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: Songs of Praise

Trafalgar Square and Tonga

: Harold Lloyd

Dr Harold's unorthodox medical treatment of a healthy but wealthy beauty exposes a quack medic in Dr Jack; in Never Touched Me he has to contend with some ferocious admirers of his flirtatious girlfriend. (R)

: Jaws - The True Story

The great white shark is one of the world's most feared beasts.
Now, star of three Hollywood movies, victim of considerable persecution and bane of beach resorts the world over, it remains to the public and scientists alike, a fascinating and terrifying enigma.
This World About Us film looks at the great white shark - the myth and the reality; and in particular examines its often gruesome relationship with man.
Film editor PHIL ELLIOTT
Producer TONY SALMON (R)


Editor: Phil Elliott
Producer: Tony Salmon

: The Minnelli Musical:Ziegfeld Follies

Introduced by William Powell with Fred Astaire Lucille Ball
Judy Garland
Esther Williams
Gene Kelly , Lucille Bremer Lena Home
William Powell , as the great entertainer Florenz Ziegfeld , ensconsed in his sumptuous residence in heaven, muses over past glories and presents an extravagant revue of musical numbers and star turns.
Glorious Technicolor highlights the glittering sets and costumes, and the talents of MGM's cast:
Astaire and Bremer with 'Limehouse blues'
Judy Garland granting 'An interview'
Astaire and Kelly uniquely together in a Gershwin number and many more besides Produced by ARTHUR FREED
Directed by VINCENTE MINNELLI (Brigadoon tomorrow at 11.55 am)
0 FILMS: page 27


Introduced By: William Powell
Unknown: Fred Astaire
Unknown: Lucille Ball
Unknown: Judy Garland
Unknown: Esther Williams
Unknown: Gene Kelly
Unknown: Lucille Bremer
Unknown: William Powell
Unknown: Florenz Ziegfeld
Unknown: Judy Garland
Produced By: Arthur Freed
Directed By: Vincente Minnelli

: Fifty Not Out

BBC Television Sport 1936-1986
Do you remember these great names?
Blankers-Koen, Matthews Bannister , Lonsborough Clay (who became Ali)
Curry, Korbut, Red Rum Wilkie, Torvill and Dean Coe and Cram
Do you remember these great occasions?
The London Olympics in 1948 The Grand National in 1960 The World Cup in 1966 The Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 Who was the commentator who had to eat his hat?
The first sports personality to appear on television?
David Coleman introduces a little of the history and a lot of the action that BBCtv has brought to your screens over the past 50 years. Editor BOB ABRAHAMS


Unknown: Matthews Bannister
Unknown: Lonsborough Clay
Unknown: Dean Coe
Introduces: David Coleman
Editor: Bob Abrahams

: The David Lean Film: Bridge on the River Kwai

Starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins

David Lean's classic is not only one of the most spectacular films about World War II, it is also one of the most memorable portraits of men under stress. Alec Guinness plays Colonel Nicholson, a British officer who refuses to succumb to his Japanese captor, Colonel Saite. The film, depicting the Japanese 'death railway', was shot on locations in Sri Lanka and Thailand.

(Brief Encounter tomorrow at 3.50pm)
Films: page 27
(Ceefax subtitles)


Screenplay/Based on his own novel: Pierre Boulle
Producer: Sam Spiegel
Director: David Lean
Shears: William Holden
Colonel Nicholson: Alec Guinness
Major Warden: Jack Hawkins
Colonel Saite: Sessue Hayakawa
Major Clipton: James Donald
Lieutenant Joyce: Geoffrey Horne
Colonel Green: Andre Morell
Captain Reeves: Peter Williams
Major Hughes: John Boxer
Grogan: Percy Herbert
Baker: Harold Goodwin
Nurse: Ann Sears

