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: The Water Babies

The enchanting feature film for all the family, adapted from
Charles Kingsley 's classic story. starring
Unjustly accused of stealing, young orphan Tom and his pet mongrel Toby make off across the moors and leap into Dead Man's Pool. Drawn into an animated underwater world, they are befriended by a lobster, a lonely seahorse and a swashbuckling swordfish who help them find the mysterious Water Babies - holders of the secret of getting back Up There.
Screenplay by MICHAEL ROBSON Produced by PETER SHAW
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Unknown: Charles Kingsley
Unknown: Michael Robson
Produced By: Peter Shaw
Directed By: Lionel Jeffries
Grimes: James Mason
Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby: Billie Whitelaw
Masterman: Bernard Cribbins
Lady Harriet: Joan Greenwood
Sir John: David Tomlinson
Sladd: Paul Luty
Tom: Tommy Pender
Ellie: Samantha Gates

: Windmill

Chris Serle takes a dip into Water. This week's watery wanderings in the archives include a rare bath for Albert Steptoe in Steptoe and Son, Paddington singing in the rain, and a man Water
Walking across the Thames in 1951. Guest Ernie Wise remembers 'Singing in the rain' from The Morecambe and Wise Show. There's even Sykes and a Bath.
Series producer ALBERT BARBER (R)


Unknown: Chris Serle
Unknown: Albert Steptoe
Unknown: Ernie Wise
Producer: Nigel Crowle
Producer: Albert Barber

: No Limits

: Oh Yes I Am....Oh No You're Not

Widow Twankey, Mother Goose, the Ugly Sisters, Dame Trot, continue a tradition that goes back in particular to the Victorian music-hall.
See sights such as Terry Scott and John Inman stripped down to their bloomers with verbal support from the late Arthur Askey, Cyril Fletcher and pantomime writer John Morley.
Commentary by Prunella Scales


Unknown: Terry Scott
Unknown: John Inman
Unknown: Arthur Askey
Unknown: Cyril Fletcher
Unknown: John Morley
Commentary: Prunella Scales
Film Editor: Peter Harris
Producer: Sandra Gregory

: Music in Camera

Dvorak's American Quartet The brilliant young Takacs Quartet from Hungary plays this most popular of all
Dvorak's chamber works, the String Quartet Op 96 in F. It was written during a happy stay at a Czech colony in Iowa and reflects the deep regard Dvorak had for Negro music.
Gabor Takacs-Nagy
Karoly Schranz (violins) Gabor Ormai (viola) Andras Fejer (cello) Sound NORMAN CANUN Lighting JOHN MCCAW
Series editor KEITH ALEXANDER BBC Scotland


Music: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
Violins: Karoly Schranz
Viola: Gabor Ormai
Cello: Andras Fejer
Unknown: Norman Canun
Unknown: John McCaw
Producer: Mike Newman
Editor: Keith Alexander

: Thinking Aloud

I say, I say, I say - did you hear the one about the anthropologist, the comedian, and the theatre director?
But seriously - the nature of humour is no laughing matter.
Looking for the punch-line with Michael Ignatieff are: Nigel Barley
Ben Elton and Jonathan Miller asking
Humour - Where 's the Joke? Studio director MARK HARRISON Producer AMANDA THEUNISSEN BBC Bristol


Unknown: Michael Ignatieff
Unknown: Jonathan Miller
Director: Mark Harrison
Producer: Amanda Theunissen

: The Pyrates

A swashbuckling pastiche of the buccaneering films of the 30s and 40s. This stirring tale of adventure on the high seas is based on the journal of Captain Benjamin Avery , RN. Knaves and cut-throats lurk in the shadows; evil Spanish Dons have cannon primed on men o' war; and beautiful women attempt to ensnare the hero. This is a story of bravery, treachery, and love.
Fight arranger DEREK WARE Music by RODNEY NEWTON
Videotape editor DAVID HAMBELTON
Video effects DAVE CHAPMAN Lighting director DEREK SLEE
Graphic designer GRAHAM MCCALLUM
Producer IAN KEILL
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Unknown: George MacDonald
Dramatised By: Mervyn Haisman
Unknown: Captain Benjamin Avery
Unknown: Derek Ware
Music By: Rodney Newton
Editor: David Hambelton
Unknown: Dave Chapman
Director: Derek Slee
Designer: Graham McCallum
Producer: Ian Keill
Director: Andrew Gosling
Ben Avery: Marcus Gilbert
Lady Vanity: Jane Snowden
'Calico' Jack Rackham: Tom Adams
Sheba: Josette Simon
Colonel Blood: Malcolm Stoddard
Dan PewHappy: Nicholas Geeks
Anne Bonney: Wanda Ventham
Donna Meliflua: Tattiana Colombo
Don Lardo: John Savident
Solomon: Robin Bailey
Capt Yardley: Howard Lang
Samuel Pepys: John Rapley
Vladimir Macintosh Groonbaun: Howard Goorney
Firebeard: Nosher Powell
Dai Lemmer: Richard Davies
Akbar the Damned: Forbes Collins
Enchillada: Alec Bregonzi
Barber: Derek Ware
Lord: Antony Higginson
Lady in bed: Jenny Tarren
Concertina pirate: Lea Nicholson
Lute player: James Tyler
The Motley Crew: Max Diamond,
The Motley Crew: Steve Emerson
The Motley Crew: Jon Glentoran,
The Motley Crew: Jonathan Howell,
The Motley Crew: Peter Merrill,
The Motley Crew: Terry Richards,
The Motley Crew: Phil Stafford
The Motley Crew: Eric Stovell,
The Motley Crew: Andy Taylor
The Motley Crew: Steve Wilsher

