage from Mexico of the closing stages of today's race which could decide the title. All eyes will be on Williams driver Nigel Mansell as he takes on the best in the world over the fast, flat 2.9 mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit near the city's airport. If he finishes ahead of his rivals, the Isle of Man driver will secure the world crown. But neither his Williams team-mate Nelson Piquet, and reigning champion Alain Prost will concede defeat.
Television presentation: Channel 13 Mexico
continues the major season of films new to television.
Tonight starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard
Santa Barbara, California. Heading home after an assignation with a 'customer' at a hotel, Bone sees a mysterious figure in a rain-soaked alley. The man is dumping a mutilated body of a young girl into a garbage bin. At a fiesta parade the following day with his friend Alex Cutter, he recognises an oil tycoon as the killer. Together Cutter and Bone decide to expose the culprit and attack the man in his citadel of power....
(First showing on British television)
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Woman in hotel:
Highlights of the penultimate race of the 1986 season. The high altitude will certainly affect car performance and could have a bearing on the drivers' championship.