: The Big Snit

An award-winning animated film


Directed By: Richard Condie

: Cricket: Fourth Test

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


Introduces: Richie Benaud

: Bugsy Malone

New York, 1929. Roxy Robinson is trapped in a deserted alleyway by four hoods who are carrying a dreaded new weapon - the Splurge Gun! In seconds Roxy is splurged. Bugsy Malone is an enormously entertaining gangster musical set in a world of would-be hoodlums, show-girls and dreamers. It is also a world with no adults.
Words and music by PAUL WILLIAMS Produced by ALAN MARSHALL Written and directed by ALAN PARKER
0 FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Roxy Robinson
Unknown: Bugsy Malone
Music By: Paul Williams
Produced By: Alan Marshall
Directed By: Alan Parker
Bugsy Malone: Scott Baio
Tallalah: Jodie Foster
Blousey: Florrie Dugger
Fat Sam: John Cassisi
Dandy Dan: Martin Lev
Leroy: Paul Murphy
Fizzy: 'Humpty' Albin Jenkins
Cagey Joe: Davidson Knight
Knuckles: Sheridan Earl Russell
Smolsky: Paul Chirelstein
Baby Face: Dexter Fletcher
O'Dreary: Andrew Paul

: Just Another Day

with John Pitman
Battersea Dogs Home
Christmas is the time people rush out and buy puppies as presents. New Year is the time many of them realise they have made a mistake.
The Dogs Home at Battersea always has to cope with the aftermath of Christmas. Today, however, is just another day. As usual the place is packed - 450 dogs either lost or kicked out by their owners. It's a film reflecting the sad moments and the joy when dogs are re-united with their owners or taken away from it all to start new lives.
Sensitive and sympathetic and a very happy half hour full of comforting incidents (DAILY EXPRESS) Director PETER GRMSDALE (R)


Director: Peter Grmsdale

: Billy Wilder Directs: Buddy Buddy

starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
When Trabucco , a hitman for the mob, checks into the Ramona Hotel he has only one contract to fulfil - Rudy 'Disco' Gambola. Unfortunately for the lugubrious killer, Victor Clooney - a would-be suicide - has checked into the adjoining room and his frantic attempts at self-destruction continually interrupt the assassin's plans. Wilder's acerbic last film is a characteristically manic monument to bad taste, lampooning many ideals western civilisation holds most dear.
Screenplay by BILLY WILDER and I.A.L DIAMOND
Produced by JAY WESTON
(First showing on British television)
* FILMS: page 27


Unknown: Jack Lemmon
Unknown: Walter Matthau
Unknown: When Trabucco
Unknown: Ramona Hotel
Unknown: Victor Clooney
Unknown: Billy Wilder
Unknown: I.A.L Diamond
Produced By: Jay Weston
Victor Clooney: Jack Lemmon
Trabucco: Walter Matthau
Celia Clooney: Paula Prentiss
Dr Zucherbrot: Klaus Kinski
Captain Hubris: Dana Elcar
Eddie the bellhop: Miles Chapin
Assistant manager: Michael Ensign
Receptionist: Joan Sha Wlee
Rudy 'Disco' Gambola: Fil Formicola
Kowalski: C J Hunt
Mexican maid: Bette Raya
Hippy husband: Ronnie Sperling

: Judy Garland: The Concert Years

also starring Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne, Liza Minnelli
This celebration of the great years of Judy's career spans the 1950s and 1960s.
Introduced by her daughter, Lorna Luft, the film includes unseen footage - a number from A Star is Born, Judy as a child on stage, a rare version of 'Over the rainbow' - and appearances at such theatres as the Palace.
Among more than 30 songs are such classics as 'San Francisco' and 'Have yourself a merry little Christmas'.
A SID LUFT production


Unknown: Tony Bennett
Unknown: Barbra Streisand
Unknown: Lena Horne
Unknown: Liza Minnelli
Unknown: Lorna Luft

: Classic Ghost Stories

Told by Robert Powell
Tonight: Oh, Whistle, and I Come to you, my Lad
(Final tale tomorrow at 11.30pm)


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

: Weatherview

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