: Testament to theBushmen

In the second of his two reports on the Bushmen of the Kalahari desert - 'the culmination of a lifetime's concern for the Bushmen' - Sir Laurens van der Post observes their dilemma; whether to move to the townships and surrender their native traditions, or to become a scattered tribe existing on the fringes of modem civilisation.


Unknown: Sir Laurens van Der Post

: Tomorrow's World 21st Birthday Special

For 21 years now the programme has been gazing into the crystal ball.
Tonight Tomorrow's World goes back to the future.
Raymond Baxter and James Burke join the 1986 team,
Judith Hann , Peter Macann , Maggie Philbin and Howard
Stableford, to explore some of the funniest and more serious moments in the history of television's most popular science programme, and to ask: how well did Tomorrow's World predict the future? Producers


Unknown: Raymond Baxter
Unknown: James Burke
Unknown: Judith Hann
Unknown: Peter MacAnn
Unknown: Maggie Philbin
Producers: Martin Freeth.

: Madama Butterfly

Libretto by GIACOSA and ILLICA
From La Scala, Milan
The tragic story of the geisha girl, Butterfly, who is loved, married and deserted by Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton of the American Navy.
It is one of Puccini's best-loved operas; the 'Humming chorus' and 'One fine day' are just two of many highlights. This highly acclaimed new production from La Scala is predominantly Oriental.
The Japanese producer, KEITA ASARI , has not only cast two of Japan's lending singers in the roles of Butterfly and her maid Suzuki, but has also collaborated with Japanese specialists in costume and design.
LA SCALA, MILAN conductor Lorin Maazel Designer ICHIRO TAKADA Costumes HANNAE MORI Directed for television by DEREK BAILEY
Sung in Italian with English subtitles by GILLIAN WIDDICOMBE
NVC Arts International production
A simultaneous broadcast with Radio 3. Viewers with stereo Radio 3 may wish to turn off TVsound andposition their speakers on either side of the screen, but a few feet away. Stereo headphones provide a suitable alternative.


Unknown: Giacomo Puccini
Unknown: Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton
Unknown: La Scala
Producer: Keita Asari
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Designer: Ichiro Takada
Unknown: Hannae Mori
Television By: Derek Bailey
Unknown: Gillian Widdicombe
Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly): Yasuko Hayashi
Suzuki: Hak-Namkim
Pinkerton: Peter Dvorsky
Sharples: Giorgio Zancanaro
Goro: Ernesto Gavazzi
Yamadori: Arturo Testa
Bonzo: Sergio Fontana

: Sophie's Choice

Summer 1947. Stingo, an aspiring novelist from
Virginia, arrives in New
York, his boyish ideals still intact. But brutal reality rapidly encroaches on his sheltered world when he befriends the beautiful Polish immigrant Sophie and her brilliant Jewish lover Nathan, only to discover that both are hiding dark and devastating secrets....
Alan Pakula 's powerful and sometimes disturbing film won an Academy Award for Meryl Streep and received four other Oscar nominations. Brooklyn
Based on the novel Sophie's Choice by WILLIAM STYRON
Written and directed by ALAN J. PAKULA
(First showing on British television) 0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Alan Pakula
Unknown: Meryl Streep
Unknown: William Styron
Produced By: Alan J. Pakula
Produced By: Keith Barish
Directed By: Alan J. Pakula
Sophie Zawistowska: Meryl Streep
Nathan Landau: Kevin Kline
Stingo: Peter MacNicol
Yetta Zimmerman: Rita Karin
Larry Landau: Stephen D. Newman
Leslie Lapidus: Greta Turken
Morris Fink: Josh Mostel
Astrid Weinstein: Marcel Rosenblatt
Moishe Rosenblaum: Moishe Rosenfeld
Lillian Grossman: Robin Bartlett
Rudolf Hoss: Gunther Maria Halmer
SS doctor: Karlheinz Hackl
Frau Hoss: Ulli Fessl
Emmi Hoss: Melanie Pianka

: Cricket: Fourth Test

Australia v
England RICHIE BENAUD introduces highlights of the third day's play in Melbourne Television presentation CHANNEL 9. Australia


Introduces: England Richie Benaud

: Classic Ghost Stories

by M. R. JAMES
Five chilling tales for dark winter nights, told by Robert Powell.
Tonight: The Wailing Well


Unknown: M. R. James
Told By: Robert Powell.

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